Hiring Our Heros!
Veterans account for approximately 9.5% of the adult U.S. population. This equates to 22 million men and women between the ages of 20 and 65. Not all of them are looking for work, but a disproportionate group of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are and we need to help them find jobs. It is the least we can do for those Americans who put their lives on hold to protect and defend our country and Koons wants to help.
While millions of veterans have transitioned out of the armed forces over the last ten years, the number of post-9/11 veterans transitioning from active duty service to civilian life will significantly increase over the coming years. Koons Automotive, in concert with Hiring Our Heroes program, is committed to hire top talent from our armed forces. Koons is joined in this effort by many other business and government entities—non-profits, for-profits, civic organizations, institutions of higher learning, community-based efforts—we’re all committed to assisting veterans as they transition out of the services and pursue civilian careers.
Tom Donnegan, Director of Training and Recruiting for Koons Automotive Company stated, “Koons typically likes to hire former military because they’re very disciplined, hard working, tech savvy, friendly and organized and in this business that’s the skill set needed for success.” Working in the automotive industry requires a wide variety of skills, not the least of which is good people and listening skills. Employees that have been hired in the past that came from the military have excelled with us because of that.
A recent military hire Tim Welton put it best “I thought the transition from a military to a civilian job would be difficult, but Koons helped me to transition smoothly. The quick thinking, leadership, and problem solving skills I learned while serving fit perfectly as a sales consultant! I’ve become one of the top sales consultants at my dealership and I credit my military training and the mentorship I’ve received here at Koons for that success!”
Here is a current list of the openings in sales, service, and customer support, click here to apply:
- Sell new and used automobiles
- Maintain knowledge of inventory, features, accessories, etc.
- Demonstrate automobiles, take test drives, and explain warranties and services
- Prospect daily for potential customers; maintain contact with previous customers
- Diagnose automotive problems quickly and accurately
- Install new equipment repair broken or worn auto components
- Test vehicles before and after repair
- Maintain manufacturer training
- Greet customers obtain vehicle information and accurately record vehicle problems
- Take service calls from customers to schedule appointments
- Maintain positive customer relations
If you’re part of the military and you want to join a progressive challenging and supportive company come and see us online at Koons.com or at the career fairs at Fort Belvoir on Feb 19th or at Verizon Center April 9th. Contact Tom Donegan directly. Good luck in your search and thank you for serving our country.