“Recruiting Locally” is locked Recruiting Locally

Recruiting locally could be the key to taking your skilled-trades organization to the next level. 

Do you pride yourself in being a locally owned business? Maybe you are part of larger organization that wants to connect with the community. Either way, there are many benefits to hiring those in your community.

Why should you be recruiting locally?

It is popular among customers. A big trend in today’s market is buying local. In recent studies, customers have shown favoritism in buying locally and hiring locally in comparison to not. Hiring someone you know and trust to work inside your home is a big plus for consumers. You don’t want just anybody walking into your home. By hiring locally you are instilling a feeling of trust between your business and local consumers.


Hiring locally shows your company cares about the community. When your company chooses to hire locally, you are reinvesting in your community. This will likely give you more customer support. By providing jobs for those in your community you are helping the economy grow. Recruiting locally shows that you are committed to the area you are in and wanting to see progress in the community.

The hiring process is more controlled. Recruiting locally allows your company to have a better grip on the hiring process. Instead of just viewing someone’s application on a computer you can invite him or her in for an in-person interview. This will allow you to be face-to-face with a potential hire. You can see a person’s character much easier in person. 

Another reason the hiring process is more controlled is because you will have access to local references. These references can be a reliable tool when it comes to choosing whom to hire. 

Building a network is much easier. Hiring local employees who are trusted could potentially land you additional employees. By implementing a referral program, your company can consistently gain hardworking employees. This leads to a lesser chance that an interview will end in a flop. When your employees refer potential employees, you know they are already reliable people. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have been referred.

This also leads stronger community within your business. If employees are referring people they know (and like) work issues will be little to none! Chemistry among co-workers will come easy.

3 Tips for Hiring Locally

1. Reach out to your local high school

Make your company’s presence known at the local high school. Attending job fairs and other information session can start recruitment early! By doing this, you are creating great networking opportunities earlier for potential new employees.

If your local high school offers classes in the trades or jump-start programs for training, consider getting involved. These classes can spark an interest in young people for a profession in the skilled-trades. Being present at this stage of education can lead potential employees right to your organization!

2. Look for non-profits in need

Your community may be home to a rehabilitation center or other non-profit organization that is looking for employers. Do your research and you may be able to lend a helping hand while recruiting great candidates.

If you are in the Indianapolis area and looking for an opportunity like this check out Boys Town and their Trade Life program. Learn more at https://tradelife.com/tradelife-gives-back/.

3. Remember your commitment to being licensed

Hiring at any stage requires that you invest in your employees. Remember the commitment you have to being licensed and the pride that comes with that. Invest in your community by producing hard working, licensed professionals!

Advocate for Licensing

PHCEid.org is an advocate for the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical contractor to properly identify their licensed status for public awareness. Professional Contractors have the license or certification to work in homes and businesses. Without the proper certification and licensing to become a skilled trades professional, it compromises the integrity the trade industry. The contractors listed on the PHCEid.org website are licensed or certified according to the codes and laws set forth by each governing state and/or entity. Licensed Contractors work in compliance with local and state codes set forth by their governing trade industry board.  Get more information at PHCEid.org or call 844-954-2367 today!