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Paintshop: Upgrading Your Skills in the 21st Century

Work orders come and go, and come again. Projects vary by size, complexity, surface/area, and time constraints. Some come along periodically, once or twice a year, every few years, or only once.


Whether you’re a hotel or facility painter, you’ll need to keep on your toes. Ready to do what’s necessary in a reasonably prompt, professional and timely manner. Consistent in your techniques and outcomes, even when a high degree of creativity and flexibility are required.


Have you ever had a problem prioritizing, then scheduling, and eventually following through on certain work orders and projects? Whether the glitch was self-induced, or caused by outside forces? Examples: hotel’s/facility’s chief engineer, or general manager.


Here’s where experience can be a great coach, and mentor. We learn by handling the same or similar work orders repeatedly. We learn by facing the same or similar situation more than once.


When your experience needs a boost… when your repertoire of effective techniques, products/materials, supplies, and tools needs to be expanded, try these quick tips.

1. Tweak one of your standard techniques, products, supplies, and/or tools. WHY? You know that its basic elements work; so draw on that foundation of success.


2. Tap the experience of a pro in handling that type of work order or project. Examples: Online tutorials and sources, paint store consultants, fellow union/association members, related manufacturers.

WHY? It’s very possible that he or she has been there and done that. Some of the bumps that you’re facing have been worked out already.


3. Ask your chief engineer. WHY? He or she is there to keep things running smoothly, and cost-effectively. Probably, he or she has dealt with the situation before, though it’s new here. No doubt that he or she gets the connection between your doing a good job, and his or her ability to keep things humming. And your boss will want to add some wisdom to your mix.


4. “Google” the problem, in the form of a brief question or phrase. WHY? You may be amazed how many other painters have faced the same challenge, and found doable answers via their extended internet network.


5. Step out. Stretch your innovative, gutsy soul. Kindle or rekindle that pioneer spirit that may not have gotten much of a chance, in the past, to spread its wings. WHY? That’s how you become an expert yourself. A go-to guru!


Painting at the hotel often called upon skills and abilities that I did not know that I had. Untapped talents and resources that fit the need perfectly. Or surprisingly close. Whether facing a new or reconfigured work order, project, or troubleshooting problem.

Often, it was those challenges – those questions and uncertainties – that made the job come alive.



New experience builds a foundation for great experience.

Thanks, everyone, for checking out “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2017. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

RE: Endorsing “Painting” Skills. A Painter’s Survey

Painting and decorating, in combination, has been respected as a trade or profession in construction for over forty years. Painting, its predecessor and around for centuries, not as much.

For many years, in many socio-economic-political circles, painting was looked upon as a lower-skilled, lower-level job. Supposedly, anyone able to hold a paint brush could do it to earn some money. Example: College students that needed to pay for their education.

Men that worked as painters were the subject of crude jokes, raw cartoons, class-conscious ridicule, and business-employment de-classing. Many were labeled or type cast, even within their own trade. They were regarded as non-professional, unlicensed, uncertified, and uneducated.

In the construction industry, painters had to work much harder than other tradespersons to prove their worth, and to earn a decent wage. Regardless of the high level of professionalism that a growing number of painters were bringing to their jobs. The skill and workmanship they demonstrated. The fine craftsmanship with which they completed every project.

Too often, this tends to be true today. Recognition of painters for their expertise can be slow in coming. Even with the unlimited speed of and access to outstanding electronic media.

To test this point, I surveyed thirty-one journey-level painters with profiles posted on a professional/career website. All listed “Painting” as one of their top “skills” in the ‘Skills and Endorsements” section.

Six questions were asked. Below are the questions – and corresponding numerical responses.

1. How many months after posting “Painting” as a skill did you receive an endorsement of it?

A. 1-3 months            3  B. 4-6 months         C. 7-9 months         D. 10-12 months

E. After 12 months    F. No response

2. Who endorsed your “Painting” skill within the first twelve months? Check all that apply.

4  A. Co-worker          B. Supervisor/Manager       C. Customer/Client

5  D. Paint supplier/Manufacturer’s rep                      3  E. Painter/non-coworker

4  F. Former co-worker/Manager                               G. Property owner

H. Friend/Relative                                                   1  I. No response

3. How many persons endorsed your “Painting” skill without being asked?

A. 1-3          B. 4-6          C. 7-9          D. 10-12      E. 13-15

F. 16 or more                    G. No response

4. Who asked the person to endorse your “Painting” skill? Check all that apply.

A. You        B. Supervisor/Manager       C. Co-worker          D. Customer/Client

E. Paint supplier/Manufacturer’s rep          F. Former co-worker/Manager

G. Painter/non-coworker                           H. No response

5. Who did you anticipate would endorse your “Painting” skill, that did not? Check all that apply.

A. Supervisor/Manager                   B. Co-worker                     C. Customer/Client

D. Former co-worker/Manager       E. Paint supplier/Manufacturer’s rep

F. Another tradesperson                G. Relative/Friend              H. No response

6. How many persons that endorsed your “Painting” skill endorsed additional painting trade skills?

A. 1-3          B. 4-6          C. 7-9          D. 10-12      E. 13-15

1  F. 16 or more                     G. No response

More than two-thirds of the painters that responded – even with a “No response” – added a comment.  The following one got right to the point.

From Steve, Chicago area:

“Why are co-workers, supervisors and managers slow and reluctant to praise their painters publicly? Example: Endorsing, Liking, or recommending their painting and decorating skills on electronic career and social networks. I’ve been lead painter for a 1100+ room hotel and convention center for over twelve years. The two engineering techs that handle basic re-paints and minor touch-ups, and help with big projects, have each been there over six years. We know that everyone there, including management, considers us professionals at our jobs, and appreciates our abilities. What gives?”

My response:

“Often, supervisors and co-workers are wrapped up in their own agendas. They may be great at promoting themselves, close colleagues and friends. They may forget or overlook opportunities to publicly support and promote co-workers and staff members. They may not want to ‘go public’ with their praise. Or, they may not want to go on record with YOU about their position regarding your skills and contributions…”

Bottom line: If it’s important to you, ask someone that should know, or will find out.

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Which one of your skills deserve more endorsements that it has received?

What skills-endorsing strategy works best for you?

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