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Posted February 22, 2016 by

Recruiting and training HVACR technicians

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Attracting HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration) technicians and instructors has been challenging for recruiters and hiring managers. There is an opportunity to get college students and recent graduates interested in HVACR jobs if their recruitment and training efforts are strong.

The next generation of Americans, Generation Z students, are about to enter the workforce, and many Gen Z students are unaware of the opportunities available in the HVACR career field.

The oldest of Gen Z students are to complete high school. Some will enter the military or the workforce, and most will attend a one, two, or four-year college or university. The oldest of Gen Z was about 10 years old at the height of the Great Recession and spent most of their formative years witnessing and, in many cases, suffering from the financial turmoil. As compared to their Gen X parents at the same age, Gen Z’ers are far more likely to favor career paths with low student loan debt, opportunities for advancement within their organizations, work/life balance, and a good, stable, living wage.

Trades such as HVACR provide all of those benefits, but few young adults are aware of that fact. More than anything else, the industry needs better marketing of its career opportunities. It should make a concerted effort to deliver presentations in the nation’s high schools, just as the military and some other professions do.

“One option for HVACR industry leaders is to live stream informational presentations on YouTube to build a massive and therefore search engine friendly repository of these presentations and have the presentations delivered by recent graduates of those schools. Graduates can share their stories including their challenges. Authenticity and peer-to-peer communication matters greatly to young adults. A message that everything is great or a great message delivered by a Baby Boomer will not resonate,” notes College Recruiter’s President and Founder, Steven Rothberg.

Another way to recruit HVACR technicians and instructors is to have the employers work with educators on developing strategies to qualified students. They can also collaborate on encouraging these students to enroll in training programs, which will create a workforce in waiting. In order to train more technicians and instructors, one option is establishing financial support through local and regional employers in the career field to create training programs.

College students and recent grads can be potential candidates for jobs as HVACR technicians and instructors. However, there must be a more proactive approach when it comes to recruiting and training.

At College Recruiter, we believe every student and recent graduate deserves a great career, and we are committed to creating a quality candidate and recruiter experience. Our interactive media solutions connect students and graduates to great careers. Let College Recruiter assist you in the recruiting process. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook for more information about the best practices in college recruiting.

Posted April 16, 2015 by

Own the Room at Your Next Networking Event as a Student, Intern and Recent Graduate

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Networking Event words on a wall calendar to remind you of the day or date for a business meeting, celebration, conference or seminar. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

We live in a busy world, and college students are no exception. Today’s young adults have hectic schedules and are often times running between classes, work, extracurricular activities and social time with friends. It may seem tough to fit one more thing into this schedule, however, it is important to make time for networking as well. Networking will help you to gain experience now and will be beneficial in the long run for your career. As a student, intern or recent graduate, it can be intimidating to stand in a room full of unfamiliar faces that have more professional experience than you do. Here are a few quick tips to help you own the room and stand out like a pro at your next networking event. (more…)

Posted March 30, 2015 by

Leaving the Nest: 3 Tips for a Smooth Transition

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Woman labeling moving box at home. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As graduation day and taking on your first real job get closer, the realities of true adulthood and independence begin to show themselves. This may feel like a scary time, but like most young adults, you’ll simply learn how to handle situations as they come. But to get you started, these three tips will help manage some of the more pressing issues. (more…)

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Facing the employer’s expectations when applying for a job

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Boris Dzhingarov

We live in a world where students don’t have an exact perspective on the working industry and how they are supposed to manage in this new part of their lives that is about to come. Some young adults still think that grades are enough to get a great job and start your professional careers, but the reality is that you need much more to actually get started, from practical experiences to extra-curricular activities and even hobbies. (more…)

Posted August 12, 2014 by

Job Hunting Tips for Millenials

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Young woman in cafe restaurant with phone and coffee. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Though graduation season is now behind us, millions of young adults are still trying to enter the workforce. It’s a difficult but exciting time for them, as they prepare to use the knowledge they’ve gathered from past jobs and internships to obtain an entry-level position that could be the first step to their dream job. Of course finding a job is never easy.

Although the economy is growing stronger, young adults are still in a situation that is even more challenging than usual. Compounding this is a skills gap plaguing much of the world. According to Adecco’s Global Talent Competiveness Index, a high number of young workers are leaving high school without the education or technological skills needed to be successful. (more…)

Posted July 29, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Are You Stuck in Your Searches for Jobs? 6 Ways to Move them Forward

Recent college graduates who believe their searches for jobs are getting nowhere can get them going again in these six ways found in the following post.

There are many things that can trip you up in the job search. They’ll cause you to get frustrated, lose heart, and maybe want to give up. But most are avoidable if you put some forethought and planning into the process.

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Posted June 11, 2014 by

Consider Insurance Sales to Launch a Successful Career

Peter Leighton

Peter Leighton, Vice President of Recruiting for Combined Insurance

It’s no secret that college graduates in today’s economy face a tough job market, possibly the toughest in decades.  U.S. Labor Department statistics note that 36 percent of the 3-million recent grads in their twenties are currently unemployed or underemployed, many working part-time jobs that don’t use their degree. Many feel frustrated to be spending these critical career-building years working as retail and customer service clerks, or as waiters, bartenders or manual laborers, after years of hard work to earn those degrees.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  For those who are ambitious, determined and self-motivated and enjoy working with people, there is an alternative path.

You may want to consider sales. (more…)

Posted May 07, 2014 by

The price of not attending college

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Putting money into college savings. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Many high school graduates fret over their future, and for those following the news, the situation may seem murkier than ever. Forbes reports that the nation’s “$1 trillion student loan problem keeps getting worse,” and according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, college graduates are greeted with “crummy” jobs and fewer full-time options. Students weighing their options might begin to wonder if college is even worth it anymore. Well, a new report says it is. In fact, recent research suggests the only thing less affordable than college is not going at all. (more…)

Posted May 02, 2014 by

7 Ways for Gen Y Employees to Get Attention for Their Work on Entry Level Jobs

For young professionals on entry level jobs who want to earn some attention for their work, the following post has seven ways that they can do so.

Too many older coworkers rely on stereotypes of you and your generation. Many see you as a threat to the bedrock on which their careers were fashioned. Unfortunately, that too often creates a barrier for you to get noticed for the work you do. Fair? Nope. It is, however, what many of

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Posted February 10, 2014 by

How to Stand Out at Your Entry-Level Job

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Happy student/young woman giving a thumbs up on getting first business job. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As new college graduates find out very quickly, many entry-level jobs are not designed to help you stand out. Instead, your role is to fade into the background; to pour coffee, assist a higher-up, or otherwise serve in the day-to-day administrata of office work.

However, even if your job involves a lot of envelope-stuffing and printer management, there are still ways to stand out and start your journey to career success. (more…)