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Ely Velez
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Relocated to SC from NJ. Had a year off from HVAC looking to get back in trades

So I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about past chargers, getting in the way of finding work. It’s hard not to get down on yourself for making one mistake that changes your life entirely but you can’t lose hope. I made the mistake of hanging out with the wrong type of people didn’t know my rights at the time and ended up with a distribution/manufacturing CDS on my record. Any place that did a background check would not give me a chance. My advice is learn how to do a trade. I did a simple online courses, OSHA, 10. My license to purchase Freon. At supply houses. I started out, not even knowing how to properly use a hammer, and now I can install and maintenance multiple different units. Try not to. See yourself up over something that happened in the past. And if you’re charge is more than seven years old who is the chance that you can get it expunged entirely. I was blessed enough to be able to get in contact with a lawyer, and my record is finally in the process of getting expunged as I speak. I’m not. Completely happy where I am in my life but also I have to remind myself that it always could be a lot worse. Keep going. Hold yourself accountable one application a day you’ll get there.

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Relocated to SC from NJ. Had a year off from HVAC looking to get back in trades

Sure! And thank you

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Yiming Shuang
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Really amazing advice! Thanks so much for sharing your journey!

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Laura Thebodeau
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Hi @Ely Velez - thank you for sharing your winning story!

This would make a great post on the Fair Chance to Succeed group!

Are you willing to share again?

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