Monthly Archives: January 2015

Sean O’Neill, Staffing Manager, Allied Building Products

seanoneillWhat do you do in your position?
I provide exempt and non-exempt level staffing for the distribution arm of Oldcastle – Allied Building Products.  I collaborate with the hiring managers to prepare a staffing strategy for existing and future needs.

What month/year did you start?
February, 2007

Where is your job located?
Rochester, NY

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Bowling team-building event

What do you like about working here?
The Team! It’s exciting to be a part of something that is growing.

What are the best parts of your job?
The ability to partner with the managers and become a valued resource in what they are looking to accomplish in each of their regions.

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
Oldcastle offers the opportunity for personal and career growth.

How would your co-workers describe you?
I think my co-workers would describe me as someone who comes to work every day and is focused. When I get out of my office, I think they would say I am sports-oriented with a touch of OCD. I like my office to be in order.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
My first job was working at a sporting goods store. The exciting part about this for my parents was that we were able to get all of our sporting equipment at a discounted rate!

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
When I was working at the sporting goods store, there were many incidents that were funny. I am not sure if I would consider some of the stories interesting or just gross, as you are helping people try on shoes!

If you would like, tell us about your family.
I have been married for 12 years to my wife.  We met in college. We have an 8 year old son, and a 6 year old daughter.

coachingWhat are your hobbies outside of work?
Coaching my kids’ athletic teams, playing hockey and cycling.

Find out more about Allied Building Products (including job opportunities):
http://www.alliedbuilding.com/

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 hide like a Sasquatch in the forest – get noticed!

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Bigfoot’s LinkedIn Profile Leaves A Bit To Be Desired

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A BigFoot pizza!

One day, Bigfoot will be found. And, if you want, so will you – by a Recruiter!

If you’re a top performer and your company is taking care of you, you may not be on sites like Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com. However, even if you’re not actively looking for a job, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be networking with recruiters and learning about new opportunities.

Don’t Be Like Bigfoot (who tries to hide from everyone)
Do the opposite, and figure out where recruiters hang out (on-line) and make yourself visible. Even if you aren’t interested, recruiters will reach out to you (if you’re not Bigfoot), present you with opportunities, and learn about what you may be looking for in a job.  You even have the chance to refer friends and colleagues. A good recruiter (like the ones here at Oldcastle) will search various sites and network with industry experts.

Keywords Count
Make sure you are on LinkedIn with up-to-date information.  Your LinkedIn profile should contain the same keywords that a recruiter might use when searching for candidates.

For example, Kevin Lissow, a Corporate Recruiter at Oldcastle, uses the following words and terms when searching for an IT Project Manager:

  • (“Information Technology” OR “I.T.” OR “IT”) AND (“Project Manager” OR “PM” OR “P.M.”) AND (“PMP” OR “Project Management Certification”) AND (“SDLC” OR “Software”) NOT “Recruiter”

Note – this is just one search string. Would you turn up in his search?  Think about keywords a Recruiter would use to search for someone in your industry or job function.  Do you need to modify your profile to be found?  Put yourself in the head of a Recruiter (if you dare) and think about the terms they might use to search for someone with your skill sets.   Better yet, ask a Recruiter.

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Bigfoot image from infamous 1967 Patterson–Gimlin film

Think about it – Bigfoot does none of these things and none of the Recruiters I work with have ever contacted the elusive Sasquatch.

Don’t be a Bigfoot.  Make it easy for a Recruiter to find you, whether you are looking for a job or not.  You never know how that connection could benefit you in the future.

It’s Not All About LinkedIn
If you want to be found by a Recruiter, be sure to explore the other Social Media sites out there.  Oldcastle is represented on sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube.  Be social, contribute content to sites, search for channels in your industry to share knowledge, and include Recruiters in that search so you can connect with them.

More old-school when it comes to networking?
Try getting out in the community at local networking events.  Meet those in your industry and your community.  Start networking.  Recruiters are in the business to search out good qualified candidates. They use many methods – including old fashioned networking.  

It takes time to build up your network, so stick with it and make it a daily practice.  While it may not pay immediate dividends, give it time.

A recruiter’s job is to find the best qualified candidate for the company they represent.  They read the applications that come in, they search the boards, they network and they utilize all available resources in hopes of finding the elusive best candidate.  Give yourself a shot and get out there.  Reach out to recruiters in your industry and start networking.

If you’re looking for jobs at Oldcastle, check here:  http://oldcastlecareers.com

If you want to join the Oldcastle Talent Community, check here:  http://oldcastlecommunity.monster.com/

If you’re looking for more information on Bigfoot, check here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigfoot

coreyAbout Corey: Guest blogger and Bigfoot buff 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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Want to read more by Corey? Check out his other post: What Walter White Can Teach You About Evaluating A Job Offer.

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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.

Follow Oldcastle Careers on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook for jobs andcareer advice. And, don’t forget to join our NEW Talent Community to receive a monthly e-mail newsletter with expert advice on the job search process.

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Clear The Clutter, Get A Better Job

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Get your “career house” in order this year!

‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Have you made yours? 45% of us do. Last year, according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, getting organized came in at #2 of most popular resolutions. While it ranked lower than losing weight, it ranked above staying fit, saving money, and spending more time with the family. When the stats for 2014 come in, I’m sure they will rank similarly.

If you’re looking to find a job or switch careers this Winter, you can benefit from tidying up. Whether you think it impacts you or not, it can be very hard to concentrate knowing that there are dishes in the sink, clothes piled in the corner and paperwork fighting for your attention. When you’re unsettled in one area of your life, it trickles into other areas.

There is a freeing feeling knowing that there is a place for everything and that everything is in it’s place. It’s not just a cliche. Clearing the clutter can really help clear your mind. When your house is in disarray, it’s easy to misplace things. You waste time searching, lose money replacing items you already had and expend effort that could be better spent on your job search. End this frustration once and for all! While it can be hard to garner the energy to declutter and clean, the rewards from doing so really can make a difference.

How to combat this
There are countless stores with products devoted to getting organized. When it comes to your job search and the here and now though, you don’t really need to spend a dime or do anything complicated or fancy.

1) Gather all your job search material in one place and designate this as your “job search zone.” Be strict about it. Don’t allow other bills, magazines, newspapers, etc. to creep into this spot.

2) Make sure this job search zone is in a clean and uncluttered room. Take the time to clear out, donate and discard the unnecessary. The idea is to make the room an inviting space. The job search takes time, and you need a pleasant place to devote your energy to it.

3) If the rest of your house needs an early spring cleaning, then bite the bullet and do it. “Why am I wasting my time cleaning when I need a job?” It’s not a waste of time! If it puts you in a better frame of mind to do the work and handle the ups and downs associated with the job search, then it’s well worth it.

4) If you need some extra motivation, there are numerous self help books and online articles on how to get organized. Many offer similar advice, such as devoting 15 minutes a day to each room. Or, you could look into the newest thoughts on organizing by category – called the Konmari Method. The book describing this method of “tidying up” is currently rated the #1 Self Help book on Amazon. It offers a new way of thinking about clutter and its impact on your life. If you’re stuck and looking to try something new, it may be worth a look.

Whatever method you decide, the takeaway here is not about the method, but the mind set. The right mind set can be very powerful and life changing in many areas of your life – from your career and your health, to your finances and relationships. Once you make the decision to let go of the clutter (mental and physical), you can really concentrate on your goals and what’s important to you.

Good luck on your personal and career journey in 2015!

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post on Work-Life Balance.

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

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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Jennifer Burley, Staffing Administrator, Oldcastle Inc.

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Photo courtesy of University of Washington Tacoma

What do you do in your position?
 I’m the Staffing Administrator for the recruiting office here at Oldcastle. Most of what I do is onboarding of our new hires – from sending offer packets and reviewing their new hire paperwork to running background checks, coordinating drug screens, answering questions from our hires and ultimately ensuring that the hiring process runs smoothly after the recruiter gives them their employment offer. I do this for many groups that fall under Oldcastle – Allied Building Products, Precast, Architectural Products Group (APG), Building Envelope (OBE) etc. The remainder of my duties include providing administrative support to the recruiters and staffing managers in our office.

What month/year did you start? 
I started in June of 2014.

Where is your job located?
It is located in Rochester, NY.

What do you like about working here?
I like knowing that I make a direct impact on someone’s life. Taking that leap of faith from one job to another is huge – and I pride myself in making sure that the hire feels welcomed and supported, and that the hiring process is a positive and efficient one for all involved. I am excited to get to know a hire during the process and often hear back from them after they are hired, and they tell me how happy they are. That is why I do what I do.

What are the best parts of your job?
Every day is different. I’m always learning something new and it is a very busy position. I’m never at a loss for finding something to do. The time goes by quickly!

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
It’s really great to work with so many forward-thinking colleagues. I’m excited to see the many projects that we are currently working on in order to create more efficiencies in our processes. I’m also inspired by the dedication that I see on a daily basis from the team that I work with. I’m humbled to be a part of it.

How would your coworkers describe you?
Hopefully, they would say that I am  funny, positive and a hard-worker.

buildingDo you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
For many years, I worked on a college campus at the University of Washington. One of the oldest buildings on campus used to be a brothel over a century ago. So, you can imagine my grandmother’s horror when I told her that I worked at a brothel!

If you would like, tell us about your family
I’m a proud mother of my daughter Jasmine. Special shout-out to my parents, including my mother (a two-time cancer fighter), and my sister.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I recently became a homeowner, so I find most of my days are spent doing DIY projects. I also love to travel, cook and go to the movies.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
I worked with my best friend at a local motel cleaning the rooms. You can imagine why we didn’t last long.

Want to learn more about Jennifer?
Connect with her on LinkedIn.   

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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