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My employee can't paint!!!

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I'm still small with only 2 guys...(one being a helper) And my painter just isn't a good painter. He's a hard worker..doesn't even take a break. But just
learned the basics and felt that was enough. He can't cut for crap. And he doesn't listen..... Yesterday I said 3 times.."utilize the hot dog roller to face off the trim again"'s a apartment repaint...and he just brushed everything waisting valuable time (& my $$)...I mean he brushed 5 doors..and when I checked them they all had runs!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish I could just find one guy who can paint as well as I'd like. Maybe I'm not paying enough....but I haven't found one in years that I feel can paint as well as I do.Now I'm not saying I'm god...just a painter you don't have to check on all the time. How the hell could I ever get out of the bucket if no one working for me has any talent?

I actually toyed with putting this on craigslist...but I'm not sure...
What do you guys think?

Is anyone a real painter?I own a small paint company, and have yet to find anyone who can cut a straight line...paint a door the proper way..or even show up every day without an excuse.
Is there any real painters out there?

I'm looking for someone who has been painting for years & prides himself on the quality of work he produces. Someone who can eventually go to my customers houses by themselves to complete work. Someone who can listen and is not afraid of learning. Someone who can run a crew, eventually maybe run my business.

I'm looking for someone who likes to paint.
You must have a vehicle (that runs in any weather)
You must not show up dressed like a scumbag. (please tie your shoes)
Someone who doesn't think they too have a paint company, just because they printed a card on the computer.

If this even comes close to describing you, please send me an email
and tell me about yourself. Thank you.
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Ive been in your shoes more times than I care to remember and it took these forums to find out that the fault was with me. I was hiring jack legs within a few minutes on the phone with them....just because I believed there talk. I always ran ads for employment when I needed a person asap, I was so busy I needed help immediately and hired the first person who said they could paint. I did this for years and found the worst painters imaginable, some of which I didn’t fire because I needed the minimal amount of help they produced. This led to tons of stress, loss of work, and me thinking negatively about the whole work force in general. Thanks to a few on this forum I realized it was clearly my fault for allowing this. I now run employment ads full time, even when not looking for employees. I am also developing a strict interviewing process, and as Dave said I am also on the look out for clean cut painters (pun intended) in paint stores or on other job sites.

Don’t get me wrong… my employee’s are no dream come true, they are definitely better than any ive had before, but my way of approaching this is still new to me and work in progress.

The moral of my story is stay positive, approach your problem from a different angle, and realize that good people are out there even if they have never held a brush.
It works, it may take time…..but it works!
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I had to post this for you guys to see. There are good people out there so dont let this discourage you. I have an add running right now in 3 different spots. This here is a response from an add on craigslist that I have.
Here is my short but sweet add. Im sure some of you will know it from E-Myth Revisited.

Painters Needed:
Established painting company looking for full time helpers and spray men. No experience necessary, just an open mind and a willingness to learn.
Driver license, and reliable transportation required. This is a full time position.

Please reply with resume's to email address above

"hey my name bobby iv been painting for 13 years i got my own to ol and ride i
can spray a s well and i have some sic of my w ork if you need i need full
time work you can call me @ 919-xxx-5660"

The actual email was alot worse than that, almost every word was double and triple spaced but this response form automatically fixes that and wont allow me to show it in its true form
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The frustrating thing is, I clearly ask to reply with resume but 98 percent do not. I do have an add in the paper that request resumes to be faxed and that works very well
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