A Guide: Automotive Job Roles

There are a variety of job roles that make up the Automotive sector. These roles give the right candidates an excellent opportunity to work within a busy, modern and well equipped automotive Bodyshop. This includes but is not limited to:

Panel Beater

Panel beaters will be undertaking all aspects of panel repairs from light filler repairs through to reshaping panels ensuring the repairs are finished in a way that matches the rest of the vehicle’s bodywork. There is potential that you will need your own tools including dollies and hammers for this role.

Technician/Mechanic

As a technician you will be working on but not limited to servicing vehicles, clutch changes, checking cam belts, gear boxes, oil changes, break fluids, changing break discs, strip and fit, tyre changes and diagnostics. Occasionally, you will need your own tools however, this is not always the case.

Qualifications are often a requirement of the job role however, some companies will happily take you on if you are time served.

Click here to read our article on How To: Become a Mechanic

Prepper

A prepper will need to prepare the vehicle body for repair work and/or painting. Some of the responsibilities may involve removing all dirt from the surface and the parts due for paining, fine line filler work, sanding and masking. Aspects of this position involve being able to pay attention to detail whilst adhering to health and safety regulations. Depending on your experience you may also be required to undertake small filler repairs and prime the vehicles ready for paint.

Becoming a prepper is a great way to get your foot in the door for your Bodyshop carer as you can choose to become a painter, technician estimator, etc…

Painter

Vehicle Painters are also known as paint technicians or motor vehicle finishers.

As an automotive painter you will need to prepare your equipment and the body of the car. Vehicle Paint Sprayers are required to carry out the preparation on the vehicles by buffing, polishing and priming surfaces before spray painting. You might need to mix paints to get the right colour and consistency. You could be using water-based paints to spray the different body parts specified. You’ll also need to ensure there is no damage to the vehicle.

Polisher

A Vehicle Polisher will be responsible for the final polish of freshly painted vehicle panels on a range of vehicles. You will be rectifying any paint defects, such as runs in the paint. You will be polishing vehicle panels using a handheld polisher.

Masker

Maskers will be responsible for the masking and outlining vehicle panels as well as completing final preparation work on the vehicles prior to them being painted.

Trimmer

Vehicle trimmers will be responsible for ensuring any parts or panels that need to be removed as part of the repair process are removed correctly with all fixings being labelled and stored ready for when they are needed to be refitted to the vehicles. You will be removing interior and exterior parts from vehicles.

 

Before being able to do one of these roles you need to ensure that you have a great CV with all of the relevant details included.

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Q&A - Drivers (Case 1)

We have asked our workers a few questions about the roles that they are in so you can hear their experiences and advice first-hand.

 

What is your job role?

HGV driver delivering & picking up goods.

 

What made you want to drive professionally?

To have the freedom to get out of a job indoors. 

 

How long have you been driving professionally?

About 30 years.

 

What skills have you learnt from being a driver?

To try to drive safe.

 

Do you drive locally or is it mostly long distance?

Mostly longer distance driving.

 

How do you combat tiredness?

Try to get enough rest the night before & if possible, stop for 30 mins to rest.

 

What are your driver essentials?

Essentials are phone & charger, driving glasses, truckers Road atlas, bottle of water & food.

 

What are the best parts about being a driver?

Being your own boss up to a point.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is looking at starting a career in driving?

Drive safe & expect the worst from other vehicles! 


World Mental Health Day 2021

World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October every year. This year the theme has been set by the World Federation for Mental Health. The theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’.

To read more on the World Federation for Mental Health – Mental Health in an Unequal World theme, CLICK HERE.

According to Mind, ‘at least one in six workers are experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression’.

Here’s our top tips for staying well at work:

Take your lunch break!

CLICK HERE to read our article about why your lunch breaks are just as important as your work.

Create a ‘To Do’ list and clear your workspace

Organisation is key! A clear space equals a clear mind.

Keep your work life at work

Setting boundaries between your work life and your home life will help to relieve stress.

Ask for help

If you ever feel like you are struggling, talk to your friends, family, or employer. Good relationships are important for mental wellbeing.

Remember

You are not alone!

Get help now and contact Mind

Donate to Mind – ‘Your donation could give someone hope and help them know they’re not alone’.


How To: Make the Most of Your Lunch Break

How To: Make the Most of Your Lunch Break

Breaks are important! Even a short break of 30 minutes can help you work more effectively throughout the day.

Totaljobs research shows that ‘More UK workers are skipping lunch – and paying the price’.

Here’s a few ways to ensure that you are making the most of your lunch break.

Eat

Don’t be that person that doesn’t eat their lunch because they want to look like a hard worker checking another task off their ‘to do’ list. Later in the day, you’ll start to lose concentration, feel lightheaded and will have gained a headache. Food fuels the body!

 

Eat your lunch away from your desk

Eating lunch away from your desk can help you be more productive, keep focused and be less stressed. Your lunch break is a time to get away from work. If you take your break at your desk, then all you will be thinking about is work!

 

Do some reading

Something that many of us wish we did more of is reading. Place yourself in a quiet place (this could be a quiet corner in the canteen, break room, outside or your car) and read a chapter or two.

 

Listen to a podcast

Podcasts come in all shapes and sizes. This could be anything from, educational, comedy, sports, crime stories, etc… Some people find it difficult to focus on a physical book so, another option is a podcast. You can just put your headphones in and listen.

 

Go for a walk

Walking is great for clearing your mind and lifting your mood! Not only are you clearing your mind but you’re moving your body which will help you feel less stressed. Being outdoors helps your body absorb vitamin D which can aid brain function and increase your energy levels.


COVID-19 Update

With COVID restrictions being lifted on the 19th of July, it means that we can start returning to some normality in our Head Office.

Whilst we are adjusting the office to allow for more people to return to work gradually, we are still encouraging social distancing, face coverings are optional when walking around the office and there are still hand sanitising stations around the office.

We are recommending that everyone does a lateral flow test twice a week so we can take all precautions possible to prevent spreading the virus. To order lateral flow test, CLICK HERE.

If anyone develops any symptoms of COVID-19 then we ask for them to get a PCR test and to stay at home until they receive their result. Once you receive the result, you must then follow the guidance that you have been given. If the result is positive, then you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date that the symptoms started.

What are the main symptoms of COVID-19?

– A high temperature

– A new, continuous cough

– A loss of sense of smell or taste

Timeline of events during COVID at Igloo:

23rd March 2020 – Our head office staff started working from home.

23rd April 2020 – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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24th September 2020 – Our Director Dan and Uma from Compliance are showing their support by purchasing funky face masks where all donations go to the Air Ambulance. To make a donation, CLICK HERE.

15th February 2021 – Mike got to try out our new Igloo face masks.


How Igloo Are Becoming More Eco-Friendly

Over the past few years, Igloo have been trying their best to become more eco-friendly.

We’re all about doing our part to save the environment!

We are currently in the process of becoming a paper free office!

A few years ago, all our application packs used to be completed on paper. Which meant, not only were we having to print around 30 pages per person, but the candidates were then having to drive to their local Igloo office to complete their documents. We then had to store all these documents in our office, which took up a large amount of space! We have tried a few different E-Sign websites including DocuSign and Signable until we were able to have our own, branded, online E-Sign portal on our website! Now that our candidates can sign their documents online, we are now not wasting paper (here’s to saving the trees!). Although we always love to meet our candidates, by having a robust E-Sign portal we can cut down on wasted travel for candidates to sign some of our documentation. Which means candidates are not wasting fuel. Igloo are paying their part in the fight against air pollution.

Instead of using aircon when it’s not necessarily needed, we will open the windows to the office instead (this is also very COVID friendly).

The lights in our conference rooms and side offices have a motion sensor so if the rooms are not in use the lights will automatically turn off after a short period of time. This eliminates the fact that someone might forget to turn the lights off and then end up wasting electricity for no reason.

We have also made the switch to ‘The Cheeky Panda’ natural bamboo toilet rolls which has been branded as eco-friendly with no plastic casing on it.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

‘It is the world’s biggest fundraising event to help people facing cancer’

We hosted our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Thursday 23rd September 2021.

There was plenty of cake to go around! Someone snuck in for their first slice at 08:50!

If you would like to make a donation to help support people affected by cancer CLICK HERE.

If you would like to know more about this charity, what they do and how it helps CLICK HERE.


Fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

One of our recruitment consultants will be taking part in a 42.5 mile charity walk to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support on the 10th and 11th July. Amandeep will be walking with GEFCO on behalf of Igloo and will be walking from Coventry to Rothwell.

She will be active all over our social media pages leading up to the big walk! Make sure to keep an eye out for updates, the countdown, training and the live event.

https://linktr.ee/Igloostaffingsolutions

Any donations for this amazing charity would be greatly appreciated! Please show your support by clicking the link below:

https://bit.ly/3drH0Hb


driver recruitment

How To: Become a HGV Driver

Are you looking for a career change? Why not try driving!

As a HGV driver you will not only need to be able to drive the vehicle, you will also be responsible for potentially planning your route (adjusting the route if necessary), supervising the loading and unloading of your truck, making sure everything is stored/strapped down safely and completing any required paperwork.

What are some required skills?

  • You will need to be confident working alone for long periods of time
  • Good concentration skills
  • Understanding of road safety and road signs
  • Good customer services skills as you may be dealing with customers and clients

How do I get qualified?

You will need different training and qualifications to drive different loads. You will need to ensure that you hold a full car licence and are over the age of 18.

The LGV/HGV licence is split into two categories (Category C1 and Category C). There is also an additional test for Category C+E.

During your test you will be covering:

  • Driving skills
  • Vehicle safety
  • Manoeuvres
  • How to load and secure loads
  • Basic mechanics
  • Theory test

You will also be required to also get a CPC. This is made up of fours tests. These fours tests include: a theory test, a case study test, a driving ability test and a practical demonstration. Once you have passed this you will need to update it every five years.

To transport hazardous goods, you will need your ADR licence (Advisory Dangerous Goods by Road Certificate). You can gain your ADR licence online.

After gaining my qualifications, what are my next steps?

Update your CV!

Ensure that you have updated your CV and include your new qualifications. To see our tips on how to write a good CV please CLICK HERE.

Landed your first interview? Congratulations! For our interview tips CLICK HERE.


Interview Tips

Interviews can be a daunting situation for some people. However, with our top interview tips this experience should be more calming for you.

Take a look at our top interview tips below:

  • Be prepared – Do your research!
  • Dress appropriately – Keep your shorts and flip flops for the beach!
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time – If it’s over the phone, then sit by your phone ready (and make sure it has enough battery)
  • Make a good first impression – A good first impression can open doors to many great opportunities
  • If you do not understand the question, make sure that you ask the interviewer to repeat or explain in more detail
  • Ask questions! – The more questions you ask, the more information you get about the company and the job role!
  • It’s your time to shine so make sure to sell yourself
  • Do follow up after the interview
  • RELAX!

An interview is not as bad as it may seem!

CLICK HERE for tips on how to prepare for your job interview.