ACHR News have published an article providing details on the ways US HVACR companies recruit technicians.
The article emphasises that there is difficulties in finding new talent as the “need for qualified help continues to escalate, while the number of young prospects entering the trades continues to diminish.” The article also emphasises that while newspapers and supermarket job postings were once the primary recruiting source for employers and applicants, this is no longer the case and the internet is now the recruiting domain.
While the article goes on to emphasise the success that recruiting websites such as LinkedIn, Indeed.com, and Glassdoor, as well as social media posts, can offer businesses, it also provides details on other recruiting methods to consider.
Todd Kletz, owner of Classic Air’s One Hour Heating and Cooling, stated in the article that “while the internet has essentially replaced the newspaper, ultimately they are the same” and that he doesn’t just rely on recruiting websites to find new technicians. He also recruits through word of mouth, referrals, events, and technical schools.
Kletz also recommended using sales calls as recruiting opportunities and emphasised that recruiting should be a continuous process, rather than just when a position needs to be filled.
Rob Minnick, President and CEO of Minnick’s Inc, stated in the article that his recruiting preferences were his local headhunter, a HVAC agent, employee referrals, and apprenticeship and association relationships.
The article concludes by emphasising that while many companies have struggled recruiting and retaining technicians, it’s not always the case for every HVACR company.