HVAConlineJobs.com is a one-stop recruitment center.

Finding and keeping quality employees in a robust economy is difficult for almost any field and the hvac industry is no exception. Many business owners report it's hard and getting harder to find people to fill their open positions.

For the experienced hvac professional, however, this "buyer's market" has created a boon - wages and benefits are better and jobs are plentiful. Now a web site is making it easier for the hvac job seeker and employer to get together. HVAConlineJobs.com, a sister site of HVAConline.com, is a one-stop recruitment center. Anyone looking for work in the hvac field can create a free, confidential personal profile that will be used to market his or her skills to potential employers.

Working with CareerSite Corp., a major electronic recruiting company, HVAConlineJobs.com uses CareerSite's software that searches for jobs using concepts as opposed to just words. This creates more leads for the job seeker, company officials say. And job seekers can also receive automatic notice of job matches by e-mail and create, store and submit resumes and cover letters online. In many cases, job applications can also be filed through the Internet.

For the employer, the site's Recruiter software makes sorting through applicants easier. And for a small fee, companies can read the more than 200,000 candidate profiles stored in the site's job database. "Having more than 20 years of experience in the hvacr industry, I know how difficult it can be to locate a qualified hvacr employee or position through traditional means," said Marcia Hollatz, vice-president and general manager with HVAConline.com. "However, online recruiting will be a great tool to facilitate the job searching process, especially in this tight job market. By offering this service online, physical barriers are broken and every member of the supply chain will have the opportunity to post job openings or locate positions that match their qualifications and interests."

To visit the site, point your web browser to www.hvaconlinejobs.com.

  • Starting this fall, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America's (ACCA) full membership directory will be available to consumers online as part of the group's regular web site (www.acca.org). The announcement was made in the July/August issue of the ACCA News, the group's official newsletter. ACCA officials hope that consumers will use the site to locate contractors in their area. "As contractors move into e-commerce, access to consumers through ACCA's web site will provide a definite competitive advantage to members, as well as an advantage to consumers who will be able to find quality contractors," Greg Leisgang, chairman of the ACCA's Information Services Task Team was quoted in the article.

    The directory will allow consumers to search by zip code or state and will link to member contractors with web sites. Another section of the directory will be password-protected and accessible to ACCA members only. To visit that part of the site, visitors must have their ACCA National member number and contact name.

    For information about the site or being listed in the searchable database, contact member services through e-mail at member @acca.org or call 202-483-9370.

  • The ACCA and The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News are co-sponsoring the "HVAC e-Contracting Summit," Nov. 4 at the BWI Marriott in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will teach professionals about how the Internet is changing communication and how to use the technology to improve your company's bottom line. The cost of the day-long seminar is $195.

    For information, call 202-483-9370 or e-mail to meetings@acca.org.

  • The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) has added a bookstore to its official web site, www.smacna.org. Technical, safety and business management publications as well as videos and software are available at the site. Simply enter in the keywords for the subject your are looking for and select what format (book, manual, CD-ROM, video) you would like the information in. A list of matches to your search criteria and the discounted SMACNA member price are displayed. The site is secure, which means you can pay by credit card and your transaction is kept confidential. Customers will Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on their computers will also be able to download the table of contents of available publications.

  • Staefa Control System has launched a new web site with news, product information, case studies, training information and career opportunities for the hvac professional. At www.staefa.com, installers, end users and consulting and specifying engineers are invited to learn more about the Staefa's line of building control and management systems.

  • Have you checked out Snips' new online industry bulletin board yet? At www.snipsmag.com, we've implemented a new, easier to use bulletin board where you can discuss the latest industry news and trends and solicit or give advice to other Snips readers in the hvac and sheet metal industries. Our new bulletin board is completely searchable so you can find posts you might have missed.