Sometimes you take a job “just because” you need the work. You take shortcuts that you normally wouldn’t take just for expediency sake!
Be sure to ask questions about tools required for the job; what tools and supplies are you required to provide to do the job. IF you have to use your own materials; i.e., duct tape, zip ties, scotch tape, notebook paper, printer paper, scotch tape, etc., will your items be replaced? What supplies do you have to supply if you run out; staples, liquid paper, notebooks, three ring binders, etc. If you’re the Maintenance Man do you have to use your own ladder, hammer, step stool, compressor, air gun, hoses to get a job done if not already provided.
If you do use your own supplies and tools, you deserve to be compensated! Not all employers do so. Today I did a job and to meet expectations I had to use three rolls of my own duct tape. I have had to use my own drill, drill bits, extension cords and other equipment. This adds up quickly! As an example: one large roll of duct tape ($8.00 x 3= $24.00), one roll Gorilla Tape 3” at 100 foot roll ($11.00), special compressor oil–one quart ($5.00).
Some tools or equipment to do your job may be your personal responsibility; know this BEFORE you start the job. Usually these required tools are limited to a tool belt with measuring tape, pliers, hammer, Phillips screwdriver, straight slot screwdriver, and a lumber pencil. These tools vary if you are doing plumbing, installing fixtures, repairing motorized equipment, or electrical repairs.
If you have a 90 day trial period, which we often will agree to or request ourselves, before deciding to extend your stay submit your receipts and provide detailed notes as to who, what, when, where, how, and why. Expect some discussion and possibly some refusal to compensate or give you what you need to replace your materials.
To have a rewarding and profitable experience, be sure you are not caught having to deal with this after the fact! IF you decide to stay until the end of the season, be sure to have a written agreement spelling out what IS supplied by the owner/manager, and what IS required for the worker to provide. Cover all your bases!
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