Have you heard of these new LinkedIn features?

Animated image of two people talking through cups as they appear on a computer screenLinkedIn is constantly evolving, so it can be easy to miss new enhancements. This post doesn’t cover every new LinkedIn feature, but hopefully there are enough here to pique your interest and get you more engaged on the site.

1) You can now add multiple photos to a status post. As of right now, this is only available on mobile iOS, but Android and desktop will be next. Photos dramatically increase engagement, so it’s worth adding visuals to your updates. If you have an iPhone, give it a try – you’ll be ahead of others who don’t know about this functionality yet!

2) Tap into your alumni network with the Alumni Tool. See “what companies your alumni work at, where they live now, what skills they have and what they studied to get to where they are.” This can be a great tool to use to find people at your target companies, make connections and be introduced to an even wider network that share your same educational background. You can filter results by years attended or graduated and date. You can even change the university. Take a look at this screen shot (below) to see the wealth of information now available.

Scrolling a little further, you also get a screen like the one below. From this screen, you can easily message fellow alumni and see what connections you share.

3) Up your engagement by adding images to your comments. Simply click the photo icon to add an image and add your comment like you normally would. This is another easy way to stand out.

4) Say hello to Search Appearances! Available since late June, this feature tells you how many people found you via LinkedIn search, where they work and their job titles. This is a good way to investigate companies you may not have known about previously. Also, take notice of the industries and types of companies. If you’re not attracting your target organizations, this is a good time to edit your LinkedIn profile in order to do so.

To get to this information, go to View Profile first, scroll down once you’re on that page and then click on Search Appearances.

Here’s an example of what you will see (below)

** Note – sometimes LinkedIn does not roll out changes to all users all at once. So, if you don’t have access to all of these features yet, don’t fret – they’re coming.

P.S. Want to keep up with the latest LinkedIn updates? Subscribe to their blog. Their “Tuesday Tips” posts are especially helpful/informative. Many of the tips in this post are a compilation of their advice. Find previous posts here: LinkedIn blog.

A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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Drive Your Way To A New Career – Our Second Podcast!

AlliedTruck2We’re back! In this podcast, we discuss the national truck driver shortage, give tips on how to land a local (non OTR) driver job – including interview tips – and what Allied Building Products can offer drivers.

Did you know?

“The average age of a truck driver is 49, and many of them are now retiring. This, combined with a lack of qualified drivers and industry turnover, in general, has some projections showing a need for 10,000 drivers.” – State of Trucking For 2017

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Learn more – Listen in as our Driver Recruiters discuss:

  • Why there is such a shortage of drivers nationwide
  • Different types of driver roles
  • Where you can train to be a driver
  • Who makes a good driver
  • How to get a driving position
  • What are the benefits of working as a local driver
  • Why driving schools don’t promote local driving jobs
  • What it’s like to work for Allied Building Products as a driver

    Click HERE to listen!

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P. S. We will be hosting podcasts on a regular schedule, so tune in to hear what we have to say in the coming months. Thank you for reading and listening!

Man and woman in safety vests and hardhatsWant to connect with our Driver Recruiters?
Reach out to them on LinkedIn:
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Jenn Latone

Want to work for Allied Building Products? Visit Oldcastle Careers to learn more and search for jobs.

Allied Building Products, a division of Oldcastle, is a national independent distributor specializing in commercial & residential exterior and interior building materials, with over 200 locations – from Hawaii to Boston. The company was founded in 1950 as a small family-operated business focusing on the metro NY/NJ region and, through acquisitions across much of the United States, is now established as a major industry player. 

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Introducing Our First Careers Podcast!

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We’re excited to share our first podcast with you! In this short, 15 minute segment, learn more about why references are so important and how you can maximize your chances of landing that job by choosing and prepping your references wisely. Simply click HERE to listen.

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We enjoyed creating this podcast, and hope to record more in the future. Let us know what topics you’re interested in. In addition, feel free to reach out to any of the recruiters in this podcast by clicking on their profiles below:

Erin Bardwell, Staffing Manager 
Michael Dobreski, Corporate Recruiter
Frank Battaglia, Corporate Recruiter

Thank you for reading (and listening)!

P.S. If you want to learn even more about references, check out our last blog post on this topic.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About References But Were Afraid To Ask

references road sign illustration designOne of the most searched questions that brings people to our blog is – “Is it a good sign if they contact my references?” The answer is a resounding yes! If it gets to the point where a prospective employer requests references, you can feel confident that an offer MAY be headed your way.

However, a lot can happen between requesting your references and a potential job offer. Some of it you can control, some you can’t. Let’s start with the basics:

Why are good references so important?
You may think that reference checking is a formality – that either the employer won’t bother calling them or will only ask for verification of basic information such as dates worked. While this is true in some cases, it is very far from the truth in others. Go into your job search and interview expecting your references to be called if all goes well.

Who should you pick as a reference?
You want to pick a supervisor, boss or superior you’ve worked for over the years.  Your neighbor, pastor, best friend, colleague or parents are not good references!

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How many should you have?
3 to 5 is a good basic number.

How do you prep your references?
By all means, let them know that they may be called! However, do NOT reach out every time you have a job interview. If you’ve had a few interviews and can tell the company is interested and asks for references, then you can give your references a heads up.

Sending your references a copy of your resume and even a link to the job description is helpful. Always make sure to thank them – even before they are called and definitely after! In addition, encourage your references to call the hiring manager as soon as they can (if they missed the call and were left a message).

Fair or not, you are being judged on everything – including how long it may take for a reference to call the hiring manager or recruiter back.

Think about it – which looks better – a reference so pumped about you as an employee that they call back right away or one who waits a half day or day to respond?

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What do recruiters and hiring managers want to hear?
They want to hear about your accomplishments – not canned or rehearsed answers. Enthusiastic, thoughtful commentary on why you were a good employee will go a long way.

How should younger job seekers handle references?
If you haven’t been in the workforce long enough to have former employers to use as references, you can always reach out to a former professor, sports coach or someone in authority who would be a good spokesperson on your behalf.

Do I need to put References Available Upon Request on my resume?
No. This is just a waste of space and is seen as a given. You should have a list ready to go when asked. Do not offer this list up. Wait until you are asked for it. Also, make sure all the contact information on there is current. It’s also helpful to add some context to the list – for example:
John Doe, my former Supervisor at Acme Corporation, 333-3333

What can job seekers do to make sure they have good references?
Don’t just reach out to your references when you need them! Keep in touch with them via LinkedIn, email or even a text. No one likes to be used! It’s up to you to cultivate and maintain good professional relationships so you will have a pool of people to draw from when the time comes.

What do I do after my references are called?
Reach out to them and thank them for being a reference. You can also find out how the call went.

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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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Leslie Hernandez, Corporate Recruiter, Allied Building Products

IMG_6870When did you join Oldcastle? June 2017

Where is your job located?  Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?  Everyone is so helpful. No matter what they are doing, they don’t think twice about helping out.  

What are the best parts of your job? I love that all of our team members and the managers alike are very passionate and excited to work for Oldcastle.  

What would co-workers say about you? I like to think they will be able to see how enthusiastic and passionate I am about recruiting and finding the best fit for the organization. 

What was your first job ever? I worked at Dunkin Donuts when I was 14 and all throughout high school.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?  I visited Corporate during my 1st week, which was great! 

Would you like to share anything about your family? My nephew is the newest addition to our family. He is a very special kid because he is the 1st nephew and grandchild on both of his sides of the family! 

Connect with Leslie on LinkedIn.

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Amanda Cohen, Corporate Recruiter

LinkedIn PhotoWhat do you do in your position? I get to manage the recruiting process – from sourcing to screening to extending offers and onboarding candidates – all while maintaining relationships with hiring managers.

When did you join Oldcastle? April 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? Camaraderie between everyone!

What are the best parts of your job? I get to talk to a lot of different people and help to grow a great company.

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Amanda & Emily, two of our newest employees!

What would co-workers say about you? We’ll have to wait and see! 

What was your first job ever? I started working at Fruit & Salad Company at age 15 and worked there all through high school and on breaks from college.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I lived in Philadelphia for 3 years and was a Technical Recruiter for an IT Recruiting Agency.
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Would you like to share anything about your family? I have one older sister and a nephew (her puppy!).

Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.  

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Emily Dietrich, Operations Recruiter


AAEAAQAAAAAAAAkiAAAAJGFkM2IzZjkwLWEyMzktNDVhNy05NzRiLTY2Y2VmNjFmZGRhOAWhat do you do in your position?
I recruit for the non-exempt production positions for Precast. On a daily basis, I spend my time posting jobs, screening applicants, and sending qualified candidates over to the Hiring Managers and source whenever I have time for tougher to fill positions.

When did you join Oldcastle? April, 2017

Where is your job located? The Recruiting office in Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? The environment is great, everyone is extremely welcoming and helpful, and made the transition very simple.

What are the best parts of your job? I’m busy, so I like being in a fast paced environment, constantly talking to people and sourcing. I enjoy being able to help make the hiring managers lives a little easier by doing the initial interviews, and helping people find careers at a great place to work.

What would co-workers say about you? Gosh – I’d like to think my coworkers think/know I’m willing to help out in any way I can, a hard worker and easy to talk to.

What was your first job ever? My first job was a waitress at a Greek Restaurant when I was 15.

Would you like to share anything about your family? I was born and raised in Wisconsin, my parents, older brother and older sister are still there. I moved to New  York  recently with my Fiancé for a career opportunity for him, and we are getting married in Mexico this March, super exciting! 

 Connect with Emily on LinkedIn 

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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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Erin Pummell, Recruiting Support Coordinator

ErinPWhat do you do in your position?  I am responsible for posting the non-exempt production roles for Oldcastle Light Building Products. I also help our recruiters find qualified candidates for their hard-to-fill positions. Lastly, if one of our recruiters is out of the office, I help manage their workload so they don’t feel overwhelmed when they return to the office.  

When did you join Oldcastle? May 2017 

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? I love the team atmosphere and how helpful everyone is! I felt 100% at home after my first day because everyone I met was so kind, helpful and caring!      

What are the best parts of your job? I really enjoy searching for candidates and learning their stories. I love helping to find talented individuals to contribute to our company’s awesome culture.  

What would co-workers say about you? I hope they would say that I am helpful and that I contribute to the team! 

What was your first job ever? I was a data entry clerk at my parents’ corporation in Georgia. 

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? When I was a student ambassador at my college, we usually worked evenings calling prospective students. I found a button under the desk I was sitting at, and spent several minutes repeatedly pushing it. Then, all of a sudden, a campus police officer rushed into the building and asked what the emergency was. We were all so confused. It turns out that the button I was playing with was the panic button in the building!  

Would you like to share anything about your family? I grew up in Georgia with my parents and my two sisters. My younger sister and my mom currently live in New York, about two hours away from Rochester. My older sister still lives in Georgia. I also have a husband, Sean, and two fur babies, Christabella and Ella. We all love to spend time together, hosting family parties or just hanging out!

Connect with Erin on LinkedIn.  

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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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Pave Your Way To A Better Job

Road making

Step 1 
Map out a two month plan. 
The job search takes time. Start by listing out activities and goals. You can’t control the employer end of the process, but you can take ownership of what you do. Here’s a sample:
Week 1: Update LinkedIN and resume, line up three references.
Week 2: Search online for jobs – using LinkedIn, Google, Indeed, etc. Write cover letters and apply.
Week 3: Start a list of target companies – look to see if you have any mutual connections at those companies (via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter). Reach out to those connections.

Step 2
Budget out your time.
If you’re currently employed, your time challenges need to be addressed. Carve out time after work or on weekends. This should be scheduled in – not just a haphazard thought. Schedule it like you would any appointment. For instance, “I will job search for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday night between 7 and 8 pm.”
If you’re currently unemployed, you have more time to search, but you also have more time to procrastinate and get distracted. Schedule your time in shifts, allowing for breaks. For example:
9 am to 10 am – Do a LinkedIn status update, look at the job listings on Monster or Indeed, reach out to two contacts.
10:00 to 11:00 – Attend local networking job search group
11:30 to 12:30 – Meet former coworker for lunch
1:00 to 4:00 – Write cover letters and submit applications.

Step 3
Get a support system and get serious about networking.
The job search has its ups and downs, and you have to be prepared to handle the uncertainty. Discouragement and disappointment ARE part of the process. It’s how you react and forge forward that is going to make the difference between a short job search and a long one.

matthewweinrichLearn how to effectively network. Looking for a job is a full time job, so you should attend networking events and get to know people in a similar situation. If someone you met gets a job, they could potentially refer you to any openings they hear of, and vice versa.  

In addition, use LinkedIn and follow the companies you are interested in working for. Try to connect to some employees who work there. Also, join groups pertaining to your field or industry.
Matt Weinrich, Lead Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle

Step 4
Just get started and keep going
It’s really important to not get sidetracked. It’s easy to let the day-to-day, along with holidays, vacations, etc. – even the change of season (“It’s so nice out, no one is hiring in the Summer, I’ll just take a break!”) cloud your thoughts and get you off course. The longer you resist or postpone the search, the longer it will take – and you are letting your competition win. If you find this happening – do some real soul searching. Maybe you aren’t really ready to leave your current job. And, if you are out of work, maybe it’s the type of positions you’re looking for. Is a career change in order? Our thoughts and actions (or in this case, in-actions) give us clues. Listen, learn and act upon them.

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Dan Rizzo, Corporate Recruiter

DanRWhat do you do in your position?
I post jobs, go through applications, pick out the most qualified candidates and call them. If they seem like someone who can succeed with our company, I send them to the hiring managers to set up in person interviews.

When did you join Oldcastle? May 2017 

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? It’s a great group of people – always willing to help each other. The company also has great benefits and perks.

What are the best parts of your job? Being able to find people a job with a company that they can happily work for until they retire.

What would co-workers say about you? Team player, always willing to listen to advice.  

What was your first job ever? Working at Delta Sonic carwash for about a day when I was 15.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I used to work at a movie theater, and we would do a company picnic every summer. One summer, we had extra money for the event, so we rented a dunk tank where employees had the option to attempt to dunk members of the management team. That was also the same summer that I was a Supervisor for the company. Long story short, I did not leave that picnic dry!

Would you like to share anything about your family? My grandparents on my dad’s side came to the United States from Sicily, Italy. So, half of my family speaks fluent Italian, besides me. I can’t understand half the conversations at the dinner table.

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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.

Follow us on: TwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTube, and Facebook for jobs and career advice. And, don’t forget to join our Talent Community to receive a monthly e-mail newsletter with expert advice on the job search process.

 

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