5 Ways to Find Your New Career in the Skilled Trades

So you’re studying a skilled trade and you want to differentiate yourself from the competition when applying for jobs in your field. Here are five ways to land a job in the trades.

  1. Get The Proper Training

Getting hands-on training at a trade school, like is a great way to get your start in the trades. Whether it be Welding, Automotive Service Technology, Diesel Heavy Truck, or HVAC and Basic Refrigeration, hands-on training is the best way to prepare for a job in the skilled trades.

  1. Get Certified

Upon completion of your program, obtaining a certification may make you a more marketable candidate for employment. The hands-on training, skills, and knowledge you have attained as a student help to prepare you for these certification exams. Don’t miss this opportunity to boost your resume and be considered as a viable candidate for employment.

  1. Create a Resume

Throughout your educational journey, it is important to work with the Career Services department to ensure you have a professional resume ready to present to employers upon completion of your program. Your resume is your marketing tool. This is the first impression that the employer has of you and the first opportunity to understand your education and training.  Your resume should spotlight your skills and education. Showing up at your interview with a professional resume sets you apart from other candidates.

  1. Be Proactive From Day 1

The keys to obtaining employment upon completion of your program are determination and initiative. Searching for a job, is a job in itself. Employers are impressed with candidates that have done their research and are prepared for the interview. The interview process can be tedious, but you must remain positive, and focused on the desired outcome.

While you are waiting to hear from employers, continue to research other employers in your field, participate in networking events, and stay in contact with your Career Services department. Remember, they are in your corner and always available to assist with the job search process. Career Services is where your preparation meets opportunity.

  1. Put Your Best Foot Forward

Even though the Skilled Trade industry requires a different type of uniform, it is important to always present yourself in the best way possible. Your interview attire should be clean, crisp, and  free from holes, tears, and stains. It should also be industry appropriate. For example, Combination Welders should wear a long sleeved, fire retardant shirt, jeans, and steel toe boots. They should also have their tool kit, welding hood and safety glasses available. In some cases, the employer will conduct a skills test, and you must be dressed appropriately.

We’ve highlighted some of the most helpful ways to land your first job in the skilled trades industry. Follow these guidelines, utilize your Career Services team, and you’ll be ready for employment in no time.

To make an appointment with the Career Services team, call 480-389-2258 or if you are interested in beginning your career training at AAI click here.

Written by: Jennifer Robinson – Social Media Coordinator/Blog Editor, Ancora Education

8 Things to Know When Going on an Automotive Service Technician Interview

So you’ve completed your automotive technician training and you’re ready to start interviewing. We asked Arizona Automotive Institute, AST Instructor, Jason Cozzolino for some helpful tips to use when going on an automotive service tech interview and he came up with these 8 things to know:

  1. Be Honest: You will be asked about your experience level. Don’t lie. If you have little experience, focus on other good qualities. Such as desire to work in the field, great work ethic, ability to learn etc.
  2. Be Certified: Automotive certifications are important. It isn’t likely that a tech that is just starting out will have all of the ASE Certifications, but it is possible to have one or two. This demonstrates your serious intent of being a professional.
  3. Be Equipped: Tools are important of course, but a new tech is not expected to have the same amount and quality of tools a seasoned tech may have.
  4. Be Informed: It is important to understand how you will be paid. There are several ways a tech can be paid. Such as hourly, flat rate and commission. There advantages and disadvantages to all pay structures. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  5. Be Sure: There are many types of shops to work at. There are independently owned shops, franchised shops, tire and lube shops and dealerships. It’s important to have a general idea where you want your career to take you.
  6. Be Open: Options are important. Not every shop is a good fit for every tech. Be open to checking out a few shops before making your decision.
  7. Be Positive: Always try and be as positive as possible, first impressions are very important.
  8. Be Yourself: Don’t try to be someone you’re not. By being yourself you offer at least one thing that no one else can offer…You.

Following these tips can pay off by ensuring that you leave a positive and lasting impression on your interviewer. For more tips like these contact AAI’s Career Services Department at (480) 389-2258.

Written by: Jennifer Robinson, Social Media Coordinator – Arizona Automotive Institute

The Most Important Thing to Take on an Interview

The day has arrived and you are preparing for your first interview. You have worked hard to learn a new skill. You have studied and passed your certification exam. You have a copy of your diploma, transcript and certificates demonstrating great attendance and grade point averages in your portfolio. You have multiple copies, ready to leave one behind for anyone that asks.  You have prepared an award winning resume. Your interview attire is perfect- clean and ironed. You have studied the top 10 questions you could be asked on an interview and you have prepared answers for all of them. But, there is still something missing. Self-confidence.

The one thing that will win an employer over is a candidate that possesses self-confidence. Self-confidence is a magnet for success. It means that you believe in your own skills, goals, and ability to succeed. In an article posted in the Time Management Ninja, the author lists 10 reasons that self-confidence leads to success.

 10 Reasons That Self-Confidence Leads to Success:

  1. The Drive to Start Things – Confident people start things. They are not shy about striking out on a new idea even when those around them are still pondering it.
  2. The Ability to Stand Up for Oneself – Confidence allows you to stand up for yourself in a fair and consistent manner. Otherwise, you may find yourself unheard or unfairly treated.
  3. The Ability to Say No – Confident people have the ability to say “No” where appropriate. They do not take on unnecessary or inappropriate work or obligations.
  4. The Ability to Say Yes – And at the same time, confident individuals say “Yes” to opportunity. They do not miss new options because they are shy. I have seen individuals pass up opportunities (even promotions) because they didn’t think they were “worthy”.
  5. Confidence Overcomes Fear – Lack of confidence can lead to paralysis from fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what others think. Fear of the unknown. To succeed, you need the confidence to face and overcome your fears.
  6. Believe In Themselves – Self-confidence means believing in yourself. Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” He was right.
  7. Set the Bar High Enough – Confident individuals set the bar high and aim high. Lack of confidence leads to weak goals, setting the bar too low, and mediocre results.
  8. Stretch Your Limits – Confidence lets you know your limits and test them. By stretching your limits you increase them. You are stronger than you think.
  9. Confidence Asks Questions – Confidence allows you to ask questions, even when others are silent. Confidence even lets you “ask for the job”.
  10. Believe In Winning – Confident people believe in success. And more importantly, they believe in their ability to succeed.

As you prepare to land your new career opportunity, consider the most important thing you can take with you, self-confidence. When you believe in yourself, you stand out in the crowd and you will always have good success!

To ensure that you’re prepared make an appointment with your Career Services team.

Written by: Shaundra Hamilton, Ancora Education – Vice President of Career Services