Went from neet to carpenter helper (and probably many other trades, since it's about building/remodeling houses) last Friday.
I had literally 0 experience. Now I get paid to learn.
This was my day before Friday.
Get a professional sounding email. [email protected] Don't use [email protected] I know privacy is a concern, but it's just your job resumes. The government will find out soon enough once tax day rolls around.
Madlib a nice cover letter and resume. You're applying to trades, so they'll all flow the same. I ended up using The Interview Guys for advice, and I looked up other people's cover letters and resumes, and used them as a template. Obviously use your own words, but it's good to see how it should look and flow. When I actually made a good cover letter and resume, I got MANY MORE REPLIES. It needs to look professional, and keep it short. 1 page each. You have no experience.
Go on Craigslist under Skilled Trades for your area in a radius of 20 miles. Also, you better have a car or convenient public transportation.
Go down the list, find ones that require no experience or are "willing to train the right person".
Assuming the USA: Search "[trade] BLS" (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in a search engine, and check the mean salary for that trade in your state. Click the /oes/ link for the page with the map and scroll down. You will be spending a long time getting good at this trade, so it better pay well in your state. Don't work for a potential $30k a year in 5 years, you need growth. Also search "[trade] helper BLS" to look for the helper wage for your state, and then knock it down from the mean because you have no experience.
Go to the website of the place your applying (if it's listed or easily found), and look for information you can put in your cover letter to show you actually bothered to check out their website. If they show off their work, mention it in the cover letter. Or if they mention how long they've been around, mention that you want to become a part of their X years of history, but be a little more creative.
Know the minimum wage for your state. Chances are you'll be making that at first, or a bit above it. Experience is more important at this point, but don't work for less than minimum wage or you'll just be pushed around.
Send cover letters and resumes as job listings appear. Keep a notebook and pencil/pen near you at all times in case you get a phone call, because a phone call means they want to interview you. Never immediately accept an interview if they ask to do it over the phone, but schedule it for later. You need to be mentally prepared.
Get a haircut you bum. Classic taper or layered cut are safe, ask the barber. If you have no idea, just tell him you want a nice haircut for a job interview. Shave, unless you take care of your beard. It's construction, men having facial hair isn't uncommon. In-person interviews for construction are semi-formal, and I wore a striped dress shirt tucked in to jeans w/ a belt, and steel-toed boots.
Interview Guys have a bunch of commonly asked questions during interviews, so go ahead and read those. Write down your answers.
ASK QUESTIONS during the interview. Show interest. Have questions ready to ask, and at the end of every interview I had I was asked "Do you have any questions for me?" You better have at least one or two for the end, because other questions you can ask them after answering one of theirs.
Don't lie. They know about the trade and you don't. If you lie, they'll know. However, feel free to emblemish your own work experience if you have any at all, if it's in another unrelated field. I did that with computers. I went for the "career change" angle, even though I only did comptuer work for 2 whole days I acted like I did it for a vague number of years self-employed. I don't have any proof of the company existing.
Push that you want to be a reliable and steady employee for years. You want to stay with them, and not disappear in a couple years after being trained by them.
That's basically it, really. It looks like a lot, but it's really not.
Do bodyweight training while waiting for replies. Pullups/Pushups/Squats. Get yourself physically ready at least a little bit. Also, bring your own lunch if you do get hired.
If you don't enjoy the job at all, don't do it. You should be happy.
A shortcut if you have the money is go to a trade school that is known for hiring people directly after classes are finished. This happens all the time, and has a near 100% turnover for those who complete the required courses. Trade schools are expensive, and if you're White don't expect any handouts. Class will probably be full of niggers who were bused in, who don't want to learn, and are there on the government's money. They won't succeed. This is all from what a family member told me.