When I was in high school, I worked at a car dealership as a paint and body technician. In college, I worked at a local hospital as an administrative assistant. And then later on in life, after getting my MBA, I took on several roles as a fleet manager for different companies.
All of these jobs taught me valuable lessons about how to succeed at work and how not to. But even with all my years of experience under my belt now, there is still one thing that drives me every day: landing your dream job as a fleet manager.
It’s not easy because the role is quite specialized and has very specific requirements that only certain people can handle well (i.e., those who are organized).
But once you know what you want out of your career path and have done everything possible research this position thoroughly beforehand and be honest about whether you have what it takes!
Then all that’s left is following through with your plan until success comes knocking at your door
Find Yourself A Mentor And Learn From Them
A mentor is someone who will help you with your career. They can teach you new skills and get you in touch with people who can help you land that dream job.
They can also make sure that your boss doesn’t forget about the great work that you do, which is especially important if it’s time for a raise or promotion!
If you don’t have a mentor yet, try asking around in the office for someone who seems like they have their stuff together.
If none of your co-workers are available to act as mentors for whatever reason (maybe they’re too busy), then maybe there’s an older employee somewhere else in the company who fits the bill or at least knows someone who does!
Get Involved In The Industry
There are several ways to get involved with the fleet management community and with the people who make it what it is. For example, you could volunteer for a committee or attend industry events, such as conferences and seminars.
You can also read industry publications like Fleet Owner magazine or other trade journals and newsletters to learn more about how fleets work from an insider’s perspective.
Learn As Much As You Can, As Fast As You Can
Read. Read. Read some more. The best way to learn is through the written word, so make sure you’re reading everything you can get your hands on.
Read up on industry trends and news in your area of expertise, as well as those that are adjacent to it (e.g., if you’re a fleet manager in the transportation industry, read up on public transportation trends).
Take classes! Even if you’re only interested in taking one class at a time, it’s never too late to start learning new things and it’s never bad to have extra knowledge under your belt around topics related to your career field.
Check out local community colleges for online courses or evening programs; these often require very little commitment from students who work full-time jobs during the day but want an opportunity for continued education without having to quit their job for three years straight!
Keep Going. Don’t Give Up
- Don’t give up.
- Don’t be afraid to apply for jobs.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Ask for references from your professors, or speak with one of the people who hired you at your current job.
They may have connections that could help you find another position in the field you love so much!
If they don’t know anyone who works at a fleet management company, they might know someone who does or they could offer some tips on how best to approach their connections when it comes time to ask them out on a date (sorry).
Make sure you keep networking and staying active during this process; it’s important not only because it’ll make people want to hire/date/love/be friends with you more easily but also because if there’s anything we’ve learned here today…it’s that nothing happens by accident!
You needn’t feel bad if things don’t go according to plan either – just keep trying until something sticks!
Never Stop Learning And Growing
Every day, you can learn something new from someone else and not just about your job.
You might hear something that inspires a new idea for yourself, or someone else’s story may give you a sense of purpose and drive in your own life. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how much we can all be learning from each other every day.
Even if you don’t have time to take classes or attend workshops regularly, there are still plenty of ways to grow as an individual: reading books and articles, watching movies, watching TV shows (hey, maybe even some educational ones!), listening to podcasts…
The list goes on! As long as we’re constantly striving for knowledge and growth (which shouldn’t be limited by our career paths).
There’s no such thing as being too busy or overworked anymore we’re simply doing what it takes in order not only survive but thrive in today’s increasingly competitive workforce landscape!
Make Your Mark On The Industry
In your early days as a fleet manager, it’s important to make your mark on the industry. Whether you want to be known as an innovator or someone who goes above and beyond for their clients, there are several ways you can ensure that people know who you are.
As with any job, it’s important to hone your skills so that they become second nature. If your company doesn’t offer training programs.
Or classes on time management or communication strategies (or whatever else might be relevant), look into other options such as seminars and conferences where speakers can share their experiences with others.
You could also use this opportunity as an excuse for self-improvement; maybe there’s something about yourself that needs improvement and if so, now would be an excellent time to take action!
Know Your Stuff
You’re going to need to know a lot of things, but don’t worry we’ve got you covered. First, make sure you’re up on the latest information in your field. Read industry publications and stay abreast of new technologies and upcoming regulations.
Then read up on the company itself: its history, its mission statement, who takes meetings with whom, and when they like their coffee (if it’s important).
Finally, familiarize yourself with all aspects of the equipment we provide: how it works; what kind of maintenance it requires; what parts are compatible with other brands’ vehicles so that we can save money on repairs or upgrades without sacrificing quality or performance.*
We also recommend learning about the market trends in which you operate that way if someone asks about where their next gas-guzzling SUV might be headed for sale (itself an insightful question!).
You’ll know where else around town might also want such a vehicle so that we don’t get stuck holding onto unsold inventory out in our storage facilities for weeks longer than necessary.*
Negotiate Your Way To Success
Negotiating your salary is one of the best ways to ensure that you are getting paid what you deserve. At first, it can be nerve-wracking to ask for more money, but keep in mind that this process is designed to make sure both parties walk away satisfied with their offer.
Your employer wants to hire someone who will stay with them long-term and grow with the company, so they have no problem paying extra if it means keeping someone like yourself around!
If they aren’t offering enough, consider asking for other benefits such as better vacation time or flexible hours. You may even be able to negotiate a 401K match or some type of profit-sharing plan all things that will increase your overall happiness at work and increase productivity as well!
Be Honest With Yourself And Everyone You Work With
Honesty is the best policy. Be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do, be honest with your boss and team members about what you can and cannot do, and be honest with your colleagues about what you can and cannot do.
No one expects you to have all the answers we know that no one has them all.
But when it comes down to it, if someone asks a question that falls within the scope of your job duties and responsibilities, know enough to give them an answer based on facts versus conjecture or guesswork.
If a member of your team asks for help but you aren’t certain of how best to assist, ask questions until someone else who might have better information comes along (or send an email out internally asking for input).
Don’t pretend like it doesn’t matter; take ownership of the situation instead by being transparent about any gaps in knowledge so others can step up where necessary.
Treat Everyone With Respect And Kindness
When you’re a fleet manager, it’s important to be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter if the person you’re dealing with is a customer, an employee, or another fleet manager you treat them with respect and kindness.
When you greet someone new (whether they’re your customer or not), say hello and introduce yourself as “the fleet manager at ABC Company.”
And when you’re done speaking with them about their needs for their vehicles, close the conversation by thanking them for their time and saying something like “I look forward to working together again in the future!”
This makes sure that they feel good about doing business with your company so they’ll want to come back again!
This also goes for asking questions of other managers within your organization; make sure that your tone isn’t condescending in any way because this can lead people away from wanting anything else from us.”
Always Keep Track Of Your Accomplishments And Use Them To Build Your Resume
It’s important to keep track of your accomplishments as a fleet manager. You can use these achievements to build a resume and show future employers that you are capable of performing the duties of the job.
When looking for a new job, it’s often helpful for applicants to think about what they’ve done in previous roles that could apply to their intended position. It can also help them feel confident in the work they are capable of doing. Some examples include:
- You were able to reduce fuel consumption by 30% across your company’s entire fleet after implementing new technology into all vehicles
- After growing a small office from three employees into an office with more than 50 staff members over five years, you have gained experience managing larger groups and conducting interviews
Show Up For Work On Time And Stay Late If Needed
One of the best ways to prove your dedication is showing up for work on time and staying late if needed. As a fleet manager, you’ll be expected to answer calls 24/7, even during non-business hours.
Make sure your phone’s always charged and that you have a car charger at home so you can charge it in the car on the way to work.
If your job requires travel, make sure you get enough sleep before leaving home so that you’re well-rested when arriving at your destination.
If possible, take advantage of hotel rooms with kitchenettes (or even just mini refrigerators) so that you can save money by packing lunch and snack foods from home instead of eating out every day while away from home base.
Don’t Hesitate To Apply For Jobs
Don’t hesitate to apply for jobs. The best way to prepare yourself for a fleet management career is to get your foot in the door and work your way up. You’ll only be able to apply for jobs that fit your experience level, but don’t let that stop you from applying!
Your job search should be an active one where you pursue new opportunities as they come up.
Don’t wait around for someone else to give you an opportunity; instead, actively reach out with applications and resumes by sending them through email or printing them out at home (remember: don’t send anything via postal mail!).
I hope that you can use these tips to land your dream job as a fleet manager. It’s a tough industry to break into, but it’s not impossible.
If you follow all of my advice and keep your chin up, then I guarantee that one day soon you will be able to say “I am the fleet manager of XX company!”