Hiring Qualified Carpenters
Not sure this post will mean much to everyone but it’s my way of venting some upcoming stress. Today my top “go to guy” (foreman) tendered his two weeks notice. So tomorrow my day will start in search of a replacement for a position that’s becoming harder and harder to fill with qualified help.
I can’t even really be upset at this guy for leaving as he’s leaving for a rather noble reason I suppose. He’s decided that after years of pounding a hammer and strapping on a tool belt that he’d like to try a new career outside of the construction industry. At the age of 40 I think he’s realized that youth is passing by quickly and his body will likely not take many more years of abuse.
Frankly I can’t blame him. My father has been in carpentry for almost 40 years and his body has taken the toll. His numerous surgeries and a recent hip replacement are all too familiar for these old veterans of the trade. So with a sinking feeling in my gut I’m wishing my friend and co-worker the best of luck in whatever it is he chooses to do next.
Is Carpentry A Dying Profession?
So tomorrow I start the day searching for the replacement with some very specific job skills:
- Extensive Experience in framing, roofing, siding, interior and exterior finish including complex roof framing.
- Project Management Skills – I need someone that can organize a job site, organize his crew and find a way to keep all the other sub-trades moving forward and not back!!
- Motivational Crew Leader – Good foreman have an ability to motivate other crew members of all skill levels and bring everyone together for a common goal.
- Trustworthy – Finding trustworthy loyal employees seems to be harder than ever these days….then again most everyone knows this to be true.
- Customer Delight – Finally and probably most important is an employee that truly understand the importance of making the customer both happy and satisfied. When a customer raves about your foreman you know you’ve found a special employee.
So this all begs the question about how easy it is these days to find a qualified person to fit such a position. I struggle with this question as I see the older carpenters retiring and moving on. Today it seems very difficult to find younger people interested in a career in a physical trade. Even harder is finding someone that can fill in the personal trades such as being motivational, trustworthy and able to communicate with the customers.
Maybe I’m a bit cynical tonight as I write this. More likely I’m taking the time to thank a good friend and remind myself what traits are necessary for a successful foreman in the carpentry world. I would image that I will find a replacement, maybe not quite a good, maybe better, time will tell.
Thanks for letting me vent. If you happen to live in Central NH and you’re looking for a working foreman position for a builder that tackles everything from residential to commercial then send me an email. You never can tell where the next top notch employee will come from!