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Rob Mischler, Staffing Manager, CRH Americas Materials

At our corporate headquarters in Atlanta

What do you do in your position?

I provide exempt-level staffing assistance for a number of the divisions within the CRH Americas Materials Group. I partner with the HR Management and Hiring Managers to identify talent, facilitate a consistent offer process and ensure a strong candidate experience overall.

How long have you worked for Oldcastle?

Since 2013

Where is your job located?

Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?

The people! We have an outstanding team here in Rochester that is constantly evolving. I also enjoy the opportunity we have to make a significant and long term impact on the business.

What are the best parts of your job?

The reward of creating opportunities for others and building relationships internally.

Why do you think CRH is a good place to work?

There is a strong focus on individual development and creating a path for advancement.

How would your coworkers describe you?

Hmmm… I’d guess they would say I’m a person who is always upbeat, smiling and wanting to help – if you can get me out of my office.

Pre-run, Chase Corporate Challenge 2014

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Trail running (lots of it), and anything my son Chase may be interested in doing with me.

Would you like to share anything about your family?

I have been married for 11 years to Emily (who I met in college). We have a 7-year old son named Chase and a golden retriever named Tank.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?

I worked for a family-run pizza shop during the Summer (from the age of 15 to 21). My mom never had to worry about us going hungry!

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?

I do have one from my first job. One time,  I was very engaged in conversation and was shaking an Italian dressing bottle. What  I didn’t realize was that I sprayed oil onto the whole line of customers. It was an expensive dry cleaning bill!

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

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Meadow Burke

tiltupmeadowburkeMeadow Burke has been engineering, designing, manufacturing and distributing concrete accessories for the concrete construction industry for nearly eight decades. Their range of products include precast products, tilt-up equipment, forming, reinforcing, and road and bridge concrete accessories. They have 400 employees and 12 locations across the United States.

distributingmeadowburkeMeadow Burke engineers work with architects, project managers and concrete contractors to provide product and application support. They select the proper anchors, snap ties, rebar supports, bracing and more. Engineers determine anchor placement, calculate safe work values, and assist with rigging. Most of Meadow Burke’s engineered lifting systems are American-made with U.S. steel and are field-tested to the highest quality standards. Through their concrete accessories, they help create and maintain safer work environments, improve construction times, and reduce costs for concrete contractors across North America.


Besides manufacturing and developing accessories for the concrete construction industry, Meadow Burke has developed over 50 patented products. In addition, they are a proud partner of the Lone Survivor Foundation. This organization supports military members by helping them rehabilitate and recover after they have served.

Meadow Burke manufactures high quality concrete products for:



Locations: Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Washington, Florida and Texas
Operations include administration/engineering, service centers, manufacturing and warehouse/shipping.

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

Careers at Meadow Burke
Contact us:
2835 Overpass Road
Tampa, FL 33619
(813) 248-1944
(877) 518-7665

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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Can We Talk? Twitter Career Chats – Join The Conversation

Social conversationWant to know more about a certain career field or job?  Have a cover letter, resume or interview question?  Twitter chats are an easy, low key way to get your questions answered, get involved AND get your name out there. You never know who might be participating. Not only that, career chats can be fun!  It’s easy to jump right in.

How it works
Chats are centered around a common interest, theme or topic and take place at a set time and date. Many last for about an hour. Typically, a moderator starts off the conversation with questions and explains the format for the answers. You can respond with your answer or just follow along without responding to see what everyone else is saying. Below are two screenshots with tweets from the moderator.

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As you can see in the third screen shot (below), the moderator (OpenMicCareerChat) asked a question related to the theme for that week’s chat. The theme was salary negotiation.


Here’s a tweet in response:


Don’t forget to use the hashtag (in the examples above, it’s #OMCchat) so everyone can see your reply.   You don’t have to answer every question, and can hop off the chat anytime you want. Depending on the chat, you’ll find a wide variety of people who participate, including career experts, job seekers, recruiters, college career center staff, company recruiters and more. The beauty of the chat is that everyone’s input is welcomed. The goal is to get a conversation going and learn from each other.

There are many ways you can follow a chat. You can follow along and participate using Twitter, use TweetChat or HootSuite or use the chat hashtag in the Twitter search box to see new replies as they come in.  It’s a bit hard to see below, but in this case, we typed #jobhuntchat in the search bar. Click “All” to see the most recent tweets. It will continue to refresh with new tweets as they come in.



During the chat
People will be tweeting, replying to tweets, re-tweeting and “favoriting.” Once you feel comfortable, feel free to do the same. You may encounter a few side conversations, greetings and introductions as well.

After the chat
Follow up by following any of the people who sparked your interest during the chat.  This is a great way to connect and network.

Can’t make the chat or felt like it went by too fast?
Chats can move at a very quick pace. In the beginning, you may feel like you missed out. Not to worry! You can always go back and search the chat hashtag again to take a look at the discussion that took place. This is also a good thing to do if you want to research the chat BEFORE you take part in it. Look at the previous chat session. Again, to do this – simply type the hashtag in the search bar. It’s a good idea to observe the chat first, just to get an idea of how things flow.

Conversations move quickly, with people retweeting answers that resonate with them, as well as giving their own answers. Some chats are more informal and free flowing than others. Observe and participate in a few to see which are the best fit for you.

Chats To Check Out:
Great for young people just entering the workforce.
Topics: internships, networking, interviewing & more. Monday at 9 pm EST, Moderator: @YouTern
#jobhuntchat, Monday at 10 p.m. EST  Various moderators including @Blogging4jobs
#tchat (workplace “hot topics” from hr and recruiting to career management) Wednesday at 7 pm  various moderators: @TalentCulture
#CareerServChat (dedicated to engaging college students and graduates in the career development process and answering career and job related questions)
Thursdays, 9 PM, EST. Moderators @ChaimShapiro, @CareerDrEliz, @RichCareer, @E_fields
#OMCchat (OpenMicCareerChat) Fridays, 12:00 PM, EST
Moderators: @CyndyTrivella, @TomBolt & @LevyRecruits

Where to find more chats in your industry/field?
Here’s a great place to start:

Career chats on Twitter can be a good way to make new connections, learn answers to your career related questions, get suggestions for your job search and promote yourself. Give one or two chats a try and let us know what you think!

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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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What Walter White Can Teach You About Evaluating A Job Offer

Yes, the show is over, and what a show it was! Whether you watched Breaking Bad or not, there are lessons that can be learned from our fictional friend. Before accepting an offer, keep Walter White in mind. Start by evaluating the basics.

Is it basic, yet provides you with the tools necessary to succeed? Or, is it high-end with extravagant tools that are overboard for what is necessary? What about a virtual position that allows you to work from home – is that right for you and your family life? Sometimes, it’s not advantageous to work from home. I guess it depends what you do. Walt knew enough to not bring his work home, until eventually it followed him.

Just ask Walt… The people you work with every day can have a huge impact on your happiness and productivity while at work. Find out if your potential co-workers are knowledgeable and dependable. Hint: look up their experience on sites like Having stable and knowledgeable co-workers can make a huge difference in your happiness and survival (literal and figurative).

Salary is often a top consideration. Like Walt, understand what it is you are looking for in a new job. How much do you need to pay the bills and have some left over? Is a little extra salary worth the “extras” that brings? Sometimes it is and other times it is not. Does more salary mean less time away from your family? Does it mean doing things that are out of your skill sets and comfort zone? Does it really put you in a better place (long term)? Check out sites like to do a little salary research.

What are you looking to accomplish in your career? How fast do you want to advance? Are you looking for an opportunity that provides advancement? Are you at a point in your career where you want to be the “kingpin” of an organization? Look at the size of the organization. Can you advance to the level you desire or do you need to wait until someone retires or, in Walt’s world, is “terminated”?

Research the company’s work/life balance. If this is important to you, take this into consideration to better ensure that it’s a good fit. Walt went from a job with great work/life balance as a teacher into a career that demanded long hours, off hours and he needed to be on call for emergency situations. Walt made the decision that work/life balance wasn’t as important as the extra money his new opportunity provided. So, at that time, it was worth it for him. Consider whether it is worth it for you. You can check out a site like to read reviews from employees. Just remember that sometimes, those comments are from employees as disgruntled as Walt.

Are benefits important to you? Unless your spouse carries them, they probably are very important. Unless you can put yourself in a situation like Walt, and pay for your health care needs with cash, make sure you vet out available benefits and the cost. Most jobs don’t pay like Walt’s second career, so cash isn’t typically an option. When you look at salary and are comparing one company’s offer to another, be sure to take benefits into consideration. What is the cost of health insurance? What does it cover? What are the deductibles? Is there a 401k match? What are the paid holidays? What is the Paid Time Off (PTO) policy? What is the dress code? Most company websites contain some kind of a benefits section that will give you an idea of what is offered.

Every career decision you make has its pros and cons.  To minimize the risks and maximize the rewards, make sure to evaluate all of the above. Walter had his reasons for choosing the career path he followed and so do you.

coreyGuest blogger and Breaking Bad fan Corey Listar is a Staffing Manager for the Oldcastle Recruiting team in Rochester, NY. He has a Masters degree in Career & Human Resource Development and over 15 years of experience in staffing, recruiting and human resources.

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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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