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We are a specialty heating & cooling company in So. Cal. Where does everyone find personnel? What's a good source for finding qualified people, no more Craigslist flakes:mad:!
 

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Same problem everywhere I'm afraid. Pay better than everyone else, have a great benefit package and treat everyone as well as your kids.
 

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It has become pretty bad that the critera for hiring personel is that they
1. have a D.L. that is valid!
2. will show up every day
3. will show up everyday SOBER.
4. will not steal from you!
And with those seemingly basic requirements, you still cant find anybody.
Unemployment rates hitting all time highs and nobody is going out of their way to prove that they can work.
Everybody wants a job, and a paycheck, but nobody! wants to work.
I get tired of watching the news and seeing mass media showing you a guy standing there with his bottom lip sticking out and a caption that goes like " all this guy needs is a chance and society is hold him back. please someone give him a chance."
A week later he is calling in sick or making excuses why he really cant do the job, but still needs to get paid.
I could go on but it just gets you P.O.'d
Acme, hang in there brother, you are not alone!
Scooter
 

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Can't find good help these days...

Know the problem-well. Been a one man band for the better part of my contracting career of 5 years but while working for other contractors for 13 years before that, I saw my share of "dead wood" in the labor pool. For that reason, I do every aspect of my business myself with my wife doing the books and office work. I estimate, install, service and maintain everything. I have a close friend who part times ocasionally with larger installations. He has been fully trained and is well qualified, but works another 40 hour a week job with good benefits already. My 14 year old son comes and helps on some jobs as well. Even in this hard-to-make-it economy, my phone keeps ringing and I fill the schedule every week, sometimes working 60-80 hours a week. This is because my work is exceptional. No advertising, just word of mouth here. I just wish the jobs were more involved and paying more. Still, if I need to hire someone, I am at a loss as well. Who is going to work the way I do? My reputation and business is going to ride on the shoulders of someone who may not have an interest in whether or not my business continues to succeed or not. I feel your pain.:sad:
 

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here in mass. we have career centers that work with unemployment and they post the jobs based on what you want from aplicants and weed them out so you dont have to
 

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Actually, we are a union company. Most of our help comes from a hiring hall the union maintains. Most of the personel from the hall are good, but the majority of those men are from the industrial and heavy commercial aspect of air handling systems (ductwork). When it comes to residential service and installation, the only guys who know anything about this stuff are the new apprentices because they are taught this part of the trade in school. However, they don't get much of a chance to use the knowledge in the field, which makes them as reliable as a new kid just out of tech school. The problem here is by being a union contractor I can only hire from the hall, or if I hire from outside, the person I hire must join the union, which to some people is a deterent. This just makes an already tough situation even tougher.
 

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hvac jobs

hvacjobs.com is a good source. I AM WILLING TO GIVE - UP MY BUISNESS TO WORK FOR SOMEONE IN CROSSVILLE TN.

I AM LIVING IN NEW ORLEANS AND WANT TO RELCATE TO CROSSVILLE, TN.

I WILL GUARANTY I WILL NOT STEEL AND YOU WILL NOT GET COMEBACKS. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO WORK MY HOURS. 10:00AM - 6:00PM OR LONGER. I HAVE BEEN IN BUISNESS FOR 30 YRS. AND STILL HAVE THE SAME CUSTOMERS FOR 30 YRS. BUT I DO EXPECT DESCENT PAY.:yes:
 

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It has become pretty bad that the critera for hiring personel is that they
1. have a D.L. that is valid!
2. will show up every day
3. will show up everyday SOBER.
4. will not steal from you!
And with those seemingly basic requirements, you still cant find anybody.
Unemployment rates hitting all time highs and nobody is going out of their way to prove that they can work.
Everybody wants a job, and a paycheck, but nobody! wants to work.


Same Problems here! reputation is everything now a days and it is almost impossible to find good help. maybe parents need to go back to spanking their kids and maybe we'll get a better bunch of brats next gen. LOL
 

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hvacjobs.com is a good source. I AM WILLING TO GIVE - UP MY BUISNESS TO WORK FOR SOMEONE IN CROSSVILLE TN.

I AM LIVING IN NEW ORLEANS AND WANT TO RELCATE TO CROSSVILLE, TN.

I WILL GUARANTY I WILL NOT STEEL AND YOU WILL NOT GET COMEBACKS. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO WORK MY HOURS. 10:00AM - 6:00PM OR LONGER. I HAVE BEEN IN BUISNESS FOR 30 YRS. AND STILL HAVE THE SAME CUSTOMERS FOR 30 YRS. BUT I DO EXPECT DESCENT PAY.:yes:

Well if you wanna know the truth, I want a job in the southern eastcoast states, would love 10-6 for 5 days. I have 20+ years and will work for $50hr.
 

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if you are old enough to have watched skyking? you are too old to fix air conditioners!:laughing:
hvacjobs.com is a good source. I AM WILLING TO GIVE - UP MY BUISNESS TO WORK FOR SOMEONE IN CROSSVILLE TN.

I AM LIVING IN NEW ORLEANS AND WANT TO RELCATE TO CROSSVILLE, TN.

I WILL GUARANTY I WILL NOT STEEL AND YOU WILL NOT GET COMEBACKS. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO WORK MY HOURS. 10:00AM - 6:00PM OR LONGER. I HAVE BEEN IN BUISNESS FOR 30 YRS. AND STILL HAVE THE SAME CUSTOMERS FOR 30 YRS. BUT I DO EXPECT DESCENT PAY.:yes:
 

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do you have the sky king secret decoder ring that was a premium from ovaltine???????????????????/:laughing:


hvacjobs.com is a good source. I AM WILLING TO GIVE - UP MY BUISNESS TO WORK FOR SOMEONE IN CROSSVILLE TN.

I AM LIVING IN NEW ORLEANS AND WANT TO RELCATE TO CROSSVILLE, TN.

I WILL GUARANTY I WILL NOT STEEL AND YOU WILL NOT GET COMEBACKS. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO WORK MY HOURS. 10:00AM - 6:00PM OR LONGER. I HAVE BEEN IN BUISNESS FOR 30 YRS. AND STILL HAVE THE SAME CUSTOMERS FOR 30 YRS. BUT I DO EXPECT DESCENT PAY.:yes:
 

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I KNOW I AM TOO OLD, BUT THE OLDER YOU ARE, THE WISER YOU ARE.
I DON'T HAVE ANY OF THE OVALTINE TRINKETS, BUT I AM STILL FLYING SKY'S AIRPLANES.:thumbsup:
 

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i have some sky king and captain midnight stuff!
pretty cool

I KNOW I AM TOO OLD, BUT THE OLDER YOU ARE, THE WISER YOU ARE.
I DON'T HAVE ANY OF THE OVALTINE TRINKETS, BUT I AM STILL FLYING SKY'S AIRPLANES.:thumbsup:
 

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that is cool!
the robot would be really cool!

i do not have anything like that . the only thing i have is a bunch of afx and tyco slot cars!
my father in law has an old flash gordon pedal car! it is pretty neet.

some old gi joe stuff like the astronaut stuff is bringing good money!

I have the original lost in space jupiter 2 fling saucer. It lights-up and makes the sounds, the landing gear retract.
 

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10-6, 5 days a week?? Those are bankers hrs. LOL. :laughing: Nobody wants to interrupt their "social " life these days or wants to be a professional. The worse they are the better I look and have more jobs and $$. Not sure where they get $$ to pay for a house but the credit card companies love em.
 

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Ten to Six would be good hours to have a tech work. Not all your techs, but one or two.

Think about it. Instead of having everyone from 8 to 4:30 you now have someone until 6 to 6:30 in the evening without paying OT. So you can offer early evening calls without charging OT.
 

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We work 8- 2am at times here. No joke. Problem is people come home from the casino all wide awake at 1 am and are willing to wait for a serviceman to come "help" them. Ya right.
 
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