Juggling Your Job Search

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We all wear many hats in our lives – parent, student, daughter, son, spouse, employee… With your varied roles and responsibilities, it can be easy to put certain things on the back-burner, especially when it comes to your career. The good news is – you don’t have to do it all. There are simple and quick tasks that will keep you career on track.

Get To Know Google for jobs
This relatively new job search engine gathers jobs from many different places, including LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor – even Facebook. It will also pull in jobs from a company’s web page. This one-stop job search shop is a huge time saver for the job seeker. You no longer have to go to each site individually to look for positions. Simply type in the job you’re looking for and the location, and it does all the work for you! You can even set up email alerts to be informed of new positions. Now, with that being said, there are certain caveats to keep in mind. Some of the jobs that appear can be outdated, especially if they come from niche job search sites that aren’t populated as often. You should not completely rely on Google for Jobs, but it definitely should be one of your job search tools.

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Keep Up With The Latest LinkedIn Tips & Tricks
Subscribe to the Official LinkedIn blog to be informed on their latest features. They roll out time-saving, helpful new things to try all the time. You don’t want to miss out – especially because a lot of the features automate job search activities. For example, a recent “Tuesday Tip” post explains how you can use group messaging. They even include short videos. Even if you’re not actively looking, we recommend their blog (as well as ours too, of course #shamelessplug)

Create a kudos folder
Set up one starting in January. You’ll thank yourself as the year progresses. This folder can be online or in hard copy (or both), depending on your profession. You want to save things including:
– Complimentary emails praising you – from your boss, colleagues or customers
– Successful project pieces – this can range from collateral you’ve created to a PowerPoint presentation
– Reports/Stats – anything that shows results
You will use the information in this folder when you need accomplishments for your resume, cover letter, performance review, upcoming interview, etc. It’s also a good idea to have a place where you can keep track of what you’ve done over time. It’s easy to lose track. Your saved items will likely differ from the e-mail example you see below, but you get the general idea…

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Hint – you can easily create and save your ‘success stories’ by taking a screen shot or using a tool like Snipping Tool or Snagit Screen Capture.

Practice Defensive Googling

No, you aren’t being vain by googling your name. We recommend doing this monthly. Put your name in quotations and see what’s out there. If you want to set this on autopilot, you can always set up an alert for your name on a site like Mention or Google Alerts. You want to monitor this on a consistent basis. If the results are unfavorable, inaccurate or information on someone else with the same name, there are steps you can take to remove that information or at least have it appear lower in search results.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to take charge of your career. Use the tips in this post to set yourself up for success in 2018.

A version of this post, by our social media specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
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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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Got a case of the career blues?

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Don’t be a grinch – we can help! Whether you’re employed or actively looking for work, there are ways to make the most of the season.

Go To Your Holiday Party!
According to a study conducted on behalf of LinkedIn, “28% of U.S. professionals have learned about a new opportunity and 26% have gotten face time with executives they wouldn’t otherwise get to speak with. You never know, you could meet a new friend, mentor or even future boss.” Make every effort to attend, and have a good time – just not TOO good of a time (and we know you know what we mean). Love them or hate them, holiday parties are an annual ritual. Showing up may not be mandatory, but it sends a clear message if you don’t go. Not working? There are still many holiday events and mixers you can attend. Professional associations and groups often hold parties for members and non members. This can be a great way to expand your network.

Get Set To Set Goals
The chance to start fresh is always appealing. What didn’t go so well this year? Do you need to make a bigger effort at work? Start or ramp up a job search? Be honest with yourself. No need to cast blame, but vow to be more proactive in 2018. Assess where you are today and where you want to be in a month, six months and a year from now.

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. – Cavett Robert

Need a little more inspiration? Check out these quotes for the New Year.

Adopt an attitude of gratitude
While Thanksgiving is just a distant memory, there is always a benefit to showing you appreciate your colleagues and network. A simple thank you to someone who helps you at work could make their entire week.  Treat your boss or coworker to coffee. Bake or bring in some treats to the office. Another easy idea- endorse or write a recommendation for someone on LinkedIn. Don’t do this expecting a recommendation in return. Act without reciprocal expectations. Kindness counts.

Give back
Volunteering is another good way to give back and say thanks. Many organizations can use help this time of year. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and can also be a good way to meet new people and make connections.

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Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Generally, people are in better moods as the holidays approach. Try to get into this spirit. We know that if you’re unemployed, underemployed or at a careers crossroad, it can be easy to fall victim to job search blues. Acknowledge these feelings as normal, and make the effort to engage in activities that make you happy. What else in your life are you grateful for? Discouragement and setbacks are a part of the process, but everyone deserves to enjoy the season. 2018 can be the next great chapter in your career journey!

From our team to yours, Happy Holidays!

P.S. Looking for some music to get you in a holiday mood? Check this playlist.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
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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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Looking for Work? 3 Easy Things To Do This December

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As we barrel towards the holidays, things tend to get busier with parties, shopping, cooking and all the other activities associated with the season. Keep your job search momentum going now so you can start 2018 off without regret.

1) Do an audit of your LinkedIn page   
When was the last time you really looked at or even updated your LinkedIn page? Set aside some time for this important activity. To start, think back over this year – what have you accomplished? To make it easier, go back quarter by quarter. Are there projects and results you’re particularly proud of? Add those as bullets on your profile. Every job has quantifiable success stories.

Going forward, set aside a folder on your desktop or in an email folder called “Accomplishments.” In that folder, save email kudos, statistics/results for projects and anything else that you could draw on for your profile. This material is also helpful for your performance review, when you’re looking for a raise or even writing a cover letter. It’s easy to overlook or forget all the good things you did over the course of the year.  In 2018, vow to make this task a habit.

2) Party with a purpose
You’ve worked hard all year, and now it’s time to unwind and let loose. It’s fine to partake in some adult beverages and have a good time – within reason of course! We’ve all heard the horror stories of people who went a little TOO crazy at the annual holiday bash. Make sure to keep it under control. Mingle with your coworkers and celebrate, but don’t go overboard with anything you might regret. Additionally, make it a goal to talk to at least one colleague you don’t know as well, for at least a few minutes. It never hurts to keep up those connections!

3) Check out LinkedIn’s newest feature – Career Advice
According to their blog, “whether you need advice on your career path, switching to a new industry or best practices for a project you’re working on, Career Advice can help you find and connect with the right person who can help.”

This feature looks like it has some interesting possibilities, and is easy enough to start – simply pick the kind of advice you need, review the matches and then start chatting. Like they say “One conversation can change your career.”

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Final thoughts
While there are many other activities you can do to keep up your search, we are going to keep this post short. The important thing is to stay focused on your larger goal (finding a job, getting a new job or changing careers) while still making time for the festivities of the season.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

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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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Dial In On The Latest LinkedIn Features

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We talk a lot about LinkedIn on this blog because it’s a valuable tool for job seekers. If you’re not on there, you should be – no matter what your profession – engineer to executive, driver to drafter. So, what’s new in LinkedIn land? Plenty. LinkedIn never fails to update features that are worth looking into.

Do you need help creating a resume?
This is a cool one! LinkedIn is rolling out a Resume Assistant. According to the LinkedIn blog“With this integration, you’ll get the inspiration and resources to craft a compelling resume directly within Microsoft Word, and you’ll see relevant job opportunities on LinkedIn that are personalized for you.”  Users will be able to try this feature as it becomes available to everyone in the next few months.

Want to be the first to know when jobs in your field are posted?
While LinkedIn currently shows you “Jobs You May Be Interested In,” this doesn’t guarantee you’ll see the exact types of matches you’re looking for. Take control and set up alerts to make sure that you won’t miss out on any opportunities. To do this, sign up for Job Search Alerts. You can do this on your desktop or from the LinkedIn Job Search App. From the desktop, click on jobs. You will see the search bar. From there, type in the type of job you’re looking for. You can also search by company, keywords, etc. In this example, we’re setting up an alert for an engineer job.

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Next, click on the button that says Create search alert.
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This brings you to a screen where you can choose to receive the alert daily or weekly, via e-mail, mobile and desktop notification or both.

Are you a veteran?

If so, did you know that you can receive one year of LinkedIn’s premium membership for FREE?! Visit https://linkedinforgood.linkedin.com/programs/veterans for more details. “LinkedIn offers U.S. service members and veterans a free 1-year Premium Career subscription, including one year of access to LinkedIn Learning. “

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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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Fall Job Search? Easy as Pie!

Businessman pumpkin pie character cartoonHalloween is over and we’re rushing towards Thanksgiving. There’s still time to land a sweet gig. Don’t neglect your job search!

Say Hello To Smart Replies

LinkedIn has taken the messaging feature and enhanced it with smart replies. Basically, these are suggested responses within a message. According to the LinkedIn official blog, ‘machine learning’ works its magic to “show you suggestions that are more contextual and relevant to the conversation you’re having. We’ll suggest at most three responses based on the message you’ve received.” If you like a response, simply click on it, hit enter, and it sends back the automated reply.”

You don’t have to choose their responses, but this feature can save you time and open up new conversation ideas you might not have otherwise thought to use. If you don’t want this feature, you can turn it off in settings. The default is set to on.

Seek Out Company Lists To Research & Target Companies

Are you applying to jobs online but not having any luck? Start looking for company lists. You’ll be surprised to discover companies you didn’t even know were in your area. In our city for example, the Sunday paper just came out with an in-depth article and list with profiles of the top 100 privately owned winning companies in the Rochester area. What a great resource! Study it, cross reference it with people you know, and use it to find out more about potential employers. Your local chamber of commerce may also have lists. And, don’t forget your local library. You don’t have to pay for a subscription to the paper. Our libraries carry the Rochester Business Journal weekly paper and Book of Lists. Both are a wealth of information about companies, organizations, executives and the latest business news.

Perpetual Job Searching

We know this is not everyone’s favorite thing to do. You may love your job. You may not even have a job search on your radar. Here’s the thing. You never know what could happen. You always want to be prepared for the worst case job scenario. We’re going to assume that you have your resume updated and ready to go (right?). Take this preparation one step further. Know what jobs are out there online in your field AT ALL TIMES. Why is this so important? Online job postings are full of clues. For example, let’s say you’re an Engineer and see an ad for Engineering role continually showing up at the same company every few months. On one hand – yes, they could be adding headcount. On the other, it could be a red flag of high turnover, a bad environment and a company you want to stay away from. If you haven’t been consistently looking at jobs online, you wouldn’t know that the same job was available again so soon. Knowledge is power! It only take five to ten minutes to search jobs weekly via Google. Get in there and type in “Engineer Rochester NY” or whatever your field is and look around.

Search Appearances

How do you know if your LinkedIn profile is optimized so employers and recruiters can find it? This can be a whole blog post itself. One way to check to see if you’re getting found for the right positions is to look at what keywords were used to find your profile. To do this, go to your profile and go to your dashboard.

See where it says Search Appearances? Click on that.

Here is one example (above). On your profile, do the terms line up with what kind of job you’re looking for? If not, your LinkedIn profile needs some work.

Please don’t give up on your job search this fourth quarter. There are still companies hiring before the end of the year. End 2017 on a strong note. Keep pushing!

Thank you for reading!

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A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears 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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Michigan Paving & Materials, an Oldcastle Materials Company

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  • Operates six state-of-the-art MDOT certified asphalt plants and (with their partner companies) “operates nine aggregate and materials locations, including the largest liquid asphalt terminal in Michigan.”
  • Has the capability to produce more than 600 tons of asphalt per hour
  • Has access to more than 15 fully-equipped paving crews
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Services
Commercial Asphalt
New Construction
Parking Lot Paving
Asphalt Resurfacing & Paving
Milling & Cold Milling
Patching & Crack Filling
Asphalt Maintenance & Sealcoating

Products
Polymer Modified Pavements – tougher & stronger for high stress surfaces
Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) – long lasting, easy to maintain

Safety
– Award winning safety record
– Safety training and tools
– Employee driven safety culture based on safety core values of zero fatalities and incidents

Community
– Committed to involvement in the community, ranging from donations to volunteering. A sample of groups helped recently include the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Love Inc. (food pantry/ministry) and Project Hope, among others.

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Social Media
Follow Michigan Paving & Materials on Facebook and Twitter for project/employee/company photos!

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Associations
Proud member of:
ASTM International, Asphalt Institute, Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan, Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, National Asphalt Pavement Association, Construction Association of Michigan, Property Management Association of Michigan and the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials. 

Family of companies

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Awards
Awards range from Environmental to Donation to Operation of the Year from: the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), Michigan Aggregates Association (MAA) and many more.

Careers
Job opportunities include:
– Equipment Operators
– Project Managers
– Laborers
– Accountants
– Estimators
Interested in working for Michigan Paving? Click to search and apply: JOBS!

Locations:
Alma, Canton, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, Paw Pawmap
Want to learn more?
Visit the Michigan Paving & Materials webpage for additional information.

About Michigan’s parent company:

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

About Oldcastle Materials:
Oldcastle Materials is the leading vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready-mix concrete, and construction and paving services in the United States.

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Rise Above the Fog – 3 Tips To Be A Job Search Star

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  1.  The Better Way to Use “Easy Apply” on LinkedIn
    apply websiteApplying to a job via LinkedIn? Many times, you will see a button that  sends you right to the company website to apply. If that is the case, simply proceed and fill out and submit your information online.

easyapplyHowever, if you see the Easy Apply button, you only have the option of attaching and sending one file to the employer. Instead of just submitting your resume, write your cover letter on page one and then add your resume on the second page of your word document. Save this cover letter and resume document as ONE file. Most people won’t think to do this. It’s a great way to get attention among dozens, if not hundreds of other applications you’re competing against.

2) Write your cover letter like a real person
Imagine you’re a recruiter or hiring manager reviewing job applications all day. They see the same boring, formal, cookie cutter introductions and content like this:
“I became aware of this opportunity through your web page.”
or “I’m a detail oriented professional with expertise in…”
On the surface, there is nothing wrong with these sentences. But, they are repetitive, redundant and state the obvious.

You don’t need to be a professional writer to craft your cover letter in a more interesting and appealing way.

For example, here’s sample copy for a mechanic opening. It reads more like a conversation. Don’t be afraid to inject a bit of your personality in your cover letter. Read it back to yourself and have someone else read it as well. In this blurb, you get a better sense of the applicant as a person and as a candidate. They even injected industry jargon in a lighthearted way. While some industries are more formal than others, it doesn’t mean you have to be dull and lackluster in your writing. Show some enthusiasm!

I drive by your dealership daily, admiring many of the cars on the lot. When I saw your opening for a mechanic on Craig’s list, I knew it was a great opportunity for a car buff and experienced mechanic like myself. I’m looking to join a bigger organization where I can work on a wider variety of vehicles.
       As the resident ‘grease monkey’ at the small shop where I work now, I’ve risen in the ranks to head Automotive Technician. I’ve always been fascinated with taking things apart and putting them back together again. I modified my first mini bike when I was 16 years old, and have been obsessed with mechanics and car/motorcycle repair ever since then.

3) Little things count
File names matter. Make it easy for the employer. Save your documents using your first and last name and what they are. For example:

JohnJobseekerResume
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In addition, never overlook an opportunity to promote yourself. If you’re emailing documents, use the subject line to your advantage.
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Be bold and confident in your job search. These tips/tactics may be small things, but they can help set you apart. Will an employer hire you just because you used a catchy subject line or saved a file in a certain way? Probably not. BUT, using a combination of these ideas, being proactive and actively setting yourself apart can make a difference. If what you’re doing isn’t working, give these tips a try. We would love to know any job search hacks/ideas that worked for you, so feel free to leave those in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Looking for more job search advice? Check out our previous post:
5 Ways To Brand Yourself

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
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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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Rosalina Viapiano, Recruiting Support Coordinator

IMG_0015What do you do in your position? I work with other Oldcastle recruiters to source candidates for hard-to-fill positions, post jobs, and fill in when someone is out.

When did you join Oldcastle? September, 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? Everyone here is so friendly and helpful. You can tell that they truly want you to succeed and are here to help if you need it.

What are the best parts of your job? I really enjoy helping my coworkers out!

What would co-workers say about you? I hope that my coworkers would say that I am friendly and helpful!

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Volunteering at Foodlink!

What was your first job ever? My first job was working for Arby’s as a cashier and with the fryer.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I have a lot of customer service experience, which comes with many funny stories!

 Would you like to share anything about your family? I come from a big Italian family, so we’re loud and we love to cook and eat! I don’t have any siblings, but I have a lot of cousins and most of us look identical!

Connect with me on LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rosaviapiano/

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Learn more about Oldcastle and the types of positions we have available nationwide.

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