Southgate Consulting is currently handling a fantastic opportunity to join Pinkstones Toyota, Stoke-on-Trent as a Centre Principal. Built up over the last 30 years by the owner Simon Pinkstone, the business is now the largest Toyota single site in the UK. With over 60 staff in Toyota across Sales, Aftersales, Administration and Finance, Pinkstones also has separate Lexus and MG franchises.

We are looking for a “hands-on” manager, who wants to join a robust, well respected privately owned automotive retail business with an exciting future of expansion planned over the coming years.

If you would like to learn more, please do send a message via LinkedIn, or email or We would be delighted to speak with you further.

#pinkstonestoyota #careeropportunity #generalmanager #toyota #southgateconsulting #automotive

Has hiring etiquette all but now disappeared with online advertisements being posted, sometimes multiple times for vacancies? The majority of candidates we speak with, up to CEO level, never receive any response at all when applying direct, which is surely damaging to both large and small company reputations.

So here are five tips for when you are applying for your next role to try and elicit a positive response;

  • Your CV and LinkedIn profile are critical in the selection process so make sure they are synonymous with each other and up to date.
  • Use the same phrases and language on your CV as in the “must haves” listed in the Job Description.
  • Keep your application as short as possible and simplistic.
  • You don’t know who will be doing the initial screening, so don’t use jargon or colloquialisms in your application.
  • If you don’t have a response, use your LinkedIn first connection contacts in the hiring company to seek information.

Southgate Consulting offers CV and LinkedIn re-writing and evaluation to all candidates who are seeking career moves. Please contact us for more information.
#recruitment #hiringtrends #onlineapplication #linkedinprofile #cvtips

Having just read an article published by Automotive Management, it is great to see that in a recent survey, Automotive has come second in the most attractive sector to work in with a 5% increase from 2021. It’s great to see that a large percentage of younger employees want to join this sector due to a desire to work in a sector that is making “an impact in both the physical and digital world”. With the continual push towards EV and “smarter” vehicles, Automotive can definitely offer that and more!

Sources : Am-online, Randstad REBR Report

An opportunity to join Snows Motor Group overseeing their Main Dealer business in a newly built facility. We are seeking an LCV expert, with great leadership and motivational ability to take this business to its next level. Generous salary, relocation and benefits package for the right person.

Please do contact Southgate Consulting for a full job brief. #mercedesbenz #exeter #commercialvehicles #recruiting

  1. Ensure your skills match is really evident and concisely stated on your CV under headings of Responsibilities and Achievements for each recent role.
  2. Don’t give any more information or detail than is necessary for the role for which you are applying. Too much information is a big “no-no”.
  3. Are you ready for answering competency based questions as part of the process?
  4. Research the company and people working there and how you believe you would fit the company culture well.
  5. Make sure you are easily contactable for the recipient of your application to respond.
  6. Don’t try to by-pass the preferred recruitment process for any particular application.

Delighted to report that 2022 has already started very well for Southgate Consulting, with a number of Director level positions solely briefed to us, predominantly within the UK Automotive Retail space. Working to specific, tight candidate specifications our confidential and targeted approach ensures clients are met with a shortlist of pre-qualified and relevant individuals quickly and effectively. We continue to work in a bespoke, selective and consultative way with senior hires ensuring a very high level of success in the unadvertised job market protecting both Client and Candidate integrity at all times.

Another fantastic Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, we have certainly missed such events over the last 18 months. It was fantastic to walk around and see some of the new products and companies coming to market over the next couple of years with some really innovative and exciting electric models planned, but most importantly to get back out and speaking to people face to face!

#cvshow2021 #networking #recruitment