User Tag List

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3
Results 21 to 27 of 27

Thread: Where do you hire, how do you train?

  1. #21
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Simi Valley, CA
    Posts
    8,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    One time when looking for a job, I posted a sign at the wholesale house, "wanted: Boss, must be dependable and reliable, also must have own truck and tools" I got about 10 calls in two days. One guys asked me if I was serious and I told him that he couldn't imagine how may flake bosses there were out there. I'm good at what I do and I expect the same from the guy hiring me.

    We all know there are different types of electricians. If you want a service guy, don't hire the guy that's been doing tract work for the last five years. You could teach a monkey how to rope a house. Make sure too that you ask the right questions too.
    I can build anything you want if you draw a picture of it on the back of a big enough check.

    There's no substitute for hard work....but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up trying to find one.

    John Childress
    Electrical Inspector
    IAEI / CEI / C10
    Certified Electrical Inspector

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NE Nebraska
    Posts
    41,086
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    ..Manning a service truck has got to be the hardest job to fill. Probably 5% of experienced electricians qualify.



    Since my goal is to have a fleet of service trucks and to otherwise do as little as possible, this does not fit my plan. I prefer my sailing to be uninterrupted.
    Problem is a good service guy isn't likely to stick around long, will be looking for something better or even to go out on his own when he meets requirements, then you have to start all over looking for someone that is hard to find.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    So to summarize: ZipRecruiter is a waste of time, yet it's the best alternative.

    I was hoping for better. Thanks for the info.
    Third party I suppose could save you from some of the weeding out process of those that don't meet some of your criteria just from application information, and can possibly reach out to many more potential recruits than you ever would on your own.
    I live for today, I'm just a day behind.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Tampa, FL, USA
    Posts
    2,342
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by kwired View Post
    Problem is a good service guy isn't likely to stick around long, will be looking for something better or even to go out on his own when he meets requirements, then you have to start all over looking for someone that is hard to find.

    Third party I suppose could save you from some of the weeding out process of those that don't meet some of your criteria just from application information, and can possibly reach out to many more potential recruits than you ever would on your own.
    I know I'm looking for unicorns which is a terrible position to be in when attempting to hire. If money were no object, I would open a training facility to create the type of electricians I need. And I would still have to find really good prospects to put into the program. There is just too much to learn and some things are not even easily teachable. Sorta like training Navy SEALs: you don't start with any old sailor, you start with your best and make them better. I've tried getting our local union apprenticeship school to add elements I need to their program with little success.

    There is going to be turnover. People are not slaves. I can't make them stay. I can only make the working conditions as good as possible and hope they decide it's better here than any place else including their own business. (Luckily for me and other contractors the hurdles to become an EC are high.) That is why I probably need to always be training a replacement for a guy/gal who leaves.

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    546
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Keep an eye on the Home Depot electrical aisle....

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    546
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyjwc View Post
    One time when looking for a job, I posted a sign at the wholesale house, "wanted: Boss, must be dependable and reliable, also must have own truck and tools" I got about 10 calls in two days. One guys asked me if I was serious and I told him that he couldn't imagine how may flake bosses there were out there. I'm good at what I do and I expect the same from the guy hiring me.

    We all know there are different types of electricians. If you want a service guy, don't hire the guy that's been doing tract work for the last five years. You could teach a monkey how to rope a house. Make sure too that you ask the right questions too.

    Ive thought about teaching some monkeys how to tote lumber and deck a roof

  6. #26
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NE Nebraska
    Posts
    41,086
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by DBoone View Post
    Ive thought about teaching some monkeys how to tote lumber and deck a roof
    Even teaching monkeys to run wiring methods through the roof trusses or on other high surfaces can be handy.
    I live for today, I'm just a day behind.

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    12,703
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    To train, I go to the railway station.............
    Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •