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What benefits should I want in me career ?


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John R.’s Answer

Hello. In preparing for any interview prepare questions and concerns that are important to you. If invited to advance further in the process, ask for a copy of the employee handbook. The reason I say this, is there is a Skilled Trades shortage in this country. Many employers may not provide an accurate answer or information, you only find out more details after you accept a position.

While being younger, start thinking about pensions. You will be very thankful down the road for the compounding interest. Understand if there is a employer match 1. Is the any limits on when you can start to participate 2. What is the employer's if any contribution 3. Do they contribute weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly 4. Are there any contingencies related to the employer's contribution.

Personal Time Off including vacation, sick, personal and holidays. How much vacation time is provided, How is it accrued, Are there stipulation when it can or not be taken. Can it be carried over into the following year. How many Sick Days are provided per year. Are this accrued or provided in lump sum. Are they paid. How many days off before a doctors note is required. Holidays. How many per year. Are they paid. If you work a holiday (such as On Call) what is the compensation provided.

Tools. Understand what tools are required and what tools are provide and the Tool Policy in general. When using your own tools and if they break or damaged on the job are they replaced or repaired. The same for instrument calibration.

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John R.’s Answer

Hello. In preparing for any interview prepare questions and concerns that are important to you. If invited to advance further in the process, ask for a copy of the employee handbook. The reason I say this, is there is a Skilled Trades shortage in this country. Many employers may not provide an accurate answer or information, you only find out more details after you accept a position.

While being younger, start thinking about pensions. You will be very thankful down the road for the compounding interest. Understand if there is a employer match 1. Is the any limits on when you can start to participate 2. What is the employer's if any contribution 3. Do they contribute weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly 4. Are there any contingencies related to the employer's contribution.

Personal Time Off including vacation, sick, personal and holidays. How much vacation time is provided, How is it accrued, Are there stipulation when it can or not be taken. Can it be carried over into the following year. How many Sick Days are provided per year. Are this accrued or provided in lump sum. Are they paid. How many days off before a doctors note is required. Holidays. How many per year. Are they paid. If you work a holiday (such as On Call) what is the compensation provided.

Tools. Understand what tools are required and what tools are provide and the Tool Policy in general. When using your own tools and if they break or damaged on the job are they replaced or repaired. The same for instrument calibration.

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Karen’s Answer

You may want to think about what benefits you need versus want. If you find a position which offers you the benefits you need that may satisfy your current situation. The fewer needs you have, the more likely you are to have more options. And always good to have things you want in the future.

With every good wish.

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Timothy’s Answer

A career in HVAC requires a lot of physical work, carrying heavy parts or pieces of equipment onto roofs or into attics and crawlspaces as well as extreme cold and heat.
Typical employer benefits that can help you deal with this include health insurance and safety training. Some employers may also offer tool purchase programs that can help you spend less time in these difficult conditions, as many HVAC technicians will eventually purchase $3000-4000 worth of tools to do the job.
Health insurance, Training, Tools and promotion opportunities or transfers to a less qhysical job when you are no longer able to do this kind of work are all important questions to ask a prospective employer.

Timothy recommends the following next steps:

Talk to company owner's and managers in your area about their benefit options

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Karen’s Answer

You may want to think about what benefits you need versus want. If you find a position which offers you the benefits you need that may satisfy your current situation. The fewer needs you have, the more likely you are to have more options. And always good to have things you want in the future.

With every good wish.

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