Help Wanted? Help Found! I-CAR Student Career Fairs Give Shops Chance to Hire the Cream of the Crop.

| December 7, 2016

collisionWhether shops actually place Help Wanted posts on Internet job boards or in the press, most are always on the lookout for more good people. Lately, the combination of an aging workforce and an expanding market is forcing repairers to act with more urgency to fill staff voids, especially with younger workers. This is no easy task as tech-focused millennial workers already have a number of industries competing for their attention.

Your best strategy: engage these new workers directly.  The I-CAR Education Foundation is helping out with a series of nationwide student job fairs. Their Spring 2017 High School & College Collision & Automotive Student Career Fairs has coast-to-coast events planned in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, San Diego and a number of other stops, with more being scheduled right now.

Even if your shop isn’t near one of these cities, that shouldn’t discourage your participation since students will be arriving from near and far, according to Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode.

“Participants will have the opportunity to meet high school and college collision repair/auto body students not only from the immediate area of the event’s location but in many instances from within a several hour radius,” says Eckenrode. “Some events have students and schools attend from all over the state.”

Eckenrode notes that shops will be able to screen candidates on site and network with school instructors to become more involved with their programs for future potential staff candidates. To help move along the hiring process, shops will be provided with students contact/resume information for follow-up talks or interviews.

Not in need of any immediate new hires?  Your attendance still is important. Eckenrode explains that the fairs fill a critical collision industry need well beyond addressing present job vacancies. “Only through the active engagement of companies meeting and showcasing career opportunities to these students will we make an impact on training and employing the next generation of industry staff,” he says. “These career fairs are motivators for students, letting them see first-hand the companies who are interested in their futures and all their potential career paths.”

Getting involved is easy.  For more information or to register, contact Eckenrode at or call (847) 463-5244.

Tomorrow’s hires are the future of the collision repair industry. Ensure the best and brightest keep collision repair in their plans by letting them know, face-to-face, you have a plan and place for them. Businesses that are looking to meet high school/college collision repair/auto body students for employment consideration through the career fairs can contact Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode to register.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation will be hosting career fairs this spring that will be attended by hundreds of local high school and college collision and automotive students who are looking to meet industry employers/vendors. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the future professionals of the industry.


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