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  1. #1
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    No experience!!!

    Ok guys and girls this is my last week of school(HVAC/R trade SCHOOL). I have been looking for a jobs in the hvac/r field and everything that i have seen requires experience. So how do I get around this? I have seen job postings that do not require experience just a CFC license but they are jobs at apartments and I really do not want to do that.

    My background is repairing copiers and fax machines the last six years; so I have experience being unsupervised and getting things done.

    I am thinking that if I don't find something I am just going to back to school and get a AAS in Industrial Systems Technology. I know some guys that got hired straight out of that program with no experience and making pretty decent money.

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    You have to keep plugging away! Warm weather is coming ad if you put yourself out there as a guy who will do anything and the employer knows he will make money on you, it wont matter that you dont have experience.

    I would hire a guy right out of school to help my techs do system swaps and new installs. At least that way you have a background from school and will know what your looking at and will learn from it. Dont get discouraged and be glad you're graduating now and not the end of September/ Early October. This way you have the whole summer to hustle and gain experience.
    Every customer you take for granted today will be someone else's tomorrow.

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    As Dan says, get your applications/resume out there and take "any" job even if its as an installer's helper or equipment delivery/pickup. Gotta start somewhere. All our present employees started as helpers, once work habits and skills improved they moved on into lead installer and service positions. Knock on doors and try and meet the managers/owners themselves! Keep on checking in with them and be persistant. Every company wants "road ready" experienced and certified people, but in REALITY most of us have to "grow" our own. Some of my WORST employment experiences has been with "experienced" newly hired employees. Usually found our why they had problems with other past employers!! Good luck and hang in there. With your previous experience, you should not have a problem.

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    Im right there with you OP. I havent really seen diddly in a long time. Now that im coming up on the end of my schooling its getting discouraging looking.
    Have you tried some of the fastfood/supermarkets? I know wendy's and Mcd's are hiring alot of people for there maintence positions. I hear decent pay and benefits go along with it but im not sure. I know one of the most desirable places to work around here are supermarkets and schools.

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    u might wanna try working for free for a couple weeks???


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  6. #6
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    take whatever you can get to get some experience I started making less than 10 buck an hour and I have moved up since then. Its getting hot so people need coil cleaners, service helpers, and just general grunts. apartments might be okay if you dont have to do carpentry and pool cleaning, mainly hvac

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    try Brady Service they handle the entire state
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1qEZHhJubY

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackwoodsNC View Post

    I am thinking that if I don't find something I am just going to back to school and get a AAS in Industrial Systems Technology.
    Automation? You should follow up on that regardless! The HVAC trade isn't what it used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackwoodsNC View Post
    Ok guys and girls this is my last week of school(HVAC/R trade SCHOOL). I have been looking for a jobs in the hvac/r field and everything that i have seen requires experience. So how do I get around this? I have seen job postings that do not require experience just a CFC license but they are jobs at apartments and I really do not want to do that.

    My background is repairing copiers and fax machines the last six years; so I have experience being unsupervised and getting things done.

    I am thinking that if I don't find something I am just going to back to school and get a AAS in Industrial Systems Technology. I know some guys that got hired straight out of that program with no experience and making pretty decent money.
    It does not matter what the add says. Apply anyway. Also, prepare a resume, and fax it to every company with a listed fax #.

    Someone will call.

    Good Luck.

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    LEAVE NOW!!!!!!!! FIND A NEW MAJOR AND LEAVE!

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    I started in hotels for 8 bucks an hour. I learned a lot fast working on residental and commercial equipment. rough work for small pay but a good way to get experiance fast and almost always one out there hireing.

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    Comoutsid322 why don't you go back to the post you started and start answering some of the questions instead of coming over here and discouraging someone who actually cares?

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    Thanks for responses; gave me some fresh ideas ;-)

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