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    Confused Hvac job area

    K heres the deal. I am 19 and will graduate from tech school in Beaumont Texas with a associates degree in hvac in about a year. I am originally from stephenville Texas which is about 2 hrs sw of fort worth. I would like to move back when I graduate but I have heard that employers are looking for ac veterans. My question is if I move back would it be easy to find a job there. My professor says he could place me in Beaumont but I do not want to live there any more than I have to. So is it easy to find a job anywhere in Texas if my professor says he has people calling 24/7 to hire graduates?

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    Sign with the local and get into commercial and you will be set !
    An air conditioning or refrigeration unit never signs a check for me! PEOPLE do that,and you should never allow yourself to forget that WE fix the problems of people,not machines.They are at the heart of our business,one way or another,and polishing the skills required to provide solid customer service will never be a waste of your time

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    Quote Originally Posted by rednecktech View Post
    Sign with the local and get into commercial and you will be set !
    How many UA signatory companies are in the Dallas area? There's a whopping 3 in El Paso.

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    Mr npayton
    I am having the same problem i live in the state of New York on may of this year i will graduating from college with a degree in HVAC, my goal is to move to Florida State and get a pemanent job there. But i am running in to many problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABM View Post
    Mr npayton
    I am having the same problem i live in the state of New York on may of this year i will graduating from college with a degree in HVAC, my goal is to move to Florida State and get a pemanent job there. But i am running in to many problem.
    Go to central or south florida. You can probably get a job in two days.

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    It's all about your attitude.

    It's springtime in Texas. Companies are hiring all over for the anticipated hot summer to come.

    I hired a greenhorn today. Fresh out of tech school. Showed up early for his interview, had his tools, and had a great attitude.

    Was more than willing to start low, and prove himself. In fact, he stated that he wanted to prove to HIMSELF that he could do this.

    I went to a business class a few weeks ago. One of our exercises was to list on the board, 12 desirable traits in a new hire. Once compiled by the class, it was discovered that only two of the 12 were technical skill related, while TEN were attitude related.

    Some companies want to hire experienced veterans, while others prefer to grow their own.

    It's GREAT to have school and training. But what's really going to matter, is the attitude that you bring to your application visit/interview.

    Lots of tech school grads out there....Give them a reason to pick YOU....
    Technical incompetence is NOT a sales tool....

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    John, Attitude may get you a job, but talent keeps your job. The combination is "Golden" (Thanks Rod Blagojevich)
    Being one of the few techs on this site that agrees with much of what you say, I have a hard time believing you believe that attitude is everything. Attitude doesnt keep customers long term. It doesn't hurt, but when it comes down to it, from a customers standpoint, it's about money and workmanship. Ideally it's about people willing to pay for quality work the first time.
    Officially, Down for the count

    YOU HAVE TO GET OFF YOUR ASS TO GET ON YOUR FEET

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    John, Attitude may get you a job, but talent keeps your job. The combination is "Golden" (Thanks Rod Blagojevich)
    Being one of the few techs on this site that agrees with much of what you say, I have a hard time believing you believe that attitude is everything. Attitude doesnt keep customers long term. It doesn't hurt, but when it comes down to it, from a customers standpoint, it's about money and workmanship. Ideally it's about people willing to pay for quality work the first time.
    You know how I cherish technical skills....

    That being said, I can take a guy with a good attitude, and teach him the trade. I enjoy teaching.....as opposed to hiring an experienced guy with a surly attitude, who thinks he already knows everything he needs to. I've had my share of those.

    I'm 52, and learning every day. I don't know how old you are, but I'll bet you're still learning too.

    The good guys always are.
    Technical incompetence is NOT a sales tool....

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    you may just have to suck it up and stay around were you are till you get some experience. With the way the economy is companies want to maximize there money so having a newbie wont have as much value as a seasoned pro. Most places im looking at now wont hire anyone with less than 3yrs experience because they need them to hit the ground running.

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    Being the guy John Markl hired I feel a little insulted. But I'm willing to let it slide. It's been a long day.

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    did you leave your personal phone at the office? lol

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    nope. no need to.
    Last edited by clifpaul; 04-07-2012 at 12:12 AM. Reason: typos

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    Perhaps it would be a good idea to hang tight where you are and try getting a job in both places. If you have consistent internet access (like at home), spend some time shooting out your resume and write a well written cover letter to introduce yourself,your goals, and what you can offer the company. It's almost like a brief interview where you can plan and say what YOU want to say (if they read it). Be concise, don't waste too much of their time. I would probably try to schedule interviews in one city the first half of the week and schedule the interviews in the other city the second half. Perhaps you can stay with family or friends while out of town. Also, I try to call potential employers between 8am and 9am and never on a Monday. Get them after they've settled in, techs are on the road, and the manager has had a cup of coffee. It usually works for me.

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