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Southern California Edison is Offering Great Incentives to Contractors with HVAC Excellence Certification

Are you HVAC Excellence Certified?  If not, this is a great HVAC Techopportunity to join the Nearly 200,000 Strong and Growing… 

HVAC Excellence Certifications are your key to participating and unlocking the rebates in the Southern California Edison HVAC programs.

Technicians may be eligible to take the certification test for FREE through ItsAboutQ.net.

If you are not already certified by HVAC Excellence and want to be, you do not have to travel or spend the end of your work day in a classroom.  

Technicians working in the Southern California Edison area are eligible for: free training funded by the California Utility Ratepayers, personal planning by ItsAboutQ to help you find your strengths and weaknesses with the TCA, guidance and faculty support as you work your way through online classes at home, at work, or wherever you want to study on your schedule.

HVAC Excellence logoWith nearly 200,000 strong and growing, HVAC Excellence is the largest provider of certification in the HVACR industry.  

HVAC Excellence Certifications and ItsAboutQ are your keys to participating and unlocking the rebates in the Southern California Edison HVAC Optimization program.

HVAC Excellence – P.O. Box 491 – Mount Prospect, IL 60056 - 800-394-5268

Job Hunters, Avoid being Scammed

by Patricia Leiser

Online job scams perpetrated by identity thieves and other criminals are becoming more and more common. Job-seekers need to be alert to avoid being taken in by these slick swindles. Below are just some of the common scenarios, with suggestions for how you can avoid online fraud and prevent your sensitive information from being exposed.

identity theft cartoonIdentify Theft (loss and abuse of your identity, financial records, banking and credit card account information, social security number, and other private data) is the reason criminals go after job seekers. How do they get your information? Unfortunately, the truth is that you give it to them. Job scammers have been known to prowl for victims on legitimate job board websites like Craigslist, Indeed, and CareerBuilder. Some pose as fraudulent companies, while others create phony job announcements for real companies. In some cases, an entire job board has been created as part of the scam.

Know the red flags of a fake job posting:

  • Poor spelling and grammar
  • The contact email is different from the company name
  • Or you are asked to call a 900-number for more information.
  • Some guarantee a rather generous salary or benefits package for the position, or state that no education or experience is required (too-good-to-be-true).
  • You are asked for money or need to purchase a ‘membership’ before you can browse available positions.

If you see any of these flags, be suspicious and do not give out any of your personal or financial information. Legitimate employment services who post available jobs are paid by the company with the real vacant job, and will not require any money from you.

beware of humansIt is not a good idea to post your resume to a job board with the idea that potential employers will find you there . . . that’s just not how it works. Apply directly for posted, available jobs. If you don’t feel good about it, or if there are too many “red flags” don’t apply. It would be better to miss an opportunity than to become a victim.

Legitimate employers will interview you, the applicant, before you are hired. They will contact you through the US mail, phone, or email, to schedule the interview, and usually they will conduct the interview in person. They will provide you with the company contact information and a person’s name who will be processing the applications or conducting the interviews. Be wary of any potential employer who offers to hire you in any other way, especially if you’re told you’ve been hired for a job you never applied for, or for a job you were never interviewed for. These are additional warning signs of a scam.

Most “work-from-home” jobs are scams, such as stuffing envelopes, craft scam written on side of truckassembly, repackaging, and shipping and receiving using your address. Also some personal shopper, secret shopper, mystery shopper, rebate processor, medical billing, or online researcher are valid jobs, but some are scams. Be very cautious if you decide to respond to any positions in this group.

Investments, memberships, pyramid sales, or pay-into opportunities are usually scams. Any job that asks you to purchase the study materials before you test for the job is probably a scam.

Any job that requires you to pay for the company background check before you are hired may be a scam. However, in some states the law allows companies to charge you for your own background check—CA for example—though such a requirement would still be grounds for being very careful.

Places offering help (for a fee) to get federal government jobs, such as a job with the U.S. Postal Service, are often scams.

Limit your job search to real job boards and companies.

Search for jobs from known, usually safe sources like the actual employer’s web site, college or university career centers, and US, State, County, or City government job sites.

Before you apply for any job, verify as much information about the company as you can. Do not provide your social security number, driver’s license number, or birth date to a potential employer. They will need this information only after you are hired.

Report any online employment scams to the Better Business Bureau or to the Federal Trade Commission.

Why do we Learn job skills? HVACRedu.net Brings Learning to You

By Patricia Leiser

Remember way back in high school when we all asked this question? Maybe it man at computerrecently came up again for you, or maybe an employer brought it up. This is a foundational question. At HVACRedu.net we hear it quite a bit, and here is our answer:

  1. We need to work in order to earn a living, use our natural talents, contribute to society, and fulfill our special purpose.
  2. We need to acquire job skills in order to work.
  3. Those skills become bits of knowledge and sequences of tasks known as competencies.
  4. Later on, those competencies become literacies – we need to be fluent in them.
  5. And finally, we need to achieve a level of mastery to do our best work.

There are only two choices, each leading down a path opposite from the other:

If you choose to learn, re-read the list above and embrace it. This will be your life.

If you choose not to learn job skills, your career path will be filled with negative experiences, closed doors, unemployment, jealousies, mistakes, do-overs, and frustration. This will be your life.

The really good thing is that you can change the course of your life’s path at any time by simply choosing to learn. It’s like building your own fork in the road and jumping onto the new path. There is nothing stopping you. Do you know what competencies you should know? You could become a master, in time, with learning. It is true that learning costs money — but think about it, refusing to learn costs money too.

HVACRedu.net is here to support your first steps whether you are a new learner, or just new to learning. We are here to support employers who want employee training that saves time and money, training that demonstrates results right away. We are here to support your entire career by bringing you the newest information and serving your educational needs when and where you have time to explore the learning environment online. You can earn certificates of completion for each course successfully completed and build your own path to mastery.path

HVACRedu.net offers extensive courses, programs, and custom services. Visit our new web site at http://www.HVACRedu.net. If you don’t find what you’re looking for or if you would like our online education experts to work with you or your company, just give us a call or send an email. Consulting and Custom Programs are available.