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  1. #1
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    Just curious....what are the top 5 qualities that you look for when speaking to employers?

    I would think that 1)honesty/integrity 2)support 3)training/advancement 4)pay 5)benefits would be the top 5 things *in that order* to look for. Thats just me though, what do you think?

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    without respect, no amount of pay or benefits or new truck or support staffing is gonna make it work for you!


    Finding a service contractor who has an actual office is a plus.
    One with a shop is even good. A fenced in "bone yard" is an additional feature.
    Someone who has several trucks on the road is good. But not necessarily the tops on my list.

    An outfit with a listed phone number is good. One with Yellow Page advertising is a positive feature.

    From there, it is a crap shoot as to what is important.


    In my opinion, I would do more for someone who demonstrates respect. Rather than for someone who is a micro-manager or nit-picker.

    A micro manager is someone who has serious control issues and has no people skills whatsoever!


    A manager either makes or breaks the company you work for. It is not up to the service mechanics to do this, a manager has far more influence over the success or failure of a service contracting business than the techs do themselves!

    Some may argue this, but I dont care.




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    How about quality of customer base and rates charged. If a company is only going to charge me out at 60 an hour, then how are they ever going to pay me what Im worth, provide training, paid time off, the occasional call-back. Companies with a tight profit margin are always going to be looking for ways to get their heads above water.

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    Originally posted by cg2
    How about quality of customer base and rates charged. If a company is only going to charge me out at 60 an hour, then how are they ever going to pay me what Im worth, provide training, paid time off, the occasional call-back. Companies with a tight profit margin are always going to be looking for ways to get their heads above water.

    Once again, this boils down to a matter of respect. How is anyone gonna demonstrate respect for their men if do not have the brains to manage a company correctly?
    And charging $60 an hour for a field service mechanic is ridiculous!!! In fact, it is shameful!


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    employers

    1: Benefits, 401k, pension, aflac, medical
    2: paid vacation, holidays, personal days
    3: Pay
    4: Hours 2,040 per year or more
    5: Training
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

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    getting colder, getting hotter?

    Originally posted by thermotron1
    Just curious....what are the top 5 qualities that you look for when speaking to employers?

    I would think that 1)honesty/integrity 2)support 3)training/advancement 4)pay 5)benefits would be the top 5 things *in that order* to look for. Thats just me though, what do you think?
    For me IT's
    1. I dont care if theyre honest abe or con man sham,of course i dont want to be part of a scandelous russian company or chinese, or arabian/paki/iraqi/iranian company, but,, if theyre solid, whether bouncing back or not and they got the customers,, its all about making lots of green!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!
    Bottom Line!
    as long as the money is always there, that means a guarenteed 40hr work week or plus, without having to work 50-60 hrs to make forty, no matter how they charge the customer! and keep it that way or dont try to pressure me for doing things their way, especially when its wrong!

    2. I get a kick out of these contractors that, tell you to go back out there and do it their way, and you were right in the first place, its quite common, for these guys out there, then you just have to bill them for doubting your skills, when it was done right the first time!

    3. Respect/money is number one they share the spot, theres no one or the other theyre Equally importante, in my book, and thats in spanish, too! Imagine that!

    4. I got a good boss, compared to the last guy I worked for, this guy is like a god send!
    He just sends me to do my job! thats it bottom line! wow
    what more could a guy ask for?
    pay is on the low end, but i cant complain, kids will have a x-mas!
    I think I will put him on my x-mas list,,,
    boss appreciation day, for sures!

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    1. freedom
    2. little or no uniforms
    3. pay
    4. drug testing
    5. support
    when life throws me a banjo, i play it

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    Quote Originally Posted by michigan1 View Post
    1. freedom
    2. little or no uniforms
    3. pay
    4. drug testing
    5. support
    skimpy or skin wouldn't be too high on my list

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    Quote Originally Posted by markettech View Post
    skimpy or skin wouldn't be too high on my list
    hahahaha

    I am in agreeance about the uniform thing, altho I never worked for a company that provided uniforms.
    gahh

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    Red face lets see

    1.the company assume their own costs of operation.
    meaning dont put costs of running truck, phone bills, parts cost on the employee, its not the employees responsibility to be the employers accounting department.
    the company makes the money the employee should not have to pay the companies bills and then wait for his money back.
    if they do then they should put up a petty cash funds to the employee before hand and then have the reciepts submitted
    cause i havent seen too many owners pay for things for the company out of their money and then wait for funds back. owners carries credit cards of the company,
    2. wages fair for the cost of living in the area of the work.
    3. benifits, insurance, holidays, PTO,
    4. all tools, this includes truck, unless the company will cover replacement costs,
    5. hours, and no on call without being compensated, the medical field gets this, most other companies do, if you want an employee to set by his phone waiting for the phone to ring, then he is working, cause you have restricted his freedom, you require him to do anything for you then pay him for that
    most on call time gets compensated at 15% per hour of base pay, and double time when he answers a call
    If you cant cool it
    HEAT THE Hello out of it

  11. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by esornivram View Post
    1.the company assume their own costs of operation.
    meaning dont put costs of running truck, phone bills, parts cost on the employee, its not the employees responsibility to be the employers accounting department.
    the company makes the money the employee should not have to pay the companies bills and then wait for his money back.
    if they do then they should put up a petty cash funds to the employee before hand and then have the reciepts submitted
    cause i havent seen too many owners pay for things for the company out of their money and then wait for funds back. owners carries credit cards of the company,
    2. wages fair for the cost of living in the area of the work.
    3. benifits, insurance, holidays, PTO,
    4. all tools, this includes truck, unless the company will cover replacement costs,
    5. hours, and no on call without being compensated, the medical field gets this, most other companies do, if you want an employee to set by his phone waiting for the phone to ring, then he is working, cause you have restricted his freedom, you require him to do anything for you then pay him for that
    most on call time gets compensated at 15% per hour of base pay, and double time when he answers a call
    This boils down to respect, once more.

    When I respect you, you simply show me a receipt and I simply write you a check or hand you the cash. No problemo.

    Some want to fool around asking questions about :"what was the part for?" "was it really necessary for you to pay for this out of pocket? Afterall, there was a supply house only 75 miles awy from you... why didnt you just drive there and buy it? Then we'd have 90 days or longer before we have to pay for it!"

    Seriously, some folks are THAT bad!

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    qualities

    After being on both sides of the isle, I would definetly agree with R12rules! At the end of the day it always comes down to the relationship between you and your boss. When looking at a prospective employer I believe the most important consideration to keep in mind is ( What are you looking for, and willing to give to get there)? I interview techs. looking for work just for the money, further knowledge of trade, or a consistant paycheck. Are you an employee just passing through or willing to join a team and be a player? Bring answers or questions, solutions or problems? Even though I have trained a lot of techs. only to have them quit and go for the big money, I always gave respect and got it back! Topp tech. is going to max at 40 an hour in this trade, and you better be good and willing to assume all the responsibility from A to Z. After the respect fact, you must look for whats going to get you where you are going, and or take care of immediate circumstances. Do you have dependants? Do you need health insurance? How long are you planning on staying with the company? Do They have a retirement program? Is there a company match? Just a thought. Regard, mckim

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    i like chamber work just no czn

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