An Introvert’s Guide To Networking [Infographic]

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Silencing The Sunday ‘Scaries’

BlueGuyScaredAccording to the latest LinkedIn blog, 80% of Americans worry about the week ahead on Sundays. Time to stop being scared – start taking control now!

  1. Set yourself up for success
    Fear often arises from anticipating the worst. Get your week off to a good start by forcing yourself to be more organized. Plan what you’re going to wear, what you’re going to bring for lunch and what you plan to do for dinner. If you have a partner or family, get them on board too. Everyone needs to pitch in and work together so there’s not that last minute scramble for lunch money, breakfast, shoes, backpacks, etc.
  2. Don’t jam pack your weekend
    It’s typical to rush around so much that you may feel like you need another weekend to relax from your weekend. Everyone needs downtime. It can be tricky to not over schedule yourself, but make a real effort to not plan every moment. The same advice goes for returning from a trip. Plan it so you at least have the afternoon to recover from traveling.
  3. Set your alarm 5 minutes earlier
    Listen, we’re only asking for five minutes! Stretch, meditate for a moment and just take a sliver of time to breathe before the workweek begins.
  4. Don’t open email right away
    There’s a tendency to dive right in. Instead, ease into your tasks. Start with something less stressful. Do your best to make that first ten minutes pleasant. It can set the mood and tone for the rest of the day and week.
  5. Plan active movement/exercise during your day.
    If you have a desk job, it’s really important to get up and move around. Take a couple of laps around the office. Ideally, you want to aim for once an hour. But, if that’s not possible, strive for a stroll at lunch. It really makes a difference – bonus points if you can get some fresh air outside!
  6. Schedule a fun event mid week.
    Lose the “I live for the weekend” mentality. Arrange to go to a movie, out to dinner (it doesn’t have to be fancy) or some other activity you enjoy.
  7. Retire your phone before you retire for the evening
    The way you end your day is just as important as how you start it. Texts, emails and mindless social media browsing waste a lot of time and energy. In addition, it’s been proven that the light emitted by our devices interferes with sleep. Implement a time when the phone is off. Work your way up to having it off at dinner time too. This rule should be in place for Sunday night and throughout the work week. You’ll undergo withdrawal at first, but eventually you’ll feel calmer and hopefully even sleep better.
  8. Reevaluate if your emotions escalate
    If your Sunday Scaries persist and get to the point where you have physical symptoms (headaches, insomnia, etc.) it may be time to embark on a job search. No role or career should compromise your health and well being.

Your work week shouldn’t be something you dread. A change in attitude, along with a little planning, can squash those Sunday Scaries for good!

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 Infrastructure and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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5 Quick Fixes To Make Your Resume Better

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  1. Save the document with your first and last name. Can you imagine how many resumes recruiters receive named ‘resume’? Make it easy for them and guarantee that your resume gets in the hands of the right people, without getting lost. In addition, if you have a 2-page resume, add a header with your name on the second page. They may be printing it out, and there’s always a chance that pages could become separated.
  2. When possible, save your resume as a PDF*. Appearances are everything, and you want to make the right first impression. Saving it as a PDF will preserve the formatting, since you don’t know how it will appear to your recipient. Issues can arise based on what email provider someone uses. Better to be sure, than to have your resume appear choppy or not as originally intended. *If you’re applying online to a position, you may need to submit your resume saved in Rich Text (RTF) Format.
  3. Ditch the objective and add a Summary of Qualifications section. This can be 3-5 bullet points or a short paragraph that consolidates your top strengths and skill sets. You can easily tweak this to match the job description.
  4. Use the job description as your guide and test. Take your basic resume as a starting point. Go through the job ad, bullet by bullet, to see if what you have written on your resume matches the employer’s desired qualifications and duties. Switch out words to mimic the ad, or use synonyms whenever possible. If there is too big of a mismatch, this may be a clue that the job is not a good fit for you and that you don’t have the right background to apply.
  5. Remove your address and add your LinkedIn URL. The exception to this rule is if you’re relocating. In that case, add a line mentioning your move and the target date for when you will be at your new location.

** Bonus tip – To keep yourself even more organized, add the name of the company after your name. For example, JoeSmithAcmeCorpResume.pdf. This is especially helpful if you’re applying to multiple companies.

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 Infrastructure and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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Transitioning Out of The Military? Six Steps For A Successful Job Search

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According to Hire Our Heroes, a non profit dedicated to helping veterans, over one million veterans are unemployed and another one million will be leaving the armed forces over the next five years and looking for work. If you’re among this group, there are things you can do to increase your odds of landing a job in the civilian sector.

  • Start with a resume re-do  
    You want your resume to reflect your accomplishments in a way that is understood by those who don’t have a military background. You can’t assume that recruiters or hiring managers will know what your specific role involved.

    Think of actions you took that provided value. When you are describing yourself and what you have to offer, be sure to mention skills to back it up. A list of descriptive adjectives means nothing without those actions and experiences. Be numbers oriented. For example, instead of “Managed team” say “Directed and trained a team of 40, successfully coordinating timely execution of intelligence tasks.” Employers want to see how you succeeded in your role.Steve Davison, Operations Recruiter, OBE

  • Look for Military-Friendly Companies
    There are organizations that actively promote opportunities for veterans. They may advertise or, at the very least, post on their web page or social media channels their veteran friendly status. Bonus points if you actually see success stories or testimonials from veterans currently employed at the organization.
  • Find jobs that match your skills using a Military Skills Translator (MST)
    This will translate your skills and match you to suggested jobs that make the most of your qualifications. See an example of one HERE.
  • Start your search early
    An average job search can take months up to a year. Get your plan in place and head in the game as soon as you can. Even small steps now, while still actively deployed, can make a difference.
  • Get on Google
    Google recently introduced a feature where you can search for jobs using your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code.
  • Leverage your LinkedIn Page
    Not on LinkedIn? You need to be!  The key is to maximize and list your experiences in layman’s terms, without the military jargon. In addition, check the LinkedIn For Good Veterans  page to see what services they offer to help vets, which currently includes a free year of LinkedIn Premium.

BONUS TIP
Don’t underestimate phone screen and interview prep!

Practice explaining what it is that you did in the military to non-military folks, so you are ready for a screening call from a recruiter or an interview with the manager. Learn how to simply explain what you did for work, what you were responsible for, who you worked with and the training that you received.  If your interviewer doesn’t understand what you did, they won’t know if you are qualified for the position!
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Recruiters and hiring managers are constantly searching for candidates who have your discipline, leadership qualities, motivation and perseverance. Follow these tips to set you up for job search success!

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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 Infrastructure and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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Molly Unmack, Operations Recruiter

MollyWhat do you do in your position? I am an Operations Recruiter for Adams, Northfield, and Central Premix in which I assist in filling our Non-Exempt positions all over the country. 

When did you join the team?  August, 2018.

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? Our recruiting team is very supportive and a fun bunch to work with. Every day is an adventure!

What are the best parts of your job? I really enjoy getting the opportunity to get to know so many people from all around the US. It’s interesting to talk with so many different individuals and get a feel for their career paths. I also like knowing that I am helping hard-working people find stable and fulfilling jobs.

What was your first job ever? I was a sales associate at a pet store.

Would you like to share anything about your family? My girlfriend and I recently moved to Rochester from St Petersburg, Florida to be closer to family and to come back to our roots. We are both originally from the northeast. We have two dogs, a Mini Australian Shepherd and a Cairn Terrier, who bring us so much joy. We love to spoil them rotten!

What are your hobbies?  I love to hike with my dogs and be in nature. I also enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, binging quality TV shows, and going on adventures- especially to historical sites!

What was your first concert? 3 doors down

What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie would probably be Frozen. It makes me so happy!

Want to connect with Molly? Reach out to her 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. 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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Bryan Fox, Corporate Recruiter

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What do you do in your position? I work with all four of our product lines, depending on the need, to help fill our Exempt positions we have available across the US.

When did you join the team? August, 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.

What are the best parts of your job? The best part of the job is building relationships with the candidates and hiring managers to create a strong candidate experience and obtain top level candidates for our hiring managers.

What was your first job ever? I worked as a Sub Artist at Subway.

Would you like to share anything about your family? I have a dog named Scarlett and a cat named Axel.

What are your hobbies? I like to travel!  I go outside the US at least once a year and have been to Greece, Ireland, London, Amsterdam, Dominican Republic, Paris, Jamaica, and Italy thus far.  Within the US, I have traveled all up and down the East Coast and out to California. I also like to hike through the state parks in New York with my dog.  In addition, I enjoy playing Soccer in the summer and going Snowboarding in the winter.

What was your first concert? My first concert was the Goo Goo Dolls.

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

Want to connect with Bryan? Reach out to him on LinkedIn.

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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7 Resume Reminders Worth Repeating

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How is your resume looking these days? If you’re in job search mode, you’re likely very familiar with its status. If you aren’t, you should find the file, and take a look. It’s always important to review your resume and have it ready to go.

  1. Start with some housekeeping
    Is your address on there? Resumes no longer need to have your home address. In fact, it’s recommended to leave it off.  Use that space to put your LinkedIn URL and your email address. Speaking of email, make sure the address you use is appropriate and not from an outdated or older provider (AOL, Hotmail, etc.)
  2. Less is More
    Hiring managers and recruiters review dozens, if not hundreds of resumes a day or week. A resume should not be jam packed with too much information. Highlight your accomplishments from each position, with a focus on anything that matches the position you’re applying for.
  3. Customization counts
    You can have one general resume to start from, but you need to customize each resume for the position. Smart candidates customize because they know it helps them get further in the process and is indicative of a serious job seeker.
  4. Age-proof your information
    Age discrimination can and does happen. If your degree was over 5 years ago, leave the graduation date off. You also don’t need to list positions older than ten years, unless directly related to the job you are applying for. Consider doing a combination chronological/functional resume and combining prior jobs to avoid calling attention to older dates of employment. For example:
    PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT
    Prior ad agency experience/positions (freelance and full time) in communications with a focus on advertising, public relations and internal and crisis communications.
  5. Get a second set of eyes
    It’s easy to overlook typos when we create our own resume. Have a trusted friend or family member critique it for you. Does anything look out of place or read awkwardly?
  6. Make sure it contains the right keywords
    This is going to help you when you apply online, as each ATS (Applicant Tracking System) will look for keywords that match the job description.
  7. Save your resume as a PDF
    If you want to make sure the formatting will always appear as intended, save it as a PDF. Have two versions ready (PDF and word doc.) at all times.

Bonus tip
If you’re looking to land a position in another city/state, provide your anticipated move date. This will help clarify any confusion and hopefully keep you in consideration for the position.

  • Relocating to the Denver area, October 2018.

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8 Tips For Your Job Search

dream-job-2904780_640.jpgAccording to the August 2018 LinkedIn Workforce Report, “hiring in the U.S. was 4.6% higher than in July 2017.” It’s never been a better time to look for a job. Here are some hints to get you started.

  1. Reach out to connections when they’re active on LinkedIn
    Timing is everything! If you go to your message box and see a green dot by a connection, that means they are online. Click here to see a short video example of this ‘Active Status’ feature in action.
  2. Make more of an effort to get in the feed on LinkedIn
    Besides liking and commenting on posts, make sure to share links about your industry or profession.
  3. Keep up-to-date on career news
    Go here for the latest career advice from experts.
  4. Carve out time for a resume re-do
    When was the last time you really looked at your resume? Do you just list job duties? Change those into accomplishment oriented, quantitative bullet points.
    For example:
    Before
    – Managed accounting team
    After
    – Managed accounting team of ten, including training new associates, resulting in a group audit time efficiency increase of 15%
  5. Showcase promotions and mobility with the new LinkedIn Experience Design
    Previously, you weren’t able to differentiate between different titles at the same company on your LinkedIn profile. “By grouping this information, you can spotlight multiple roles at a specific organization, while not risking the rest of your past experience getting pushed too far down on your profile.”
  6. Aim to get one new reference or testimonial this month
    Give some thought to who you could tap to represent your professional accomplishments in the best light. At the same time, is there anyone you could endorse? Pay it forward by offering to be a reference or give a testimonial or endorsement to someone else.
  7. Attend a seminar, conference or networking event this fall
    When it comes to your career, who you know makes a huge difference. The more connections you have, the better. You should always be cultivating new contacts. The easiest and most natural way to do this is to put yourself out there. Learning a new skill or attending an event in your industry is a low key, non-intimidating way to force yourself to get out there and mingle (even if you’re an introvert).
  8. Send a contact a helpful article once a week
    Pick just one person in your network to reach out to. Don’t ask for a favor.
    Hi Nate,
    Hope you are doing well! I saw this article and thought of you: https://www.tvtechnology.com/news/artificial-intelligence-makes-inroads-in-broadcasting. I didn’t realize that they were even using AI as a tool now to create content like highlight clips. Things have certainly come a long way since our time back at the station! Would love to hear from you when you get a chance. Things are well on this end – busy as always. Have a great week- 

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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 Infrastructure and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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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?
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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 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?
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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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