I've been doing residential for seven years now, and I'm becoming a little discouraged. I really would like to get into more commercial and/or with a bigger, well-known company. It seems though that either the big companies are hiring people fresh out of school and/or those with commercial experience (I have light commercial experience but have been told it's not enough). I would like to get into a union possibly, but so far have had no luck. Last summer's mild weather nearly wrecked my company, and I barely worked more than 10 hours a week. Like others, I cannot survive like that - I need a steady, full-time job.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I may go about getting one? Why are they so hard to find? I have friends at a few other residential companies and they don't work steady hours either unfortunately. I'm learning that it's hard to support a family in this profession. Any advice would be appreciated.
Oh, and I live near Chicago, Illinois.