Make a Great First Impression!

Make a Great First Impression!

Interview Tips that Will Make You Shine

You’ve done it – you applied for the job and now you’ve got the interview scheduled. Congratulations!

Chances are, you’re both excited and nervous.  If you are, it’s completely normal.  In fact, if you weren’t a bit of both, we’d say there’s probably something wrong.

What helps to calm those nerves and channel that excitement? Preparation. Being prepared is also the best thing you can do to shine above the rest and nail that job interview.

Let’s talk about it all — the obvious things and the not so obvious things — that you can do to prepare.

You know the old saying, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.”  Take the time to make a good first impression.  All of the tips and tricks below will make you shine brighter, and get you closer to winning the job.

Practical Things to Help You Prepare for a Successful Interview:

  1. Dress for Success. If you feel good about the way you look, statistics say you’ll perform better.  What should you wear?  It’s simple.  Look professional.  Iron that shirt and try not to wear strong cologne or perfume.  Do you smoke?  Try not to smoke before the interview because the smell can be offensive to a non-smoker.  Are your nails clean?  Are your shoes presentable?  Looking your best will speak volumes and make you a more confident interviewee.
  2. Take These Things with You.  Take copies of your resume, a notepad & pen (to take notes), and breath mints.  Consider chewing a mint before you walk into your interview.  Fresh breath certainly will make you feel more confident.
  3. Research the Location. Do you know exactly where your interview will take place? If not, do a bit of research to plan out your route and how you’ll get there.  And, if your interview happens in a city center, make sure you know in advance where you’ll park.  This way you don’t have to stress about getting lost, being late, and starting the interview with an embarrassing apology.
  4. Arrive 15 Minutes Early.  Yep.  Do it.  This always makes a great first impression.  If you’re late, you’ll never get a chance to adjust that first impression.  If you are early, you’ll appear conscientious, excited, and well planned.  Be early.
  5. Turn Off Your Phone.  While waiting for your interview to start, turn off your phone.  Ringing cell phones in an interview are a big no-no.  Besides, you might be nervous, so you don’t need to be distracted by the buzzing or vibrating of a cell phone in your pocket. Don’t just silence it, turn it off.
  6. Give a Firm Handshake.  There’s nothing worse for a first impression than a limp, lazy handshake.  Make your handshake purposeful and powerful.  This conveys the message that you are excited about being there and confident about the opportunity in front of you.  Oh, and don’t forget to use eye contact when you shake hands.
  7. Research the Company.  Go to the company website and try to learn about the team and culture.  Has the company been in the news lately?  Inform yourself as much as possible before the interview.  You’ll show that you are engaged and interested.  This goes a long way.
  8. Prepare Your Pitch.  What sets you apart? Create a list of things that you can bring to the organization in advance.
  9. Be Prepared to Answer.
    • Tell me about yourself.
    • Why do you want to work for our company?
    • Why are you looking for a new job?
  10. Stay Away from the Negative.  When you answer any of the questions above, be careful to prepare answers that aren’t negative.  Things like, “While I enjoyed my time at my last job, I’m looking for a chance to grow and learn in a position that offers career growth,” is an easy way to explain a career change.  And, most important, don’t ever speak negatively about previous managers or positions — this will only create a negative reflection of you.
  11. Don’t Ask About Money.  You want the job and a new career and that’s the impression you need to make.  Asking about money and benefits can make it seem like that’s all that matters to you.  Yes, these things are important, but for now, you’ll want to stay clear from asking about how much the position pays or the benefits offered.  There will be time for that, and your Franklin Career Coach will be able to offer you some of this information in advance.  The objective of the interview is to get a second interview or to get the job offer.
  12. Use the Right Body Language.  When practicing for your interview, practice using eye contact.  Don’t cross your arms, and be sure to lean into the conversation.  All this shows active listening which tells your interviewer that you are engaged.
  13. Slow Down.  It’s not a race.  Take the time to really listen and take the time to prepare thoughtful answers.  If you take the time to prepare thoughtful answers in advance of your interview, chances are you’ll be prepared to give thoughtful answers during your job interview.
  14. Be Prepared to Ask Your Own Questions.  Hiring managers will usually close an interview with, “Do you have any questions for me?”  Consider a question like, “Mr. Jones, please tell me, what is your perfect hire?”  Actively listen for the answer and respond with you are that person.  Something like, “OK. Yes, I understand. I can do all those things. And those I can’t, I can learn. I just know that I am the right person for this position.”
  15. Close the Interview.  Ask about the next steps and let the hiring manager know that you are excited to be considered for the position.  Consider bold statements like this, “Based on everything I’ve heard today, I am confident that I am the right person for the job. When can I start?”  Bottom line: don’t be afraid to ask for the job.
  16. Follow-up. Ever hear the expression, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”?  Send a thank-you email.  Remembering this important step can get you closer to the job offer!  Take the time to create a thoughtful thank you email or letter.  It should be brief, but you want to thank the interviewer for their time and consideration, and to express that you are very excited about the opportunity.  Let them know you are available to answer any additional questions they may have for you.

And there you have it: All things to help you prepare and nail that interview. Good luck —and rest assured, if you take the time to prepare for your interview, we know you’ll shine brightly.

PODCAST: Tips for Your Apprenticeship Interview … Including the “Dos” and “Don’ts”

PODCAST: Tips for Your Apprenticeship Interview … Including the “Dos” and “Don’ts”

In this episode of Franklin Apprenticeships’ AutoMOtive! Apprentice podcast series, we talk to Scott Turnbaugh, Franklin’s lead Career Agent, and Robin Ferguson, a 20+ year automotive industry veteran, about how to prepare for your interview — in addition to interview dos and don’ts — so you are ready to ace it.

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the interview phase of your journey to become an automotive apprentice.

But as a dislocated worker gearing up for a new profession in a different industry, it can be daunting to go through an interview process after many years.  We also realize you might be feeling a bit out of practice when it comes to doing interviews. But we want to reassure you —you can do this!

As your advocate, we act as your sports agent, and represent you to employers. Our goal is to find your perfect match — the employer that is your best fit.  And, we want to help you nail the interview with the employer that’s right for you.

So in this podcast, we’ve got you covered. We talk about how to prepare for the interview, and provide a few “dos and don’ts” so you can feel confident in your interview.

Here are the questions we will answer:

  •     How will our recruiters/career agents work with you throughout this process? (1:54)
  •     Do candidates have to pay for Franklin Apprenticeships’ services? (2:43)
  •     What are our interview recommendations for applicants? (3:01)
  •     What are some major interview killers? What should candidates avoid when interviewing? (5:00)

Need some help prepping for your interview? Then click here to find out how to move one step closer to your new career. Or contact us to shift your search for a brand new career into high gear today! 

PODCAST: I Submitted my Resume for Franklin AutoMOtive!…But What Happens Next?

PODCAST: I Submitted my Resume for Franklin AutoMOtive!…But What Happens Next?

In this episode of Franklin Apprenticeships’ AutoMOtive! Apprentice podcast series, we talk to Scott Turnbaugh, Franklin’s lead Career Agent, Robin Ferguson, a 20+ year automotive industry veteran, and Christina Hurtado, a Franklin Apprenticeships’ Success Coach, about what happens after you submit your resume.

You’ve now taken the leap and submitted your resume to become a Franklin AutoMOtive! apprentice. Nice job!

But what can you expect now that it’s been submitted? What should you anticipate in terms of timing for an interview? Will you make the first cut?  It’s a big step you’ve just taken, and we want you to feel comfortable and in complete control of the process by answering these questions for you.

In this podcast, we talk to Scott Turnbaugh, Robin Ferguson, and Christina Hurtado, who will give you a step-by-step description of what happens once you have submitted your resume so you know exactly what to expect. You’ll also learn tips on what you can do to make the first cut.

Don’t sit around waiting. Find out what comes next by turning the volume up and listening to this podcast.

Here are the questions we will answer:

  • What are the next steps to expect after you submit your interest online? (2:12)
  • What happens once you are sent to the local Job Center? (3:52)
  • How long does it take to get an interview? (4:48)
  • What helpful tips can be shared to make the first cut? (5:30)

Are you ready to make the first cut? Then click here to find out how to move one step closer to your new career. Or contact us to shift your search for a brand new career into high gear today! 

PODCAST: A Day in the Life of a Franklin AutoMOtive! Apprentice

PODCAST: A Day in the Life of a Franklin AutoMOtive! Apprentice

In this episode of Franklin Apprenticeships’ AutoMOtive! Apprentice podcast series, we talk to Scott Turnbaugh, Franklin’s lead Career Agent, Robin Ferguson, a 20+ year automotive industry veteran, and Reed Smith, a Franklin Apprenticeships’ Success Coach, about what a normal day looks like for a Franklin automotive apprentice.

As a dislocated worker, the idea of “going back to school” and learning about a whole new profession in an unfamiliar industry can feel a bit intimidating. Especially when also exploring these opportunities as an apprentice.   

You may feel on edge, and this is understandable. But we want to reassure you that you have nothing to worry about — this program will build your confidence, boost your skills, and grow your earning potential.

In this podcast, we talk to Scott Turnbaugh, Franklin’s lead Career Agent, Robin Ferguson, a 20+ year automotive industry veteran who is instrumental in connecting Franklin’s apprentices with employers, and Reed Smith, a Franklin Success Coach dedicated to helping apprentices successfully complete their programs. Each Franklin team member will share insights into what a day in your life may look like as a Franklin AutoMOtive! apprentice.

Our goal is for you to work in a family-like atmosphere where you can excel and grow. So listen up, because here is what else you’ll discover in this podcast: 

  • What a day in the life of an AutoMOtive! apprentice looks like. (2:14)
  • How this program allows for someone to walk in cold from another occupation, and start as an employee from Day 1. (3:26)
  • If it’s intimidating to go “back to school”. (4:29)
  • The skills you need to become an apprentice. (5:21)
  • How the pay works. (6:25)

If you have a great attitude, a genuine interest in cars, and like to work with your hands, click here, because you are the perfect candidate. Contact us to shift your search for a brand new career into high gear today! 

New Podcast Series Announcement: Navigating Your Road Forward as an AutoMOtive! Apprentice

New Podcast Series Announcement: Navigating Your Road Forward as an AutoMOtive! Apprentice

This month, Franklin Apprenticeships will be releasing a new podcast series to help dislocated workers in the State of Missouri learn about the opportunities available as a modern apprentice in the automotive industry.

We understand that downsizing and layoffs were never a part of your plan. And now, as a worker making a mid-career transition, you want to find the right opportunity to excel in a stable position and earn a comfortable living without going into massive debt.

Missouri AutoMOtive! is a partnership between the Missouri Division of Workforce Development and our company that will put you on the fast track to becoming a certified Automotive Service Technician in a year (or less).

But, we realize you may have a lot of questions about this apprenticeship. Is this a good opportunity for me (and my family)? Why the automotive industry? Is this program for real? What can I expect? How do I enroll?

Our new podcast series will explore everything you need to know about life as a Franklin AutoMOtive! apprentice. We will help navigate your questions about our program, the industry, and what to expect. For example, our first few episodes will cover topics such as:

  • Reasons to consider an automotive apprenticeship
  • What a typical day may look like for you earning and learning as an apprentice
  • The process behind being matched with your ideal employer

 Our program might seem too good to be true, but it’s real, and it’s a great opportunity if you’re a dislocated worker in the State.

So keep an eye (and ear) out for our upcoming episodes to jump start your fresh, new career! Or, contact us to shift your search for a brand new career into high gear today.


Six Realities of Working in Auto Repair Today

Six Realities of Working in Auto Repair Today

Here you are, mid-career and searching for a new path forward. You want something competitive, a job that challenges you, one that allows you to use the skills you’ve worked hard to develop along with the opportunity to accelerate your earning potential.

 You’ve never really considered a job in the automotive industry, despite the fact that it’s rock-solid. And with rapid advances in technology, the call for qualified Automotive Service Technicians continues to grow, making it both an exciting and in-demand field. These compelling reasons are exactly why the Missouri Division of Workforce Development decided to partner with Franklin Apprenticeships to offer an innovative new program called AutoMOtive!, designed specifically for dislocated workers.

Unlike apprenticeship programs of the past, modern apprenticeships like those offered through AutoMOtive! allow you to earn a competitive wage while you learn the skills you need to succeed in your mid-career transition.

 So why the hesitation? Let’s take a look at some of the myths — and realities — surrounding today’s jobs in automotive service and repair.

 Myth: Auto repair is dirty.

Reality: As vehicles evolve, so do the ways in which they’re diagnosed and serviced.

 Today’s auto repair shop is far more likely to resemble a computer lab than the grimy, cluttered, greasy spaces of yesterday. Innovations in both systems and diagnostics make computers every bit as necessary as wrenches when it comes to vehicle service and repair. Think less “blue collar” and more “new collar” — a term coined by IBM CEO Ginny Rometty emphasizing skills over degrees — a brand new direction in which technology is playing an increasingly larger role.

Myth: Auto repair is a career path for men.

Reality: A growing emphasis on skill sets such as communications and problem solving are giving women equal access to a field previously monopolized by men.

Heavy machinery. Jobs and knowledge passed down from fathers to sons. These are just a couple of reasons the automotive field has been dominated by men for so long. But as the reliance on diagnostics shifts from hands-on to tech-driven, the need for savvy problem-solvers with great communication skills emerges, leveling the gender playing field and making a successful career as an Automotive Service Tech extremely attractive to women, too.

Myth: Auto repair jobs pay poorly.

Reality: Advances in auto design require new proficiencies in computer diagnostics, which means a significant increase in salary potential.

Do you know that the average salary for an Automotive Service Technician is $50,000? And that’s not even considering the potential to shine in a position that’s trending towards technology. Those willing to keep up with the latest features on vehicles designed for digitally-oriented consumers will be in high-demand, and their paychecks will reflect this trend.

Myth: Auto repair jobs aren’t in demand.

Reality: The need for Automotive Service Technicians is growing.

Not only is the automotive industry rock-solid, the need for Automotive Service Technicians is growing, with predictions averaging the need for 45,900 new technicians by 2026.

Myth: Auto repair jobs require trade school certifications.

Reality: You can learn on-the-job through a modernized apprenticeship program.

The streamlined nature of modern apprenticeships varies greatly from traditional models. An integrated learning system allows you to complete the program and to obtain an ASE Certification as a full-time employee. Not only is there no cost for the program, you begin earning a competitive wage from the day you start.

Myth: Auto repair jobs are only for new/young workers.

Reality: Specialized opportunities for dislocated workers are strategically designed to make the mid-career transition as quick and seamless as possible.

The AutoMOtive! program is designed to be completed in twelve months, making it an excellent, fast-paced option for a mid-career change. And the experience you gained from your previous career won’t go to waste! Well-developed communication skills, for instance, are highly sought after in a field that relies on building trust.

So what are you waiting for?

Now that you know the facts, click here to learn how you can begin your journey to becoming a certified Automotive Service Technician today!


Reinventing Yourself After Being Let Go: Five Reasons to Consider an Automotive Apprenticeship

Reinventing Yourself After Being Let Go: Five Reasons to Consider an Automotive Apprenticeship

You lost your job. Such a simple statement, yet it’s wholly incapable of capturing the overwhelming complexities you’re facing. There’s certainly the loss of income, but there’s also the loss of identity, and of the ability to define yourself based upon the career you’d hoped to have until you retired.


Grieving the loss of your job is normal — along with stress, anger, and depression that may follow. And while it’s understandable to feel any or all of these, it’s also a time to consider this less as a loss, and more as a transition. This is a setback, but it’s a temporary one, and accepting the fact that it’s time to consider another path is all part of the process.


You’re proud of what you achieved at your previous job, of what you learned, and who you helped. You don’t even want to consider going back to school and starting from scratch, or taking part in a training program that may or may not lead to a full-time position. Either option could also be accompanied by a hefty price tag or considerable debt.


But what if there was another way?


What if you could switch to a brand new career in a rock-solid industry, and you could do it while getting paid competitive wages from the day you begin?


It’s time to consider AutoMOtive!, a partnership between the Missouri Division of Workforce Development and Franklin Apprenticeships for dislocated workers that will put you on the fast track to becoming a certified Automotive Service Technician.


Forget what you think you know about apprenticeships. This innovative program offers a host of benefits that begin from the day you start, making it the perfect solution for a mid-career job change. Below are five of these benefits, which are also the reasons why you should consider an automotive apprenticeship: 


  1. Earn While You Learn: From the moment you begin, you’ll receive a competitive, full-time wage. You are a full-time employee, and your wages will increase upon successfully completing program milestones.


  1. Gain Industry-Recognized Credentials: Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll receive ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) Certification. This competitive and highly-regarded certification provides tangible proof of your technical knowledge, is portable, and serves as a foundation upon which you can build.


  1. Grow In-Demand Skills: The automotive industry isn’t going anywhere, and neither is the role of Automotive Service Technician. In fact, as vehicles become more and more sophisticated there is an increasing call for highly trained and skilled professionals — by 2026, it’s estimated that the field will need 46,000 additional technicians.


  1. Accelerate Your Career: In a single year, you can become an ASE Certified Automotive Service Technician. AutoMOtive! provides you with hands-on training, classroom training, mentors, and the resources and support you need to successfully complete your apprenticeship and go on to thrive in a highly competitive industry.


  1. Remain Debt-Free: What does this cost? Nothing for those eligible for the AutoMOtive! program. All training and support costs are paid for by the employer under which you apprentice.


So what are you waiting for? Shift your search for a brand new career into high gear today. Learn more about AutoMOtive! and take your first step into a solid, steady, high-demand profession as an Automotive Service Technician!

Shifting Gears Mid-Career: Navigating a New Profession in the High-Tech Automotive Industry

Shifting Gears Mid-Career: Navigating a New Profession in the High-Tech Automotive Industry

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Losing your job mid-way through your career was never part of the plan. Your goal was to retire comfortably from a solid job in your industry of choice. Downsizing, layoffs — these were never supposed to happen to you.

Re-Starting your Career Engine

And yet, here you are: a seasoned worker with an array of highly developed skills, desperate to find the right opportunity without starting from the bottom. You’re not interested in going into debt taking college courses or chasing certifications that may or may not be what top employers are seeking.

You need a competitive paycheck from the day you begin, and you want it in a field that you know will not only be alive but thriving when the time comes for you to retire.

Have you considered a career as an Automotive Service Technician? Perhaps not, but you definitely should.

Why an Automotive Service Technician?

The automotive service industry is projected to need 46,000 additional workers by 2026, and that’s not even counting the existing positions that go unfilled annually. And the service environments of today — as well as the work itself — is far, far different than what you’d expect.

Stop and consider the evolution of today’s vehicles as manufacturers race to keep up with the latest trends in technology, such as interactive entertainment, navigation, engine diagnostics, and safety.

Do you have strong customer service and communication skills? An affinity for problem-solving? Technical aptitude? If so, becoming a certified Automotive Service Technician might be the perfect opportunity that you never even stopped to consider. Until now.

Introducing the Modern Apprenticeship

Franklin Apprenticeships is partnering with the State of Missouri to offer AutoMOtive!, an innovative approach to engaging workers impacted by downsizing in a brand new profession, all while being paid a full-time wage from the day you begin.

This modern apprenticeship program allows you learn as you earn, receive incremental raises for each milestone achieved, and gain an industry-recognized National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification upon successful completion of the program.

A year from now (or less), you could be a certified Automotive Service Technician. You could be established in a brand new in-demand career, accomplished while getting paid and without going into debt. You could be on your way to earning from $45k to $60k after the first year, secure in a growing industry with incredible opportunities for advancement.

So what are you waiting for? Click to learn more about AutoMOtive! and put your career switch into high gear with Franklin Apprenticeships!


Gearing Up for a Shift in the Automotive Workforce

Gearing Up for a Shift in the Automotive Workforce

We live in a world inundated with technology, so it comes as no surprise that consumers seek similar digital access and advances integrated into their driving experience. These range from the obvious — navigation, entertainment, climate control, and hands-free access — to innovations in safety, performance, and diagnostics.

So much has changed within the automotive industry in such a short period of time. Repair bays — once filled with grease-covered tools and parts — now more closely resemble labs, complete with the advanced (and expensive) equipment needed to repair the increasingly complex array of components that power today’s vehicles.

These rapid advances force us to wonder: does the U.S. have enough qualified professionals ready to keep our automobiles running smoothly?

Labor Shortage

The simple answer is no: we don’t have anywhere near the numbers needed for a robust and specialized automotive workforce, either today or in the immediate future.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will need 46,000 additional automotive service technicians by the year 2026 to keep up with industry needs. There are already as many as 75,000 automotive service technician job openings in any one year. Causes vary, from older workers aging out of the workforce to employees switching jobs to the creation of brand new positions.

Further, Donny Seyfer, Executive Officer of the National Automotive Training Task Force, notes that fewer high schools offer automotive shop programs, further diminishing the potential supply of technicians. And, even when such classes are available, he adds, there is often a disconnect between what they teach and what service departments need.

Attaining Relevant Skills

Assigning young students to tear down an engine or repair a transmission is a bad fit in an industry where the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) estimates that maintenance accounts for 70 percent of a technician’s work, Seyfer adds.

So, whether you are a new worker, or a seasoned worker making a career change, how can you quickly gain the real-world skills necessary to provide exceptional technical service? And, in an industry where the average automotive technician is 40 years old, with 19 years of experience, how can the existing workforce stay current as technology rapidly evolves?

The High Costs of Turnover

The National Automobile Dealers Association’s 2017 Dealership Workforce Study found that the annual turnover rate for the most skilled automotive technicians rose 2.1% in a single year. Some leave for different dealerships, others leave for different industries.

If jobs remain unfilled, losses accrue at an alarming rate: experts estimate that a typical automotive technician brings in an average of $1,000 per day. Consider what that means for 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, and more. Suddenly filling current vacancies — and retaining current workers — becomes exponentially more critical to your bottom line.

The Road Forward

The road forward for the automotive industry is filled with both intense challenges and remarkable opportunities. A lack of skilled candidates for an increasing number of highly specialized positions calls for an innovative approach to crafting a brand new pipeline for finding, training, and keeping talented automotive service technicians.

Which is why Franklin Apprenticeships is partnering with the State of Missouri to offer Missouri AutoMOtive!, an ingenious solution for accelerating the growth so essential to making the State’s automotive sector thrive.

Modern apprenticeships create opportunities for both employers and employees, offering a fully developed framework for success as candidates earn while learning the very skills and knowledge needed to be a top-notch technician. For Dislocated Workers, in particular, such an approach allows them to hit the ground running: instead of incurring debt for programs that might get them ahead, they begin as paid workers eager to learn and grow into competitive positions that help them — and your business — get ahead.

With AutoMOtive!, Dislocated Workers from industries that have experienced layoffs and downsizing have an opportunity for a new career in the automotive industry, which includes ASE certification and other technical certifications, as well as a mentor and a peer-supported community. Further, program recruitment, placement, training, coaching, and certification costs are subsidized for participating employers.

Let us help you put your search for qualified automotive service technicians in first gear, ensuring your ability to keep everything about today’s technologically advanced vehicles — from music to guidance to safety — running smoothly. Contact us to learn more about Missouri AutoMOtive! today.


Franklin Apprenticeships And State Of Missouri Announce Partnership

Franklin Apprenticeships And State Of Missouri Announce Partnership

In a recent press release from April 8, 2019, Franklin Apprenticeships announced a key partnership with the State of Missouri aimed at creating modernized apprenticeship programs in both the automotive and IT industries. This groundbreaking new program will solve skilled labor shortages, create new middle skills career pathways, and help communities in Missouri attract new talent.

The State of Missouri has been working diligently since 2016 to help its displaced workers, students and graduates find sustainable and successful careers. The new Missouri Digital and AutoMOtive! Programs will increase the skill and education levels of its residents while enhancing the states competitiveness in these industries.

Franklin Apprenticeships offers expertise and a proven model of apprenticeship development and were engaged to bring employers to the table to address the local economic needs of Missouri and to develop a skilled workforce. This expertise and collaboration with Missouri’s Department Of Workforce Development will help fill jobs that Missouri employers need to improve productivity and innovation and provide opportunities for Missouri citizens to learn in-demand skills and create new careers.

Contact us to learn more about Franklin Apprenticeships or read the full press release.