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Oldcastle Coastal

coastalFor almost 50 years, Florida-based Oldcastle Coastal has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of masonry and hardscape products, ranging from brick and stone to pavers and retaining walls. Coastal has been helping homeowners and professionals with all aspects of their projects since 1965. Their product line includes: Masonry, Pavers and Retaining Walls, including Belgard hardscapes.

 

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For homeowners, they offer a variety of paver color choices and textures for outdoor living areas – patio to pool. A wide variety of styles, colors and designs help create and complement landscaping, walkways, gardens and outdoor living ares. Customers can visit their showrooms located throughout Florida.

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Locations: Gainesville, Pompano Beach, Longwood, Tampa, Ft. Myers and Sarasota

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Our website: http://www.oldcastlecoastal.com/

About Oldcastle (our parent company)

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 Network If You Don’t Like To Network – 6 Tips For The Timid

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Be a networking super hero!

Are you a networking zero, hero or somewhere in between? There are some people – extroverts usually – who are naturally outgoing and love to mix and mingle. Then, there are the rest of us.  Are you more introverted? If the thought of going to a networking event gives you a feeling of dread, this post is for you.

1) Rephrase the term
The term itself can be off putting. Let’s define it for what it really is. All you’re really doing is meeting people, making connections and sharing information/resources. Don’t let the word have any power over you.

2) Start small
Successful public speakers didn’t start off by speaking to large audiences for their first speech, so why are you expecting to connect with mass numbers? Attending an event with the goal of meeting twenty new people and giving them your business card is too overwhelming. Instead, why not make a more realistic goal? An achievable goal would be to meet 2 new people and hand out a couple of  business cards.

3) Expect To Be Nervous
A little bit of apprehension is normal. You will feel uncomfortable, and that’s ok.

4) Pick a smaller event to start with
Attending a presentation might be an easier way to ease into networking. There is less pressure to be “on.” You’re there to listen to the speaker and, ideally, start a conversation with 1 or 2 other people at the event. That’s it. It could be the person seated next to you. Or, it could be the person in line as you’re waiting to go in.

We recommend going to this first event or presentation solo. Why? Bringing a friend or colleague may seem like a smart idea. But, that person can become a crutch. Instead of meeting new people, you end up just talking to the person you came with. Eventually, you can bring someone along to introduce you to other people, but for now – it’s all you!

5) Have some conversation starters and questions ready
Have you heard this speaker before?
How did you find out about this event?
What company are you with?

6) Accept that not everyone will be friendly
In a perfect world, everyone would be receptive to meeting and talking with you. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. If someone gives you the cold shoulder, just know that it’s not you! They may be having a bad day. It can be discouraging, but just move onto to the next person. It really does get easier the more you practice and put yourself out there. Don’t pressure yourself, beat yourself up or set unrealistic expectations. With the right mindset and a plan, you’ll be networking like a pro!

Next steps:
Once you’ve attended your first event, plan for the next one. The more events you go to (and yes, you may have to force yourself in the beginning), the more comfortable you will become. As your confidence builds, go to bigger events. Still feel your nerves are getting the best of you? There are groups like Toastmasters that can help you overcome the fear of public speaking. Just remember, you CAN do this!

This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally 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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4 Job Search Tactics Your Competition May Not Know About

unemployedimage1) Don’t Just Say, Show
Go through your bullet points on your resume one-by-one. Can you show proof that you know how to do the skills stated on paper?  Actions speak louder than words, so if you can prove it with portfolio pieces or other samples, by all means do so. We’ve seen candidates create short presentations, blog posts for their new company and other samples for a job they’re interested in. You can also add links to work you’ve done on your LinkedIn profile. You can also self-publish your own long form posts right from the site. What better way to showcase your expertise?

2) Make Your Thank You Count
Why limit yourself to a cookie cutter, boring thank you? There are ways to be creative without being too over the top, yet still standing out. You could create a “Top 10 reasons you should hire me” list with bullet points. What about sending a postcard you created (see #3 below), incorporating your new company’s logo? Or, make your own infographic.  **Note: Try to find out when the hiring decision will be made. This will determine whether to email a thank you or mail it in. You don’t want to make the mistake of mailing the thank you if it’s going to arrive too late in the process.

3) Take advantage of free tools
Even if you’re not a designer/creative type, there are quite a few intuitive, user friendly, free tools that allow you to make professional images and other visuals in very little time. Give these two a try: Canva.com & Haikudeck

4) Incorporate Testimonials Into Your Reference Sheet
Want to take it up a notch? Add testimonials from LinkedIn, positive comments from performance reviews, saved emails and any other kudos you’ve received along the way. You should always  gather and save accolades like this to use as part of your job search arsenal.

In today’s competitive job search market, putting together a compelling resume and cover letter is often not enough. Back up the claims you made with solid evidence showing you have what it takes to thrive at your potential new job.

P.S. Have you used any unusual or unique tactics that helped you get a job? Let us know!

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Kevin Lissow, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle, Inc.

KevinlissowWhat do you do in your position?
I am a Corporate Recruiter. I focus on opportunities tied to our Corporate offices in Atlanta and our Oldcastle Materials Corporate roles.

What year did you start?
I started in December of 2012

Where is your job located?
I sit in Rochester, NY – although most of the roles I recruit for are in Atlanta and Charlotte.

What do you like about working here?
The people. Everyone I work with is great. I always say Oldcastle feels like a small family business, even though it’s a huge global company. I also enjoy helping people find their next “dream job.”

What are the best parts of your job?
I really enjoy the interactions with the Oldcastle team. It’s also very rewarding to visit the corporate locations and to visit all of the people that I have brought into the Oldcastle organization!

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
Everyone is very down to earth. The organization really takes care of its employees – and they seem to be very conscious of people advancing within their careers.

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Kevin (second from left, in blue), Recruiting Office golf scramble team building event

How would your coworkers describe you?
Easy going. I like to laugh and enjoy myself at work. We spend a great deal of time together at work, so it’s important that we enjoy ourselves while we’re here!

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
I always find it interesting how small the world is. I recently talked to someone half way across the country and learned that he grew up 15 minutes from me. I had just been camping in his hometown days before we connected! It seems like those types of things happen quite often. I also have a couple of candidates who were former pro athletes. As a big sports fan, I always find that to be interesting.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I like to spend time with family and friends. I have two young kids, so hobbies tend to take a back seat to them! I love to golf (when I can get away)!

If you would like, tell us about your family.
I have a 6-year old daughter and 10-year old son. Between sports and dance recitals, we’re always on the run. People laugh because I am married to my “high school sweetheart” – apparently that’s rare in this day and age! We live in Spencerport, NY, a suburb of Rochester.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
I worked in a grocery store as a stock clerk. I also worked in a grain mill. The mill job was the hardest job of my life. I had to carry 100 lb. bags around all day long in a dirty, dusty environment! One interesting job I had a few years ago was sales and site project manager for a company that installed home elevators – so I had the opportunity to see a lot of great homes.

 

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