Re: Skills for hired help?
Ability to work around and handle stinging insects. An interest in the work, but not too many questions. Save them for lunch time or after work unless they are pertinent to what is in front of you such as "Am I doing this correctly?".
All of the previous Posts are good. Mostly, if a person is physically and mentally able to do the job, skills can be learned. Guys I work w/ like a clean/inexperienced slate. It's easier to train someone who hasn't already been trained. Leave the "But this is how we did it at my last job." comments at home.
Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."