Social Recruiting [Infographic]

Maintaining a professional presence on social media is important for job seekers. Take control of your personal brand by being appropriate, proactive, industry related, enthusiastic and engaging. At the same time, do your due diligence and peruse the social presence of your target companies. Look for clues about the culture, management and employees. Social media is a two-way street. Be aware and navigate with caution and care. #YouGotThis #SocialRockStar

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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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Make Your Job Search Less Taxing

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It’s that fun time of year again! Job searching is a lot like completing your taxes. No one wants to do it, but it’s a mandatory task. The good news is that there are things you can do to make the process easier.
1) Gather your materials
Step one involves making sure you have all the things you need to start your job search. When you do your taxes, you have to gather your receipts, W2s, etc. For the job search, you need to locate copies of your old resume, the job description of the role you’re applying for, as well as any other documentation related to the search (reference list, etc.).
2) Designate a spot to get started
Doing your taxes in a noisy room surrounded by your kids and distractions is not going to cut it. The same thing applies for your job search. You want a quiet, uncluttered area where you can concentrate and focus on the task at hand. 
3) Give yourself deadlines
A tax payer has the tax filing deadline looming over their head. While the job seeker’s deadlines are self imposed, they are just as important. It will help keep you on track if you set up a schedule of when you want things done. Otherwise, you risk procrastination taking over and your momentum waning. Your deadlines can be as simple as – Resume update completed by April 30th, Reference list created by May 5th, etc.
4) Control what you can control
A tax payer can’t control if they’re going to be audited, just like a job seeker can’t control whether they will be called in for an interview or picked for a job. BUT, both the tax preparer and the job seeker can position themselves in the best possible way. Over-claiming deductions is a big no-no tax prep-wise, just as fudging details on your resume is for the job seeker. In both cases, it’s about honesty, being forthcoming and attention to detail.
5) Patience counts
It takes time to do your taxes and, if you’re expecting a refund, time to get that as well. On the same note, it takes time to conduct a job search. Know this going in. A well paying, satisfying job doesn’t come quickly. However, it will be worth the wait.
6) Reap the rewards
The job search is increasingly competitive. Getting an interview, and that coveted job, is a big coup! It means you have outperformed dozens, if not hundreds, of other job seekers. Your reward is the job! For the tax payer, the reward is finishing that return for the year, possibly getting a refund, and, last but certainly least, not getting audited.

P.S. We know that job search and doing your taxes can be stressful. Need some motivation? Check out this list of Tax Day Freebies for 2018.

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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April Career News You Can Use!

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It’s raining jobs! According to the latest LinkedIn Workforce Report, hiring across the U.S. in March “was 19.3% higher than in March 2017.”  This is great news if you’re looking to change jobs or looking for a new job.

In other exciting news, we’re pleased to announce that Oldcastle has taken its parent company name. CRH is a leading building materials group, the second largest worldwide and the largest in North America. You’ll start to see the CRH logo & CRH Americas name going forward. Click here if you want more information about us and the change.

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Pictured below is the new sign on our North American headquarters in Georgia.

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Last but not least, we wanted to remind everyone that next week is National Work Zone Awareness Week.  Held annually,  “National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.” In addition, the WatchForUs campaign launched this month to coincide with National Distracted Driving Month (April 9‒13).

Did you know that every year more than 600 people are killed in roadway work zones?

Construction companies like ours are dedicated to ensuring worker and driver safety. While there are warning systems, barriers, and traffic controls, it “just takes a moment of distraction for an accident to happen and for lives to be changed forever.”

Many of our employees work on highways. Please be cautious so every person goes home safely to their families.

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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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Interview Advice From Recruiters

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Nervous for an upcoming interview? Don’t panic – you got this! We asked a few of our recruiters for their best tips.

For initial phone screens/phone interviews
“My best advice is to be in a place where you have no distractions. Treat a phone interview as though the interviewer is sitting in front of you. Being able to “show” enthusiasm and interest while on the phone isn’t the easiest, but, with practice, it will land the second (in person) interview.”
– Deonna Campbell, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Precast

Before the Interview
Research the company before the interview and prepare a list of quality questions to demonstrate your interest in the company and the position. Also, review the job description again, and be prepared to highlight how your skills/experience match the skills/experience that company is looking for.
– Erin Pummell, Operations Recruiter,  Oldcastle Lawn and Garden

“Study up! Most people don’t look up the company or the products (if applicable to the role). The art of studying for an interview has been lost. It’s an important step – don’t ignore it.”
Deonna Campbell, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Precast

At the Interview
“Be dressed professionally, speak positively about your job history, and have some good questions to ask!  Try to smile a lot, and listen attentively.”
– Liz George, Precast Operations Recruiter

“I would say the key is to prepare.  Over prepare! Know the company, know the product, know the customer base.  Having a working knowledge of the company will allow for an intelligent conversation, connecting your skill set to their needs (the job). It’s very important to ask relevant questions.”
– Matt Kaul, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Post Interview
Send a thank you note or email within 24 hours of your interview. Get the business card from each person you speak to so you know their titles and correct spelling of their name. ”
– Kyra Mancine, Social Media Specialist, Oldcastle Recruiting Office

Bonus tip

As more than one recruiter mentioned, good questions are key in a successful interview.  Here’s a good list of questions you can ask.

Take heed of these tips to put your best foot forward. This is your time to shine!

#JobSearch #Career #Interviewing #Interview #InterviewAdvice


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This Spring, Rely on Referrals!

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Spring has sprung! For many, thoughts turn to Spring cleaning, better weather and new beginnings. If finding a new job is on your radar this season, LinkedIn’s latest feature is worth investigating. This past week, on LinkedIn’s Official Blog, they announced an easy way to find and reach out to potential people who could refer you to a target company.

Before we get into the specifics, here’s a reminder why referrals are so important.

  • According to a recent study showcased in an article by the Society for Human Resource Management, employee referrals continue to be many employers top source of hires, delivering more than 30% of all hires overall
  • Referrals are the #1 way job seekers report discovering a job for the first time
  • Close to 50% of recruiters say referrals are a leading source of quality hires 

Now that we’ve hopefully convinced you how valuable referrals are, how do you go about getting a referral into an organization? The process is as simple as a click of a button! Let’s go into LinkedIn and see how it works. Say, for example, you see this Marketing Job that you’re interested in. If you have any connections who can refer you, you will see them. In this case, there are quite a few. Now, click on “Ask for a referral.”

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This is what you will see next (below). These are connections with that company.

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Then, if you click on the Message button, up pops a pre-populated message that you can edit as appropriate (as seen below).

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Check out the rest of LinkedIn’s blog post about this topic for good suggestions about how to open that door, ask for a referral and personalize your request for best results.

#JobSearch #Career #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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Play nice – one of many LinkedIn Member Policy Changes You Should Know About

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Are you a LinkedIn user? LinkedIn is going to update its terms of service May 8th, and their official blog recently discussed a few of the upcoming changes in depth. Since we’re guessing that lengthy policy updates aren’t the most riveting reading, we’ll break it down for you in brief, layman’s terms.

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Adhere to the golden rule
LinkedIn doesn’t call it this, but we do. If you’re an active or even casual LinkedIn user, you may have noticed that some users behave badly, making inappropriate and inflammatory comments. This behavior is never acceptable, but used to be more common on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LinkedIn will be curtailing this negative activity, before it escalates. They have the policy broken down into five sections:
– Be Real
– Be Professional
– Be Nice
– Respect each other’s behavior and follow the law
– Respect LinkedIn’s Rights
You can visit their Professional Communities blog post section for specifics. As the site grows in popularity, members and usage, the fact that they have a no tolerance policy on abuse and are enforcing violators is a necessary step in the right direction.

User Agreement Update

In our view, the most pertinent change here is this:
“A new section has been added to the User Agreement to better clarify how we use information and data we have about you to make recommendations to you and others, including to suggest jobs for you and to suggest you to recruiters.”

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Privacy Policy
In this section, LinkedIn offers a guided tour explaining the changes. They expand upon what they are allowed to do with member data. LinkedIn can legally receive data about you from partner companies that are affiliated with LinkedIn. This data is used “to provide you with new services and better features.” The policy also talks about social actions – this refers to your LinkedIn activity  (liking, commenting, sharing and posting).

“When you take a social action, we will associate you with the content, companies or people that you shared or followed, and we may also use that social action as part of an ad (unless your settings do not allow that).”

With all the personal and career information you post and share on LinkedIn, it’s important to know about changes to the site. This post just scratches the surface.  If you want to read in detail about all of the upcoming policy changes, the blog post outlining them can be found here.

#JobSearch #Career #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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Brett Jones, Corporate Recruiter

BrettJWhat do you do in your position? I am a Corporate Recruiter for Oldcastle Materials, Central Division. I handle all of the recruiting within the Materials group for the Midwest, Texas, and middle-America.

When did you join Oldcastle? January, 2018

Where is your job located? Rochester, New York.

What do you like about working here? So far, the best part has been the people.  Everyone is down to earth and wants to help each other succeed. 

What are the best parts of your job? I enjoy managing both sides of the hiring process, in terms of recruiting and strategy.  It is rewarding to help managers identify what type of individual would be the best asset for their team and then going out and finding that person. 

What was your first job ever? Slinging coffee and pastries at Dunkin’ Donuts and a Soccer Referee.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  I am lucky to have my immediate family all in the area, and we remain very close.

What are your hobbies? Writing, publishing, hiking & camping, cars, live music.

 What was your first concert? The first concert I remember was probably Alan Jackson, but, technically, my first concert was John Cougar in my mom’s womb.

What is your favorite movie? Forrest Gump because it has everything: good music, love, war, hope, history, and snapshots of the United States. 

Want to connect with Brett on LinkedIn? Find him here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/brettpjones/

Want to work for Oldcastle?
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LinkedIn Features – The Latest Word

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Puzzled by the latest LinkedIn developments? We’ve got you covered.

1) Show me the money! Introducing Salary Insights

The most recent announcement for the first quarter involves salary transparency. According to LinkedIn’s Official blog, Salary Insights is “a new way for you to explore compensation details on open roles. This feature will appear on job listings.” The information will either be employer provided (ranges for specific jobs) or estimated.

While statistics show that candidates want this information, there are a few caveats to keep in mind, such as:
A) Roles vary widely in organizations and even within the same company. The VP at one company might have the same responsibility as a manager at another. It pays to keep this in mind – it’s not always an ‘apples to apples’ comparison.
B) It’s up to you to know what you’re worth and pursue roles within that range. That being said, don’t automatically discount a job if the salary is not at your exact target. Look at other benefits – including vacation, work schedule (telecommuting, flex time), bonuses, profit sharing, 401k/403b and company match, etc.

2) Resume Assistant is now available to Office 365 subscribers.
Resume Assistant allows you to see examples from other LinkedIn profiles as well as use the top skills in your field to customize your resume for employers. You can pick a role and industry and the Resume Assistant integrates with Word. You can then apply via LinkedIn. It’s a streamlined, convenient merging of two processes. You can learn more about it here.

3) Hiring hits a high note to start off 2018
We saved the best for last! According to the February 2018 US LinkedIn Workforce Report, January hiring across the U.S. was 13.0% higher than in January 2017.

“Seasonally-adjusted hiring was 10.9% higher in January than in December 2017—making January 2018 the strongest month for hiring since May 2017.”

This is great news – especially for job seekers! Whether you’re unemployed and looking for work or employed but looking for a change, this may mean it’s time to make a move.

As always, we wish you the best on your job search.Stay tuned for more career advice and insight in the coming months.

 #JobSearch #Career #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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Winning Job Search Advice Inspired By Athletes

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What can we learn career-wise from athletes as we get ready to watch the winter games? Plenty! Beyond being impressed by their athleticism, there are other takeaways and tips from their prowess to be the best that can transform your career.

1) Learn and follow the rules of the game

Just like every sport has its own rules and regulations, so does your job search. Start by committing to read up on the latest career advice online, subscribing to blogs (like this one), and following career pros on social media (especially LinkedIn). Check out this list of career experts on Twitter to get started.

2) Be patient, prepared and willing to sacrifice 
During competition, the athletes make it look so easy. However, months and years of preparation have led to their special moment during the games. What you don’t see are the early morning practices, late nights, injuries, exhaustion and sacrifice. As a job seeker, you also need to be prepared to put in substantial effort to get your medal – that new job! It may take a while, and it’s not always easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is.

3) No Excuses
Professional athletes are accustomed to grueling workouts and schedules. Procrastination and excuses aren’t conducive to winning medals. We’re not suggesting you should wake up at 4 a.m. and adhere to a super strict training plan, but you do need to have some sort of goal oriented schedule. The competition is fierce out there – hundreds of people are applying for a limited number of positions. If you’re not bringing your best game, you will lose out to other job seeking competitors.

4) Embrace the experience
Athletes work hard and play hard. For your job search, the goal is to achieve a balance and things to look forward to throughout the process. It doesn’t have to be costly or complicated. Something simple like rewarding yourself with a special coffee when you finish a resume update may give you that added incentive to keep going. Decide beforehand what your perks will be.

5) Be your own coach
You may not have a world renowned athletic coach guiding you, but you can embrace a better attitude and philosophy.  It helps to think bigger picture. You may never love writing cover letters. However, you’re not just trying to get a new or better job -you’re also improving your writing, communication and networking skills. This slight change of perspective can help motivate you to keep persevering towards your goals.

6) Reap the rewards
Few of us will ever know what it’s like to bring home the gold for our country. But, your gold medal is the job you get – the one that helps you provide for yourself and your family. Victory comes in many shapes and forms. Be proud of the journey and your results!

7) Have a post-game plan
The games end and athletes need to have a plan for what’s next – whether that be endorsements, other competitions, renewed training or even retirement. When you land a new job, your next step is important. Be thoughtful about how you start that new role. It’s time to prove yourself once again, show your enthusiasm and deliver on the promises you made during the interview.

Hopefully, this post has you thinking about your job search from a different, more sports oriented point of view. The parallels are there. Let us be your coach – learn from these lessons and grow during your quest for a new position. You’re stronger and more prepared than you think! Know that we’re happy to provide career advice and resources along the way.

#JobSearch #Career

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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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Making The Most of Mentions

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Today we’re going to discuss how to use the ‘mention’ feature on LinkedIn.

  1. How to mention someone by just their first name
    The default for using this feature will include the person’s full name. You do this by using the @ symbol and then typing their name. A drop down box with their profile will appear. Simply click on them and it will show their full name (as seen below).

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But, what if you have a closer relationship to the person and want to mention them less formerly using only their first name? No problem! Simply backspace over the last name and hit delete.

2) Don’t abuse the mention! Not everyone appreciates being called out in this way. Only mention someone when it’s appropriate. If someone won an award and you want to congratulate them in the comments – “Great job Sam Smith!” for example, that’s probably fine. Just don’t get spammy and type in multiple names just to draw attention to your post or comment. Be strategic and thoughtful about what you post and who you mention. Avoid overuse or random mentions. Remember, when you mention someone, they now get notified of the likes and comments for that mention.

3) If you want to stop anyone from mentioning YOU, it’s easy. The directions below are if you’re on a laptop/desktop. Doing this on a smartphone, the steps are a little different. For IOS and Android users, the directions can be found here.

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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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