Searching for employment/employees

Andres Diagnostician North Lauderdale, Florida Posted   Latest   Edited  

I’ve been working as a tech for about 10 years. I’ve always had trouble finding a shop that’s perfect for me. I am a ASE master tech in south Florida with a criminal background that can’t be expunged. I’m always in search for a good paying job with benefits (which feels like impossible for me) haven‘t been fortunate enough to find one. So my question is for techs and shop owners. 

For the techs that are in similar situation have any anecdote? Also, how do you analyze potential employer? Since there is no yelp or anything on them about employment (you don’t want someone yelling at you everyday).

Shop owners what do you say when you‘re looking for a tech and someone like me is looking for a job? 

Ive been told by a few shops that I can’t be accepted because of the garage liability insurance goes up... Shop I work at now told me that 6 months in working for the guy But he kept me cuz he liked me I guess. 

Reason for all this is I’m trying to advance in the world and all shops got to offer me is $500 a week take home. No benefits nothing.. I still buy tools and paid For some classes making that plus living in south Florida (born and raised) is not cheap. I’m also a single father caring for a 5 yr old girl. 

BTW guys this is my first post I am nervous and excited at the same time to see what I get. Another side note love reading through every post that comes up. I really feel the mountain of information you guys are putting up. Thank you all for reading and I will continue to read,post and comment when I can. (mostly read to take in as much information as I can Eventually put out what I find in my journey)

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Justin Mobile Technician
Herriman, Utah
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I can’t speak for the issue of criminal background situation. What I can speak for is my experience trying to find the employer you are looking for is an elusive situation. 24 years in with 6 different shops at my experience. Not one shop have I been at that is any different than the ones you describe. I finally gave up looking for it. Good luck in your search.

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Andres Diagnostician
North Lauderdale, Florida
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Thanks for the tip! If I continue the search I think I’m gonna need the luck lol.

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Pete Mechanic
Newark, Delaware
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Hi Andres, "fitment" is a challenge in the auto trade. I'm of the opinion that there are only a handful of shop owners that truly value their employees and probably a similar number of technicians that value their employers. When like minded shop owner meets like minded technician they stay together a long time but it's easier for both sides to find crappy fits. From a technician stand point

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Andres Diagnostician
North Lauderdale, Florida
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Yes I have a valid drivers license. I never really had to show anyone a resume at the places I’ve applied to. it’s really just talking to the owner and he asks a couple of questions usually get the job. It’s not for much some under the table. It’s a lot of bouncing around though. I’ve been through a lot of shops. Over 20 in my 10 years of being a tech. 80% of them I walk away from. how would I

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Pete Mechanic
Newark, Delaware
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Not having to show a resume may be an indication of why you're struggling to find a fit. I suspect a shop that doesn't want to see a prospect's work history is a shop that probably isn't going to value it's team members. If you want to work for a shop that will value you you'll need to demonstrate you are worth investing in, I think that starts with a resume. My email is

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Michael Diagnostician
Holt, Michigan
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One thing you may need to do is tell them how you have changed your life for the better and why they should take a chance. If your skilled show them that and dont be ashamed of your mistakes just learn from them and be a better person and show them your willing to put in the work. There is no reason you shouldnt be able to make a liveable wage and 500 take home is not it. There are some great

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Andres Diagnostician
North Lauderdale, Florida
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Thank you for the input. Will be posting more whenever I get a chance.

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Charles Instructor
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Having been in our Industry for 48 years , owning a family business, college programs and now consulting and mentoring now.... I must say your on the right path by asking those in this group. As a consultant to a shop here in Massachusetts I was empowered to restaff the business in doing do I vested in a gentleman such as yourself with a very similar situation , including a ankle bracelet. We

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Andres Diagnostician
North Lauderdale, Florida
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This is what I need to hear to keep going. At times I get discouraged and need a lift. Sometimes I’m afraid to ask for help but I’m getting better at it. Thank you.

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Richard Instructor
Palmetto, Florida
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Andres, Come see me in West Palm this Wednesday night. Your Tuesday night Tamarac class was canceled, sorry! I can introduce you to some of the shop owners just a bit north of you that try to do things the right way. Keep going to training! It was great to see you at Automechanika and keep looking for the right fit. I think these days a good tech needs to interview the shop as much as the

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Andres Diagnostician
North Lauderdale, Florida
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Thanks Rich! I’ll be there. You got me hooked to training now. Love how there’s loads of support. Thanks

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Martin Instructor
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Hi Andres. You are not the first technician to have made a mistake that you feel inhibits your earning potential and you will not be the last. Many of us might have done some stuff when younger, that we would be embarrassed by, but didn't get caught. To have whatever is "hanging" over you isn't fair, but given the right opportunity to demonstrate your skills, it may be possible to overcome

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Andres Diagnostician
North Lauderdale, Florida
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Sometimes it takes a lot to try an clear a mistake that happened so long ago. I’ve got to do it because I really don’t see anyone trying to do it for me. Rich is awesome! Really played a big part of helping me figure things in this industry. Lead me to here. I’m baffled from what I see and love the support. Thanks for the input!

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Steve Technical Support Specialist
Gainesville, Florida
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I am no longer in a position to hire, but as an owner for 36 years I hired most techs from people I knew, a couple from iATN. One's legal background wasn't nearly as important to me as one's overall character and apparent intelligence / automotive ability I perceived in an interview. While I no longer own the shop, I still work part time as a consultant. I hate to brag, but we have one of the

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Andres Diagnostician
North Lauderdale, Florida
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Wish everyone thought like that. Sounds interesting. Will be looking into more shops that would be mutually beneficial.

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Dave Mobile Technician
Ironton, Ohio
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Andres , I have been in this business for a very long time and have seen a lot of changes. The one thing that stands out is how few people view this business as a job and not a profession. When you find a shop that seems to fit your needs make it clear that to you are a career professional and not just a grunt. Your willingness to keep learning is also a great point to make to a prospective

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