Amanda Cohen, Corporate Recruiter

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

When did you join Oldcastle? April 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

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

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

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Amanda & Emily, two of our newest employees!

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

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

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

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Emily Dietrich, Operations Recruiter


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

When did you join Oldcastle? April, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Erin Pummell, Recruiting Support Coordinator

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

When did you join Oldcastle? May 2017 

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pave Your Way To A Better Job

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

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

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

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

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

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Dan Rizzo, Corporate Recruiter

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

When did you join Oldcastle? May 2017 

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liz George, Precast Operations Recruiter

LizGeorgeWhat do you do in your position?
I post jobs, screen applicants, and send qualified candidates to the hiring managers.  I recruit for Central, National, and Enclosures for Precast.

When did you join Oldcastle? May, 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? I love the “feel at home” environment and everyone is so cheerful and happy to help!

What are the best parts of your job? I enjoy speaking with applicants and hopefully changing their lives for the better! I also enjoy building relationships within Oldcastle. 

What would co-workers say about you? Hopefully they would say that I am eager, hard-working, and someone who is willing to help out. 

 What was your first job ever? I was a page at the Angola library.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?  Not yet!! But I am sure I will!!

Would you like to share anything about your family? I have an amazing husband, Nate, and two precious boys, Lucas (2 years old) and Ryan (6 months old).  Nate is a high school English teacher for Rochester City Schools.  We live in Greece.

Connect with me on LinkedIn.  

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Stay Up-To-Date – 3 LinkedIn Changes You Should Know About

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We all want to expand our network, and, when it comes to the online job search, LinkedIn is increasingly the go-to destination. It has over 450 million active users, and growing. LinkedIn recently revamped the look of the site, as well as many features. Here are a few to note.

  1. You can sort your news feed again. For some unknown reason, LinkedIn took away this functionality, but has since restored it. The default setting is “Top” stories, but if you want to see the most recent posts, just click on the down arrow and change it to “Recent.”
  2. LinkedIn now allows you to edit your status posts.
    This is great news! Now, if you made a typo or mistake, or just wanted to update your status, LinkedIn allows you to do so. Previously, this was not an option. You had to delete the post and start over. Simply click on the three dots to the right, and click on the pencil to edit. As you can see, you can also copy the link to post or delete it entirely. Thank you LinkedIn for recognizing that this bit of functionality was really needed.edit
  3. The LinkedIn Privacy Policy Will Be Updated Next Month It can be too easy to blindly accept privacy policies – after all, aren’t they standard? They certainly aren’t the most riveting reading, that’s for sure. However, it’s important to know the information sites gather and how they use that information. This is especially true when it comes to LinkedIn – which is basically a repository for a lot of personal information – from where you work, to dates of employment to your educational background. Be sure to be aware of what the updated policy is. The new policy goes into effect June 7th, 2017. Click to see the policies (changes are highlighted): Privacy Policy & User Agreement.

LinkedIn can be a powerful career enhancing and job search tool. They constantly make changes (some good, some not so good). Stay aware of what’s going on with the site, and we’ll do our best to keep you in the loop as well.

Happy Networking!

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

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Step it Up! 7 Ideas To Move Your Job Search Forward This Year

progress1One of our company divisions recently sponsored a Fitbit competition. Is there any correlation between challenging ourselves physically and the mental stamina it takes to find a new job? One of the challenge participants shares lessons learned and tips to help you on your own job search journey.

1) Don’t underestimate yourself
Our thoughts can often limit our behaviors. When I first started the challenge, I had my doubts on how I would do. While I am competitive (for some things), I’m also realistic. I have a sedentary desk job. How was I going to increase my activity enough to counteract that? How was I going to compete against other employees who had more active construction jobs at my company? The same self limiting thoughts may occur to you when you embark on a job search. How long is this going to take? How can I compete against others with more experience or a better background?

Here’s the thing – there will always be people with more experience, better odds and more advantages in the game – whether it’s for a contest or a job. You can’t sell yourself short before the challenge or job search journey begins. You just have to start.

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2) Silence your inner critic
Are you guilty of negative self talk? It’s hard to break the self destructive habit of thinking of everything that could go wrong. In a job search or interview situation, this can destroy your confidence. You can’t let the critic win! Even silly visuals like imagining a stop sign when that bad chatter comes into your head can help. A motto, mantra or inspirational quote can also be helpful. I constantly told myself to “just keep going.”

3) Stop comparing yourself to others
This one is hard. Fitbit has an online leaderboard where you can see how you rank on a daily and weekly basis. It’s fine to know where other people stand, but it can also make you crazy. In the job search, there are obviously other people interviewing. You can’t change that reality, but you can prepare yourself to do the best you can. Spend extra time researching the company, revising your resume and practicing your interview skills.

watch4) Get a strategy

My strategy was to increase my activity and duration weekly. I wasn’t going to increase it all at once that first week, because then my competition would see that and keep increasing theirs. Slow and steady – try to be the underdog, below the radar. In your job search, you want to be selective. Set up a schedule of job search activities with target dates. Use an excel spreadsheet if that helps. Target employers and jobs, customize your resume and cover letter and have goals. You can’t ultimately control what the employer decides, but you can control how you handle the process.

5) Just start doing it and KEEP GOING – no matter what
The toughest part of the Fitbit challenge was the daily grind. It was exhausting. Running in the cold, wind and rain – it was less than ideal. There were points where my feet and toes felt numb. Honestly, I was ready to bail by the end of day three. Fitting in time to workout 3x a day during the week and more on weekends was tiresome. It also left me no time to do much of anything else – for an entire month. The job search game is also draining – maybe not as much physically, but definitely mentally. Get a support system that can cheer you on. For me, it was others in the contest. Do you know other job seekers? Find your tribe so you can bounce ideas off them. Having others who can relate to what you are going through will get you through the bad times and makes celebrating the wins even better.

6) Consistency is key
This one holds true in almost every area of life. I had one “low” step day during the contest. I certainly didn’t throw in the towel. I just upped my game to counteract it. It averages out over the duration. It’s the day to day efforts that will pay off in the end. You can’t let anything veer you off course. There was another time (mid challenge) that I walked out to my car and discovered that I had a flat tire. Oh no! How was I going to get my steps in? I needed to get home and get on my treadmill. Sadly, this was my first thought. But, for any obstacle, there is a solution. I called AAA and, while I waited the two hours (!) for them to arrive, I did laps in the parking lot. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked.
If you don’t land one job, there will always be another one to apply to. You won’t get a job in a day. It’s the culmination of weeks and months of effort to win the coveted prize. Getting a job takes dedication, commitment and consistent, concerted effort over time.
7) Finish strong

By the end of week four, I was over it. My coworkers were over hearing me talk about it. I just wanted my life back. I did not want to walk, run, jump or do a thing. However, that mental and physical exhaustion wasn’t going to beat me. You can’t let the discouragement and ups and downs of the job search get to you either. If you keep at it, you will prevail. When you start something, you finish it. I dug deep and kept going, eventually upping my daily steps from 30k, to 40k, then 50k and finally 60k+ on that last day (over 24 miles). Yes, it took til the final hour of the final day (11:40 pm to be exact). But, at least I knew that I gave it my all. There is satisfaction in a job well done – whether that be a contest like this or your job search. You can do this – keep going.

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4 Quick Ways To Enhance Your LinkedIn Exposure

Linked Word Name Tags Sphere Connecting NetworkingWe’ve all heard the standard LinkedIn advice – fill out your profile completely, use key words in your field, etc. What else can you do to take your profile from good to great?

  1. Reorder your skills
  2. Customize your URL
  3. Get a profile badge
  4. Start Self Publishing


1) Reorder Skills & Endorsements
LinkedIn automatically ranks these based on number. But, let’s say you would rather emphasize a skill that ranks lower. No problem! Simply drag that skill to appear closer to the top. This is a great way to highlight the most important attributes to match a job you may be applying for.

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2) Customize your URL
You don’t have to settle for the default LinkedIn URL with random numbers that LinkedIn assigns to your account. Change and customize it. It’s easy! Simply click on the Me icon, then View Profile, then Edit your public profile. Then, type in the new URL in the text box.  This custom URL can have 5-30 letters or numbers (no spaces, symbols, or special characters). The nice thing about having this link is that you can now share it.

3) Create a Profile Badge
pbadgeMake a custom button that you can use to promote your profile. You can add this to your blog, email or website/online resume. There are different sizes/styles to choose from. Go here to get started. 

 

4) Start Self Publishing
We’ve praised self publishing on LinkedIn before, and we’re singing its praises again. Why? It’s a great way to get in the feed of your connections. In addition, writing a post shows off your communication skills. In addition, the articles you write show up predominately in Google searches. Want to differentiate yourself from another candidate in your field? Which candidate do you think a recruiter or hiring manager would gravitate towards – one with a selection of industry related posts or one without any? You don’t need to be a professional writer to start writing. Take a topic you know and write a concise, helpful post. Need more help? Check out the guidelines here.

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Erick Rodriguez, Bilingual Sourcing Specialist, Allied Building Products

17021619_851081929996_4870670717929656329_nWhat do you do in your position?  I am a Bilingual Sourcing Specialist for Allied Building Products. I source candidates and cultivate relationships to attract potential candidates to our company.

When did you join Oldcastle? March 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? Thus far, I have enjoyed how friendly and helpful everyone is, especially in providing assistance to my many questions.  In addition, the work environment is very relaxed and professional.

What are the best parts of your job? The best part of my job is being able to change a person’s life by helping them achieve their career goals.  Also,  my job gives me the opportunity to enhance my career development and become connected with professionals in the community.

What was your first job ever? My first job was at my college cafeteria, and I washed dishes for 2 years there.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? At my previous job, a snake was found in a closet, and everyone left the office for the day.  The funny part was how quickly everyone left the room.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  I have a  nine-year-old son named Aiden James.  He loves animals and playing hockey. Also, we have a few animals at home. We have three dogs and a parrot name Obie.

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