2 Tools To Drive Your Career Forward

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

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

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

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

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

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Sam Marcello, Corporate Recruiter

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

When did you join the team?
 April, 2018.

Where is your job located?
Rochester, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to connect with Sam? Reach out on LinkedIn.

Want to learn more about working for CRH Americas?
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. CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group with over 85,000 employees in 32 countries around the world.

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How to Write A Better Resume [Infographic]

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

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Be a LinkedIn Rock Star!

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

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

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

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

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How to Rock Your Summer Job Search

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

Six Success Strategies

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

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

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

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

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Lindsay LaPlaca, Operations Recruiter

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What do you do in your position? I am an Operations Recruiter for Anchor, Jewel, and GMS, covering the East coast down to Alabama, plus Texas.

When did you join Oldcastle? March, 2018

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? The positive atmosphere and overall office morale here is astonishing.  Everyone is genuinely willing to help with any and every question, and I have a lot of questions!  My co-workers have facilitated a smooth transition from the hospitality industry to the recruiting world, and they continue to make every day interesting.

What are the best parts of your job? I enjoy talking to people from such diverse backgrounds and parts of the country.  The ability to match job seekers to appropriate positions, while also helping managers staff their plants, has been very rewarding.  

What was your first job ever? My first job was working in the strawberry fields, picking quarts of berries for sale at a local farm stand in the small town where I grew up.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  My boyfriend Mike and I have lived in the South Wedge for almost 11 years.  We have one crazy cat, and aspirations for a big yard and dogs someday!  My dad, grandma, younger brothers, and niece and nephew live a couple of hours away in the same town where I grew up. 

What are your hobbies? I love cooking, food and all things food related, craft beer, and wine education.  I enjoy shopping local farm markets, butchers, and seafood mongers to procure the freshest, most interesting ingredients.  I love spending time outside, especially tending to my flowers and garden.  I have a blast driving my car and tagging along with Mike to driving events in Watkins Glen.  In the winter, we keep busy with downhill skiing, and enjoy traveling and exploring tropical locations.    

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What was your first concert? As a young kid, my dad took me to a country concert of sorts, although no one can recall the actual artist!  The first concert of my choosing was Dave Matthews Band in Saratoga, back in high school.

What is your favorite movie?  I don’t necessarily have a favorite movie, but I do have an all-time favorite TV show… Friends!

 Want to connect with Lindsay? Feel free to reach out on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-laplaca 

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. CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group with over 85,000 employees in 32 countries around the world.

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Lilian de Lascurain, Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle APG  

IMG_0067What do you do in your position? I recruit for all kinds of operational roles for our corporate locations and manufacturing facilities in Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

When did you join CRH Americas? March, 2018 

Where is your job located?  Rochester, New York, AKA the ROC!

What do you like about working here?  We have a great team of recruiters. Everybody is fired up and cares about the companies that they recruit for. They’re also a hysterical bunch.

What are the best parts of your job?  I get to talk to people all day on the phone, and help people land good jobs and help managers find good folks. Matchmaking is a fun time!

What was your first job ever?  I worked in a concessions stand in the San Diego Sports Arena as a cashier and a runner.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  I have a husband named Sergio and a four-legged, furry son named Mickey Mouse. They are my life.  I also have family in San Diego, California and Mexico City, Mexico.

 

What are your hobbies? I’m obsessed with health and fitness, so I love to hit the gym, go to Pure Barre classes, cook delicious foods, and spend time outside.  I also love anything to do with Disney, and Disney Parks.

 

 

What was your first concert?  Aerosmith, in Mexico City, Mexico.

What is your favorite movie? That tends to change. Right now, I love the movie Coco, by Disney/Pixar.  Some other favorites include Singing in the Rain, The Departed, Ladybird, Sleeping Beauty, La La Land, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and, when I am feeling brave, The Exorcist.

Want to connect with Lilian? Feel free to reach out on LinkedIn:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/lilian-de-lascurain-bba10113/

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. CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group with over 85,000 employees in 32 countries around the world.

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Jessica Feeney, Recruiting Support Coordinator

JessicaFeeneyWhat do you do in your position?  I support the hourly recruiting team in areas all over the country, sourcing for great talent and bringing new qualified candidates to the recruiting process.

When did you join CRH? March 2018

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? This is a great team to be a part of. Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming!

 What are the best parts of your job? I really enjoy talking with candidates from all over the country. It’s amazing what I’ve learned from everyone already.

 What was your first job ever?  Party City…I blew up balloons all day, and let me tell you – I’ll never look at them the same!

 Would you like to share anything about your family?  Luckily, my wife and I have most of our family very close by, but a few are scattered around the country. It gives us a great excuse to get out of town for a bit.

What are your hobbies? I love to go camping, spend time outdoors, and try something new and adventurous whenever I can!

What was your first concert? Celtic Woman with my Dad. We still go together every time they come to town. They put on a great show!

 What is your favorite movie?  Tough call! I’ll either sob my way through Titanic, or take on Jaws for the 100th time!

Want to connect with me on LinkedIn? Feel free to reach out here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-feeney/

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. CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group with over 85,000 employees in 32 countries around the world.

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

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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?
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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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