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How To Change Your Collar: Mobile Coaching To Be A Construction Carpenter

How To Change Your Collar: Mobile Coaching To Be A Construction Carpenter

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How To Change Your Collar: Mobile Coaching To Be A Construction Carpenter

128 pages
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Jan 31, 2014


A first-of-its-kind career e-guide for changing a white collar to blue.

How To Change Your Collar shows out-of-work and under-employed white-collar professionals and students how to take control of their financial condition by following a successful path to be a construction carpenter. From getting a job without related work experience to showing up prepared to succeed the first day, this specialized e-guide gives job seekers with no experience in construction an advantage by helping them work smarter, with greater independence and efficiency.

Stand out from the crowd and avoid “new-guy” mistakes with this cutting-edge tool that:
• Downloads to a smartphone to provide a quick, portable reference that delivers the essential information novices need, in real time, in the field, without needing a data signal
• Features an effective framework of task-oriented
strategies to ensure users increase their value to the construction crew on the very first day
• Develops a basic vocabulary of tools, construction terms, and architectural components
• Provides useful checklists for implementing federal safety standards and job-site best practices—conveniently hyperlinked for quick access
• Dozens of illustrations appeal to visual learners

Jan 31, 2014

À propos de l'auteur

A content creator for online and print consumption, Derek Burritt changed his collar in 2011. Soon afterwards, he earned the nickname “Dusty” because he spent so much time cleaning up and sweeping. He saw the value in the work he did and went on to build a reputation around the principles and practices that eventually became, How To Change Your Collar.

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How To Change Your Collar - "Dusty" Derek Burritt

How To Change Your Collar:

Mobile Coaching To Be A Construction Carpenter

Published by Dusty Derek Burritt

Copyright 2014 Derek Burritt

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License Notes

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

Medical Disclaimer

Always consult your physician before beginning any job that requires physical labor. If you experience any pain or difficulty while working, stop and consult your healthcare provider.


This book became a reality with the love and support of my entire family, including my parents, Keith and Jane, brother, Jason, loving wife, Dorothy, brother-in-law, Jason Ashe, and the first guy who paid me to swing a hammer, Timothy A. Budlong.

Thank you Cole family and Cape Associates for the opportunity to work and learn at the company. Special thanks to the guys I spent most of my early time with, including Chef Tom Johnson, Chris Dio, Brian Barker, Russ Pooh Bear Hughes, Mark Stacks Stachowicz, Gino Furlano, and Private Ryan Benoit. Thanks to everyone who shared their knowledge with me and let me contribute to their projects, including Aaron Mooney, Andrew Murphy, April Ducott, Ben Mecham, Bob Creonte, Cam Young, Chris Berry, Chris Kamens, Chuck Jonas, Dan Thorton, Dave Ellinwood, Dave Hedin, Floyd Pickard III, J.P. Marjollet, James Young, Jason Waterfield, Jeff Cronk, Joel Erickson, John Mitsis, Jon Soghomanian, Ken Lemerise, Kenny Martin, Kevin Johnston, Lance Stanley, Mark Clancy, Matt Cole, Mark Kinnane, Mike Allen, Mike Cole, Mike Denton, Mike Meads, Mike Miller, Peter Corbett, Peter Geiges, Peter Radke, Randy Souza, Rich Bryant, Richard Kirchner, Shaun Law, Steve Medeiros, Tom Head, Tom Sturtevant, Tony Zehnder, and Will Ryan.

Thank you to Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch of NSG Design for an amazing cover.


Checklist Quick Links


Part 1:

How To Sell Yourself

Job-Site Casual


Tools To Bring

Coffee And Lunch

Rules Of Usefulness

Part 2:

Know Your Wood

Reading A Tape Measure

Cleaning And Organizing

No Free Rides


Other Helpful Tips


About The Author

Checklist Quick Links

Housekeeping Checklist

Stacking Checklist

Portable-Ladder Checklist

Scaffolding Checklist

Guardrail-System Checklist


Why This Guide Is A Useful Tool

By downloading this book, you are on the cusp of launching yourself ahead of your competition before you even get hired. I wish I had this book before I changed my collar.

Whether you are fed up with the corporate environment, need to make money until you find your dream job, or want a good-paying job while you further your education—changing your collar can put you back in control of your earning power. Millions of intelligent, hard-working people lost their jobs in the last six years for reasons out of their control. From market volatility to natural disasters to financial scandals to shifting economies—shock waves ripple through the global business community, at every level, and sometimes a good employee gets an undeserved layoff. The lesson I’ve taken away from living in a global economy wrought with volatility is adaptation is essential to survival. In nature, adaptation happens over generations, but in business, it needs to happen quicker every day.

Once upon a time, a decade ago, a college education and work experience locked you into a great-paying job. Since 2008, a big portion of the unemployment line has worn white collars. The national unemployment rate hasn’t been below 8 percent much in four years, and that number does not reflect the hundreds of thousands of people who gave up looking for work all together. I found myself in the unemployment line after an impersonal layoff, and I couldn’t afford to give up. I created websites and social-media profiles to promote myself, and spent hundreds of hours searching for job postings online. Sometimes I got an interview but not an offer. I took a Keynesian approach and worked for the government during the 2010 Census, which helped pay the bills but lasted only a short while. I tried to survive on freelance and temporary work of all sorts, but it wasn’t enough. I needed to adapt. Instead of getting lost in the thousands of applicants applying for the handful of local jobs in my field, I searched for the companies that had a lot of open positions. My research uncovered a company on the verge of huge growth—in the building industry. But, my blue-collar experience was limited to working on the grounds maintenance crew at a golf course in college and putting in a handful of days doing demo for a friend’s company. I knew nothing about carpentry. Really nothing.

As my story goes, I got an interview, promised to show up and do my best, and got a full-time job with benefits. I thought I would transition easily. After all, I have a master’s degree and more than a decade of experience working for local and global companies. Then, I discovered how hard it actually is to take measurements to the sixteenth of an inch in a fast-paced environment. Out of necessity, I came up with my own system for quickly reading a tape measure, which eventually became this guide’s chapter, Reading A Tape Measure. While I struggled to adapt, I also discovered how my business skill set and learning strategies helped me on the job site. I documented my experience, and those notes became the basis for this guide.

If you know nothing about carpentry—this book is your key to being hired and making it on a building job site. Construction involves repetitive tasks organized around fundamental practices. If you are smart enough to earn degrees and succeed in a business environment, you can make it on the job site. Frankly, you will outshine many laborers just by showing up consistently on time.

If you recently graduated from a technical school, this book gives you an advantage making the transition from school projects to for-hire jobs. Everything you learned in school will help you progress quickly in the field, if you apply it correctly. However, too many recent grads aren’t prepared to get their hands dirty and pay their dues. On your way to becoming a foreman, you have to be able to drive the project from foundation to finish—including, digging holes, drilling through foundations, lumping lumber, etc. As

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