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14-Working As A Professional Locksmith

14-Working As A Professional Locksmith



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Professional Locksmith
Study Unit 14
At this point you’ve learned a great deal about all kinds of locks and keys, and how tomake, repair, and service them. This course has given you an excellent overall view of the locksmithing field, and you’re ready to put your skills and know-how to work.You can be the best locksmith in the world, however, and still lose money at it if youdon’t know how to manage yourself and your work. You’re ready to make some veryimportant decisions about your future, and this study unit will serve as your guide.Will you go into business for yourself? Then you’ll need to know what services to of-fer, how much to charge for them, how to advertise, how to handle customer creditand billing, and other details every business owner handles. Will you work for some-one else? This unit will help you identify prospective employers and how to approachthem, and give you tips on resumes and job interviews.Of course, a malfunctioning lock doesn’t pick up the phone and call a locksmith—acustomer does. We’ll cover good customer relations in this unit, and how to maintaina good professional image. We’ll also cover important legal and ethical considerationsin locksmithing.When you complete this study unit, you’ll be able to
Recognize the services available to a locksmith
Define the concept of specialization
Identify sources for specialty equipment and supplies
Implement mobile, or off-premise, services to customers
Be aware of the wide range of laws pertaining to locksmiths
Consider the steps in developing a code of ethics of your own
Distinguish between certification and licensing, and understand the value of  both
Recognize some of the national associations for locksmiths and understand thevalue of joining
Explore methods for acquiring tools and supplies
Develop an effective resume, contact prospective employers in person and inwriting, and conduct yourself well during a job interview
Identify the characteristics important to maintaining a professional image
LOCKSMITHSERVICES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Working forSomeone ElseWorking forYourselfSpecializing
ONTHEROAD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Emergency CallsRoad CallsHouse Calls
LOCKSMITHINGLAWSANDETHICS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Learning the LawThe Lawsin YourCommunityWho IsProtected by Law?Locksmith’sCode of Ethics
LOCKSMITHINGCREDENTIALS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Professional AssociationsLocal/State AssociationsNational AssociationsBooksand Periodicals
TOOLS,PARTS,ANDSUPPLIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Start-UpInventoryFinding Suppliers
FINDINGWORKASALOCKSMITH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Some JobsforLocksmithsHow to Find a JobWhere to Look fora Job

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