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6 Lessons From Black Friday For Job Seekers

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Love it or hate it, Black Friday is a big day. This annual quest for gifts at bargain basement prices can teach us a thing or two about embarking on a successful job search.

1) Be Prepared
To get the best deals on Black Friday, you need a plan. You go through the store’s ads, figure out what you want to get and which stores to go to. The same thing holds true for your job search. To be successful, it helps to organize your contacts, which job openings you want to target and your plan of  attack.

2) Enlist The Help Of Others
Many Black Friday shoppers divide and conquer. Your mom goes to Target, while you wait in line at Kohl’s.  As a job seeker, you can do the same thing. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. If you’re unemployed, post on your social media accounts the fact that you’re looking for a job. If you have an interview at a company, ask your friends if they know of anyone who works there. You don’t have to go through the process alone!

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3) Exhibit Patience
What if you were in line waiting for a TV on sale and knew only 200 were available? You get to the front and they’re all gone. Yes, it’s extremely disappointing and you’re mad! But, you also know you have other items on your list. Do you give up and go home? No, of course not! You go to the next store to get the next thing on your list. Adopt the same mentality for your job search. Yes, it is devastating to not a get a job you want, especially if you’ve interviewed for it and thought things went well. Remember, the job search is not an exact science. Things are often out of your control. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and continue on with your search.

Black Friday shoppers expect to wait and are prepared with coffee, blankets and whatever else they need to be comfortable. To get the good stuff, they understand that a certain amount of discomfort is part of the process. The same holds true for the job seeker. You have to get into a mindset that the right job is out there, but it may take some time to get it.

4) Evaluate Your Progress
Many Black Friday shoppers will tell you that they made mistakes their first time out. There is no shame to improving your game plan. If you’re not having any luck, it’s time to go over your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and interviewing skills to see if you can tweak them or do things differently. And, don’t forget your college career center! Even if you’ve graduated, you can always go back. Your local library also has a wealth of resources for job seekers.

5) Celebrate Your Successes
Many Black Friday shoppers cap a successful shopping excursion by going out to breakfast. It’s important to reward your hard work and effort. Even treating yourself to a cup of coffee or cocoa after a good interview or when you’ve written a solid cover letter can give you that extra pick me up you need.

6) Show Gratitude
There’s no doubt about it – the job search can be a grind. When you’re feeling discouraged, think about the things you have in life that make you happy – friends, family, your health, etc. Even the most exhausted Black Friday shopper knows that gifts are great, but it’s the people getting them that is the real reason for their shopping adventure in first place.

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This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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Anchor, an Oldcastle Company

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Anchor is a leading supplier of architectural masonry, block, brick and other building products. For the past 40 years, they have been helping residential and commercial customers with projects in the Northeast.fireplace

Anchor has an experienced, knowledgeable sales staff, continuing education for industry professionals and E-Tek online (design and construction guidance) for help with the use of concrete masonry.

Products include:
Architectural Masonry
Standard Masonry
Stone Veneer
Hand Crafted (Signature Series)

Locations:
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Massachusetts

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Contact us:
1913 Atlantic Avenue
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Phone: 800-682-5625
http://oldcastlemasonry.com/index.htm

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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 Work A Job Fair So It’s Not A Waste Of Your Time

SAM_3013Job Fairs have a bad rap. Will you walk away from a fair with a job offer? Probably not. But, there are benefits to attending a job fair. Don’t just go in there and wing it. Have a plan on how you’re going to approach the fair and what you want to get out of it.

Susan Langenfeld, a Human Resources Manager at The Dolomite Group, has recruited at job fairs for years. She is a strong believer in being prepared prior to the fair.  “Research ahead of time the companies that are going to be attending the job fair and share your knowledge of the company when you present yourself to the employers.  You’ll show the employer that you’re seriously interested in working for them. They will be more likely to remember you when the time comes to review candidates for open positions.”
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Corey Listar, a Staffing Operations Manager for Oldcastle, offers additional tips:

– Treat the job fair like a 2 minute interview – have that elevator speech ready!
– Come prepared with resumes. Some companies may not take them and ask you to apply on line. This is becoming a very commonplace practice. Don’t let that discourage you, and don’t show frustration over being asked to apply online.
– Target the companies you want to meet with at the fair before you go. Look at the positions they have open and be prepared to talk about how you could be a good fit.
– Be patient, as you may have a line of people in front of  you waiting to meet with the recruiters.
– Follow up with those you met. Connect with them on LinkedIn as well as on their careers/company Facebook and Twitter pages.

2 Bonus Tips:
1) Bring business cards. Don’t have any? You can make cards very inexpensively – try VistaPrint.
2) Know of a few companies you’re really interested in? Customize your resume for those companies.

Please share this post if you found it to be helpful!

For more job search advice, follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest, and LinkedIn! And, join our new Talent Community!

This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally appeared on LinkedIN.

taglineOldcastle

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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