Monthly Archives: December 2014

6 Resume Blunders To Banish In The New Year

Happy New Year!

1) Treating your resume like a one-size-fits-all document
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can use the same resume for every position that you apply to. Yes, you can have a general resume as a base. But, before you hit that send button, make sure it has qualifications that match the opening you’re applying to.

2) Overlooking the details
What is the email address on your resume? “CrazyGuy21@hotmail.com” is not going to cut it. Keep it professional. Whether it’s justified or not, listing a Hotmail, AOL or other older email provider can make you look less web savvy. This could hurt you – even if you’re not going for a computer related opening. Also, make sure the font is easy to read and large enough. Remember, not everyone has 20/20 vision. Along the same lines – don’t cram too much onto one page. Editing is your friend. Less is more. Think quality over quantity. If you have to go onto two pages, that’s fine – IF you have the career progression, job tenure and accomplishments to warrant it.

3) Not having someone else look over your resume
You can work on your resume for hours, and it never fails – there’s a typo and you miss it. UGH! Make sure you get a second and even a third set of eyes to proofread your resume before you send it out. We are too close to our own work to be objective. In addition, be open to suggestions for improvements. You don’t have to act on every idea, but there could be a gem or two offered that you never thought of.

4) Ignoring the wealth of free information out there
There’s no excuse to not take advantage of all the resume advice on the web. College career planning offices post great articles. You can also check out the job search and resume advice sections on sites like Forbes, US News & World Report, Monster and CareerBuilder. Take advantage of their experts. I follow career experts on Twitter as well. Just seeing career related content can help motivate you during your search. Resume formats and trends (especially using keywords and making resumes appropriate for online application systems) have changed over the years, and successful job seekers stay on top of it.

5) Failing to customize
I work with recruiters who receive hundreds of resumes weekly. It’s surprising to learn that a large number of people do not take the time to tweak their resume bullet points to more closely match the job opening. While you can do this in a cover letter as well, we advise doing both. Note – this is not a license to exaggerate or lie. You have to have the experience and credentials!

6) Relying on responsibilities
Too many job seekers simply list what they did at a job on their resume. Big mistake! You want to highlight what you accomplished. Focus on results, not responsibilities. How much money did you save? How did you increase efficiency? You can easily transform most job duties into quantitative qualifications. Here’s an example:

The before:

  • In charge of writing press releases for the organization

The after:

  • Wrote over 30 press releases annually, resulting in numerous product placements (radio/print/TV/online) nationally – including major markets

Your bullet points will vary based on the industry, but anyone, at any level of job – from manager to entry level employee, can do this. Numbers and percentages really stand out to recruiters and hiring managers. It helps to save kudos, project results and accomplishments (emails, etc.) throughout the year so you have material to work with when trying to come up with these numbers. The goal is to translate your daily tasks into concrete stats that SHOW the positive difference you made at your company.

So, are you ready to look over your resume and make it the best it can be?Hopefully, these easy to implement resume to-do’s will make 2015 the year your resume rocks!

Looking for more job search advice? Check out this post on How To Network If You Don’t Like To Network.

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

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The Shelly Company

TheShellyCompanyLogoThe Shelly Company is an award-winning leader in the asphalt production, aggregate mining, road construction and ready mix concrete industry. They have over 90 locations and 1,800 employees. With an emphasis on safety, quality and sustainability, The Shelly Company has been honored by many organizations, including the National Asphalt Pavement Association and the Associated General Contractors of America.

A brief history
1938  Charles J. Shelly started his company in 1938. Work included road servicing projects in Thornville, Ohio.

1963   Shelly acquires its first asphalt plant and expands the business into aggregate mining.

1985   Geographical diversification – 24 subsidiary companies merged under Shelly.

2000  Oldcastle, Inc., a CRH plc public company headquartered in Atlanta, acquires The Shelly Company.

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Services:
Construction
Energy
Estimating
Delivery

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Products:
Asphalt
Aglime
Limestone
Ready Mix
Sand & Gravel

Want to work for The Shelly Company? Check out their latest Job Opportunities!

www.shellyjobs.com

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About Oldcastle (the Shelly company’s 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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Don’t Let Your Job Search Take A Holiday

xmasHo, Ho, Ho! “The holidays are here. Time to put my job search on hold.”  No, No, No!

Job searching is similar to embarking on a diet and fitness regimen. It’s something you need to devote time to every day. Sure, you can have a rest day or two, but you have to keep at it. If you throw in the towel, you could end up heavier and more out of shape than the year before, and still looking for that new opportunity.

Amy Keenan, a Corporate Recruiter for Allied Building Products, says that Even though the holiday season is here, it doesn’t mean that searching for a job needs to take the back seat with Santa’s Elves!  A lot of candidates that are looking for a new opportunity think that employers are not looking due to end of the year budgets, but that is not true. Employers ARE actively looking to bring a new candidate on-board when the month of January comes.  So, if you are serious enough about the opportunity, persistence will pay off with an employer for an opportunity, especially around the holidays when the candidate pool slows down due to travel and vacations.” And, don’t forget those holiday parties! They’re a great way to rub elbows and network while you’re looking for new opportunities!”

In case you still aren’t  convinced, we asked Staffing Manager Rob Mischler for his thoughts. “Employers may certainly slow on the decisions/offers made during the holidays, but the postings that remain create a pool of candidates to quickly dig into once the new year begins.  They may be waiting on budget or approvals. It’s better to be “in the game” when it matters vs. coming in later.”

Geoff Bieber, a Recruiter for Allied Building Products, brings up another good point. “Life continues, and the holidays don’t slow that down. Someone could up and leave tomorrow, leaving a huge gap to fill. If you don’t have your “hat in the ring,” then you’ll never be considered.”

Listen – we aren’t trying to be the Grinch! We still want you to enjoy the festivities with family and friends. But, between the caroling and the champagne, try to continue on with your job search efforts. Compromise – spend half the time you normally devote to searching.

Remember, some effort is better than none at all. “Why put it off? Sure, you can wait to start your search until the New Year, but you lose momentum and may miss out on some opportunities,” says Deonna Campbell, a Corporate Recruiter for Oldcastle Precast. Schedule the time for it now, and you could be the recipient of the best gift of all in the New Year – a new job!

Looking for more job search advice? Check out this post on 3 Simple Ways To Start Using Social Media For Your Job Search.

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

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

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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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