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AUTOrecruit is a registered Private Employment Agency specialising in the recruitment of experienced staff for retail franchised motor dealers throughout Australia and the South Pacific. Most of our work is with franchised dealers, but we will happily handle any automotive industry associated business.

Geoff Fowler, Chris Fowler, Rowan Coe, Leo Simmons, Mara Nogarotto, Peta Tibbetts and Chenae Carey make up the team at AUTOrecruit.

AUTOrecruit was previously also known as Confidential Automotive Recruitment Services (CARS).


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Providing specialist recruitment and human resource services for automotive related industries The Fair Work Commission delivered an important decision on the rights of employers faced with uninformative medical certificates covering sick leave. The cas

Unfair dismissal lessons

Unfair dismissal lessons To avoid costly claims, employers need to heed the unfair dismissal lessons that have been learnt by others. Employers are botching procedural fairness requirements when it comes to providing employees an opportunity to respond

Ford documents GT Le Mans victory over Ferrari ahead of new movie

Ford documents GT Le Mans victory over Ferrari ahead of new movie DETROIT — Ford Motor Co., to mark the premiere of the film Ford v Ferrari on Friday, Nov. 15, is unearthing archives on the Ford GT program and the victory at the 1966 Le Mans race

Part one in our unfair dismissal series

There are many ways an employment relationship may come to an end. When it is the Employer ending the employment, care must be taken to make sure that the dismissal is not unfair, or unlawful. This month’s newsletter will focus on the aspects of unfair

Part two in our unfair dismissal series

Last month we gave a brief overview of the various triggers that may give rise to a claim of unfair dismissal. Most unfair dismissal claims likely to be encountered will centre around the performance, capacity or conduct of the employee. In this month’

When can you lawfully terminate an injured employee

Sex toy practical joker wins unfair dismissal case   Last year, we wrote a three-part newsletter series on unfair dismissal, which we’ll put a link to at the bottom of this article. Two key considerations that the Fair Work Commission will consid

t put it in writing

It is fair to say that the current regime surrounding the relationship between employers and employees, especially when it comes to the circumstances involving the ending of an employment relationship, can be perilous to navigate. HR professionals shou

Impact of payroll mistakes and long commutes

One in three organisations make monthly mistakes with payroll and the average Australian is now spending 4.5 hours per week in transit. Little things like this can really add up. If you continuously found mistakes in your monthly paycheque or your empl

Remuneration Trends

With the new financial year now upon us and last year’s group certificates starting to make their way out to employees, now is often the time that requests for a remuneration increase are made. For some dealerships, they will take ownership of th

Using your job ad as a vetting tool

Recruitment can be a funny activity. You can advertise a particular role one month and receive hardly any applicants, yet you can advertise the same role the following month, change nothing and be inundated with people. We have seen this time and time

Person Specification Vs Job Description

In last month’s newsletter, we discussed the importance of a job description, why they are important, what they should cover and the benefits of having them in place within the organisation. By way of brief summary, a job description: Removes amb

Autorecruit update

Two weeks have gone by since our last update. I hoped to provide a weekly overview, but last week was too busy and this week has been more of the same! We have welcomed back Kelly Mclean, who has joined us in a permanent, part-time capacity. Kelly help


It has been a very busy week, as always, here at Autorecruit. Today we have said goodbye to Mara Nogarotto, who has been with Autorecruit since 2013. Mara assisted our clients and candidates in New South Wales and ACT with their recruitment needs and c

Part three in our unfair dismissal series

This is the final in our 3 part series on unfair dismissal, discussing the various triggers that may give rise to a sacked employee instigating a claim that their dismissal was harsh, unjust or unreasonable. Our newsletter in March gave an overview of

Employing international mechanical staff to combat the Australian skills shortage

In any resource-rich nation, it is commonplace for the large mining companies to pay extravagant wages, in order to fill their staffing needs. They have thousands of tonnes of product to move and if they have to pay someone $100,000 a year to drive a t


We have made a concerted effort over the last few months to uncover highly trained Mechanics / Technicians, who are looking to relocate to Australia. We have recently spoken with some fantastic applicants who have a wealth of experience with some of th

Remuneration Trends

With the new financial year now upon us and last year’s group certificates starting to make their way out to employees, now is often the time that requests for a remuneration increase are made. For some dealerships, they will take ownership of th


We are pleased to announce the addition of a new staff member to the Autorecruit team, with Jackie Vella joining us in the Brisbane office recently. Jackie is a Brisbane local and recently spent over 11 years with Brisbane Isuzu in Human Resources, Pay

Who do you need to impress more the customer or the employee

Obviously, we speak with a lot of candidates and we speak with a lot of clients. Today I have spoken with a Stock Controller considering making a change and a Sales Consultant who can’t stand their employer. I have also spoken with a Group Genera


We are pleased to announce the addition of a new staff member to the Autorecruit team, with Katrina Trentham joining us this month. Katrina is a Brisbane local and recently spent almost 10 years with the Sci-Fleet Group in their Human Resources team. K

Considering the level of appeal of your vacancy and adapting to overcome potential objections and bias

The best jobs to recruit for are square. What do I mean by square? Well they are equal in appeal in four key areas, being remuneration, location, brands and employer. A role that ticks all the boxes, will be a position that is quite marketable and shou

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We would like to thank our valued clients for a busy and enjoyable 2018. We have enjoyed working with you over the past year and hope that we can continue to be of assistance to you and the success of your business in 2019. Please note that our offices

Happy New Year

Our Brisbane office has re-opened and is ready to face the challenges that 2019 has to offer! We hope that you managed to enjoy yourself over the Christmas and New Year period and were actually able to have some time off and recharge your batteries! We

New Year New Career

‘New Year New Career’ is a term well used by employers and recruiters alike in job ads during the lead up to, and the aftermath of, the Christmas and New Year period. And there is a simple reason for this – it works. Many employees who have become dise

The importance of a Job Description

One of the common questions we ask when taking on a new role is whether or not a job description exists for the position. We would estimate that somewhere around 80% to 90% of dealerships DO NOT have up to date job descriptions (JD’s) in place. I

Outstanding candidates

It is normally during the first meeting when an employer can tell you are an outstanding candidate with the charisma, drive and passion to really make a difference to their business. This is why outstanding candidates make a lasting first impression an

A year in review for AUTOrecruit

As Christmas approaches and the school holidays creep up on us, we start to reflect on the year that was two thousand and fourteen. 2014 was a huge year for AUTOrecruit as we continued to expand our customer base and improve our service. Some of the hi

Counter offers when resigning

For whatever reason, you make the decision that you’re ready for a new challenge, and you set out to secure a new role. Once you find something, you accept the offer and prepare to resign. You approach your boss with your letter of resignation in

Recruiting busting the myths

There’s lots of myths out there about recruitment. This article contains an info-graphic providing solutions for miscommunication between job seekers and employers, you can take a look at it here. We’ve also broken down some answers to FAQs


With a new year just around the corner, we all have an opportunity to start 2015 with a clean slate. With this in mind, we wanted to talk about inspiration; ideas to get us all geared up for a great 2015. Expectations If you always do what you’ve

Telling the boss the great debate

Searching for a new role and not sure whether to tell the boss? Unfortunately there’s not a stock standard answer to whether you should tell the boss or not, as it all depends on the relationship you have with them. Should I? We can only offer ba

Looking for work in the automotive industry

When a new candidate registers with us, there’s lots of information to take on and it can be a little overwhelming. Whether you’re not working and looking for your next opportunity or you’re just putting some feelers out to see what&#

Resume typos

Resume proof reading is essential. A resume is usually the first thing we see from a candidate and as recruiters, if we present a candidate to a client, the resume is the first thing they see. For us to represent you, your resume needs to be profession

Resignation vs termination

There is a wide variety of reasons to explain why someone might finish up with an employer. Whether the employer terminates the contract of employment or the employee resigns, there are lots of possible explanations. As recruiters, we need to understan

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Picture this… You walk into an interview feeling calm and confident. You breeze through the interview questions and you get along with the DP, GM or department manager really well. You’re feeling really good about it and right at the end of

Asking for a raise

Generally speaking, most people worry that asking for a raise will create more negative than positive results. This is so prevalent that many people would prefer to take another job than asking for a pay rise. Getting a pay rise feels great, but asking

Professional challenges with relocation

If you relocate for a new job and it doesn’t feel right straight away, don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world. If you don’t know anyone, and if you’re still learning the ropes with a new employer, you might feel out of

Your experience is your story

We can brand ourselves by telling stories about our experience. We can brand ourselves in our LinkedIn profiles, our resumes and verbally at job interviews and networking events. Stories are relatable and memorable, and they’re a great way to dem

What your boss loves to hear

Making a good impression with a new manager is just as important as keeping your current boss onside. There’s no need to brown-nose but you can always work on improving your relationship with your manager. We’ve stumbled across an article w

Not much interview experience

Not everyone has lots of interview experience under their belt. There are people out there in their 10th, 20th and even 30th year of employment who have never been formally interviewed. Every interview is different, but if you’re prepared for a f

Relocation tips

Securing a new role with the perfect fit is hard enough in your local market, so when you’re looking to relocate finding a new position in a new area can be tough. You face the added challenge of competing in a market that you aren’t famili

Resume mistakes to avoid

There’s so many resume templates and examples out there, it can be difficult to know what to do when it’s time to update yours. Some automotive candidates have never even needed a resume before. So if you’re creating or updating a res

t take shortcuts

Don’t take shortcuts, even when nobody is watching. The ripple effect of shortcuts can be profound, and could show up across multiple departments. If there are two ways to complete a task (an easy way and a correct way) it’s best to commit

Overcoming tough interviews

There are plenty of things that can go wrong in an interview. The good news is that there are tips and tricks that you can use to overcome a tough interview situation, and we’ve put together just a few to look at. The awkward answer The interview

Avoid these typos at all costs

There’s a handful of typos that we see all the time, and they make us cringe. The hard part is that none of the example will be picked up by spell check, as the alternative is still a real word. If you’re lucky Microsoft Word might pick up

The benefits of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great tool when used correctly and regularly. It has loads of functions that support networking, endorsements and industry updates. LinkedIn allows you to interact on a professional level without getting involved in social media platforms

Asking for the salary you want

This article is all about the delicate balance between accepting what’s offered and asking for what you want. Salary is such an important factor when considering a new position. We all have our minimum expectations for a salary package, as it nee

Basic resume checklist

For this article we’re going back to basics. Too often, the basics are overlooked and it can be glaringly obvious. Ensure your CV follows this basic formula. Contact details Full name Address Phone Email Photo (optional) Please ensure that your e

Saying no in the workplace

Very few people consider the benefits of saying “no” in the workplace as it goes against everything we know. But just hear us out, and read on. It can be tempting to go into ‘yes mode‘ when you’re trying to get ahead at work, because you wa

Working with a recruiter

At AUTOrecruit, we have a team of Recruitment Consultants who work on a variety of roles. Roles we work on are for both AUTOrecruit (car dealerships), and TEAMrecruit (heavy vehicle dealerships), which keeps us quite busy. As a result, we work with man

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