Kallee Stein, Recruiting Support Coordinator

KalleeSteinWhat do you do in your position?
I handle the non-exempt (hourly) postings for Precast and most of the Architectural Products Group (APG).

What month/year did you start?
I started in January of 2014.

Where is your job located?
I am out of Rochester, New York.

What do you like about working here?
I really enjoy everyone I work with. We all get along well and really work as a team. It’s great knowing that we are helping Oldcastle find the best talent.

What are the best parts of your job?
I like working with managers from all over the country. My goal is to help and make things as easy as possible for managers when it comes to filling non-exempt positions.

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
It is a great place to work! This is my first job out of college. I have been able to continue learning and growing my professional experience. Oldcastle really cares for their employees.

How would your co-workers describe you?
Hopefully, they would say helpful and hardworking.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
For my first job, I was a Hostess at Bob Evans.

coinDo you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
When I used to serve, there was always one customer who would leave us coins he collected as part of our tip. He would package them and label what they were. I still have a few.

KalleeWeddingPhotoIf you would like, tell us about your family.
I am getting married in July of this year, and have 2 dogs that I love!

What are your hobbies outside of work?
When I am not working, I like to spend time with my fiancé and dogs – they all seem to enjoy my company. I also like to go camping and on bike rides during the Summer months.

Want to connect with Kallee? LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kalleestein

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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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6 Things Recent Grads Looking For Their First “Real” Job Should Know

1) Being green isn’t a bad thing
Employers understand that a recent graduate has less experience. In many ways, this can be a good thing for the employer. Recent graduates can be trained on processes and offer a different, fresh perspective than more seasoned employees.

A “green” employee is desirable to an employer because the employer has an opportunity to find someone motivated to use their new knowledge and apply it in the workplace for the first time.  You can train and guide the junior employee to navigate through the company and how to handle situations appropriately. 

If treated well, you could have a long term employee who will grow with the company.  They can provide a good mix with more senior employees who bring perspective from other companies or industries to the workplace.
-Corey Listar, Staffing Operations Manager

2) Everyone has a different timetable
Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t landed the job of your dreams yet. Take a moment to enjoy the moment. While some of your friends may have landed jobs or gone onto graduate school, don’t compare your timeline to theirs. This advice will bode you well your entire career.

3) The college career office is your friend
If you haven’t made a visit to your college’s career planning office, make sure you do so before you leave campus. If you are already back home, connect with them online. Alumni can take advantage of services ranging from job listings, resume help and, often, an alumni email you can use for your job search correspondence.

4) You can never be too prepared for an interview
Kallee Stein, a Recruiting Support Coordinator for Oldcastle, landed a job before she graduated in December of 2013. Graduating a semester earlier gave her extra time for her search (and less competition).

Bring extra copies of your resume to the interview. I ended up meeting with more than one person when I interviewed. Also, bring questions with you to ask the employer. Last but not least, do your research on the company and make sure to bring up that knowledge during the interview.

A few more tips:
– Get business cards from everyone you meet.
– Jot a few notes during the interview. Refer back to these when you send your thank you note. Personalize your response to each individual.
– Ask what the next step in the process is, so you’ll know if you have enough time to mail the card or need to do it electronically.

5) Be enthusiastic but realistic
The post college work world does offer great opportunities. However, it takes time to move up in a company. Don’t get so hung up on a title or desired compensation that you overlook a position that could lead to something even better down the line. Better to take a little less pay up front if the company is known for rewarding and promoting their employees. Don’t forget to factor in benefits too. Health/life insurance, 401k/403b plans and vacation time are all worth money. Know what is important to you and let the smaller things go.

6) Network with everyone you know
This is another piece of advice you can take with you your entire career. Friends, family, Facebook and places you interned can all be a source of potential employment. Let everyone know that you are looking for a job and what you are looking for in a role. This is not the time to be shy! According to Corey, “it never hurts to have a referral rather than blindly applying to job postings.”

Bottom line time:
Channel that excitement and sense of accomplishment from graduating on to your next goal –  landing that first job. Your first professional position is within your reach!

This post, by our Social Media Specialist, originally appeared on LinkedIn. Looking for more career advice? Check out this post: 7 Simple Salary Negotiation Tips.

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7 Simple Salary Negotiation Tips

1) Know your worth
This is salary negotiation 101. You have to know what the going rate or range for your profession is. There are many web sites out there, including GlassdoorMonster’s Salary Calculator and JobStar that provide the information you need. You can also research other job descriptions where the salary is listed. Remember, these numbers are just a starting point, and can vary based on type of company. Typically, a large corporation in a big city is going to be able to offer more than a family business in a small town or a not for profit organization. A recent college graduate has less leverage than an experienced professional. That being said, there are exceptions. Bottom line – you have to have a baseline range in mind when you start the negotiation process.

2) Let the employer reveal the figure first
If the employer won’t share that figure, state that you are negotiable, and are looking for the fair market value for the position. If pressed for an actual number, always give a range. The lowest number in the range should be the bare minimum you’re willing to accept. This can be the trickiest part of any salary negotiation.

3) Calculate the value of each benefit
If you’re offered a figure that is below what you were expecting, don’t dismiss it right away. How much is the health/life/disability insurance package worth? What about vacation time? Is there a 401k/403b match? Do they offer bonuses? Run the numbers. For instance, if you have 20 vacation days at your current job, but the new job offers 15 days but 6 more paid holidays, then you are really coming out ahead. Don’t get hung up on the overall salary if the added benefits are worth it.

In addition, sometimes it’s not just about the money. If flex time or the option to telecommute or alter your work schedule are important to you, ask about them! This is the time to put all your chips on the table. You can always counteroffer.

4) Demonstrate how you add value
In your last/current position, have you taken on additional responsibilities? Contributed to a major project? Increased sales? Keep track of these wins throughout your working career. Having a list you can refer to will really come in handy when it comes time to negotiate for that new salary or increase in pay. Show them how you are worth that salary or bump up.

5) Lose the entitlement/”I deserve” mindset
It’s one thing to know what you’re worth and going for that figure. We all deserve to be paid a fair raise for being a productive employee. However, many people mistakenly believe that they deserve a bump in salary or higher compensation because they “can’t afford their bills” or have a “growing family.” The reality is – the employer is not concerned about your family size or personal financial situation. They have allocated a budget for salaries and raises. You need to prove to them that you’re worth XX amount. Keep the emotional and personal pleas out of it.

6) Be aware/careful of your tone
You don’t mean to or want to, but it’s easy to sound nervous, defensive or disappointed during the salary negotiation process. Practice beforehand with a friend. They will be honest with you about how you look and sound. Negotiation is not easy. You’re talking with experienced hiring managers who do this every day.

Make sure to actively listen and don’t be afraid to pause when the offer is first presented to you. Silence can be a negotiating tool. Don’t appear overeager. Employers typically have some “wiggle room” with pay (within reason). Your goal is to get to a mutually agreeable figure without squeezing the last penny out of the employer. Negotiate too hard and you will start off on a dissonant note.

7) Know your “walk away” figure
Deonna Campbell, a Corporate Recruiter for Oldcastle Precast, believes in being realistic and upfront when it comes to going after what you want.

Be honest about expectations/requirements. When people aren’t honest, they may feel cheated when they sign the offer. We want happy employees and happy managers.

Deonna brings up a good point. If you know that you’re going to be bitter or resentful down the line, this may not be the job or company for you. Again, this means divulging your range to the recruiter or employer when pressed.

Along the same lines, if you’re negotiating for a raise, and have consistently been denied, it may be time to look for a new job. Stellar performance should be rewarded. There are companies out there that will recognize and reward this.

Without a doubt, negotiating your salary or raise is a stressful, out of your comfort zone part of the job search process. Introverts and non-sales professionals find it the most challenging. Nevertheless, you can do this! Go into the negotiation having practiced, with a proof of worth (accomplishments list), a target compensation range and an open-minded attitude.

Bonus tip for raise negotiations:
If you can’t meet in the middle, ask for a re-evaluation in 6 months.
While the outcome may be disappointing, always leave the door open for future discussion. You should not have to wait a full year to be re-evaluated again.

Looking for more career advice? Check out this Mother’s Day inspired post: When It Comes To Your Career, Listen To Your Mother.

This post, by our Social Media Specialist, originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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Erin Bardwell, Staffing Manager

erinbardwellWhat do you do in your position?
I work as a Staffing Manager for the Architectural Products Group (APG) & Precast.

What month/year did you start?
I originally started in January of 2006 with Allied Building Products (Distribution Division) as a Corporate Recruiter.


Where is your job located?

The job is located in Rochester, NY.

What do you like about working here?
When I started here in 2006, I immediately enjoyed working and supporting the hiring managers within this organization.  Every time I picked up the phone and talked to them, I always asked about their history with Oldcastle. I’m always amazed by the tenure they’ve had and how they’ve “grown up” in the company.  In my line of work, it’s not often you see so much tenure with an employee’s work. It’s a rarity these days, but, in this organization, it’s tried and true!

What are the best parts of your job?
I enjoy ensuring we get the best talent placed in the roles we have open.  I also enjoy watching the candidates placed get promoted over time. I love to see their career progression that gives them tenure and stability!

Additionally, I enjoy being able to get out and visit the management teams around the U.S. Going on plant tours is a real treat. I see first hand how much hard work and dedication goes into what we do every day.

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
This company is built with hard working, competitive individuals who want to produce the best product to go out to our customers. When I visit the plants, I can see that.  It makes me proud to work for Oldcastle!

How would your co-workers describe you?
I would think that my co-workers would say that I am very loyal to Oldcastle and that I love this company!  I have to love working here, as I sell the company to people over the phone every day!  I’m very committed to what we’re doing here at the Recruiting Center, and am passionate about bringing in talent that will grow and flourish.

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Erin on the farm!

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your 1st job ever?
I know one of my co-workers will get a big kick out of this, as he used to hear me talk about it all the time when we were in the same office together. I grew up on a 350-acre farm with about 100 dairy cows.  Now, I will be honest and say that I wasn’t necessarily bailing hay and taking care of the cows, but, as a little girl, I had the very important job of riding the tractors with my grandfather and father to make sure we were on track for the day!

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
When I first started working here, I fell in love with every candidate I talked to. I believe that was because I was so incredibly excited to work for an organization like this, having grown up in a more blue collar family.  I want to share with others how great this organization really is, so I am constantly recruiting, no matter where I am.

One other story – on my first trip out to visit an Allied Building Products branch in Rhode Island, I accidentally went into our competitor’s branch, unbeknownst to me.  Sounds silly, I know, but when we acquire companies, we don’t always change the original name on the outside of the branch. Due to that, I walked in all excited and asked for the Branch Manager. When they looked at me very puzzled, I realized that I was in the wrong place!  I backed up quickly and got out of there as fast as I could, lol!

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Erin & her daughter at an Allied Building Products Fishing Tournament event in upstate NY.

If you want, tell us about your family.
I have an 8-year old daughter, Addison, who keeps me very busy when she is with me.  She’s in the 2nd grade, and we have plenty of homework to do each night. She also enjoys being outdoors.  She currently takes English style horse riding lessons, and I am so proud to see her tackle every lesson she has.  Addison also enjoys skiing. It’s something we do together as many weekends as we can in the winter months.

What are your hobbies?
I am very active outside of work because I enjoy the outdoors so much!  I ski, golf, play volleyball, ride my 4-wheeler, swim and bike ride.  I recently tackled Gore Mountain, and went down a double black diamond…slowly, but I did it!

Looking to impress a Hiring Manager with your LinkedIn profile?
Hear Erin’s advice in the short clip below.

Want to connect with Erin? LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinebardwell

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Northfield Block, an Oldcastle Company

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Northfield Block is a family run, leading manufacturer of commercial and residential masonry products in the Midwest. They operate under Oldcastle Architectural, yet each location “works to service their local markets, while leveraging the group’s best practices and resources.”

History

1949 – Became a part of the masonry industry
2003
– Purchased by Oldcastle Architectural Products Group (APG)
2009 – Merged with Bend Industries of Wisconsin
2010-present  Continues to operate under Oldcastle (parent company of APG)

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Facility Locations
Mundelein, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Sheffield Village, Ohio
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Products include:
– Cordova Stone
– Franklin Stone
– Harvard Brik & Quik Brik (structural veneers)
– Waterford Stone
– Belgard Pavers
– Segmental Retaining Walls


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Sustainable Solutions
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Want to work for us?
Learn more about joining the Northfield/Oldcastle family HERE.
Check out a behind-the-scenes tour: 
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Official website: http://northfieldblock.com/

About Oldcastle Architectural – the leading North American manufacturer of concrete masonry, lawn, garden and paving products and a regional leader in clay brick. Other products include packaged cement mixes, lightweight aggregates, bagged decorative stone and lime.
Locations: 206 in 38 states and 6 Canadian provinces
Employees: 7000+

About our parent company:
Oldcastle – 
North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. We have more than 2,000 locations throughout North America.

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Spring Job Searching – 4 Factors In Your Favor

tulips1) The weather is better for networking
It was a frigid, record-breaking Winter in many parts of the country. Getting motivated to go out in the dark and drive in poor conditions was a challenge. In contrast, there’s no excuse to not attend a networking event now. Check to see if the professional association in your industry is holding a meeting. And, don’t forget – networking is not just limited to official events. You can network wherever you go. It’s a mindset, not necessarily a meeting.

2) Interviewing is easier
Interviewing is stressful enough without the added worry about traveling in bad conditions, wearing a bulky coat and boots or having to fix hat hair!

“It may seem like these are small things, but it’s the little details that can make a big difference in your confidence level,” says Corey Listar, Staffing Operations Manager for the Recruiting Office for Oldcastle. “Not having to deal with  outerwear is just one less thing you have to think about. It gives you more time and energy to focus on the interview at hand. And, generally speaking, when it’s warmer and sunny out, you’re in good mood and hopefully your interviewer is too.”

3) Less Competition (for some)
In this case, experienced job seekers have an edge. Take advantage of it.  Soon-to-be high school or college grad? You should be starting your search now – especially for Summer opportunities. The Spring job fair season is in full swing. As Summer hits, the beach may beckon, but do your best to ignore the temptation. Passive job seekers (currently employed people open to the right opportunity) are always sought after, no matter the season.

4) More conducive hiring cycles
For many government agencies and not for profits, the fiscal year starts July 1st. Spring and early Summer is the ideal time to look for a job. For those organizations, the budgets are in place and they are actively seeking candidates. Don’t ignore companies that have a different budget cycle either.  No matter what the hiring cycle is, you want to get your resume out there. Do your best to be among the first batch of people to be considered when hiring starts back up again. In addition, it’s important to keep in mind that people retire, switch jobs or are let go for poor performance in every season. You want to be ready to take advantage of these opportunities as well.

Enjoy this Spring and embrace the sunny days, but don’t let your job search languish. The most successful job seekers are committed to their job search no matter what the calendar says.

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post: Stressed? 4 Hints To Handle Workplace Woes.

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How To Write A Better Resume – The Top 10 Tips From Our Recruiters

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One page resume vs two? Watch this 1-minute clip to hear what our VP of Recruiting recommends.

There are a lot of questions out there about writing resumes. One page or two? Functional or chronological? Our recruiters look at dozens of resumes a day, so they’ve seen it all. Members of this team spoke to college students recently about resume writing.

Here’s What You Need To Know
1) Font – Make sure the font you use is something simple and easy to read. Don’t get too creative or crazy. Folks in advertising and marketing fields have some leeway here. Whatever font you do use, don’t make it too small! If you have to drastically decrease the font size, it’s time to go to another page.

2) Objective/Summary
There are differing views on this one. Don’t make your summary too broad. Also, red flags go up if your objective says one thing, but all your supporting bullets and experience don’t lead to that role. If they don’t match, that is an indicator that the position may not be one you are qualified for or should pursue.

“If you have been in accounting for 15 years, I am going to assume you want an accounting role.  If you have been in accounting for 15 years and you want to change careers, I would want that in an objective.  I do think an objective is valuable for those just starting a career. Other than that, I don’t give them much value.”
Corey Listar, Staffing Operations Manager

3) Entry Level positions – less is more
Employers know that graduating seniors don’t have a lot of experience. Don’t add fluff just to fill space. Internship, co-op or volunteer work always looks great on a resume. Many students tend to add coursework taken. Listing a few courses is fine, especially if they are directly related to the job you want. Don’t over-do it though. We don’t need your entire transcript.

4) Keywords – a must, especially for technical fields
Recruiters search LinkedIn and resume databases by keyword. If you don’t have keywords within your bullet points, you may not come up in search.

5) Flow – put the most recent/relevant experience at the top
Always start with the most recent experience and work backward. Show your resume to a relative or friend. How does it read? It should flow nicely. They should be able to tell what kind of job you’re going for.

6) Contact information – always include your LinkedIN profile
Not on LinkedIn? You need to be! LinkedIn is becoming increasingly more important for job seekers and employers. Make sure your profile is robust AND matches the tone of your resume. If you customize your resume too much and don’t do the same to your LinkedIn profile, it can appear that you’re not sure exactly what kind of job you want – or, even worse, that you’re not qualified for it.

7) Grammar/Spelling – Triple check for errors. Get a second or third set of eyes to review your resume. Spell check won’t catch every error.

8) Cover letters are important – especially for entry level job seekers
There are various opinions on this one. Even if that particular recruiter or hiring manager doesn’t place a big emphasis on them, do you really want to take that chance? Always present yourself in the best light, and that includes a well written cover letter. This is your chance to really show why you should be called in for the interview. Review the job description and use that as a basis to explain why you match what the employer is looking for. Not a good writer? There are many resources out there with samples and advice to help you write a good cover letter.

9) Focus on achievements/accomplishments – avoid a laundry list of tasks
Recruiters read A LOT of resumes. After awhile, they can all start to blend together. Imagine seeing resume after resume with what basically amounts to a job description with a list of responsibilities. We don’t want to know your day-to-day tasks! We want to know how you performed. You can show this by translating those duties into accomplishments. We can’t emphasize this enough! To really stand out, you need to use facts like percentages and statistics to show how you made a difference at your employer. Did you increase sales by 25% in six months? Use that as one of your bullet points!

10) Don’t be afraid to go to two pages
Do you have to drastically reduce the size of your font to get everything on one page? This is a sign that you need to go to the second page. It is perfectly acceptable to have a two-page resume. Your experience and work history will dictate what you need to do. People  switch jobs more often during the course of their career than they ever did before. If you need more room to show this career progression, take it!

The competition for jobs has never been more fierce. Make sure you are rising to the challenge by using these tips to make your resume the best that it can be!

As always, thank you for reading!

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post: How To Network If You Don’t Like To Network.

This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally appeared on LinkedIn. Please share it if you found it to be helpful!

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April Fool’s-Proof Advice To Ace That Interview

april fools dayNo fooling here! We want to help you be prepared for your interview.  Whether it’s been one or one thousand days since you’ve been on an interview, these tips can help.

1) Practice, practice, practice. Brushing up on the basics will only add to your confidence level. Do a mock interview with a friend or family member. They will be honest in terms of how you come across. No one around? Sit in front of a mirror and see how you look answering questions. Here’s a List of Sample Questions to use. Pay particular attention to vocal habits that could be distracting (saying um, like, etc.)

2) Be prepared in case standard interview questions are rephrased. Interviewers may not ask typical questions (i.e. “What is your weakness?”) directly, but in a more roundabout way. Don’t get flustered.  Whatever question is asked, your answer should portray you as confident and capable.

3) Don’t rattle off what you did at a job, but HOW you saved your employer time, effort and money. According to Staffing Manager Corey Listar, “Recruiters and hiring managers are always impressed with people who know how to sell themselves and use numbers, percentages or examples to back that up.  The more you can verbalize how you made a positive difference as an employee, the more interested the employer will be in you as a potential hire.”

4) Embrace your nerves. Being a little apprehensive is normal. Let that nervous energy work for you. Remember, you already made it this far. Take a deep breath, use a mantra or phrase if you need to (“I can do this, I got this”) and calmly, yet confidently, showcase your strengths.

5) Don’t just talk, but listen. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being so overeager to share your enthusiasm that you end up talking too fast and too much. Slow down a bit. Listen to what the interviewer is really saying. Their response can often give you a clue as to what kind of answer they are looking for.

Interviewing is no joke, on April Fool’s day or on any other day of the year. Use these tips to come across as the confident, dedicated, desirable employee you are!

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Hey “Passive” Candidates – You Have The Power!

ShakingHandsThis post is for you “passive” people out there. Heads up – you are very desirable to employers! Now, don’t let this news go to your head. Just know that you do have an advantage.

Passive candidate: a currently employed individual who isn’t actively seeking another job, but would leave if the right opportunity arose.

Why do employers seek out these candidates?

According to Chris Garrie, Vice President of Recruitment for the Oldcastle Recruiting Office in Rochester, “passive candidates are happy and successful in their current position. Generally, they tend to be more loyal and have a higher potential of being successful in a new role. They tend to be more selective, only pursuing opportunities that are of great interest. In contrast, active job seekers who are out of work need to get a job quickly.”

4 Tips For Passive Candidates:
1) Be receptive to recruiters

Unfortunately, there is a stigma when it comes to recruiters. If recruiters contact you, call or e-mail them back! You have nothing to lose. Even if the opening is not something you want, you never know what that recruiter will come across in the future. A good recruiter knows who they are looking for and won’t waste your time if there is not a mutual fit. Keep those lines of communication open!

2) Don’t assume your current job is going to last forever 
Things can change in an instant, despite tenure or great work performance. Even the most stable and successful companies experience downturns. Better to be sought after while you’re employed, than to start a job search without a steady income or job to fall back on.

3) Make sure your resume and your LinkedIn profile are up-to-date
You can be a great passive candidate, but recruiters won’t reach out if they can’t find you! Your profile and resume should contain the right job title and keywords for your industry AND showcase quantifiable qualifications. Don’t just list job duties. Demonstrate how you helped increase sales, saved money or improved efficiency levels for your current employer. Numbers, stats and percentages really help you stand out.

4) Don’t be overconfident
Passive candidates DO have an added advantage in the job search process, but it’s no guarantee you will get the job. In the end, it still boils down to a combination of skills, personality and company/cultural fit. Make the most of your passive status, but remember – there are many other passive candidates out there besides you!

In general, passive job seekers have an edge because they can always turn down an opportunity, whereas the unemployed job seeker may not have the same luxury. While this may not be fair, it is a reality for job seekers. If you have any inkling that things are not going well at work for you or your company, put those feelers out. You are in a far better position to find a better job and negotiate for a better salary when you’re a passive candidate.

As always, thank you for reading!

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How March Madness Can Boost Your Job Search

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1) Make It A Group Effort
Half the fun of participating in March Madness is the pre-game prep. Then, there is the trash talk during the tournament, the hits and the misses and, ultimately, the gloating over who won. Filling out your own bracket and not sharing in the activity takes away a lot of the fun. As a job seeker, are you participating with other job seekers? Or, are you isolating yourself? Don’t! It helps to have people to commiserate with, share strategies, and celebrate successes.

2) It’s All About Strategy
Everyone has their own plan for completing their brackets. Whether you take it super seriously and put a lot of effort into research or just pick based on teams you’re loyal to, you have consciously chosen a game plan. The same thing holds true for your job search. You need to have a plan and schedule in mind. Where do you want your job search to be a month from now? What about two months from now? Write your ultimate goal down and the action steps you plan to take to get there. You can’t wing a job search. It’s going to take effort and a schedule to get where you need to go.

3) You’re In It For The Long Haul
March Madness is not over in one game, and neither is your job search after one interview. There are going to be ups and downs. It’s very rare to land the position of your dreams in the first week. The NCAA Tournament takes time, and so will your job search. Add even more time to that plan if you’re a career changer, entry level job seeker or have been unemployed for awhile.

4) Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
In your bracket, you have many games and possible outcomes. Ultimately, it all comes down to one team winning. In your job search, that one team is the job you want. You will have to get through many hurdles to get there. These obstacles/events include numerous interviews with one company, but more likely will be multiple interviews with various companies. Be open to the possibility of there being more than one ideal job out there for you!

5) Get Your Head In The Game
A coach encourages and inspires players to do their best, work hard, visualize success and never ever give up. Sometimes, we have to be our own coach. While it is easy to get discouraged in a job search, you can’t let the emotions overwhelm you. Teams that lose in the NCAA Tournament don’t just stop playing basketball. They go over what they did correctly, what mistakes they made and then make a plan to learn from this season to move forward next season. You may not be a college basketball player, but you do have the power to take charge of your own path to career success!

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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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