Why Is A Good Resume So Important?

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You might find yourself asking, “Why is a resume so important?” This answer can be as simple or as complex as you want your resume. The real question should be, “What do I want my resume to do for me?”

I find that making a resume can be very tricky. To put it simply: If you were buying an expensive piece of electronic equipment, leasing/buying a car or a home and were not able to see it in person, what would you want the write-up to say about this particular item that you are looking to invest in? What can the “For Sale” sign say that is going to make you want to learn more?

So, how do you want to sell YOURSELF? What differentiates you from the rest of the pack? What is going to tell that prospective employer that YOU stand out from the rest, that you are worth spending more time with, learning more about, and hopefully extending an offer to?

The resume is your first chance to impress a potential employer. It gives you a chance to capture their attention without even having to meet them. If a potential employer only spends a few to several seconds on each resume, what impact do you want to make on what could possibly be your only opportunity to impress? In such a competitive job market, it is very important to stand out among the other candidates interested in a specific opportunity.

Your resume should do 4 very important things:
1) Show that you are qualified
2) Prove that you are actually passionate or care about the kind of work that you have been doing
3) Prove you understand how to do your job/the field in which you have been in
4) Show not only that you could do this job, or how you did the job, but HOW WELL you did that job

I can’t emphasize enough just how important a good resume really is. I believe you will get out of a resume what you put into a resume. This is a piece of paper that proves that you are worth investing any additional time in. This is always the first step to a great opportunity!

deonnaGuest blogger Deonna Campbell is a Corporate Recruiter for the Oldcastle Precast division. She reviews hundreds of resumes weekly. She also writes for her own blog: Resumes That Win!

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Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions

OldcastleStormwaterSolutionsLogoOldcastle Stormwater Solutions is a subsidiary of Oldcastle Precast, Inc. We provide innovative products and solutions for stormwater management, including:

- Inlet and Media filtration
– Bioretention/Biofiltration
– Hydrodynamic Separation
– Detention/Infiltration
– Permeable Solutions
– Harvesting/Reuse
– Erosion Control
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History
1993  Originally known as KriStar Enterprises, we were founded in Santa Rosa, California. Since the introduction of the Fossil Filter, we have continually advanced new and creative solutions for the treatment and management of pollutants from stormwater runoff for construction and post-construction applications.
2014  Oldcastle Precast acquires KriStar assets – which include 3 manufacturing locations and a maintenance division, Drainage Protection Systems (DPS), and is renamed Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions.

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About Oldcastle Precast
Oldcastle Precast is the leading manufacturer of precast concrete, polymer concrete and plastic products in the United States.

About Oldcastle (our parent company)
Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

 

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4 Reasons Why Fall Can Be A Good Time For Your Job Search

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Start your search before the leaves start falling!

Think hiring gets put on hold because the end of the year is near? Not true! Companies still hire, and some amp up their search. Here’s why:

1) Fewer people go on vacation in the Fall
According to Oldcastle Staffing Manager Erin Bardwell, “It’s much easier to coordinate first and second interviews among corporate recruiters, human resources and the other team members involved in the hiring process.” More people in the office means a better chance of you being seen sooner.

2) The school year is more like the New Year
School children aren’t the only ones who start fresh when the calendar turns to September. The change of seasons can be a big motivator. Most people associate January with resolutions, but Fall is also known as a time of renewal. The transition to shorter days, cooler weather and a more regimented schedule (for parents with kids) can be a catalyst to make a career change and go after that new position.

3) The Summer lull is over
According to this Monster.com article about Seasonal Hiring Trends, “Hiring slows down in July before picking up at the end of August.” Take advantage of this window of opportunity.

4) It’s easier to find time now before the holiday season

We’ve all been there. The time between Halloween and New Year’s seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. There are presents to buy, food to cook, parties to attend and family functions to enjoy. Before the frenzy begins, start mapping out your job search strategy now. Take action so you don’t regret it in the New Year.

Bottom line time:
The truth of the matter is – hiring does occur all year. Some times are better than others, and it can also depend on the industry and types of positions available. If you slacked off a bit this Summer, don’t beat yourself up. Simply start again! And, if you haven’t started to search, but thought you would have to wait until the New Year to search, don’t do it! There are organizations that continue to fill open positions from now until 2015.

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P.S. We are one of those organizations that hire all year. Check out our current openings.

This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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Oldcastle Coastal

coastalFor almost 50 years, Florida-based Oldcastle Coastal has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of masonry and hardscape products, ranging from brick and stone to pavers and retaining walls. Coastal has been helping homeowners and professionals with all aspects of their projects since 1965. Their product line includes: Masonry, Pavers and Retaining Walls, including Belgard hardscapes.

 

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For homeowners, they offer a variety of paver color choices and textures for outdoor living areas – patio to pool. A wide variety of styles, colors and designs help create and complement landscaping, walkways, gardens and outdoor living ares. Customers can visit their showrooms located throughout Florida.

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Locations: Gainesville, Pompano Beach, Longwood, Tampa, Ft. Myers and Sarasota

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Our website: http://www.oldcastlecoastal.com/

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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How To Network If You Don’t Like To Network – 6 Tips For The Timid

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Be a networking super hero!

Are you a networking zero, hero or somewhere in between? There are some people – extroverts usually – who are naturally outgoing and love to mix and mingle. Then, there are the rest of us.  Are you more introverted? If the thought of going to a networking event gives you a feeling of dread, this post is for you.

1) Rephrase the term
The term itself can be off putting. Let’s define it for what it really is. All you’re really doing is meeting people, making connections and sharing information/resources. Don’t let the word have any power over you.

2) Start small
Successful public speakers didn’t start off by speaking to large audiences for their first speech, so why are you expecting to connect with mass numbers? Attending an event with the goal of meeting twenty new people and giving them your business card is too overwhelming. Instead, why not make a more realistic goal? An achievable goal would be to meet 2 new people and hand out a couple of  business cards.

3) Expect To Be Nervous
A little bit of apprehension is normal. You will feel uncomfortable, and that’s ok.

4) Pick a smaller event to start with
Attending a presentation might be an easier way to ease into networking. There is less pressure to be “on.” You’re there to listen to the speaker and, ideally, start a conversation with 1 or 2 other people at the event. That’s it. It could be the person seated next to you. Or, it could be the person in line as you’re waiting to go in.

We recommend going to this first event or presentation solo. Why? Bringing a friend or colleague may seem like a smart idea. But, that person can become a crutch. Instead of meeting new people, you end up just talking to the person you came with. Eventually, you can bring someone along to introduce you to other people, but for now – it’s all you!

5) Have some conversation starters and questions ready
Have you heard this speaker before?
How did you find out about this event?
What company are you with?

6) Accept that not everyone will be friendly
In a perfect world, everyone would be receptive to meeting and talking with you. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. If someone gives you the cold shoulder, just know that it’s not you! They may be having a bad day. It can be discouraging, but just move onto to the next person. It really does get easier the more you practice and put yourself out there. Don’t pressure yourself, beat yourself up or set unrealistic expectations. With the right mindset and a plan, you’ll be networking like a pro!

Next steps:
Once you’ve attended your first event, plan for the next one. The more events you go to (and yes, you may have to force yourself in the beginning), the more comfortable you will become. As your confidence builds, go to bigger events. Still feel your nerves are getting the best of you? There are groups like Toastmasters that can help you overcome the fear of public speaking. Just remember, you CAN do this!

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4 Job Search Tactics Your Competition May Not Know About

unemployedimage1) Don’t Just Say, Show
Go through your bullet points on your resume one-by-one. Can you show proof that you know how to do the skills stated on paper?  Actions speak louder than words, so if you can prove it with portfolio pieces or other samples, by all means do so. We’ve seen candidates create short presentations, blog posts for their new company and other samples for a job they’re interested in. You can also add links to work you’ve done on your LinkedIn profile. You can also self-publish your own long form posts right from the site. What better way to showcase your expertise?

2) Make Your Thank You Count
Why limit yourself to a cookie cutter, boring thank you? There are ways to be creative without being too over the top, yet still standing out. You could create a “Top 10 reasons you should hire me” list with bullet points. What about sending a postcard you created (see #3 below), incorporating your new company’s logo? Or, make your own infographic.  **Note: Try to find out when the hiring decision will be made. This will determine whether to email a thank you or mail it in. You don’t want to make the mistake of mailing the thank you if it’s going to arrive too late in the process.

3) Take advantage of free tools
Even if you’re not a designer/creative type, there are quite a few intuitive, user friendly, free tools that allow you to make professional images and other visuals in very little time. Give these two a try: Canva.com & Haikudeck

4) Incorporate Testimonials Into Your Reference Sheet
Want to take it up a notch? Add testimonials from LinkedIn, positive comments from performance reviews, saved emails and any other kudos you’ve received along the way. You should always  gather and save accolades like this to use as part of your job search arsenal.

In today’s competitive job search market, putting together a compelling resume and cover letter is often not enough. Back up the claims you made with solid evidence showing you have what it takes to thrive at your potential new job.

P.S. Have you used any unusual or unique tactics that helped you get a job? Let us know!

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Kevin Lissow, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle, Inc.

KevinlissowWhat do you do in your position?
I am a Corporate Recruiter. I focus on opportunities tied to our Corporate offices in Atlanta and our Oldcastle Materials Corporate roles.

What year did you start?
I started in December of 2012

Where is your job located?
I sit in Rochester, NY – although most of the roles I recruit for are in Atlanta and Charlotte.

What do you like about working here?
The people. Everyone I work with is great. I always say Oldcastle feels like a small family business, even though it’s a huge global company. I also enjoy helping people find their next “dream job.”

What are the best parts of your job?
I really enjoy the interactions with the Oldcastle team. It’s also very rewarding to visit the corporate locations and to visit all of the people that I have brought into the Oldcastle organization!

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
Everyone is very down to earth. The organization really takes care of its employees – and they seem to be very conscious of people advancing within their careers.

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Kevin (second from left, in blue), Recruiting Office golf scramble team building event

How would your coworkers describe you?
Easy going. I like to laugh and enjoy myself at work. We spend a great deal of time together at work, so it’s important that we enjoy ourselves while we’re here!

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
I always find it interesting how small the world is. I recently talked to someone half way across the country and learned that he grew up 15 minutes from me. I had just been camping in his hometown days before we connected! It seems like those types of things happen quite often. I also have a couple of candidates who were former pro athletes. As a big sports fan, I always find that to be interesting.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I like to spend time with family and friends. I have two young kids, so hobbies tend to take a back seat to them! I love to golf (when I can get away)!

If you would like, tell us about your family.
I have a 6-year old daughter and 10-year old son. Between sports and dance recitals, we’re always on the run. People laugh because I am married to my “high school sweetheart” – apparently that’s rare in this day and age! We live in Spencerport, NY, a suburb of Rochester.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
I worked in a grocery store as a stock clerk. I also worked in a grain mill. The mill job was the hardest job of my life. I had to carry 100 lb. bags around all day long in a dirty, dusty environment! One interesting job I had a few years ago was sales and site project manager for a company that installed home elevators – so I had the opportunity to see a lot of great homes.

 

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Sink or Swim – Interview Advice From Shark Tank

maninwaterIt’s that time of year again – Shark Week on the Discovery Channel and the premiere of Sharknado 2. The shark phenomenon seems to be here to stay. Another shark show,  Shark Tank  will be back this fall. Beyond the bickering, goofy gadgets and celebrity sharks, there are true takeaways from that show that can help job hunting hopefuls. If you look a little closer, you’ll see that nervous entrepreneurs share similarities to job seekers.

The entrepreneurs who end up getting a deal aren’t just the people with the best products; they also have the best pitches. Sink your teeth into these pointers to maximize your personal pitch.

Preparation
There are some entrepreneurs who just “get it.” They’ve obviously studied the show, and know what the sharks want to hear. You need to do the same for your interview. You can never be too prepared. Know where the interview location is (a trial run is always a good idea), how long it takes to get there, what you’re going to wear and the questions you plan on asking. Being prepared also helps calm your nerves. Jitters are ok, but the more thoroughly you prepare, the more confident you will become.

At a recent Shark Tank casting call in Iowa, one of the producers was interviewed by the local paper. What can a Shark Tank wanna-be do to get his attention?

“I’m always most impressed with entrepreneurs that know their stuff. The entrepreneurs who know their numbers, their market and have a vision for the company.”

This sounds a lot like what job candidates should know. Competition for jobs is fierce. You’re going against hundreds of other hopefuls. If you haven’t perfected your personal pitch, you’re in trouble.

As a potential employee, you should go beyond knowing surface level facts about the company you want to join. With so much public information available online, there’s no excuse not to. You should also be able to speak knowledgeably about the industry you’re in (or going into). This is especially true if you’re changing professions. Do online research, informational interviews, and check out professional associations. Just like the entrepreneurs, you need to be ready for any question that comes your way.

Practice
Do you think the entrepreneurs go out there and “wing it” when it comes time to present to the sharks? Absolutely not! They have practiced their pitch dozens of times. You can do the same before your big interview. Go over potential interview questions with a friend or family member. Mock interviews are a great way to get feedback on any nervous habits, including distracting verbal or physical habits.

Professionalism
Manners matter. You can be friendly, but remember – you’re there to make a great impression, not to make new friends. On Shark Tank, the sharks may laugh and joke, but they always get to the tough questions, including the basics about the inventor’s business. No matter how clever or creative the sales pitch was, if the entrepreneur can’t answer questions about their product’s sales, wholesale and retail costs, they’re out. And, as anyone who has ever watched the show knows, it never pays to be rude, defensive or arrogant. When you are presenting yourself at an interview, the same thing holds true. This is the time for your best behavior and A-game, no matter what oddball questions or behavior is thrown your way.

Poise
Imagine the moment an entrepreneur walks through the doors to meet the sharks for the first time. It’s a mixture of excitement and apprehension. At the same time, they know that it’s their only shot. Adopt the same mentality. This is your one chance to be in the spotlight and make your best impression. You need to remain confident and composed during the interview, from the second you walk in the door.

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Think about what it takes to land a coveted spot on the show. You have to apply, pitch in front of the producers and then advance to the next round. You do all of that BEFORE you even get to appear on TV! In addition, many of these entrepreneurs have learned how to handle rejection. They’ve heard “no” many times before. They pick themselves up and keep persevering, often at huge costs. We’re not asking you to get a second mortgage or live in your car (like many of the hungry entrepreneurs have done); however, we can all learn from their drive and passion. They only need one “yes,” and so do you.

Even though the sharks are millionaires, they’re not going to just write a check to anyone. The same holds true for your future employer. Prove to them that you’re worth every penny by convincing them that you have the energy, knowledge, skills and experience to get the job done. What you say, the way you say it and how you present yourself in the interview can be the deciding factor between you and another candidate.

Shark tank wanna-be entrepreneurs need to show that their invention or service is the next big thing. Job seekers need to show employers that THEY are the next big thing. With perseverance and attention to the points above, you should be well on your way to a successful interview.

Until next time, catch you in the tank!

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Tilcon Connecticut

logoTilconCTTilcon Connecticut is an award-winning, leading supplier of quality crushed stone, hot mix asphalt and ready mix concrete. They provide heavy and highway construction and paving services for state/local road, bridge and highway projects and have a barge transportation division that delivers stone.

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In the last several decades, Tilcon Connecticut has seen several acquisitions and mergers:

  • 1923 –  Angelo Tomasso Inc., was founded
  • 1957 –  North Haven Asphalt Company, Tomasso of North Haven, Inc. founded
  • 1961 – Sherman Sand and Stone Co. (New Britain), Sherman-Tomasso Concrete Inc. founded
  • 1964 – Arborio & Sons (Farmington), and the formation of a new entity known as Arborio Tomasso, Inc.
  • 1965 – Construction of new concrete plant in Middletown, CT
  • 1969 – Purchase of Helming Brothers in Bristol, CT
  • 1970’s – Ashland Oil Resources Company purchased New Haven Trap Rock
  • 1970 – Construction of the Portland, CT Asphalt Plant
  • 1972 – Ashland Oil Resources Company purchased Angelo Tomasso Inc. to become NHTR Tomasso
  • 1975 – Purchased the Hamden, CT asphalt plant from Blakeslee Company
  • 1979 – Thomas Tilling Ltd. Purchased Ashland Oil in the North East. Tomasso became known as Tilcon Tomasso, a division of Tilcon Warren, Inc.
  • 1984 – Sold to British Tire and Rubber Co.
  • 1990 – Tilcon Tomasso became known as Tilcon Connecticut
  • 1996 – Sold to CRH of Dublin, Ireland – a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol CRH) – BALF Company in Newington was already owned by CRH in the nineties
  • 2000 – Tilcon purchased Soneco

Tilcon Connecticut Inc. continues to supply construction materials throughout the state by using today’s technology to produce quality Aggregates and Hot Mix Asphalt.

Services
Paving Services
Heavy & Highway Construction
Barge Transportation
Rail Services

Products
Crushed Stone
Hot Mix Asphalt
Ready Mix Concrete

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Projects include:
Crushed stone
Hot Mix Asphalt
Ready Mix Concrete
Paving Services
Heavy & Highway Construction
Barge Transportation Services

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At Tilcon Connecticut, we invest in the training needed to help our employees, future leaders and our business to be successful!

Interested in working for us?
We are looking for high performers with the desire to continually learn and embrace opportunities to develop new skills.  Our search is focused on individuals who demonstrate our core values of safety, quality and integrity.  Find out about our openings and more here: Careers at Tilcon

Contact Us:
P.O. Box 1357
642 Black Rock Ave.
New Britain, CT 06050
860-224-6010
http://www.tilconct.com/

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Samantha Streb, Staffing Administrative Manager

SAM_3680What do you do in your position?

I manage the administrative support/office management function of the staffing center.

What year did you start?

2013

 

Where is your job located?

Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?

I work with great people – not just in our office, but throughout the entire corporation.

What are the best parts of your job?

The people I work with and getting to help others.

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?

Oldcastle is a good place to work because they are always looking for ways to improve the business, and are open to suggestions from any level.

Sam, second from left, touring the new hockey arena at R.I.T.

How would your coworkers describe you?

Tall, just like Nick.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Exercising, decorating, planning events and trying new restaurants.

If you would like, tell us about your family.

I have been married for almost 2 years to my husband Jay, who is an architect.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?

Camp Counselor for the Town of Greece.

 

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