Wanted: Fleet Manager - Experience Necessary
With falling unemployment and a relaxation on hiring, there are an increasing number of opportunities for fleet managers to make a change. Identifying the right candidate can be easy if the focus is on essential qualifications.
The numbers are in and the news is good. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. payrolls added 146,000 employees in November 2012 (the latest figures available as of press time) with overall unemployment falling to 7.7 percent.
While the majority of commercial fleet managers are happy where they are, according to an online survey of its subscribers conducted by Bobit Business Media, publisher of Fleet Financials, many are already looking for or are planning to search for a new job opportunity sometime this year.
Job searches are being conducted in a number of ways with association websites being the most common (73.3 percent), followed by more traditional approaches such as letting industry friends and colleagues know they’re looking for new opportunities. A casual survey of popular job posting sites such as Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com list hundreds of fleet-related positions throughout the country in both the private and public sectors.
While this might be a good time to be looking for a job, fleet manager candidates must still cultivate the right combination of skills to stand out in today’s competitive job market. And, it isn’t enough just to be a “car” person anymore either.
Staying Competitive in the Market
In the online survey of fleet managers, most felt they were up-to-date in their fleet knowledge, but had more to learn.
A fleet manager with a large east coast pharmaceutical company noted that establishing a network of fleet manager colleagues who are willing to share ideas and best practices is “extremely valuable” in keeping up-to-date in today’s market.
Going hand-in-glove with building a personal network is belonging to one of the fleet professional associations as a way to stay relevant in the competitive job market, because they provide education, including certifications, and are the means to build professional networks. The majority of fleet managers surveyed belong to a fleet industry association.