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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Glen Callum Associates champions strategic face-to-face networking for talent acquisition success

Date: Wednesday 03 April 2024

In an era dominated by social media and online networking, Glen Callum Associates (GCA) has highlighted the power of face-to-face interactions in talent acquisition.

​With a focus on building genuine connections and fostering relationships, GCA is shining a light on the importance of utilising industry events as invaluable opportunities to expand networks and cultivate future talent, helping to improve recruitment strategies.

​With 95 percent of professionals believing that face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships, it is easy to see the importance of networking and attending industry functions.[1]

​Kayleigh Bradley, Senior Recruiter at GCA, has reiterated the significance of networking beyond the confines of traditional recruitment tasks: “While phone calls and CV reviews are integral to the role, we recognise that success hinges on building a robust network and staying abreast of industry trends,” she commented.

​“And a key way to achieve this is by going along to events where you know your target audience will gather. Not only will these events offer insights, but you may make a connection with someone who’s perfect for a role you’re looking to fill.”

​GCA's commitment to strategic networking is highlighted by its active participation in well-known, and well-attended, automotive aftermarket events nationwide. From Automechanika Birmingham to IAAF networking gatherings, the team immerses themselves in industry dialogues, forging connections and sharing insights with peers, clients, and potential candidates.

​These gatherings provide fertile ground for relationship-building, knowledge-sharing, and collaborative problem-solving within the automotive aftermarket, says GCA.

​GCA also advises aftermarket professionals to attend events that support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives such as Women Automotive Network. These platforms facilitate dialogue on working towards a more all-encompassing industry, aligning with GCA's ethos of promoting talent regardless of gender.

​Bradley added: “As GCA continues to advocate for the power of face-to-face networking, the team remains dedicated to creating meaningful connections that drive recruitment success. Whether at industry conferences, awards ceremonies, or local networking events, we encourage hiring companies to seek talent acquisition through authentic engagement.”

​For more information on Glen Callum Associates, or to get in touch with the team, please visit here.