Time For A New Job?

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The new season and school year is almost upon us. It’s that transitional time of the year when we start to adjust to a change in the weather, wardrobe and – for many families – their schedules. While it’s easy to get caught up with the kids’ sports schedules and after school activities, it doesn’t have to sidetrack your search.

  1. September is the new January
    Fall is a great time for job search resolutions. There is still enough time left in the year to make real progress in your quest for a new role. Mentally, it’s also easier to start a goal that coincides with the end of one season and the beginning of another.
  2. Act like a student
    Grab a notebook at one of the back-to-school sales and designate it as your job search organizing tool. You can start jotting down goals, action steps, deadlines and to-do’s. 
  3. Commit to your search before the holiday rush
    From Halloween on, life does get more hectic with food to cook, presents to buy and family gatherings on the calendar. Take advantage of the lull now, before your social calendar fills up.
  4. Up your LinkedIn game
    LinkedIn is now a must-have for your career. Have you completely filled out your profile? A robust presence on LinkedIn is key. In addition, start getting more active on the channel by scrolling through the feed, liking, commenting and posting your own helpful industry related links. Keep up-to-date on all the new LinkedIn features by visiting their blog.
  5. Attend one networking event before the end of the year 
    Search out and go to at least one meeting or conference in the new few months. There are associations in every industry – it’s easy enough to find one in your field.
  6. Keep learning – expand your skill set
    Education doesn’t end once you leave the classroom. It’s important to keep up-to-date on the skills in your industry. The younger generation is already training on the latest software, and you don’t want to get left behind. Find a webinar. LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) for example, offers one month free access to hundreds of courses – including business and professional development, web design, marketing, sales and much more.
  7. Go outside your comfort zone
    Remember back to school jitters? Walking into a new school, new teachers, new courses – it can be stressful. Researching new job opportunities, interviewing and starting a new job with a new boss, commute and coworkers can also seem daunting. It’s normal to be anxious. Change does involve stress and the loss of what we find familiar. The trick is to keep moving forward and thinking of the rewards that come from taking a chance. You can do this!

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

We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Infrastructure and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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Use Your Phone To Land Your Next Job

 

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Take advantage of your smart phone to move your job search into high gear!  Many features that can help with your career progression are only available on mobile. Let’s take a look at some of the newest options.

Add captions to video you post on LinkedIn
Videos are a great resource, but if you don’t have/use headphones and don’t want to distract others around you, it’s easy to miss out on. LinkedIn solves this dilemma by allowing you to add captions. Now, you can watch with the sound off and just read the closed captioning.  Click here for steps on how to add captions.

Share quotes on LinkedIn
This one is pretty cool! Simply grab a significant sentence from an article to share. This screenshot from the latest LinkedIn blog post shows how easy it is to do!

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¿Hablas inglés? Translate Text
Don’t miss out on the conversation, even if it’s in another language. Use the ‘See Translation‘ button! It’s available in more than 60 languages, including Spanish, French  and Italian. This feature will be available on both mobile and desktop (currently in roll out to both users).

Manage Messaging
Wow! Lots of recently announced changes here.
1) Stretch the compose box to write longer messages
2) Send attachments. This is a big one! You can now send a PDF, DOC, XLS or PPT file.
3) Send a GIF or Emoji. Proceed with caution here. This is a professional site after all. However, in certain instances, and depending on the relationship, it may be appropriate. You can search for emojis by keyword, category or perusing the list.
4) Group messages – Click the plus (+) button (as seen below) and up pops suggested places and people to start a conversation with. Often, this will include your current company, college, recent message contacts, etc. Don’t forget that you can also use the @ symbol to mention someone. This will automatically bring up their profile.

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One caveat – while we are big proponents of the mobile job search, there are some instances when it’s best to use a computer. One case in point – online applications. Often, it’s the easier and preferred method to apply. If you’re having trouble filling out an application, it’s best to use your computer. Don’t have one? Head on over to your local library where you can use one for free!

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

We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.
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Recruiters Reveal The One Key Interview Prep Tip You Should Never Ignore

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We asked our recruiters for interview “Do’s & Don’ts”. They all agree on what can make or break your chances for landing a job. They also share insight on things to avoid.

LizResearch the company to have an understanding of what they do, what the position entails, and prepare questions to ask about how you can make that company more successful. On the flip side, don’t talk negatively about past employers/jobs or  be unprepared. This would make me think you aren’t very interested in working at the company. Lastly, don’t show up late.
– Liz George, Precast Operations Recruiter

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I think the most important thing you can do is show your interest in the company by taking the time to learn about them, what they do, etc. In turn, the worst mistake would be to know nothing about the company going into the meeting.
– Kevin Lissow, Senior Corporate Recruiter

ErinPDo your research! Make sure you have a good understanding of the company and demonstrate that knowledge during the interview. Research commonly asked questions in the field you are interviewing for and prepare your answers for those questions. Practice speaking your answers to ensure you can smoothly answer those questions if asked. The worst mistake you can make is not knowing who you are interviewing with or what position you are interviewing for (yes, this does happen!).
– Erin Pummell, Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle Lawn and Garden

MattResearch the company thoroughly by looking at the website, Hoovers, Bloomberg, and social media. Interview prep should also include extracting key information from the job posting/description to highlight how your experience and skill set would translate, and where you can make the largest impact. Ultimately, the goal is to differentiate yourself from the competition, and you must be able to understand what the company does, and how you can add value. The worst mistake you can make is to ask about salary before you discuss the opportunity.
– Matt Kaul, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

LilianLearn about the company, and come up with at least two questions: one about the company (or office) in general and one about the job specifically. It’s also important to “close” the interview by thanking the interviewer for their time and stating clearly that you are interested in the position.  Any ambiguity here is bad – you want the interviewer to come back to their boss and say “wow that guy/gal is amazing and they are really interested!”

I would say one big mistake is not having a concise, clear resume.  People sometimes don’t put dates on a resume, or don’t put things in the correct order.  Recruiters don’t have time to play detective and sort out work histories.  If we can’t sort out your career progression and timeline, we’ll move on to the candidate who did put that out clearly for us.

Lilian de Lascurain, Operations Recruiter

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Want to learn more about working for CRH Americas?
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We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.
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Soar Through Your Summer Job Search

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Summer is swiftly moving along.  Here are some hints to ride out the Summer on a strong note and embrace the opportunities of autumn.

  1. Do a mid-year career self evaluation
    We know – it’s easy to get sidetracked as the months seem to fly by. Those resolutions from January are likely long forgotten. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make new goals. Are you where you want to be? Follow the example set by many companies and create your own mid year performance review. There is still plenty of time for making progress – 24 weeks in fact. Take one or two goals, break them down into smaller action steps (either weekly or monthly), and you’ll be well on your way.
  2. Up your networking power with LinkedIn’s new QR codes
    Download the LinkedIn app on your phone and you can use it to scan someone’s code at an event – getting their contact information instantly. No need for business cards! Pretty cool, right? It’s an easy way to make connections at networking events, conferences and any other time you’re out of the office. It’s available for IOS and Android. For more information and directions, head on over to LinkedIn’s official blog for details.
  3. Vow to keep up with latest career and job search trends. 
    It’s always important to stay informed on what’s new in the job search space. Blogs like this one and many others help with that. When you find out about a new feature available (as a job seeker or just for networking in your industry), give it a try. Set aside ten minutes a day to focus on finding and reading career articles.
  4. Find and schedule a conference 
    Fall has a way of getting super busy. Let’s face it, once Labor Day hits, the rush to Thanksgiving and the holiday season happens in a flash. Outside activities can take precedence. Before that happens, find and schedule an event on the calendar now.

* Bonus tip *  Have you heard of the Find Nearby feature on LinkedIn? If you’re headed to a conference, this tool can be useful. It’s only available on your mobile device, so you’ll have to download the LinkedIn mobile app first. Using it, you can “find other LinkedIn members in your surrounding vicinity of up to 100 feet. If both you and another member have the feature active, you can send a message or invite them to connect.”

Enjoy the rest of your Summer! And, if you found this post helpful, please share.

Want to learn more about working for CRH Americas?
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We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.
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Use Twitter to Advance Your Career [Infographic]

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We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.
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2 Tools To Drive Your Career Forward

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  1. Find out how long your commute will be BEFORE you apply 
    Commute time can be a deal breaker for many people.  According to LinkedIn’s official blog “85% of U.S. professionals say they would take a pay cut for a shorter commute.”  Thanks to a new feature, now there’s no need to leave LinkedIn to find out how far a commute will be. LinkedIn Commute“Your Commute” is available on LinkedIn mobile (if you don’t have it yet, be patient – you will), and should roll out to desktop users within the next few months.

“This new feature will help candidates quickly visualize their daily commute to work, especially those who may not be familiar with a specific part of town or new to a city,” says Christina McPhee, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Precast

2) Are you a Military Spouse? Join the LinkedIn Military & Veteran Program
Starting in July, this program includes one year of LinkedIn Premium that will be available during each move “to new installations  and once again upon conclusion of military service.” In addition, this membership includes access to LinkedIn Learning courses and a military spouse LinkedIn group. This expansion is being made available through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program.

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

We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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Sam Marcello, Corporate Recruiter

samm.jpgWhat do you do in your position?
I fill roles in our corporate office based in Atlanta, ranging from IT to Administrative. I cover all four product lines, depending on the need.

When did you join the team?
 April, 2018.

Where is your job located?
Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?
I like the people I work with. Everyone is willing to pitch in and give advice to help the team become better.

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What are the best parts of your job? The best part of the job is talking with the candidates and hiring managers.  You get a chance to build relationships daily to help the mission of our company.

What was your first job ever? I worked as a cashier at McDonald’s.

Would you like to share anything about your familyI have a wife Elise. She is a Registered Nurse. We have a 1 yr old son, named Leonardo.

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What are your hobbies? I like to travel. I’ve been to England, France, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  I also like to hike through the state parks in New York.  In addition, I enjoy camping and playing golf and basketball.

What was your first concert? My first concert was Sevendust.

What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Gladiator. 

Want to connect with Sam? Reach out on LinkedIn.

Want to learn more about working for CRH Americas?
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We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group with over 85,000 employees in 32 countries around the world.

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How to Write A Better Resume [Infographic]

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Want to learn more about working for CRH Americas?
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We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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Be a LinkedIn Rock Star!

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  1. Take advantage of the new LinkedIn profile.
    Your photo now appears on the left. If you used a cover photo, you may want to check if the new location for your profile picture covers anything. If so, it’s time to replace it. You’ll also see that your work history is to the right. Underneath that, you’ll see your Summary section. Pay attention to what appears ‘above the fold.” Make sure it cuts off at an appropriate point. Below that, there is space for photos and links.
  2. Watch for the ‘One-click’ apply feature
    See a job you like on LinkedIn? Now you can apply instantly. The latest official blog post from LinkedIn details how easy it is: “With 1-Click Apply, you now have the option to save your basic information and resume so you can apply for a job with a single click or tap.” This feature works on both mobile and desktop.
  3. Vow to actively engage at least twice a week
    You don’t have to create original content (although self publishing is easy, intuitive and recommended), but aim to like, comment and share on a consistent basis. The more you do so, the more you appear in the feed of your connections.
  4. Add media to your job description section 
    Have a project you’re particularly proud of? You can add photos, videos, links, and more. This is a simple way to enhance your profile, add credibility and set yourself apart from the competition.
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     5) Go beyond reiterating your resume
    Your profile should capture the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager. They initially skim hundreds of profiles – in some cases for as little as ten seconds or less. The competition is real and fierce! To cut through the noise, make your summary and job descriptions brief but enticing. Include accomplishments instead of duties. You want to portray at a glance how you increased efficiencies, sales or saved money. Any job duty can be transformed into a quantitative result oriented bullet.

    Take some time to increase activity and spruce up your profile. Your next job depends on it!

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

We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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How to Rock Your Summer Job Search

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What are your plans? Boating, cookouts, concerts or day trips? By all means, take that long weekend, reflect and relax. However, if you’ve been debating about embarking upon on a job search, please don’t let the lull of the long days and warm weather sidetrack your search.

Six Success Strategies

  1. Plan time for fun AND your job search
    Yes, there is room for both! You need to be realistic and schedule in job tasks right alongside your social calendar. Sure, it can be mundane. But, procrastination in this instance is not your friend.
  2. Use the lack of competition to your advantage
    Many people will postpone their job search until the Summer ends. Labor Day, and the start of the school year, is considered the “New Year” on the calendar for many. However, if you wait that long, you’re just putting off the inevitable. There will be job seekers looking for work this Summer, and you should be one of them.
  3. Better weather = better moods
    In general, people are more upbeat this time of year. After a long, cold Winter and rainy Spring, the warmer temperatures and sunshine leave people in better spirits. What better time to take advantage of that than now?
  4. Networking is easier
    There are more outdoor events to attend and they are easier to get to. Who wants to go out after work when it’s dreary, dark and below zero? You can’t use the temperatures as an excuse. Get out there and start meeting and mingling.
  5. Your odds of reaching a recruiter, hiring manager or HR person may be better
    While more people do take time off in the Summer months, schedules often lessen, giving you a better chance of making contact. Try early morning before 8 a.m. to make that call – your odds of someone picking up increase. People assume that everyone takes off for vacation, but the office still needs to be open. Someone will be there. Interviews and hiring still take place! If you can be flexible on when you can come in, call or be available around someone’s vacation schedule, that’s even better!
  6. Keep up-to-date on LinkedIn enhancements (and use them!)
    Like it or not, LinkedIn is a must-have job search tool. They’re continually rolling out new features that can improve your odds of landing a job or connecting with people who can help you down the line in your career. Just this week, they rolled out “How You Match,” a checklist that, according to their official blog, will show how your education, experience, and current job “match with what a company is looking for in a potential new hire.”yourehired

Take heed of these tips, rev up your search this Spring and Summer, and you could be well on your way to a new job before Fall!

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

We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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