Why HVAC Careers Tend to be Recession Proof

Our economy has been strong for several years now. But those of us who have been around a while know that it is only a matter of time until the next recession hits. If you are thinking of a career in HVAC, now is the time to make your move. Jobs are plentiful, employers are hiring and training. By starting your HVAC career now, you will be in a safe position when the next recession hits. Why? Because HVAC careers are among the most recession-proof you can find.

HVAC Professionals Bypassed the Great Recession

During the global economic recession of 2007 – 2009 ago almost every economic sector experienced significant job losses. The stock market cratered, banks severely restricted lending, businesses were forced to cut back, leading to job cuts everywhere. Many people with stable jobs and promising careers found themselves jobless and trying to switch careers.


HVAC Industry Career Advice

Almost every home has either an air conditioning system, heating system or both so there is always a need for maintenance or repair no matter what the season.  Most homes also have a system that provides ventilation to keep the moisture out and mold from growing. However, our heating and air conditioning systems need to be maintained or repaired and sometimes they need to be replaced. This is why a career in HVAC is virtually recession proof.

How to Effectively Interview HVAC-R, Facilities, and Engineering Candidates

As a hiring manager, interviewing talent for your company is an important part of your role and crucial for company growth. In specialized industries like HVAC-R, Facilities Management, and Mechanical Engineering, the hiring process can be tricky. You need to avoid the job hoppers and smooth talkers and focus in on those who will actually care about your customers.

How HVAC Customer Expectations are Reshaping the Industry

HVAC, MEP, and construction industry customers expect more these days. Changing customer expectations are jeopardizing once stable customer relationships for at many companies. The bar is higher today. Customers expect their interactions with us to be fast and convenient. But, most importantly, they expect us to get it right the first time, no matter how complex their problem may be.

How Employers in MEP, HVAC, and Other Building Trades Can Support Staff Career Development

A common interview question we ask prospective employees is ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?'”. As employers, we like to hire people who have a clear plan – that shows initiative and commitment to career development. But, we need to provide an environment where these motivated employees can achieve their career goals. We need to help them get to where they want to be in 5 years. When a company is committed to employee career development, it becomes easier to attract the best employees.

Retaining HVAC and MEP Employees Requires Satisfying and Purposeful Work

Companies in the building and engineering trades face hiring challenges posed by an aging workforce and shrinking pool of skilled labor. So, it is imperative to hire, train, and retain younger workers to stay competitive. Likewise, ensuring that experienced staff find purpose in their work builds loyalty and encourages then to mentor and develop younger colleagues.

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers – economic projections

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program states that employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction will drive employment growth as the construction industry continues to recover from the recent recession. The growing number of sophisticated climate-control systems is also expected to increase demand for qualified HVAC/R technicians.

The Importance of Maintaining Proper Communications and Record Keeping During Your Employment

Too often we see candidates get caught up in the minutiae of looking for a new job while forgetting some very fundamental practices to protect themselves over the long-term course of their career. Some people may have every intention of staying at the same company for the duration of their career, but sometimes forces outside their control intervene, and plans change unexpectedly. An acquisition or a merger, a new management team that brings in their own favored supervisory staff, economic factors that change marketplace dynamics or competitiveness for your firm, operational issues that impact your ability to deliver to your customers in a timely fashion, relocation, unforeseen personal circumstances, and more – all these are factors that can precipitate a job change. As a result, it’s important to be prepared for an unexpected change in direction and to have your “ducks in a row” at all times. Aim for a high-level of organization and record keeping during your tenure with a company in case you need to pivot.

How HVAC Job Seekers Benefit from Working with a Specialized Recruiter

If you’ve ever searched for an HVAC job before, you know that it can be stressful. Sending out your resume, researching hiring managers, attending countless interviews – sometimes it feels like it is all in vain. Working with a specialist HVAC recruiter during this process may be one of the smartest career moves you can make. They likely know everyone who is hiring in your industry and can help position and coach you to perform at your best. In this post, we explore some of the important ways that a specialist HVAC recruiter can help you take the next step in your career.