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Old 10-12-2014, 01:53 AM
Location: Pac. NW
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Get a CDL (commercial drivers license) and drive a truck.

That is typically a 4 week training that costs around 3-5k. Most schools have financing and programs to help pay for all or part of the training.

After you get some time in, it's fairly easy to get a union job. Unbeatable benefits, job security and good pay. And as long as you can pass a DOT physical and keep a clean driving record you'll have a paycheck for life, anywhere in the country.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by thelopez2 View Post
I hear union tradesman pay well.
They do pay well. Very well. Its just there is already 10,000 other union tradesmen ahead of you on the seniority lists @ all the various union halls & there isnt much work in this city, to begin with. Plus, you have to factor in the thousands upon thousands of trade jobs that the illegals have scooped up over the years, out here. Ive seen ads out here wanting to pay certified electricians 12-13$ an hour (which is absolutely laughable) BUT, The illegals have set the trade payscale market out here & thats just how it is.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:45 PM
Location: California
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It's almost always networking (who you know) in all fields. This isn't really anything new, there are just way fewer positions these days so people are less willing to take a chance on someone they don't have a clue about. This has led to some inefficient people having jobs that they wouldn't otherwise, unfortunately.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Exitus Acta Probat View Post
You can forget a high paying job in L.A. unless you know somebody who can get you through the front door and then some.
Very true. Im a military veteran w/ a SOLID 20+ year work history & a stack of certifications ta boot. Ive had exactly 2 interviews in the past 6 months in LA. Connections are EVERYTHING out here. Your experience doesnt mean jack%$#@ out here.
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:32 PM
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Hello everyone, I'm still in high school but since I'm not really interested in going to college I was wondering what are some high demanding and high paying jobs in LA nowadays that don't require a college degree ?Someone told me "be a firefighter" which would be ok with me since I play football and run track so I could pass the physical test but also I read that it's hard to get hired (don't know if true or not). What are your suggestions ?

Getting hired as a firefighter is tough. I worked with firefighters in my previous job and one chief told me one time he had two openings and over one thousand people applied! The way to get ahead is to start out as a volunteer firefighter and take classes(!). Sitting in a classroom may not be your cup of tea but from what I was told, firefighters have to sit through many classes as they advance through the ranks.

You can also explore being a policeman or sheriff. They are generally easier to get into than firefighting.

Likewise, plumber, electrician, building contractor, carpenter, weilder, mechanic, etc. Non-college degree but in demand jobs generally involve a lot of skill with the hands.

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