You've recently obtained your HVAC certification, and you're ready to start working and making money. Awesome. Not as awesome? Many newly certified HVAC techs have a hard time landing their first job in the field, because employers want technicians with experience. Here are three ways to improve your chances of landing your first job as an HVAC tech.
Consider An HVAC Apprenticeship
Just because you are certified doesn't mean you couldn't benefit from an apprenticeship. A lot of times, HVAC programs will let you get your certification through formal education/testing, or by completing an apprenticeship. For those who went the formal education route, signing up for an apprenticeship anyway can be a great way to gain on-the-job experience that could lead to employment. You may or may not be paid for your apprenticeship, though, so be prepared for that.
Gain Relevant Heating And Cooling Experience
If an apprenticeship isn't for you or if you've already completed one and still are having a hard time finding a job, consider other options for gaining the experience you need.
For example, move away from the traditional HVAC companies and go after a job that allows you to perform HVAC duties between other tasks. How about applying for some apartment maintenance jobs in your area? You might be surprised at how plentiful these are and how easy they can be to come by when you have HVAC certification.
From there, you can gain valuable experience, make use of your HVAC skills, and pick up other cool abilities in the process.
Check Your Driving Record
As you get some experience under your belt and prepare to go back out after an HVAC technician job, make sure to check your driving record. You can obtain an updated copy for a nominal fee through your state. Many HVAC companies issue company vehicles, so they want their technicians to have clean driving records and valid driver's licenses. If you have points on your record, consider checking to see if you can have them removed by taking a driver's education course, safe driving class, or something similar. By doing so, you may be able to improve your chances of landing a job.
Job Hunting: It Gets Better With Experience
Obtaining your HVAC certification is just one step in the process of landing your first job in the industry. Once you do secure your first paid position, however, you will certainly have an easier time finding employment down the road due to your proven experience.