Last week I introduced you to Chuck, who, as you all found out, is a great guy that we all love. The story I want to tell you today started over 17 years ago with a young man who started working for ECI at the ripe age of 20. In his own words, he described himself as “immature…” and someone who “…knew nothing about the field.” This week I want you all to meet, Jeremy.
At ECI, one of the things we’re most proud of is the relationships we share with our employees. Each and every one becomes like family to all of us here, and it’s always a pleasure to be able to celebrate their achievements. Some big moments for us recently were when Bob passed his ReadyToWork testing, and when Rich hit his year mark with the company last month. Of course we also had some new additions, Chris and Kris both welcomed new members of their families over the summer. These successes, personal and professional, are what we strive for. Because we value all of our employees, I felt it was important that we help our customers get to know the incredible people who make ECI the awesome place that it is. This week, I want you all to meet Chuck.
When you’re job searching, things can begin to get overwhelming, especially if you’ve been doing it for awhile. There is nothing more disappointing than hearing from a company who is considering you for a position, only to find that they went with another candidate. Often times, the decision to not hire someone may very well have nothing to do with qualifications, but rather perceptions that develop throughout the screening process. Here are some common red flags for recruiters that are easy mistakes anyone can make.
When you’re looking to gain experience in your field, whether it’s as a sales associate or a marketing specialist, it’s easy to apply only to those businesses that focus solely on what you want to be doing. If your career goals are in marketing, you apply at a marketing firm. It makes sense. Smaller companies who don’t specialize in your particular niche get overlooked, their job descriptions unread because how would working for that HVAC company possibly help build your resume?
A lot of companies use different tools to determine an applicant’s eligibility for a given position. Often it can take several weeks from the time a resume gets submitted for any sort of decision to occur. Here at ECI, we feel that it’s important to screen candidates in a lot of different ways, but the tool we value most is our “ride along.”
You’ve been putting out your resume for a few weeks and it has finally happened; you have a call back for an interview. So what now? Whether you’re an individual with years of experience in the HVAC field, or making a career change and starting at entry-level, preparing for the questions a hiring manager will have can feel overwhelming. Since there isn’t a set script for which questions you might be asked, preparing for the questions themselves isn’t always the best approach. As ECI’s talent recruiter, I’ve conducted multiple interviews with a variety of approaches I tailor for each candidate based on the position a person is applying for. Here’s some advice I have for those of you preparing for yours!
There are a lot of sides to the HVAC field, and if you’re looking for career options, there are several different opportunities available. For those who can’t see themselves being satisfied in an office setting, it may feel like those options are simply service or install. While service and install are the two broad areas of specialization, where you go within those specializations has a lot more room for growth and expansion than you might realize, so it’s important to weigh your options carefully.
As a young apprentice to his father Bill, AJ Eberhardt is the modern day example of a Master Craftsman passing the torch to his son.
Once a common practice, it’s sadly a vanishing tradition. From the time he was a young boy, AJ loved working alongside his father. It seemed only natural that when he became old enough, he would help his Dad during the summer’s installing Central Air systems at ECI Comfort, where his father worked since before he was born. When AJ turned seventeen, he picked up another of his father’s passions, firefighting, and joined the volunteers of the Croydon Fire house.