The Editor is alive!! The following arrived earlier this week.


as you may have guessed I have been out a fair bit. Completely understand your need for action. Simon will be in contact shortly ref the after sales feature you are both to work on. The mag goes on Friday and I am flying out on Sunday but we can aim to talk either this Friday if all goes well or later next week?

I will ask Simon to be in touch next week too. I will arrange a page rate for you based on half the number of pages Simon ends of writing.

Talk soon.

Now that sounds promising, but given previous experience I shan’t get my hopes up just yet. I wrote back immediately thanking him and with a couple of quick questions regarding recent submissions but that’s the last I heard from him.

And I’ve just had an email from one of the on line car sales recruitment specialists:


All our vacancies bar one which is currently at second interview stage require previous motor trade experience, however we will keep your details on file should that situation change.

James Badger.

Not exactly pro-active, if I’d got car sales experience I’d already have a job by now and wouldn’t require his services! Car sales is not rocket science, and every car sales executive on the planet had zero experience once. I need a bit more from him than this.

I write back:


Thank you for coming back to me. Totally understand, I’ve come up against the “previous motor trade experience required” barrier before.

However I do interview and “sell myself” well, and have found that on all occasions I’ve managed to slip past this barrier potential employers have received me well in spite of this requirement.

At the end of the day product knowledge and procedure is easily learnt, but great presentation and a genuine ability to engage with the customer and enthuse about the product is much rarer and more valuable to an employer.

I feel sure that if you can get me to interview stage we can get past this obstacle, after all, every single car sales executive in the UK had zero experience once. It’s all in the packaging as I’m sure you know.

Perhaps you could give this some thought and see what you could do?

Happy to pop up and meet you if that helps.

Kind regards,



Sometimes this all feels much harder work than it really ought to be.

Oh well, the waiting game continues.


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4 Responses to “Emails.”

  1. Phirefly Says:

    Clearly experience is the massive stumbling block here. This sounds like a mental suggestion, but why not try and get a week in a showroom under your belt by offering to work for free? Go round every showroom in the locale in your best Paul Smith and expalin your predicament to the head honcho. Doubtless, not every branch is going to go for this, but I bet you there’s one kindhearted showroom manager out there who would happily give the articulate, well presented Max a weeks’ insight into the inner workings of his domain. If it feels a little demeaning, you could concile it with yourself thus – its research for your writing.

    I know its a world away from my sector, but this is pretty much the ONLY way it works for creatives, and I can’t see how the basic priciples wouldn’t transfer to different occupations. I spent a year on unpaid placements, and I wasn’t some spotty teenager, I was a fully qualified adult. It was a real slog but completely invaluable. I found that once I had that first placement under my belt, it became easier and easier to get more and the sum of the parts meant I was taken (very) seriously when I eventually went for paid roles.

    Maybe worth a shot?

  2. lost Says:

    I think its symtomatic of an increasingly specialised country: from school through to career. Transferable skills,are just that, transferable. Asking for you to have previous experience in exactly that sector (knowing waht you did for a job before) is a bit like suggesting a dolphin is less experienced at swiming than a shark.

    There are serious disadvantages and limits created in companies, of all sizes and sectors, by having a ”previous experience” and specialised workforce, and limits to the individual too: not just of job options, but of personal growth and adaptation.

    HR as a ”sector” have a lot to answer for. 😦

  3. Pat (MSE) Says:

    I hope you are not paying for this agency’s “services”.

  4. clare Says:

    Working for ‘Free’ usually pays off in some way or another. It can also swipe valuable time away from other, more profitable, things also.

    Be selective and it is never time wasted ..if the time is spare.

    We get loads of ‘Freebie” requsts and I rifle through them and decide yay or nay….mostly nay TBH.

    I have worked ‘for free’ loads of times over the years and, mostly, it is always valuable. Now it is different, but if things gettight ar dire, then freebies it is from me whether in time or product.

    PS; Hope you are well. 😉

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