View Full Version : Open to the idea of working for free
10-17-2011, 08:14 PM
How would an HVAC Contractor feel about the idea of taking on a kid out of trade school who is willing to work for free? I'm 25, I have an AA in auto tech and have just completed a Certificate in HVAC. I hard worker who is passionate about mechanical things. My Resume has been critiqued by HVAC Recruiter. I have gotten four interviews in the last month but atleast two of the four employers where really where looking for someone with more experience.
I don't want to come across as desperate with this approach, but I realize that time is money and that in the long run free experience may be more valuable than no experience at all. I don't have any financial responsibilities such as a mortgage or kids to support so I'm not concerned about money at the moment.
What do you guys think?
10-17-2011, 08:16 PM
Where ya be?
10-17-2011, 09:06 PM
I live in So-Cal near Pasadena CA and attended Mount SAC.
10-17-2011, 09:46 PM
I started the same way. I started working for free and then hired after a couple months. Good luck to you. :cheers:
10-17-2011, 09:54 PM
You should have no problem getting into the door. Assuming you have no drug problem or criminal record. Assuming you are who you say you are; you can do half the things you claim. I expect you will get a permanent job offer within 30 days.
10-17-2011, 10:07 PM
10-17-2011, 10:11 PM
I used to work evenings and weekends for free. After quitting time I'd call around to the other guys and ask if anyone was working late and would let me come along for free. I earned a lot of respect that way and learned a lot as well. Guys are more willing to teach a guy who doesn't make them feel like they're wasting their breath.
Good luck, I'm sure you'll have a permanent gig soon.
10-18-2011, 09:43 AM
Good idea, I also started in this business working for free (45 years ago), just as my son did. Oh wait, that was because Dad was a tightwad......But get ahold of some HVAC businesses in your area and shoot them the idea. You'll get a foot in the door fast, and on their payroll pretty quick if you're a good worker!! Great idea!!!! Now get out there and hit the street!!!:cheers:
10-21-2011, 10:26 PM
hello Nova, here's the deal,
this area is not the best for HVAC jobs, most companies only hire for temporary labor.
you would have better luck applying for companies in Pasadena or east of there.
getting my 5 years time in to get my contractor's license was hell, but at your age you might want to work towards that.
you should find out when the union does their hiring which i think will be in November or February and make sure you apply for them.
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