Be aware of confidentiality
To say the Irish Motor Industry is close-knit, is an understatement. There is a huge reticence on behalf of most senior employees to simply send their application through a national job site for a role they see advertised. The fear among most senior applicants is that their existing employer may discover that they are actively seeking a new role. If a dealership believes, that by simply casting a wide net through advertising their roles on a well known national job site, that they will somehow capture all available talent within the industry, they are seriously misled.
The fear among most senior applicants is that their existing employer may discover that they are actively seeking a new role.
We are constantly approached by senior automotive professionals who wish to discuss the possibility of taking their next career step. Whether they are currently in roles in Ireland or looking to make the move back from abroad, the very first thing they say to us, as part of any conversation, is that confidentiality is absolutely crucial to them.
Given the importance of confidentiality and sensitivity to senior automotive professionals, the overwhelming majority of these people do not simply send their CV through job sites for fear of their existing employers finding out.
There is also the added awareness among these senior candidates, that in all likelihood, their CV will simply go into a black hole among 100's other CVs. This application process therefore represents an enormous risk for any senior candidate, both in terms of their career aspirations and their financial security.