Moving to NYC
From california, been all over local 638 site looking to see what contractors out might be hiring next year.
Any info would be greatly appreciated, tips, warnings, or other info :)
Ive been in this industry for 7 years, worked on everything from boilers to simple ac/hp splits, small chillers, cooling towers, pumps, drives, servor room units(daikons, ductless, cassetes, lieberts, data aire).
Thank you again for any info.
The majority of the hiring here is by referral. It seems that over the years every tech meets every other tech at the supply house. As a 7th year man, you would be a 638 Journeyman, experience wise. I would make a great resume, complete with a letter of recomendation from your present employer and perhaps a copy of your driving record. I would ask for 4th year man pay until you prove yourself($29.50/hr plus bennies). Go to the website of the MCAA of NY. I believe they have a list of their members. Email your resume to them. I wouldn't just email info @ xyzco. Go to each website and get the contact name for an exec or service department at least. Then follow up with a call requesting an interview. Call between 6:30 and 7:30, before things get hectic. In the winter you could probably stretch that to 8. After 8 just hit the road and visit the shops you sent resumes to. Buy an unlimited monthly metro card, which will give you unlimited train and bus rides for a 30 day period. Don't waste your time with 638. They do little for their members, never mind for a non member.
When formulating your resume remember that you have a few things against you right off the bat. You don't know your way around the city, don't know parking rules (which are confusing), don't know if you can handle the fast pace of the city, don't know local codes, etc. Try to address these resistance points. Familiarize yourself with the local codes, mention that you have studied maps of NY and perhaps that you have your own GPS for backup, etc.
Good luck, it's a great place to live and work.
Hey carbon thanks for the reply, won't be moving up till next June. So just trying to get as much info as possible, but it does look like I can't just move up there with the family and try out luck, might have to go up and stay with a friend to find a job/place.
Thanks for the advice in the resume and figuring out the rules of parking and the area. It's been so long since I've had to do a resume, going to have to think about all the skills I've acquired over the years and get all my certain out of storage.
It sounds like you work out there, how are things on the commercial side?
Maybe I'll run into you down at a supply house :)
Be prepared! I spent 4 years on the East Coast. There is a learning curve on personalities and how things are done and perceived. You may be shocked at first at the pace and the way people talk to you, but hang in there and you will learn to appreciate the East Coast ways. It was the best life education I ever had, and I do miss it, but it's very hard to own property there. Not to mention, the best D**m food I ever had. My wife told me there is no good Italian food west of the Mississippi, and wow! She was right. At my favorite place in Manhattan, I was first shocked to notice that all the other patrons were talking to eachother in ITALIAN. Then I knew I was in a good place. No more olive garden for me..... EVER!
From what I've been told the pace isn't to bad compared to so cal, the guys I know who have moved out here from nyc actually say we're to fast out here, maybe it's just the company I work for and how we all are.
Yea I am looking forward to life out on the east coast aside from work. Love food and history and there is plenty of both and more out there. Thanks for the reply tuba :)
Good Italian food in San Francisco. You need to know where to go though.