If you’ve been trying to hire a mechanic for your shop or dealership, you have probably figured out quickly that the majority of qualified technicians are already employed and not actively looking for a new position.

Hopefully you’ve already taken the first step of posting your job opening on every major job board (Indeed, ZipRecruiter, etc.), and also on industry job boards like Find A Wrench to attract the techs who are actively looking. But, in today’s market, the key to finding mechanics to hire is by recruiting passive candidates.

What are Passive Candidates?

Passive candidates are people who are already employed and not actively looking for a new job. However, they’re open to hearing about new opportunities. An estimated 85% of employed professionals are open to switching jobs.

What does this mean for shops and dealerships that are only posting tech jobs on job boards? They’re missing out on the majority of their candidate pool because they aren’t proactively reaching out to them.

Where to Find Passive Candidates

  1. Your Network

    There’s no better place to start searching for passive candidates than your own network. Ask anyone and everyone in your network if they know of any great techs you can meet with. Ask for warm introductions, and offer to meet up with potential candidates for a cup of coffee to discuss a new opportunity.

  2. Employee Referrals

    Employees can be a great source for potential applicants. In fact, employee referrals account for 40% of all hires, and referral hires have greater job satisfaction and stay longer at companies. You can encourage more employee referrals by offering an incentive to employees who refer new hires.

  3. LinkedIn

    LinkedIn is the most popular professional networking website, and they make it pretty easy to find who you’re looking for. LinkedIn offers a number of filters to help you search for potential candidates, including: Job title, location, past/current companies, schools, etc. Using a combination of these filters, you can find a list of auto techs in your area in seconds.

  4. Facebook Groups

    Facebook groups are an often missed opportunity for finding passive candidates. With Facebook groups, you can search for and join automotive and technician groups in your area and reach out directly to any group members who could be a good fit for your shop.

  5. Past Applicants

    Chances are you’ve hired for techs before. Comb through old applications to see if there are any qualified applicants who maybe weren’t your first choice the first time around, but have the skills you need in your shop. You can also reach out to any applicants who turned down the position in the past. For example, if a tech turned down a position due to benefits or pay, but those have changed, they might reconsider.

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    Looking for more recruiting tips? Check out our guidebook, How To Find Technicians to Work in Your Shop