“Please do not contact us about this position,” you’re constantly told. Sometimes even in bold, as if the message weren’t clear enough. The reality is that today, you’d have an easier time finding a home without a computer than a job posting without this annoying little addendum. And the same holds true whether you’re a hd diesel mechanic or a dental hygienist – so, what should you make of this new reality? And what does it say about the state of human interaction today?
History is awash with charismatic leaders who galvanized their people and together achieved greatness. But for every Alexander the Great there are countless figures forgotten because of an inability to lead – or whose names still resonate thanks only to the spectacular nature of their failure. For shop managers in heavy-truck- and heavy-equipment-driven industries the ability to lead, rather than simply to do, will secure their longevity – and maybe even their legacy.
In a simpler time, career management consisted of putting your head down, working hard and waiting for the next chance to move up the company ladder. With career counselling eventually becoming a career in itself, employees and jobseekers everywhere should have gotten the memo that times have changed. But even today many professionals, including heavy duty diesel mechanics, cling stubbornly to a passive, outdated approach to career management – and at their own peril.
Hot on the heels of National Biodiesel Day in the U.S. (not by coincidence celebrated on the birthday of Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that bears his name), the debate about the fuel’s implementation in Ontario has just been kicked up a notch.
Despite the trucking industry’s vital importance to North America’s economies, two recent reports suggest its future holds some serious roadblocks. Both articles – one a report from the Conference Board of Canada, the other a piece written by an industry-insider with almost 30 years of experience in truck maintenance – identify training and education as the industry’s saviour. Without a stronger effort from the trucking industry and government to cultivate the next crop of drivers and diesel technicians, consumers across the continent will face higher costs from the shortage. Continue reading
Environment Minister Peter Kent recently announced stronger regulations on heavy-duty trucks, in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and increase fuel efficiency. The measures will be introduced gradually over the next five years and, according to Minister Kent, will further bridge the regulatory gap between Canada and the United States. Continue reading
Maizis & Miller is pleased to be playing an integral role in the 2013 National Heavy Equipment Show, which will see the niche recruiter as official sponsor of the first ever ‘Recruiting Here’ feature. Every two years the large-scale show brings together experts and insiders from the fields of construction and heavy equipment, and event organizers are gearing up for what they expect will be the biggest show yet. Continue reading
For years now, adults in the midst of an unscheduled career change have been bombarded by alarmist reports on the value of tech savvy and computer literacy. But technology, rather than being the bogeyman or a barrier to progress, can also open the door to new opportunities.
Equipped with even a basic understanding of computers, the modern job-seeker has instant access to a flood of postings all over the world. And while this evolution has simplified the application process –from light packaging to heavy equipment mechanic jobs
– it has also increased the level of competition. Continue reading
Have mechanical skills, will travel? Sure, there’s much more to becoming a field service technician or mobile mechanic, but if you can’t give a resounding “yes” on both accounts then maybe you just weren’t cut out for life on the road.
A field mechanic job offers the kind of variety that makes every day different than the last, whether it’s the location, piece of equipment or work required – or all three. For those who crave predictability and routine, mobile mechanic jobs will likely represent too dramatic a shift. Continue reading