One of Sean Reihm’s friends, who worked as a PC manager at an HVACR distribution company, approached him and asked if he was interested in working in the field.
Her timing was impeccable, as Reihm was currently searching for a career to interject himself into.
“There was an HVAC salesperson opening that hadn’t been filled in quite some time, and I happened to be the one willing to take on the challenge,” said Reihm, now 31 years old. “I jumped at the chance.”
Reihm recently celebrated his first anniversary as a member of the HVACR industry. In that time, he’s learned quite a bit.
“The most valuable skill I’ve had to cultivate is attention to detail in regards to what my customers are trying to achieve with the system they are installing,” he said. “I hope to continue to learn the trade and become the guy people go to when they have tough questions that need answering.”
Reihm appreciates how accepting everyone has been to the new kid on the block.
“I really appreciate everyone’s willingness to help and educate me along this process,” he said. “I came in with little to no knowledge about this trade, and I have learned a large amount in a short time.”
When it comes to those just entering the field, Reihm said it’s important to soak in as much knowledge as possible.
“I really try not to get discouraged and take every failure or mishap as a chance to learn something new that I can apply to my future,” he said.
Reihm enjoys the daily challenge of providing what his customers need when they need it.
“There is a lot of problem solving that goes into what we do,” he said. “If I can make a job or task easier for my customers, I’m happy at the end of the day.”
As he continues to gain experience, Reihm continues to focus on punching in on time and retaining a positive attitude.
“I have a willingness to learn new things and try new technologies in hopes of making my job easier,” he said.
Reihm insists his future is bright.
“Since I’ve been hired it seems like a lot of the people in this field are getting close to retirement,” he said. “With that come newer, less experienced people, such as myself, who are looking to learn, and there are plenty of outlets to pick up knowledge.”
Publication date: 11/28/18