December 22, 2015 Part 2 of tips for employers This article continues a review of best practices for recruiting, hiring and retaining top-notch trade workers. Look outside your local area. The smaller your market area the more likely it is that you’ll have to find someone who lives in the next county...

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December 10, 2015 Part 1 of tips for employers So far this blog has been devoted to advice for aspiring trade workers. I’m going to switch gears for a while and speak to their employers, many of whom also follow this blog. I know most of you would rank finding top-notch trade workers the most […]

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November 20, 2015 Just knock for a rewarding career. In my last blog I discussed apprenticeship programs and vocational/technical schools as paths into the skilled trades. A third path exists that may be the most accessible of all for talented and ambitious people. Do a little research and identify successful...

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November 10, 2015 Apprenticeship has changed from the old days. Following in your father’s footsteps has a long tradition in the skilled trades. Many if not most of today’s trade workers entered the field because that’s what their father or some other family member did for a living. Often Dad owned...

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October 27, 2015 So say recent college grads A consistent theme of this blog has been that debunking the myth that you have to go to college to achieve financial success. I’ve written about the lack of jobs for most college graduates in the fields they study, about the skyrocketing cost of college...

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October 13, 2015 Hard to do with big debts to pay Many, many years ago as a young man in my early 20s and recently discharged from the U.S. Army, I moved into my own apartment for the first time. While serving in the military I shared quarters with dozens of fellow soldiers — hardly […]

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October 1, 2015 Set your sights on being better than average. It’s easy to be misled when you look at data about how much skilled trade workers earn. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes such data, but I have found their information to be outdated and lacking in context. For example, the most recent...

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September 23, 2015 By Renee Tomlinson We keep hearing that technicians are in demand; that there is a skills gap facing our industry and that employers are having a difficult time filling open technician and HVACR related job openings, but where are all of these facts and figures coming from? The HVACR...

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September 14, 2015 Your computer skills will come in handy A lot of young people look at the manual trades as a lot of wrench turning and grunt labor. Maybe that was true a century ago but the jobs of today’s skilled trade workers are more about “brain” work than physical strength. Today’s automobiles...

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