Please indulge me in a short anecdote, and I feel an important message.
Finished my training this afternoon, 11 graduates newly hired into the car business by the way. Decided I wanted to relax a bit (not driving home until tomorrow), and started talking to a person on the stool next to me at Applebee's.
Explained that I recruit, hire, and train inexperienced people to work in the auto business. Talked about how 10 of the 11 people I helped this week had been out of work. Before I left the bartender came out and shook my hand and said, "Thank you from Americans like me. My neighbors go to work, and I pay less in tax dollars to keep them unemployed, I can see why you are willing to travel to do your job.".
I am not bringing up this as a testament to what I do, but more to illustrate the value to employing people to the American public.
I strongly urge all of you, who are hiring people now and going forward, to put in your advertisements "Looking for good people, we care about putting our fellow Americans back to work." If you have an in with the local paper. Get an article done about hiring. They want those stories. If I am working at your store, I am happy to do an interview.
It is about time that the public understands that the retail car industry is one of the backbones of the national economy, and our communities know that we employ their neighbors.
Employment is a hot button issue for the election and will continue to be highlighted on every news program. We are part of the solution, everyone should know that!
I would love some other ideas to forward this great message. Please post.