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Old 07-23-2014, 09:45 PM   #21
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:14 AM   #22
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Hi, I'm an apprentice painter working in the Boston Area. I have a couple of years experience. I work a lot of Craigslist. I get steady work (I also work as a laborer). One problem that I've encountered is that I haven't had much luck with painting contractors. Meaning, I'll work for them and they let me go soon after due to my lack of skill/experience.

Any advice for me?

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Joining the union is one option. So is finding out who the larger, well established private companies are in your area are and applying with them. This time of year most companies are scrambling for even junior painters and you will learn how to do things right working for a legit firm. Lots of companies giving 40 hour work weeks out there you just have to go off of CL. The CL guys are generally hit and run small operations who aren't steadily busy. They only hire when they have a "big" job then lay off until they get another one. Could be days. Could be weeks. The third and worst option is to work for 3 or 4 of those small guys in rotation and just work for whoever has work that week however there is no guarantee of steady work and the juggling of the schedules can get tricky.
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The first thing I take notice of when I'm around a new hire is how he/she moves about. You can tell a lot about a person just by watching them walking on a job site. Do you drag your unlaced boots? Are your pants falling down exposing your boxers?

Whether your going to your first task or goin' for the time card, walk briskly with a sense of purpose. Remember the white hot spotlight is on you.
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The first thing I take notice of when I'm around a new hire is how he/she moves about. You can tell a lot about a person just by watching them walking on a job site. Do you drag your unlaced boots? Are your pants falling down exposing your boxers?

Whether your going to your first task or goin' for the time card, walk briskly with a sense of purpose. Remember the white hot spotlight is on you.
Hired a guy who would show up 15 minutes before 9 and just sit in his truck smoking until 8:59 when he would walk at half speed to the front door. By 5:01 on the dot he was already cleaned up and back in his truck. He lasted exactly 1 job.

My good guys show up 10-15 minutes early, head right inside and start setting up for the day. Exactly the same thing I did when I worked for someone.
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Hired a guy who would show up 15 minutes before 9 and just sit in his truck smoking until 8:59 when he would walk at half speed to the front door. By 5:01 on the dot he was already cleaned up and back in his truck. He lasted exactly 1 job.

My good guys show up 10-15 minutes early, head right inside and start setting up for the day. Exactly the same thing I did when I worked for someone.
Something an old Italian guy taught me while I was an apprentice in Ontario (new commercial) if your 5 minutes early, then your 10 minutes late. Since I moved to the west coast I've taken it a step further. 20-30 mins early everyday.

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I typically on any given job when once finished with whatever room(s) for that day, will begin my prep for next day, then clean up, that way when I get to my site the next day it feels as though I already have a head start!


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