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APA Search, an executive search firm specializing in the global automotive and transportation-related industries, recently partnered with the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) to provide a free platform to match automotive and transportation employers with available industry associates who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The platform, which is found on the APA Search website, provides unemployed automotive aftermarket professionals with opportunities to be identified and hired quickly by automotive industry companies. The website also provides industry employers a free, searchable and indexed database of automotive associates with vital industry skills and experience. The database has been updated to accommodate all positions related to the transportation industry.
“If we’ve done our job correctly and reached the right people, the database should grow exponentially during the first 30 days,” said Howard Kesten, president of APA Search. “We would hope that all industry stakeholders spread the word to their affiliated companies and have them forward the COVID-19 link to all of those people who have lost their jobs. I would ask the automotive employers that have registered, to check the website often as we expect many new candidates to populate the platform every day.”
“This important partnership with APA Search is a crucial part of what our association does best,” said Paul McCarthy, president and chief operating officer of AASA. “We foster meaningful connections within our industry and offer resources to our members. Retaining valuable people in our essential industry is how the automotive aftermarket will continue to grow and prosper in the future despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
AASA exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports 871,000 American jobs. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members.
Serving Automotive and Transportation-Related Industries
Founded in 1988, APA Search is a retained executive search firm, specializing in the global automotive and transportation-related industries. Collectively, its team has interviewed over 50,000 aftermarket and original equipment professionals. “We attend every relevant trade show and maintain personal relationships that would only be found in a smaller, boutique search practice,” the firm said.
Since its inception, APA Search has branched out into other industries including consumer products/CPG, hardware, housewares and industrial product markets. The firm has made over 2,500 domestic and international placements. The assignments that APA Search conducts includes all types of mid- to senior/executive-level positions in sales, marketing, manufacturing and distribution operations, supply chain, finance/administration and more. The firm performs both domestic and international search, with placements throughout North America, Asia, Europe, Central and South America.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media