Calorie Counting & Your Career

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8 Success Strategies

Have you ever been on a diet? It can be a real challenge. The same can be said for job searching. It’s rare that anyone wants to do either activity, but the end results (whether it be a smaller size or a better job) are well worth the effort.

1) Consistency and patience are key to the process.
The Dieter: I’ll just drastically slash my calories, cut out all carbs, work out excessively and get this over and done with as quickly as possible.
You may be somewhat successful in the short term, but most likely you’ll be hungry, irritable and unable to sustain the effort. You’ll also be more prone to gain the weight back. Better to cut your calories reasonably, do a moderate amount of exercise and be prepared for the pounds to come off gradually.

The Job Seeker: I’ll  apply to every job that looks decent with the same resume. It’s a numbers game. I don’t have time to use LinkedIn or waste time on there. 
We get the sentiment, but blasting out resumes is not a great strategy. Instead, try targeting jobs and employers that match your skill set. Be picky! Take the time to really research companies that would be a good fit and customize your resume for each one. Learn how to use LinkedIn to your advantage (more on that HERE).

2) You need a plan, goals and accountability.
The Dieter: I’ll just eat less and move more. 
It’s a good start, but a big goal without a solid plan is just a dream. Even if you don’t track calories, carbs, etc formally, it helps to have goals you want to reach with dates, milestones and mini goals along the way.  There are free apps to track your food, activity and weight. Consider a fitness tracker to help motivate you to get moving. A chart with goal dates and what you aim to lose each week can also help. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. Putting it in writing makes it real and tangible.
The Job Seeker: I don’t need to keep track of my job search activities. And, I’ll just ‘wing it’ on interviews. It’s just a conversation right?
A better idea is to start a Word document or Excel spreadsheet with dates and names of companies you applied to and when. This helps you stay organized and, if you’re collecting unemployment, will come in handy if you have to show proof of your job search. As far as interviewing, the more prepared you are, the better. It pays to practice and go into an interview knowing what kinds of questions may be asked, as well as having appropriate answers.  While an interview is a conversation, there’s much more to it than that, and there are strategies to make yours successful.

3) It’s not glamorous.
The truth about dieting is that there really is not a magic pill. It’s a grind.  You have to be vigilant and committed, day in and day out – even when you don’t feel like it. And, if you have a lot to lose, you have to sustain this commitment for months – and that’s not even counting what you have to do to maintain the loss. After the initial excitement and bigger losses in the early weeks, weight loss slows and enthusiasm inevitably wanes.

The same thing is true about the job search. Getting that first call back for an interview has you soaring! However, what will you do if you don’t get that job? Rejection stings. Time passes. Now you’re crashing. Despite the disappointment, you have to pick yourself up and continue to apply. It may take months to get that job you want. Just like you didn’t gain the weight overnight, you’re not going to get your dream job overnight either.

4) You have to be prepared for setbacks.

Wait – what- I have to do this for months? But, there’s a picnic, vacation, and holiday coming up! I’ll start after that. 

Well, the reality is, if you REALLY want to lose weight, you need to sustain your new healthy eating plan and activity level no matter what the occasion. There will never be a better time to start. Yes, dieting can be even harder on days when you just don’t want to. You know – a bad day at work, awful weather, food temptations, being sleep deprived, etc. Prepare for how you are going to handle inevitable obstacles along the way.

The same mindset holds true for the job seeker. You can stay unhappily employed or gather the courage, energy and resources to embark upon a job search. If you REALLY want to get a new job, you’re not going to let anything stop you. Determination counts for a lot. Don’t put your job search off until after the summer or next year. The time to start is now! It won’t be quick or easy, but it will be worthwhile in the end. Keep your eye on the end game – a new, more fulfilling job.

5) Get, appreciate and reciprocate your support system.
Dieters and job seekers alike need a village to be there during the ups and downs of the journey. It may be friends, it may be family, or both. There are also outside support groups (in person and/or online) that can provide a great place for camaraderie. Having others in the same “boat” (dieting or seeking employment) takes away the feeling that you’re going for this big goal all by yourself. Your tribe can help you – not just when you’re struggling – but when you reach those goals along the way. At the same time, be mindful of being encouraging and supportive to them as well! Giving back will make you feel better too.

6) Don’t beat yourself up.
The Dieter: I’m going to weigh myself every day. And, if I cheat at one meal, I might as well keep overeating. I live for cheat days. Bring ’em on!
Weighing yourself every day is just punishing yourself, as your weight can fluctuate up to five pounds. If you can’t hold out for weekly weighs ins, try every other day. Don’t let your life or mood be dictated by the scale. You may have lost inches or gained muscle. Take your measurements and use that as another way to gauge your progress. How you feel and the way your clothes fit can be another indicator of progress.

The cheating at a meal situation is a tough one. Have you ever heard the flat tire analogy? If you got a flat tire, you wouldn’t automatically discard your car or flatten the other three. You would get the one tire fixed. Along the same lines, if you overeat at one meal, do better at the next one. Don’t throw in the towel. Or, at the very least, start the next day. Don’t let one bad day turn to two, then three. You can salvage your week.  And remember, treats are ok, but too many free-for-alls are not going to be kind to your waistline.

The Job Seeker: I’m never going to find a job. Why didn’t they call me in for an interview? I’ll be stuck in this job (or unemployed) forever.
It’s easy to adopt a defeatist attitude when things aren’t going your way. We get it. You only need one yes though.  It may take twenty “no’s” to get that one job offer. It’s not ideal, but that’s just how the job process works. It’s not a reflection on you!

If you throw in the towel after a short, unsuccessful search, you’re cheating yourself out of what could have been a great opportunity. Turn to that support system we mentioned in observation #5 to get your confidence and job search mojo back. It’s not easy, but things that are worthwhile in the long run usually aren’t.

7) Celebrate the small successes.
Congratulate yourself on milestones along the way. Every pound lost is one pound less than you used to be. Every call for an interview or email from a recruiter is one step closer to that new job. Don’t wait for the big moments to pat yourself on the back. Treat yourself to a movie, new book or some other reward to keep you motivated to continue.

8) Accept that the journey never ends.
Once you’ve hit your goal weight or landed that coveted job is when the real work really begins. Now you have to prove yourself in your new job and continue those healthy habits to keep the weight off. 

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or get a better job, the power is within you. Acknowledge that there will be challenges along the way, and have a plan in place to deal with each obstacle as it arises. Remember, you’re not alone. #YouCanDoThis

Thank you for reading!

Looking for more career advice?
Check out this post: Resume Tips From A Recruiter

A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appeared on LinkedIn.

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Steven Davison, Recruiting Support Coordinator

StevenDavisonWhat do you do in your position?  I am responsible for creating and managing non-exempt job postings for our Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® division, which designs, engineers, and manufactures glass and glazing systems. Ensuring that posted jobs are consistent and compliant is a major part of my job.  When I am not posting, I proactively help search for candidates from various sources.

When did you join Oldcastle? 
March 2016

Where is your job located?
Our office is located in Rochester, NY.

What do you like about working here?
The team atmosphere. During my first week, I met with every manager and coworker in the office. It really made me feel welcome. I am surrounded by great performers who work together to effectively find the best candidates for the right jobs.  


What are the best parts of your job?
Our recruiting center is starting off a new phase of recruiting with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, and I am glad to be part of something new and exciting.  Helping to take the work load off of human resource managers from having to post and manage jobs is my main function right now. I like to analyze the best words and ways to create an effective job description that will help the best candidates find our jobs. I look forward to building great internal relationships so our team can provide more services in the future.

What would co-workers say about you?
I hope they would say I’m helpful.

What was your first job ever?
Pizza Hut as a pizza maker. I’ll never be able to erase from my memory exactly how many pepperonis go on a large pizza.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?
One of my current coworkers from a previous job at a large company turned out to be one of my coworkers a few years down the road at another position. Luckily, we worked well together in the past, and had a lot of respect for each other, so we picked up right where we left off. This goes to show you that you should always network and maintain good working relationships because you never know what future connections might happen.

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Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

What do you do outside of work?
I enjoy playing the drums, and I play for my church. I also like to stay active. I enjoy going to the gym, and, when the weather gets warm, I enjoy doing outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and running. Other than that, I spend lots of time with close friends and family.  

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Would you like to share anything about your family?
I grew up in Chili, NY. I was raised by amazing parents who are still together. I am the middle of two brothers, one 3 years older and one 3 years younger. I also have a younger sister who is adopted from China. We all get along great. My older brother lives right down the road, and I enjoy seeing his four children as often as I can.

Connect with Steven: LinkedIn

Learn more about Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.

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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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Spring Into Job Search Mode

FlowerWith college graduations on the calendar, we’re starting to see a lot of articles with advice for new graduates. Whether you’re new to the workforce or have been working for years, there is universal advice that bears repeating. This post serves as a gentle reminder of that advice.

  1. Procrastination is not your friend
    With better weather and the call of the outdoors, it can be easy to postpone job search activities. Don’t fall into that trap!
  2. Go over your resume with a fine tooth comb – then go over it again.
    Typos are unacceptable on a resume! They take you from the ‘maybe’ to the NO pile in an instant. Have two people proofread your resume at least. You need that second and third set of eyes because you’re just too close to the document.
  3. Don’t leave the process to chance
    Schedule your job search activities – just like you would schedule any other important activity. Block off time on your calendar for sprucing up your LinkedIn page, looking for jobs, attending networking events, etc.
  4. Get an “accountability” job search partner
    Ask a friend or family member to check in with you about your job search. Knowing that they will ask weekly or biweekly will help you to keep at it.
  5. Find time for fun
    Yes, this is your permission to take a break, go for a walk, go to a movie, out to lunch etc. Take time to smell the flowers, but make sure to refocus on your job search goals once you’re done.

Congratulations new graduates! Good luck to all.:)

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

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Brendan Sheehan, Corporate Recruiter

BrendanSWhat do you do in your position at the recruiting office? I am the corporate recruiter for our Architectural Products Group (APG). I work on the exempt level positions for seven of our regional companies in both the U.S. and Canada. I support the western region, as well as the northeast and Texas.

When did you join Oldcastle?
I started with Oldcastle in January of 2015.

Where is your job located?
All of the recruiting efforts for Oldcastle in North America are centralized in our offices in Rochester, NY.

What are the best parts of your job?
The people in the organization.  Even though we are the largest building materials manufacturer in North America, the company has a very blue collar feel to it. The management, from the regional presidents, to the local sales and operations managers, are all very accessible and very open. The needs for each Oldcastle company and region can vary, so having that open communication with numerous levels within the organization is a huge asset for us in the recruiting center.

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Brendan receiving ‘Recruiter of the Quarter’ Award 2016

What do you like about working here?
Getting to know the hiring managers and really being able to get a feel for their local needs. Like I mentioned, Oldcastle has a great culture of openness and working together for the greater good of the company. I love being able to get a real understanding of what we are trying to accomplish, both in business and as a leader in the building materials industry.

How would coworkers describe you?  Hopefully they would say that I’m a hardworking, fun-loving guy and team player. I try to bring a positive attitude into the work place.

What was your first job ever?
My first job was working at Silver Stadium where the Rochester Red Wings play. I worked the grill that was on a deck down the 3rd base line. It was right next to the visiting team’s bullpen, so I would talk with the players while I was setting up for the game.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?
We went to the National Sales Meeting in Nashville in 2015. This was at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.  There are nine acres of indoor gardens there, a river flowing through it and waterfalls. It took 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other! It was a great event – especially getting to meet over 200 people on the teams we work with all over the country.

Tell us about your family.
My mom lives in Rochester in the same town as I do, and my brother lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife, my niece and nephew. He has three books published, and is the food editor for Philadelphia Magazine. We all like to travel, and both my brother and I have lived out west on a couple of occasions.

Connect with Brendan on LinkedIn. 

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

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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4 Myths That Keep Your LinkedIn Profile From Blooming

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Just like Spring flowers need attention and nurturing, so does your LinkedIn profile. Here are some common myths about LinkedIn and simple suggestions to make your profile blossom this season and beyond.

1) Multiple endorsements are better than just a few recommendations
I’m not saying endorsements are bad.But, think for a minute how easy they are to get. All a person has to do is click. A recommendation takes thought and greater effort. Aim to get a few high quality recommendations on your profile and return the favor.

2) As long as I’ve completed my LinkedIn profile, I’m fine
It’s a great first step, but to maximize the power of LinkedIn, get involved. Post status updates, “like,” comment and share things that your connections post. These activities will get you in front of non-connections, expanding your reach.

3) I can only contact people who are connections
Not true! If you share a group membership, you can reach out to them.

4) Publishing a post is tricky,  time consuming and only for writers
Actually, writing on LinkedIn is quite easy. The blogging platform is intuitive to use. You don’t need to be a professional writer. All you need is a topic. Start with that and write in a conversational style. Use bullets and numbered lists (like you see in this post). Share something of value to others in your field. We all have areas of expertise. Your knowledge and insight help showcase your value to your connections (and potentially a new employer!).

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post:
6 Things Job-Seeking Graduates Should Know

P.S. If this post helped you or you think it can help others, please share.

Thank you for reading!

A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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The Road To A Great Reference [Infographic]

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P.S. Looking for more career advice? Check out this post:
Short on time? 3 Quick LinkedIn Fixes

Infographic: www.easel.ly

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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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Jason Herrman, Engineering Manager

jhWhat division do you work for?
Oldcastle Precast

What do you do in your position?
I get to help our company succeed. I work on a variety of large-scale projects and projects that have national products in them, while my team handles the engineering and drafting.  I am also lucky to help out other locations when they are overwhelmed or need some help to get through a difficult time.

When did you join Oldcastle? January of 2012

Where is your job located?
I am lucky – my job is located in beautiful, sunny Colorado!  I have the privilege of working on projects located all over the country.

Can you describe your career progression here?
I started as an EIT (Engineer in Training) after getting my masters.  As an EIT, I helped out doing designs for some of our locations. I started getting involved in product development and worked on several products, which led to helping our sales team with engineering.  While working to support the sales team, my team expanded and our portfolio of work also expanded. We developed more products, and continue to support in any way we can. That is how I got to where I am now.

Christmas 055What do you like about working here?
Great people. Great location. Great company. Oldcastle is a solid company with lots of room for growth. There are endless possibilities within the company and our parent company, CRH. I enjoy the job I do and have a great work/life balance.

What are the best parts of your job?
I get to be involved in really unique and large scale projects. We are challenged to come up with new ideas and new ways of turning a cast-in-place concrete design to a precast concrete design. This often requires critical thinking and can be quite a challenge.

Have you worked on any unique, high profile or interesting projects?
Yes. You can see here (above) some photos of a few very complex and large vaults that we designed and produced. I also developed a ballistic wall product line.    

What advice would give for an Engineer who wants to work for us? Why should they choose Oldcastle?
Precast Concrete is not boring! It is fun work with lots of responsibility and lots of variety, and it’s founded in a company that treats you well and offers a lot of growth opportunities.

Is there anything else you want to share about yourself?
I lived in Sudan for a couple of years doing non-profit work building a school. It is what led me to study structural engineering and gave me lots of experience with concrete.

Want to find out more about Oldcastle Precast?
http://www.oldcastleprecast.com/

Search for jobs with us here: Oldcastle Careers

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.  

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Resume Tips From a Recruiter

We recently asked Joel Burris, a Corporate Recruiter for Allied Building Products for his advice on resumes. Joel looks at hundreds of resumes weekly. Check out these two short clips to hear what he has to say.

How long does a recruiter spend looking at a resume?

You want yours to be the first. Yes, there are times they go back to the pile – but who wants to be second place?

Resume tips recap:

  1. Make sure it’s streamlined and flows easily.
  2. Use bullets to keep it organized.
  3. It doesn’t have to be fancy – no need for photos, charts or graphs.
  4. Use a timeline format.
  5. Gaps in your work history? Provide a brief explanation as to why.
  6. Two page resumes are ok. One is fine too. Three is too much.

How can you stand apart from a pool of similar candidates?

How to stand out recap:
1) Show enthusiasm
Be excited about the opportunity and be willing to have an upbeat conversation.
2) Do a little bit of research
Learn about the company and job, including the competitors of the company.
3) Be able to articulate accomplishments at your last job
Tell stories and give examples – don’t just describe duties.

See Joel’s other posts:
4 Easy Action Steps for Veterans Transitioning To Civilian Jobs

Making it Easier for Veterans to Find Jobs

Learn more about Joel: Meet Joel B.

P.S. Looking for more career advice? Check out this post:
5 Tips to Make Your Job Search Less Taxing 

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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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Interview Checklist [Infographic]

These tips will help you get ready for your big interview.  Good luck – you got this!InterviewChecklist

Looking for more interview advice? Check out this post:
After the Interview – 3 Steps To Success

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Thank you for reading!

 

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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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Michael Dobreski, Corporate Recruiter

shirttieWhat do you do in your position?
I work with our Architectural Products Group, a division of Oldcastle that produces materials like paver blocks, decorative stones and mulches.  I help find talented folks for non-exempt roles within our production facilities like forklift drivers, machine operators, maintenance mechanics, administrative workers, and more.

When did you join Oldcastle?
I started in January of 2016

Where is your job located?
Our office is in Rochester, NY, but I work with locations spread throughout the country – mostly with our Midwest and Southwest divisions.

What do you like about working here?
Our team here is fantastic! Working alongside such a creative and dedicated group of people each day motivates me to be better.

What are the best parts of your job?
No two days are exactly the same. I enjoy that each day will present me with a new challenge. Plus, I get to talk with interesting people from all over the country.

What would co-workers say about you?
I hope they’d say I’m friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand. And probably say that I’m not very good at shooting darts.

What was your first job ever?
Rick’s Deli – pizza maker and delivery guy. I’ve come a long way since then!

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories to share?
When I was managing a flooring retail store, I was the only one willing (or dumb) enough to drive our over-sized home show display 90 miles in a packed 26’ Box truck to Buffalo for their show, which started the following week. If that ride wasn’t bad enough, when they flagged me to pull INSIDE the convention center to unload, the look on my face must have been hilarious. I was sweating bullets…it gave me new respect for anyone driving a big rig! But I did it all without putting a scratch on the truck.

Tell us about your family.
I grew up in Auburn, a small town just outside of Syracuse, NY. Most of my family still lives local to the area. I have two younger brothers, and two adorable nieces. I moved to the Rochester area about 8 years ago, where I live with my wife Heather and our fat lazy cat named Cheeto.

Connect with Michael: LinkedIn 

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

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

Follow us on:TwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTube, and Facebook for jobs and career advice. And, don’t forget to join our NEW Talent Community to receive a monthly e-mail newsletter with expert advice on the job search process.

 

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