AutoNation | Rev Up Your Future |
Published in the September/October 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Jason Mosley is the general manager of Champion Ford, an AutoNation dealership in Katy, Texas. He was a staff sergeant in the Army, where his main responsibilities were motor vehicle maintenance, including HumVee maintenance.
Under Mosley’s direction, Champion grew from an underperforming location to the most profitable domestic retail location in the entire company. It is also the second-most profitable Ford dealership in the nation – among all Ford dealerships, not just AutoNation-owned facilities.
Mosley said that his Army experience has played a big role in his post-military success. “The military did well preparing me for a transition to civilian life, not only because of specific technical skills I learned, but also because of general leadership qualities that the service helped me develop,” he said. “I was responsible for servicing Humvees in Germany and Bosnia, which was a natural fit for AutoNation. But the intangible qualities of military service – understanding how to motivate personnel in non-monetary ways, operating successfully within a large and well-defined organization – were equally important for promoting my long-term success.”
The automotive industry is a great fit for veterans because it rewards hard work. “What’s also great about the industry for people coming out of the military is that it can raise your standard of living pretty quickly,” said Mosley. “This is one line of business where, if you work hard, you can get everything out of it that you put in. It rewards hard work and initiative, and it’s particularly good for people like us, who do our best when in a results-oriented environment.”
Mosley is happy to recommend AutoNation to veterans transitioning to civilian life. “AutoNation needs people with mechanical skills, and the company is organized in a way that should feel very natural and comfortable to former military,” he said. “Like the Army, AutoNation is all about process and procedures.”
Mosley also recommends that those who have not yet left the military try to get as much out of their military experience as possible. “My best advice is to get all the knowledge you can, even if it doesn’t have obvious bearing on future opportunities,” he said. “Anything that gives you life experience will contribute to your ability to succeed in the civilian world. You’ll be better at relating with customers and coworkers, you’ll have a greater degree of self-confidence, and you’ll have a unique perspective on things that few non-military personnel are likely to have.”
As for applying to work at AutoNation, Mosley said it is important to stand apart. “I recommend that you mention any technical experience you may have, and show that it addresses the specifics of the position you’re applying for,” he said. “But don’t shy away from the less tangible things, too – leadership, training, accountability. All of it can help you stand apart from all the other job seekers. Make sure to do your research about the opportunity, have your facts together, and be prepared to explain why you offer a set of skills that can be of benefit to the AutoNation team. That’s what we’re looking for – team players who can complement the people we already have on staff and add depth to that team.”