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pengu1n

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I will be on my first roof in 2 days. I am looking forward to it though I am still a bit intimidated. I know I have asked so many questions here already but would anyone recommend anything for my first day? Like any small tips or even big ones to make my first day easier? 
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Seeing as today was your first day, I hope it went well. I would say that you just have to listen, and be a good listening. Follow what the guys tell you and you will catch on in no time.
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Don't piss anyone off. My first week I did that and I have never been able to live it down. The dude I made mad still hates my guts. Some guys hold grudges. Make a good first impression and don't pretend to be overly happy or excited. Remember a lot of these guys likely are tired and don't want to be in work. lol
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Don't piss anyone off. My first week I did that and I have never been able to live it down. The dude I made mad still hates my guts. Some guys hold grudges. Make a good first impression and don't pretend to be overly happy or excited. Remember a lot of these guys likely are tired and don't want to be in work. lol

Amen brother. About 7 years ago a new guy started with us. The one guy I worked with on most jobs, Tom, he was not someone you wanted to piss off. He had a good head on him but you just didn't get in his way. Anyways, the new guy tried to make a casual joke about the shirt he had on to be funny. Tom never let it go. 
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  • Don't over think yourself or your potential 
  • NEVER get on someone's bad side, not as the new guy.
  • Listen more and talk less, it goes a long way.
  • Don't be intimidated. Roofing gets easier the more you learn.
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  • Don't over think yourself or your potential 
  • NEVER get on someone's bad side, not as the new guy.
  • Listen more and talk less, it goes a long way.
  • Don't be intimidated. Roofing gets easier the more you learn.


I can agree with these points. A lot of people go in thinking the wrong thing. They either think it will be very easy or too hard. This just sets you up for a headache. While it is mainly down to labor you still need to know math and what materials go with what.  
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I hope it is working well for you. In my 18 years roofing I have learned a lot about people and working in groups vs working alone. 
Keep that in mind that most jobs require you to work on a pack and you will do fine.
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Just do your best to listen and follow what you are told. Usually, guys pick up on it fast. You may make mistakes, I know I did so don't beat yourself up over it. 
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Amen brother. About 7 years ago a new guy started with us. The one guy I worked with on most jobs, Tom, he was not someone you wanted to piss off. He had a good head on him but you just didn't get in his way. Anyways, the new guy tried to make a casual joke about the shirt he had on to be funny. Tom never let it go. 


Yup. Exactly why you can't step on toes. I know it goes with common sense but it is worth saying. Nothing against the OP but not everything thinks to stay quiet for their first few weeks. 
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Take notes if you can. Sometimes they are helpful. I think it comes down to who you work with though. I worked my first few weeks with a relaxed crew and they made it easy for me to pick up on everything. 
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