Which skills do you need to become a locksmith?
When you are still in school and you don´t know if you have what it takes to become a locksmith, the following lines are of high value to you. Please take ten minutes to read this text . After that you will know everything about the requirements to become a locksmith.
You have to possess good mechanical skills
The first requirement seems pretty logic. When you want to fix locks, build in security means or detect any security loopholes you have to understand mechanics. To make this clear. Only those mechanics are necessary that are directly related to the work of a locksmith. Therefore it is necessary that you understand the basics of how a window works, how a door works and what special features a security door or a door of a car has.
When you are capable to understand the basics of these things it might be a good idea to work and experiment with them. So for example, it is possible that you try to replace the door with a different door or that you assembly them into a door frame. When you are doing this, you might learn new aspects and then you´ll be able to further specialize.
You have to have good social skills
It is common sense that the life of a locksmith employee is not always easy. You have great responsibilities and there are also some legal aspects that you have to take into account. If you fail, the consequences might be a little rough. So it is better to keep a cool vibe, when you are at your work. This is especially true for the moments a customer calls you. Try to think of how it would be if you was in his or her situation.
What would you do, if you would have lost your bunch of keys from the corporation you work for? Wouldn´t you be stressed too? I bet you were. Therefore it is possible that the customer is not really nice to you.
Because they are pretty frustrated and have worries that they might have to pay for the damage that occurs when someone finds the bunch of keys and breaks opens the door of the corporation.
You see that it is a must that you possess the social skills, to stay cool. If you don’t have these skills, it is likely that situations will escalate and that someone complaints about your work and you certainly don´t want that, right?
So if you summarize, you have to have two major skill sets. The first skill set is when it comes to all the mechanical work you have to do on a daily basis. If you don’t have those skills, the chances are bad that you become a successful locksmith. However, if you already have some basic skills, it is is recommended that you do an apprenticeship or that you try to specialize yourself on your own.
We wish you the best of luck!
Why is it that locksmith companies have such a bad image?
When you talk about a company you automatically have an association of it. Take a carwash company for example. You might think of it as a company that does its job pretty well, or you might think of it as a company that doesn´t even take care of its own tools and after you went through the carwash your car might even look worse.
Especially the later associations come often to mind when someone thinks of a locksmith company or an employee. But what is the reason for the bad image and is it really true? Let´s take a look at the facts.
The clients are usually upset about the situation
Locksmith company’s don´t have an easy job. When they arrive at the door of the customer they face an upwinded person that is far from being relaxed. Instead the employees see a very stressed person that has only two wishes: First, please open the door and the second, please don’t let the bill get to high. While the first wish can be easily fulfilled, the second wish is a little bit more tricky. Because most locksmith companies take a lot of money for their services.
That is the first moment when a bad association is build. Noone wants to pay hundreds of Dollars for a task, that is done within a couple of minutes. To be honest, the author of these lines didn´t gets the relation between the price and the time for the work.
They have to avoid damage by all means
But since locksmith employees have to be very careful when they want to open a door, they have great responsibilities and these responsibilities carry a big big price tag. Because, when the employee doesn’t work careful enough it is likely, that he will damage the door, the lock or even the electricity, if it is a modern door that uses electronic devices as well.
Most people don’t take the time to think of these aspects. They are glad that their door has been opened and their happiness is disturbed by the bill they get.
So what we have here is a dilemma for a locksmith company. They think that they help their clients pretty much, but at the same time they don´t get the positive vibes in return. Instead they get complaints about their work the time they needed to get to the locked door and in the end, the bill.
Do locksmith companies deserve that reputation?
It is not just single locksmith companies, but the whole industry, that has to deal with that bad image. While there are clearly companies that don´t do a good job, the majority of the company does a great job. Therefore the bad image is not justified for all locksmith companies.
And it would only be fair, if customers start to rethink their images of locksmith companies. That would make the whole process much more easy and most of all more comfortable for the two sides.