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Finding qualified finish employees9/27/17
Are there any recruiting resources in the finishing industry for employers? Our company is having a difficult time finding experienced finish sprayers. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Colby, Nice to see the Olhausen name.
Woodweb does have a classifieds area you can post in.
I have been in some facilities that hired finishers that have come from the automotive finishing field, good sprayers but need to learn the coloring of wood.
Those are the areas I like to start the hunt and putting the word out on Woodweb will really help.
like bob said, who ask a finish rep who is a good finishner that they have seen and you do what what every other industry does you lure them away by offering them a better deal
In all candid honesty, we've been on the bad end of the deal any time we've hired an experienced finisher. Inevitably we hit a brick wall where they either aren't accustomed to spraying to our level of detail.....or they want to change the workfow......or whatever it takes to conform the rest of the place to whatever they think it's supposed to be, and they get butthurt if we don't conform to it.
We've found it most profitable to learn how to look for teachable new recruits and teach them from the ground up.
The problem is also in your question. You ask for qualified finish sprayers.
Thank you all for your replies. Thank you Bob for your help with projects past. We have been reaching out to our reps to locate finishers. I have also reached out to a frien of mine who paints million dollar motorcoaches here in Nashville. Apparently you all are a dying breed. Matt, we have also been on the bad end of hiring "experience", they tend to be close minded and unwilling to adapt to a different environment. Michael, I totally agree with what you are saying. I wish we had a true finisher here and we would certainly pay out the wazoo to have that type of knowledge. At this point I'm just looking for someone to lay down a good topcoat. My top guy here is using his abilities to his advantage. I need a little workplace competition to bring his ego back you our stratosphere.
Where can I apply?
We are located in Portland TN about 30 miles north of Nashville. Any interested persons can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org