Roofers : Write: Blue Collar Philosophy

After the interview….The following is a blog presented by our new writer/ roofer Journalist.  Matt will be helping me write the book “Real Roofer” and blogging daily on a variety of sites. A message to Matt  “There is gold in them there words”

Please enjoy the writing of Matt Stafford as he describes my interview style while applying for a roofers position.

Sitting down for what seemed like my thousandth interview in the last two years, I

felt the same subdued nervousness that I felt for my first. Fear of the unknown was

palpable, but also present was an eagerness to accept and overcome a new challenge, to

keep advancing toward the apogee of my professional life. I thought myself well prepared

for what should have been a boilerplate job interview: overview of resume, career goals,

how much higher is the wage you expect compared to the wage we offer – standard stuff.

All of that changed before I could even remove my jacket.

Roofer Hot seat

A candidate must have a seat. Roofer please sit down tell me your story

Initially, it felt like an abecedarian therapy session – and initially I considered

leaving. But what I discovered, in the midst of this impromptu life discussion, was that the

deeper you go, the more comfortable you get. It may seem obvious to most, but the Curative

Conversation really brings everything to the surface, and the things you take for granted

about yourself become revelatory. As talk of work history and qualifications gave way to

musings on ancient history, good books, past regrets, present shortcomings, and future

concerns, it became evident to me that the roof repair position I was interviewing for was

turning into a conduit toward a more fulfilling career path, one that would harness my

innate talents and put them to better use than they would ever be standing on a roof.

This is the first post of what I hope to be a very engaging new blog, and it is fully

inspired by my dialogue with the leader of Real Roofers (who interviewed me for the

position, of course!) He noticed in me the intriguing combination of pragmatic wisdom, blue

collar spirit, sense of wonder, and humble confidence that clearly defines the mission of his

company. This unique amalgam has contributed to the growth of an organization that is

poised for great success by keeping a steady finger on the pulse of both professional and

personal cultural trends, which allows for strong roots as well as easy and effective


I’m excited to be a part of his venture, through this blog: real world news and

opinions regarding our trade, coupled with bits of practical ponderings that you aren’t likely

to find in a blog about industry. We want everyone to be represented and engaged, so that

we can learn a lot of new things about each other and the rest of the world. Thoughts on

work, and works of thought – blue collar philosophy to the core.

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