Painters helper
What do you do?
I set up the job site. I draped plastic and moved furniture. I laid down dropcloth. I put all of the tools where the painter would need them. I cleaned and sanded to prepare for paint. I cleaned,  too behind the painters to keep the area nice and neat. At the end of the day, I washed all of the tools, shook out and folded the drop cloths and loaded the van.
This job is:
Flexible Schedule
How many hours a week is this job?
More than 20 hours a week
Flexible
Sometimes long hours may be required
How much control do you have over your work schedule?
The job was two or three days a week, whenever I was needed. Some weeks I worked 40 hours or more. Some weeks there was no work at all.
Do you have to own a car?
No
Work environment
Outside
Inside
Is there anything to be aware of in the environment?
I cleaned tools with paint thinner. When we painted tile roofs it was really, really, really hot! You are working on construction sites sometimes with a lot of creepy guys.
Is there a dress code?
Yes
How do you dress for work?
I was required to wear painter whites.
Is this job:
Fast-paced
Level of Responsibility
Medium (If you’re not there, things can wait until you are.)
Is this job physically demanding?
On your feet all day
Have to lift heavy things
Co-Workers
Work with just a few people
Management
Someone tells you each thing to do.
What does this job pay entry level?
$9.00/hr
What could it pay later?
I learned a lot. If I wanted to be a painter or start my own painting company, this would be a good idea. He also gave me raises as I was able to do more.
Job Requirements: What skills does this job require?
I didn’t have to know anything to get the job. Just answer an ad in the paper. He taught me everything he wanted me to do. Pretty much by yelling at me all the time.
Do you have to go to school to get this job?
No.
Apprenticeship
On-the-job Training
Do you have to own tools?
If you were to start your own business you would need a lot of tools. But to work for someone else as a helper, no. You don’t need to have anything at all. You don’t even have to know how to drive. There was only a limited room for cars so he drove around and picked up all of the workers.
Location
This job could be done anywhere.
Painters helper

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