I was "Restructured" out of a job/position
21 Years, 11 Months and 16 days is how long I worked as as a Asian Vehicle Diagnostic Specialist at Identifix. Last week I was "Restructured" out. So... what are your recommendations for my next adventure? Nothing too wild unless it is a side gig to improve my skills.
I'm at a loss for words and recommendations, you were my Subaru Guru on Identifix. Hang loose for a short period if you can, you've got everything on your side knowledge and experience wise. 'Restructured' for the love of.... Unbelievable ! Then again... How's about teaching SSM3&4 classes :O) Just a thought.
Woukd you consider relocating for the right job? Mobile diagnostics? ADAS? Newer Kind of stuff. No or extremely minimal repairs. I‘m looking as are a number of other mobile companies. Some are actually in your area.
Relocating, no. My youngest is in 6th grade and it is important to me that he be in a stable group of pears and great school. Mobile Diagnostics sounds like possibility. Although, MN weather can be unfiorgiving. ADAS is a rapidly increasing technology that needs brillant technicians to understand and perform the procedures. Yes, I'm interested.
Then contact Kevin at MASLLC.net He may already be in your area. Mobile Auto Solutions. Probably the best mobile company there is at the moment. Not the largest but likely the best
… is hiring for the same gig. Would require move to Dallas, Atlanta, or Sacramento.
Check out this job at ALLDATA: linkedin.com/jobs/view/1724…
Not interested in relocating. My youngest is in 6th grade and it is important to me that he be in a stable group of pears and great school. Some travel would be ok.
I totally understand, family comes before work.
Sorry to hear that Todd, hope you find something that is a good fit. I wish you well.
22 years at Identifix? Shoot man, I didn't even know they've been around that long. First off, should I be sorry for your loss? If so, then I am. I say go West mister, and come work for me. Or teach.
Apply at Mobile Auto Solutions in Chicago.
How about becoming an instructor, such as for CTI/WTI?
Start your own tech line!!
He would get sued!
They don't like competition.
I know the feeling. Got RIF'd after 10 years in the Army in 1975. Married, 3 kids 2 yrs college and the Mafia wasn't hiring. You will bounce back even stronger as I did. Best of Luck Dick …
What are your criteria? Is moving out of the question? Is regular traveling out of the question? Know anyone at Subaru USA? Err...my answers are sometimes in the form of questions... practicing for Jeopardy!.
I don't know my criteria, yet. I'm still spinning in disbelief. I don't want to move (until all the kids are out of school). Some travel is ok. There must be enough other benefits for the wife to agree. I'll be knocking on some doors at Subaru (the carline I'm passionate about). A well asked question is priceless.
would you like to work full time or part time? Also remotely or in a office or shop somewhere? Would you like to teach or work in a shop again? Give me some ideas of what you are thinking and I'll do what I can to help you find something.
Full time with reasonable benefits (health insurance is $$). Remotely is ok (I worked a couple days a week from home for Identifix). In office has better brainstorming results. It would have to be the right shop with a great owner.
Todd, consider a job as a trainer. With your vast experience on the hotline, you have an intimate knowledge of the state of education among technicians. I don't know how you feel about public speaking but it is a skill that can be learned. I think your past skill set would be a great asset as a trainer/educator.
I've thought about becoming a trainer. Teaching is something I liked doing on the hotline (It is also why my "numbers of calls" were less). Taking a "why" (the RF window moves slower from the master window switch) to an "ahh haa" (discovered a voltage drop in the switch under load) that is usable on a completely different problem feels great. I could transition from one on one to one to many…
Open up your own auto repair shop specializes in import. Train yourself some top notch guys and make bank
I'm not that brave at this moment. Shop owners are courageous group.
Todd, If a relocation to Utah is a possibility, I have a start-up Vehicle Safety System Diag/Rpr/Calibration facility, with training center, to begin franchise opportunities countrywide soon. I am seeking a Calibration Center Manager/Franchise Training Manager in Salt Lake City.
That sounds fantastic. But, I'm not looking to move (until the youngest finishes high-school).
Hi Todd, I sent you a message earlier last week. Would like to meet and discuss options.
One of the things I always liked about auto repair is you can pretty much move anywhere in the country and find a job rather quickly. There are always dealerships and shops looking for help. You might have to quit a couple of shops before you find one that suits you, but there seems to be lots of demand out there. If it were me, I would consider switching careers. Maybe you have a hobby like…
Ouch!! What does that even mean? There is a YUUUUUGE shortage of qualified techs and even bigger shortage of good diag techs,I imagine business is booming for IDfix. MY guess is there was politics involved(Ive seen you post here before the whole lawsuit debacle and maybe that was frowned upon) I
Todd, We are hiring tech support specialists at TOPDON USA. Please send me a copy of your resume along with your salary requirements. I believe we have a spot for you on our team. Thanks, Charles …
I'll do that.
Sorry to hear of you are out at Identifix. Their loss will be someone else's gain! I have to believe a training gig would work for you, but I understand how difficult that can be with young kids and travel. Mobile diagnostics, especially ADAS stuff would be an option for you. No matter how it turns out, I am sure you will thrive and be successful. Best wishes.
Sorry to hear that Todd. My response after reading other replies - One Door Closes and Another opens. Yeah, I know, advice is always easier to dole out then to receive, but somehow I know you'll land on your feet.