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Whatcha Looking for in a newbie?

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J Strickland

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These questions are mainly for the appraisers who hire trainees and deal with them on the actual hiring process.

As a newbie without any training, how do I get your attention to get hired as a trainee?

Some have stated, join the local associations- still looking but as an unlicensed and unemployed (appraisal-wise) what would be the advantage/payoff other than the networking standard?

Any ideas on initial phonecalls? Is it best to talk with the "owner" on the phone calls?

What appraisers are best to try to contact? Newer (<10 years) or established?

Anything on a resume that may help?

I do have a fulltime job and love it, (Firefighter on a Rescue Co.) but have the time and desire to do appraising on the side. Common sense, learning quickly and dealing with customers (citizens) comes easy. How do I convey that to a potential employer?

Do I need to start on my classes for license or wait to see if hired? I heard both sides of this arguement but plan on taking classes for my own information also.

Well enough rambling- Throw me some answers and I hope this post can answer questions others getting started have wondered.

Jeff
 

TEL2002

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Look back at the old postings under the Newbie & Job forums. There have been some great ideas published in the past. Suggest you read those, then come back with specific questions. Suggest you state what area you are from...maybe someone in that area will get in contact with you.
 

J Strickland

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I did as you said and looked back in the "older post" for some good solid information. I have contacted most of the appraisers in my area about hiring and have sent my resume to a few. No real leads so far. It seems as if (from reading many of the postings) that there is not a happy medium in the appraisal world. While some post state that they never would enter the career field again if the clock could be tuned back, others are very happy with the choice. I will continue to look and play the numbers game. With the difficulty I am having finding someone to work with/for, I am not rushing to sign up for required schooling without an opportunity available.

Jeff
 

Dan/Fla

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The above is true, this has been talked about in detail.

But if I had to do it all over again, I would find an appraiser willing to work with me before I went to school. Like ride alongs you may have in your job now.

The new ones I have met, mostly in a friends office, at this time I have not put anyone on. Is they do not know how to listen, They think; they already know it all (They don't) They asked a question and try to answer it before I or their traineer can get more than a sentence out. I have seen this man hire 5 trainees in past 10 months, all but one has left(fired) Think of the newbies in the rescue business of yours (do they drive you crazy, sometimes?)

I think personal contact is best, Before I stated my company, I saw resumes come to the boss in mail, Never was one hired. It is a timing business if there is a need most likely the one that walk it the door at the right time, half way interested got the chance. I joke with an ex boss on time, how does he decide, Well 1st thing is if the man is too lazy to walk in my door he is too lazy to hire.

If you have the drive, personality not to **** of clients, or borrowers, and want to learn, and prove you are honest, and not steal the bosses clients if you start your own company. Or steal from homes you enter. You can find a job.

When I found my 1st job 1st, I called every company in phone book and asked if they had openings, Then I dropped off a resume to every company in the city, and tried to get the bosses business card, then I called him/her and talked to them asked 2 questions Do you have any opening for and honest trainee? Do you know any companies looking for a hard working trainee? Then I have narrowed it down, to 5 possible companies, No not one of them told me they had an opening, I just had a feeling, I went back and talked one on one, if the person was not in I wanted to see I asked what do they drive and if I went back and that car was there I tried again, It took 4 months, but that was 8 years ago.

Hope some of this helps.
 

Ed

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I just recently got hired as a trainee. I didn't start classes or waisting valuable time until I knew I was hired and going to start on "x" day, for "x" money with "x" Appraiser.

Hard Work Will Pay Off! Good Luck!
 
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