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#63644 - 03/23/06 01:15 PM would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
fish on Offline
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Registered: 03/23/06
Posts: 2
if a 40 year old looking for a career change
came to you looking to get into the trade and
was in great physical shape and was very
mechanically inclined, would you hire him?
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#63645 - 03/23/06 01:27 PM Re: would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
gfretwell Offline

Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9066
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
Legally I am not sure how you could NOT hire him if he met all the qualifications.
40 isn't even that old. I am almost 60 and I can usually work the kids into the ground.
Greg Fretwell
#63646 - 03/23/06 01:35 PM Re: would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
DSpanoudakis Offline
Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 88
Loc: Astoria, Queens, N.Y.C.
My company nearly hired a 72 year-old, but that's pushing it.
#63647 - 03/23/06 01:37 PM Re: would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
Dnkldorf Offline
Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1091
Loc: nowhere usa
Not to bring up a sex issue here, but I know alot of 40 yr old women who could work a kid in the ground..

40 isn't old at all, we're just hitting our prime..

#63648 - 03/23/06 01:59 PM Re: would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
Ryan_J Offline
Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
Two words:

Age discrimination.
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
#63649 - 03/23/06 02:11 PM Re: would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
WFO Offline
Registered: 09/03/05
Posts: 206
Loc: Cat Spring, TX
Attitude over age.
If he's willing to work, yeah, I'd hire him.
#63650 - 03/23/06 02:13 PM Re: would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
TwinCitySparky Offline
Registered: 03/23/06
Posts: 52
Loc: Minnesota
Two more words:

Work ethic.
#63651 - 03/23/06 03:48 PM Re: would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
Roger Offline
Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
Absolutely! I have worked with many 40, 50, and even 60 year olds that carry their weight and then some.

#63652 - 03/23/06 04:44 PM Re: would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
electure Offline

Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4229
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
You might just find he's just the guy you've been looking for.

For a real oldtimer, check out Martin!
#63653 - 03/23/06 04:56 PM Re: would you hire a 40 year old helper ?
mahlere Offline
Registered: 11/17/05
Posts: 514
Loc: New Jersey
the only issue is financial. Can the 40 yr old take a pay cut while he is learning the trade? He'll probably have journeyman bills, but he'll get an apprentice wage.

We have on apprentice who was around 45, but he did not pick it up quick enough earn the wages he needed to cover his bills.

that's the toughest part.
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