Hillside Motors, PEI’s only full-line General Motors Dealership, has been a family-owned operation since 1973. They recently launched a service where they will do an oil change and tire rotation for all makes and models with no appointment necessary.
They currently employ just over 50 full-time employees. Job titles include Sales, Red Seal Service Technicians, and administration. They are willing to take on people going through the apprenticeship process.
Automotive Technicians: continuous learning is important
“The technican role was harder to fill when the oil boom out west was at its height,” says Neal Noseworthy. “Many tradespeople were going out west to make a lot more money than at home. Since the boom has started to scale back, there seem to be more people going into the technician trade, and it is easier now to find the right people.
“The job has become a lot more complex. The technology is now so advanced, you can’t bring a vehicle to an after-market garage to get most repairs done. Vehicles need to be plugged in and diagnosed with world-class multi-scan computers.”
Sales people need a lot of skills
“Good salespeople are always hard to find. It is a changing industry and typically 100 percent commission based. It’s harder to attract the millennial generation, which values a good life balance, combined with a good compensation plan.
“Sales is one of the hardest high-paying jobs, and one of the easiest low-paying jobs. If you are enthusiastic and know how to treat people like you would like to be treated, it can be a very rewarding career, with lots of room for advancement. In 2009, I started out in the car business in sales, became a sales manager, and now I’m the general manager for the dealership.”
“To be a good sales person, you need to be educated on the product you are selling,” says Pierce MacLean. “You are selling yourself too. You need to be approachable, talk to people like they are your friend, and listen to them about what they are looking for.”
“When we hire Sales people, we give them extensive training in product knowledge and salesmanship, and it is ongoing throughout their career,” says Neal. “The best salespeople are continuously learning and trying to make themselves better.”
For more information, visit www.hillsidechevrolet.com