Monthly Archives: April 2014

3 Simple Ways To Start Using Social Media In Your Job Search

Hot key for dream jobIf you’re like many people, you use social media to keep in touch with friends, watch videos and post pictures from your life. Social media can also be a great tool for your job search. Did you know that 83% of people looking for a job say they use Facebook in their job search? 36% use LinkedIn and 40% use Twitter. On the flip side, 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn, 65% use Facebook and 55% use Twitter (source: Jobvite 2014 Job Seeker Survey). Job searching on social media is only increasing in popularity.

Ready to start? Keep in mind that employers DO look at your social media presence. Make sure all your accounts are cleaned up before you even start your search.  For the purpose of this post, we’re assuming that all your profiles are professional looking and ready to go.

1) Think like a detective. Let’s say you see a job posting online that looks appealing. Don’t just apply and hope to hear back. Go to your LinkedIn account to see if the company has a presence on there. If so, follow them. Look through the company page to get a feel for the company culture.  If they don’t have a page, do a search to see who works there. It’s highly likely that some employees are on there and searchable by company name. Many times, you can find out who the hiring manager is, and, if you’re lucky, people who may have held the position in the past. At the very least, you should be able to get a name for your cover letter. You weren’t going to just send that in without a name were you? Of course not!

2) Actively search for mutual connections. People like to help people they know. If you find one of your LinkedIn connections has a connection at your target company (SCORE!), send a message to your connection to see what their relationship is with that person. Ask if they can make an introduction. Don’t just stop at LinkedIn. Go on your Facebook account and see if any of your friends are friends with anyone who works there.

We’ve heard many stories of people landing a job this way. Sally wants a job at Acme Corp. She sees on Facebook that her friend Adam has a friend named John who works there. She sends a Facebook message to Adam, who in turn messages John. The result – her resume is handed – in person – to the hiring manager. It may sound a bit confusing and convoluted, but it’s really quite simple. You’re just asking your friends to help you make new connections.  And, don’t forget to reciprocate the favor should they ever need your help.

3) Turn to Tweeting. On LinkedIn and Facebook, it can be seen as too forward to connect with people you don’t know. Twitter is a different story. Search for and follow your target companies and hiring managers.  Follow related associations and industry leaders. Retweet helpful links (i.e. information in your field that would help others), reply to other tweets and mention other people in your tweets. Be helpful, positive and interesting.

Twitter is also great for uncovering jobs. Make use of hashtags to find new opportunities. Commonly used hashtags include #jobs #job #career #hiring and #employment. Don’t forget to hashtag the city and job title too. If you’re looking for an accounting job in Dallas for example, put #JOB #Dallas in the search bar.

Social media should not be your only job search tool, but it can be a great way to research employers, make connections and find opportunities. Just think, your dream job may be only a few mouse clicks away!

* Bonus tip: Posting a status  update that you’re looking for work is an immediate way to spread the word – if you’re currently out of work and looking. If you’re employed, this is not the best option. On Facebook, you can set up a custom group to share your status to only a select few, but be careful.

P.S. Did you use social media to find your job? Let us know! We would love to hear what worked for you.



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Callanan Industries

callananCallanan Industries is a leading supplier of paving materials and construction services in New York State, providing a complete range of high quality aggregates, asphalt paving, and readymix concrete products to state, federal, municipal, commercial, and private customers.

One of the most experienced paving materials suppliers in the country, Callanan Industries was founded by Peter Callanan in 1883 in SouthBethlehem, New York, as an aggregate mining company. A forward thinking farmer and entrepreneur, Callanan pioneered the concept of a state highway system, and in 1895 won the first road building contract let by New York State.

Over a century later, Callanan Industries continues to be a major supplier of construction materials and services to the New York State Department of Transportation as well as a long list of other customers, both large and small. Callanan Industries was purchased by Oldcastle, Inc. in 1985. Oldcastle, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the multi-national Dublin, Ireland based CRH-PLC (ticker symbol CRH).

Currently, Callanan Industries and its affiliated companies consist of approximately 40 locations, supplying quality New York State approved aggregate, hot mix asphalt and readymix concrete for infrastructure, building and home projects throughout an operational area that extends from the Orange/Sullivan County region in the south, northward to the Glens Falls, Warren County area and westward from the Capital District to the Utica/Syracuse region of the Empire State.  In addition, with the acquisition of County Concrete and Pittsfield Sand & Gravel, we are able to extend our service area to “north & south counties” throughout the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.


Our services:
Ready Mix Concrete

Interested in working for us?
Find out about openings, benefits and more here:
Career Opportunities at Callanan

Contact us:
(518) 374-2222
1245 Kings Road
Schenectady, NY 12303



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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How To Catch A Hiring Manager’s Attention – In Less Than A Minute

Jobs Career Dartboard Dart Successful EmploymentWant your resume to make it past that initial cut? We spoke to professional recruiters who emphasized three things you should focus on:

1) Visuals
2) Qualifications
3) Customization

Appearance is important. Use bullets, ample spacing and easy to read fonts. ALWAYS proofread for spelling and grammar issues.

Confused about the the one page vs. two page resume “rule?” Don’t be. Two pages is fine, as long as your experience and job history warrant it. According to one of our Corporate Recruiters, “Having a two page resume is better than trying to cram it all onto one page. If I see two resumes from people with similar qualifications, but one just looks sloppy, I’m going to go with the resume that is more professional-looking.”  There are numerous free resume templates and how-to guides out there. Don’t let unpleasant aesthetics be the reason you’re moved to the “no” pile.

Our corporate recruiters reviews hundreds of resumes every week. What do they look for? It’s all about “metrics, numbers and achievements. Those provide more of an impact on how well a person did or how much they could handle.” For sales people, we like to see  “a ranking. For instance – if they hit certain numbers over and over.”

Don’t think you have a job where you can quantify your achievements? Almost every position has job duties that can be quantified. If you consistently finished projects before others, you could quantify it like this:

  •  Met project deadlines 20% ahead of schedule

Remember, recruiters don’t want to see a list of job responsibilities. They want to know what you accomplished. Furthermore, if you’re a recent graduate, we recommend that you “show internships/co-ops that portray a more “green” person’s experience, no matter how brief.”  If you’re a long term employee, “make sure your career progression is spelled out- some people lump that together.” 


You need to present your job history, education and skills in a way that matches the position you’re applying for. Show that you’ve done your research about the company and job opening. Use keywords from the job ad itself  – recruiters and hiring manager will be on the lookout for them. Also, if you’re using a functional resume, include a timeline of jobs as well. Leaving out those key dates is a red flag for recruiters.  

Candidates have very little time to attract the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager. Make sure your resume showcases your strengths in an easy to read, accomplishment rich, customized manner and you’ll be well on your way to that first interview!






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10 Tax Day Deals & Freebies For 2014

freestuffYou’ve worked hard all year and (hopefully) submitted your taxes. Now, it’s time to eat, drink and be merry – at least until next year at tax time. We’ve rounded up tax day offers including free food, discounts and other goodies to make your day brighter. Some of these deals are available earlier, on tax day and even after the 15th. National deals may vary by location. Keep your eye out for local deals too. And, let us know about any deals we may have missed.


1) Shred those documents you no longer need. This coupon from Office Depot gets you up to 5 lbs. of free shredding. You have until April 29th to take advantage of this one.

2) Sweet! Get a free chocolate chip cookie on April 15th at Great American Cookies. No purchase or coupon needed.

3) What better way to de-stress than getting a free massage? Schedule your appointment here: HydroMassage. This offer is available April 14th – April 18th.

4) Thirsty? Sonic is cutting drink prices and slushes to half price – all day on the 15th. No coupon needed. Find a location HERE.

5) In honor of finishing your 1040, get 2 Half Chicken Meals for $10.40 on April 15th at Boston Market. No coupon needed.

6) Arby’s usually offers free curly fries on tax day. Check their site for a coupon (should be available on Monday).

7) Want to sing for your supper? If you’re near a Hard Rock Cafe, you can do just that between 5 and 7 pm on the 15th. See details HERE.

8) On 4-15, fill your cup with frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt for just $4.15. For this one, you need to head to their Facebook page to claim the offer.

9) Get free chips and queso with any entree purchase if you say “Taxes Shmaxes” at California Tortilla restaurants on April 15. No coupon needed.

10) Enjoy a free small Original sandwich on 4/15 at Schlotzsky’s restaurants nationwide if you purchase a 32 oz. drink and bag of chips. No coupon needed.


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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© OldcastleCareers, 2014. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to OldcastleCareers with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.






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Stressed? 4 Hints To Handle Workplace Woes

Stress Free Zone Green Road Sign In Front of Dramatic Clouds and Sky.1) First off, take a deep breath. What is it that is so upsetting to you? Is it the job itself, an annoying coworker, difficult manager or a particular project? When workplace stress gets to be too much, it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate your reactions, response, environment and coping mechanisms.

2) Categorize the cause of your stress into one of two buckets:

a) Things you can control – this is where your focus should be
b) Things you can’t – this is where you need to let go

3) Devise an action plan based on where the stress is coming from

If it’s project based – can you ask your manager or a trusted coworker for help? If that’s not a possibility, try to start the day with tasks that you do enjoy. Then, you can dive into the project.

If it’s a problem with another person, team or even your boss, you’re going to have to tread lightly. Make an effort to minimize time spent with the other person. Not an option? Then, you’re going to have to change your mindset and approach when interacting with them. This Forbes article on dealing with difficult people gives additional advice on handling stress inducing coworkers.

If it’s the job itself, it’s time for the tough questions. Are you in the right position, at the right company, or even in the right field? These are deeper issues that aren’t going to be so quickly resolved. In that case, it may be time to revise your resume. Surprisingly enough, this act alone can make you feel better, giving you control where you may have previously felt powerless.

4) Add stress management into your day. Don’t dismiss the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and overall self care. Super stressed people often put their physical and emotional needs on the back burner. However, this is when you need to take care of yourself more than ever. Fit in a walk, call a friend/family member/trusted colleague to vent to (but limit this to a set period of time), plan something fun outside of work to look forward to, watch a funny TV show to divert your attention, etc. The goal here is to step away from what’s upsetting you and focus on the positives in your life. We get that this is not always easy.

Clearly, dealing with stressful people, situations and projects at work can be a challenge. However, there is hope! It does take time, but with awareness, commitment and a plan, you will start to feel better.

How do you handle stress at work? We would love to know! Comment below and share this post if you found it helpful.

Here’s to stress free days 🙂


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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest, and LinkedIn!

© OldcastleCareers, 2014. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to OldcastleCareers with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.








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