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Old 03-28-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm 27 and have worked for the last 6 years in accounting at an HVAC firm. I am planning on applying for the apprenticeship at the IBEW 48 next time they are accepting apps.

I have no experience in the field and only a few months of construction experience from some AmeriCorps work I did about 7 years ago.

What are some thing I could in the next few months to make myself a more attractive candidate in the interview process?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi all,

I'm 27 and have worked for the last 6 years in accounting at an HVAC firm. I am planning on applying for the apprenticeship at the IBEW 48 next time they are accepting apps.

I have no experience in the field and only a few months of construction experience from some AmeriCorps work I did about 7 years ago.

What are some thing I could in the next few months to make myself a more attractive candidate in the interview process?

Thanks in advance.
Get your self a copy of The National Electrical code and start reading.

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This was one of the things I plan on doing. Thanks
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Electrical Wiring Residential by Mullin is a good place to start ...about $120 at Amazon. Lots of pictures!
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1st, are you mechanically inclined? If not, maybe you should go to school and get your accounting degree.

2nd, do you enjoy sweating? How do you tolerate cold? If you have issues with either one, go get your accounting degree.

3rd, are you physically fit? If not, go get your accounting degree.

4th, good luck.
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1st, are you mechanically inclined? If not, maybe you should go to school and get your accounting degree.

2nd, do you enjoy sweating? How do you tolerate cold? If you have issues with either one, go get your accounting degree.

3rd, are you physically fit? If not, go get your accounting degree.

4th, good luck.
I've actually been training to be a firefighter for the last two years, but ultimately decided that the EMS portion just wasn't for me. But I promise you I've done plenty of sweating, worked in extremely uncomfortable conditions and I am in excellent shape. The enjoyment from my fire academy is actually what makes me want to get into a trade.
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I've actually been training to be a firefighter for the last two years, but ultimately decided that the EMS portion just wasn't for me. But I promise you I've done plenty of sweating, worked in extremely uncomfortable conditions and I am in excellent shape. The enjoyment from my fire academy is actually what makes me want to get into a trade.
I have also been exposed to the competitiveness that comes with wanting to be a firefighter, the last Portland test had about 4000 applicants and maybe 50 jobs to fill by years end.

I realize that it is also very competitive for these apprenticeships so I want to do everything I can to get a high ranking.
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I realize that it is also very competitive for these apprenticeships so I want to do everything I can to get a high ranking.
The reality is every job will be competitive, pretty much forever. IMO, we will never again have enough jobs for everyone due to technology and machinery advancements.

Have you ever heard the 3 most important things for a retail site? Location, location, location.

The 3 most important things for an electrician is attitude, attitude, attitude.
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Start practicing math. Mainly trig because that is what most struggle with in school. Taking a collage math class and letting the committee know you did to prepare yourself would be a BIG help in getting in. They want people that just need a job they want people who will make it, because it costs them money if you go for 2 years and quit. Taking the class will show them you are serious about what you want to do.
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I'm wondering, what jobs are out there on worksites that I might be able to get so I can have some experience and maybe even a letter of recommendation?
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I noticed that at some of the nicer casinos there is a guy standing in the bathroom handing out hand towels, and keeping the place clean. It would be cool to have someone doing the same for the porta potties on the jobsites. (you'd probably have to work for tips, though)
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that's some amazing insight thanks
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I noticed that at some of the nicer casinos there is a guy standing in the bathroom handing out hand towels, and keeping the place clean. It would be cool to have someone doing the same for the porta potties on the jobsites. (you'd probably have to work for tips, though)
I only use those places to wash my hands before lunch
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