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    You'd think there would be, but I can't find any...

    You'd think there would be, but I can't find any more job postings for Joplin after the tornado than before.
  2. Thank you. How many qualified applicants did you...

    Thank you. How many qualified applicants did you get for these positions the last time each of them were open? A guesstimate would be fine.
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    I'm a clean-cut, straight A trade school...

    I'm a clean-cut, straight A trade school graduate. I can't afford to move right now, but for what it's worth, if I could somehow commute from Southwest Missouri to Texas a few times a week I would...
  4. Before the individual interviews a large number...

    Before the individual interviews a large number of applicants were in a training room taking a test. But if I'm confusing you with Service Champions, then I sincerely apologize for my error.
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    A quick Google search suggests that...

    A quick Google search suggests that commission-only jobs do exist in Arizona. I suppose you'd feel better consulting a lawyer before you actually carry out something like this, but I would be very...
  6. If you tell me that this forum is the only place...

    If you tell me that this forum is the only place you've advertised your job opening, I'll be properly excited about it. However, the last time I applied at Ontario Refrigeration there were enough...
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    I've heard this objection before but I'm not sure...

    I've heard this objection before but I'm not sure it's legally correct. In the time I've spent reluctantly working outside the trade I've worked in jobs for no pay, although I was classified as an...
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    If a trade school graduate with between zero and...

    If a trade school graduate with between zero and six months of experience offered to work for you for free until you or a competitor consider him worth any wage, would you accept that offer? Why or...
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    I agree that typical homeowners currently can't...

    I agree that typical homeowners currently can't interpret a wiring diagram. But how long would it take one with a high school education and a book to learn how to read one and use a multimeter? A...
  10. If you want to learn a lot about the HVAC job...

    If you want to learn a lot about the HVAC job market in a hurry, call up a few HVAC contractors and offer to work for them for free until they think you're worthy of any wage. See what happens.
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    That is an obsolete business model along the...

    That is an obsolete business model along the lines of a big city law firm. Partners would supply the reputation to bring clients to the office, hats and wallets in hand. These clients would then...
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    Thank you so much for all of the people to whom...

    Thank you so much for all of the people to whom you gave a chance. It's unfortunate that we never met. I couldn't even get work in HVAC when I offered to work for free. I knew going into trade...
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    Why do you say that? Wouldn't less government...

    Why do you say that? Wouldn't less government interference in private enterprise create a more robust HVAC job market?
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    The original poster said he just got his diploma...

    The original poster said he just got his diploma in HVAC. I got my diploma in 2007 and can say from personal experience that most contractors have a "don't walk, run" perspective regarding recent...
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    Do not go west, young man.

    Do not go west, young man.
  16. I didn't hear from anyone...

    I didn't hear from anyone...
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    Pardon me for not having read enough of your...

    Pardon me for not having read enough of your posts, but would you describe yourself as an anarcho-capitalist? It's been said that anarcho-capitalists are "political atheists" who do not adhere to...
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    No, no and no. I'll send you an e-mail with a...

    No, no and no.

    I'll send you an e-mail with a few links to sermon transcripts. They should help you understand my views. If you're still curious after that, maybe I can refer you to some TV...
  19. I've sent an e-mail to the address in your...

    I've sent an e-mail to the address in your profile.
  20. I've sent my current resume to the other e-mail...

    I've sent my current resume to the other e-mail address. Thanks for your quick response. Yes, I'm still in Southern California but I want to move to an area with a lower cost of living. Long...
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    I was born in Southern California. I'm a white...

    I was born in Southern California. I'm a white man. Didn't we have a conversation about this in another thread, though? I believe in segregation. As I suggested to RoBoTeq, please feel free to...
  22. I've submitted my current resume to the e-mail...

    I've submitted my current resume to the e-mail you specified above. Thanks very much for the update.

    Edit: The e-mail address you specified doesn't seem to exist. Please ask the hiring manager...
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    When I say "good German," I'm not necessarily...

    When I say "good German," I'm not necessarily referring to literal Germans. "Good German" is an expression for people who follow all orders without question, including unethical ones. For example,...
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    I'm surprised you guys didn't know about this...

    I'm surprised you guys didn't know about this sort of thing. It's been going on for generations. It goes by a few names:

    * Pork barrel
    * Graft
    * Corruption

    and of course,

    * Earmarks
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    Saying you're against a war but support our...

    Saying you're against a war but support our troops is like saying you're against an abortion but support the doctor who does it. As I said earlier, God does not look favorably on good Germans. See...
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    God does not look kindly on being a good German. ...

    God does not look kindly on being a good German. (2Kings 1:2-15)

    Yes, because over the course of his life he was very obedient toward God. (1Kings 15:5) However, God does in fact hate people...
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    The US military hasn't fought for Americans'...

    The US military hasn't fought for Americans' freedom since 1812. We've been aggressors many times since. Here are some examples:

    Mexican-American War: We tried to do a land-grab against a...
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    Perhaps I'm overly eager to engage my two...

    Perhaps I'm overly eager to engage my two favorite subjects, politics and religion. Still, I'm happy to discuss scripture with you outside the forum and eagerly await your e-mail or instant message.
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    If that's the case, please use the AIM, Yahoo or...

    If that's the case, please use the AIM, Yahoo or e-mail options to discuss further.

    As I said earlier, none of your family is fighting for our country. They are fighting for sociopaths in...
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    Yes. They'll deny it if you ask them but one can...

    Yes. They'll deny it if you ask them but one can "know them by their fruits" in that they take their love of country to a vulgar, idolatrous level. They applaud jingoistic wars of aggression from...
  31. As long as Obama doesn't start claiming he can...

    As long as Obama doesn't start claiming he can rebuke hurricanes or issue executive orders like "thou shalt not take the president's middle name in vain," I think we'll manage.
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    I'm twenty-six and rejected my family's church at...

    I'm twenty-six and rejected my family's church at twelve, so I'll take your post as an invitation for me to comment. :) You reminded me of Thomas Jefferson's quip that "a man who reads nothing knows...
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    I suggest you apply to all of the jobs on...

    I suggest you apply to all of the jobs on Craigslist you're able to do, whether or not they're related to HVAC. This is a terrible time to have less than five years of experience in the trade.
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    That's a matter of salesmanship. If you fail to...

    That's a matter of salesmanship. If you fail to sell the customer something he needs that's your fault.* If this happens you should offer to speak with him again after a mutually agreed amount of...
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    I believe you're right, but I don't think the...

    I believe you're right, but I don't think the economy will recover within the next few years.

    I agree, but when people can no longer borrow money to attend college there will be a profound sea...
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    My, this thread is a blast from the past. I'm...

    My, this thread is a blast from the past. I'm currently looking for work though, so please let me know if you would like to view my resume.
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    It's great that you want to pursue something...

    It's great that you want to pursue something you've wanted to do for years. But remember the other piece of advice I gave you. Do you have strong reason to believe there will be a job waiting for...
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    Jimmy, let me first say that I value the time...

    Jimmy, let me first say that I value the time I've spent gainfully employed in this field. But please think carefully about how and why you want to become an HVAC technician. If you're interested...
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    I'd get something important out of that...

    I'd get something important out of that arrangement: vital experience needed to keep business owners from round-filing my resume. I naturally want the best possible wage and working conditions, but...
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    I don't understand why you think that.

    I don't understand why you think that.
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    The HVAC company where I used to work declined to...

    The HVAC company where I used to work declined to state a reason when they released me, and although it shouldn't be the kiss of death that's what it seems to be. I was apparently better off under...
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    "Hiring Yourself a Job"

    I've been working outside of the trade for a few months now but before I got my current job I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a way to get someone to give me a chance since applications...
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    There's a bunch of work for people with a few...

    There's a bunch of work for people with a few years of experience, but competition is fierce for entry-level positions.
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    If any beginner-level techs from California want...

    If any beginner-level techs from California want to say "no," please e-mail me with your company's contact information so I can apply with them.
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    I'm not sure what you mean. Do I complain too...

    I'm not sure what you mean. Do I complain too much?
  46. Ah; thank you.

    Ah; thank you.
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    I'm not sure whether it was an interview per se,...

    I'm not sure whether it was an interview per se, but I spoke with a union organizer once at length about joining the union. He didn't seem to ask me anything too difficult or embarrassing as a...
  48. I don't know what the "technician shortage" is...

    I don't know what the "technician shortage" is like over there, but I have an HVAC diploma from a trade school, two months' field experience and three months' HVAC office/dispatch experience aside...
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    I wonder what the results would be if owners were...

    I wonder what the results would be if owners were asked in a poll format whether they currently believe there's a technician shortage. Would they say yes even now?
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    I was laid off from the telemarketing job I got...

    I was laid off from the telemarketing job I got to tide myself over until I could get another HVAC job, but I'm not sure whether it counts.
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