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4 Easy Ways To Help The Jobseeker In Your Life

1) Show interest
When a job seeker is feeling discouraged or “less than,” a simple question about how they are doing with their search can make a big difference.  Don’t dismiss or minimize their progress. Get across that you know that they are more than their occupation/employment status.

2) Offer assistance, not advice (unless asked)
It’s a fine line between being helpful and being aggressive. You may have great job search suggestions to offer, but if they are presented in a way that is perceived as being pushy, they won’t be taken into consideration. Pressuring someone never works. For spouses – this isn’t to say you can’t say something if they are obviously slacking, but find out first WHY they are not focusing on their search and make a plan together going forward. For friends – besides being there to listen, communicate to them that you care, have had success with a certain resume format in the past (for example) and are there to lend a hand.

3) Play a part in their search
This can take many forms:
– help with a mock interview or phone screen – you ask the questions
– proofread their resume/cover letter
– see if you have any social media connections at their target company

4) Provide a break 
Make this time a “no job search talk” zone. Seek out low cost activities:
– take a walk
– rent a funny movie
– play a board game
– try a new recipe
– go to the library

While these may seem like common sense tips, it can be easy to overlook the obvious – especially during such a stressful time. Looking for a job is an emotional journey for everyone – not just the job seeker. It impacts the spouse/partner, children, siblings, friends, and so on down the line.

What about you? Have you ever helped a loved one during their job search? What worked? What didn’t?

Looking for more job search advice? Check out this post: 4 Ways To Rise Above Job Search Rejection.

A version of this post originally appeared on LinkedIn.

Photo credit: mrpruen at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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The Dolomite Group

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The Dolomite Group is one of the largest suppliers of materials in the upstate NY area.

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  • Started as a family run quarry almost a hundred  years ago
  • Founded in 1920 by John H. Odenbach
  • Dolomite quarries include locations in Penfield, Brockport, Le Roy, Walworth, Manchester, and Bath, NY. The Gates location makes asphalt and recycles concrete.
  • Dolomite also owns Shadow Lake and Greystone – depleted quarries that are now beautiful golf courses
  • Dolomite’s concrete plants produce concrete for residential, commercial and civil construction customers.
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P.S. Check this out! A recent story in the Rochester, NY Democrat & Chronicle explored the rich history of Dolomite, from its humble beginnings to its acquisitions throughout the years.

About our parent company:
Oldcastle – 
North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. We have more than 2,000 locations throughout North America.

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Why The Job Search Sometimes Stinks, And What You Can Do About It

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“Smile” says Pepe, it will get better!

Are you a discouraged  job seeker? We understand. The job search can be a grind. Here are 7 suggestions that will make the process a little bit easier.

  1. Reach out to others going through the same thing.
    As much as family members and friends try, unless they are unemployed or unhappily employed and desperately looking, it’s only natural that they can’t truly understand what you’re going through. Surround yourself with fellow job seekers. You can find job search groups at your local library, Dept. of Labor Service Centers as well as online. Have you ever tried a Twitter Chat? Give one a try to get expert advice from career counselors, resume writers and recruiters. Free job search help is only a click away. Check out this POST if you need help on how to participate in a chat.
  2. Be kind to yourself.
    Beating yourself up with self defeating thoughts like “I’ll never get this job” or “Why is this so hard?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” is counterproductive. Layoffs happen, and good people lose their jobs all the time. It’s not a badge of shame and you should not wear it as such.
  3. Schedule in time for non job search activity.
    While looking for a job should be your full time job, you also need time to recharge. Schedule time for a walk, watch a funny movie, read a book or magazine. You need that distraction.
  4. Remember, your job does not define you.
    In your heart, you know that’s true. Your resume, elevator speech and interview answers are all a part of the PROCESS, not the PERSON. This distinction matters. Even if you landed the job of your dreams today, you are still the same person you were yesterday.
  5. Be your own career counselor.
    Step outside your situation and pretend that you were helping someone in the same boat. What advice would you give them? If you’re slacking or not taking advantage of some of the resources out there, it’s time to step it up.
  6. Acknowledge that luck, timing & the economy will play a role.
    There are are many factors that play a role in getting a job. Many are out of your control. However, that does not mean that you should give up or settle for less than what you deserve.
  7. Start spreading the word.
    Some people keep their search a secret. Some of this can be due to the shame discussed in the second suggestion above. Yet, the more people who know that you’re looking for a job, the better off you are. Post on all your social media that you’re looking for work. Keep it simple. Here’s a sample status post:
    “Hi, I’m in the market for a new job in the (Fill in your field here). Anyone have any leads? I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance and have a great day!”  Or, write something similar to the suggested text above. The point is – everyone you meet, see or talk to (in person and online) can be a source for you (or know someone who might be). Don’t discount who you know! Who THEY know can mean the difference between getting a job or remaining stuck in your search.

It takes a lot of energy and commitment to embark on a job search. Hopefully, this renewed approach will keep you motivated and moving forward. If you have your own tips to share, let us know. We would love to hear them. Good luck and stay strong!

Looking for more job search advice? Check out this post: Ever Feel Like Your Resume Goes Into A Black Hole?

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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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Gina Williams, Human Resources Systems Analyst

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What do you do in your position at Oldcastle?
I work in the Oldcastle Talent Management Group as a Human Resources Systems Analyst primarily supporting the Recruiting, Performance, Development, Succession and Onboarding systems.  A large part of my job is being the conduit/interpreter/troubleshooter between Oldcastle’s employees, managers and applicants and the IT world.  I make sure that our processes enable people to get their jobs done in the best and most efficient ways possible, issues get resolved quickly and people have the training and support they need.  I also work closely with the HR Systems team at our parent company, CRH in Europe, to make sure that our systems work well globally.

When did you join Oldcastle? June 2014

Where is your job located?
My office is located in Rochester, New York. I sit in the Corporate Recruiting Office.  The rest of my team, including my boss, is in Atlanta, Georgia.

What do you like about working here?
I love the friendly, caring, collaborative culture of Oldcastle.   People here are very supportive of one another, and they know how to have fun.  There is a culture of learning and high expectations which I truly appreciate. I also enjoy the global aspects of the company, which allows me to work with people in different parts of the world and learn new perspectives on how business operates outside the US.

What are the best parts of your job?
I am the type of person who loves to figure things out!  When you are dealing with a lot of systems, particularly at a company as large as CRH/Oldcastle, you are constantly trying to find ways to make the systems work better for everyone. I get to do that every day!  Many of my “great ideas” come from the people that I talk to every day.  You learn a lot by working with diverse groups of people to come up with great solutions that have an impact.

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They would say I love music, laughing, having fun, am friendly and sometimes a bit too much of a morning person.  They would also probably say that I’m always available to listen and help.

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
When I was at my last employer, one of my co-workers gave me a “Dundee Award” for Christmas.  If you don’t know what a Dundee is, it is an Annual award that was given away on the show “The Office.”  When I started working at Oldcastle, we started passing it around the office whenever someone did something that required recognition.  The goal of the Dundee is to never sit too long on one person’s desk, because it is supposed to be passed!  Note to my co-workers – if it’s on your desk right now, pass it on!

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
I worked as a cashier at a local grocery store called “Star Market”.  One of the best parts of that job for me was that my grandmother was also a cashier there and we could work side by side.  My grandma is now 96 years old, but we still joke about how much fun we used to have working together. Star Market was also the first local grocery store to sell “generic” products in white and black packaging. How yummy do you think the 99 cent generic beer was?

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Do you have any hobbies?

I love traveling, making jewelry, boating, fishing and hanging out with friends and family at our cottage in the Finger Lakes region of New York. I enjoy taking pictures of sunsets, sunrises and rainbows, although I am not that great at it.   Every year on our lake on July 3rd there are huge parties for the “Ring of Fire” and fireworks displays that circle the lake. It’s chaotic and so much fun.

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Tell us about your family.
I have a great husband, Pat, who I have been with since High School. We just celebrated our 30th anniversary! We have two boys, Chris (24) and Brian (21).  Brian is a Finance and Economics major at Rochester Institute of Technology (my Alma Mater!) and my son, Chris, is an Automation Engineer at a company in Rochester.  We have a lot of fun together as a family, and I am thrilled that Chris just bought a house in Rochester and will be staying in the area!

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Gina was featured in this article: Computer Analysts Among Growing IT Careers. Check it out!

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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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New School Year? It’s The Perfect Time To Get Your Career In Gear

image1Remember what it was like to go back to school? It was a combination of excitement (to see your friends) and sadness (knowing that the freedom of Summer was over) sprinkled with a bit of apprehension. What I remember most about those days (besides the awesome lunchbox I got to pick out at the store) was the chance to start fresh. Let’s take a cue from those school students we see in our Facebook feed and start fresh this fall. Instead of learning the “3 R’s” (Reading, Writing & Arithmetic), I came up with four new, action-oriented R’s:

1) Reevaluate
Are you REALLY ready to commit to the job search? If you’re employed but unhappy at your job, ask yourself first if there are any things in your control that you can do or change at work (or even at home) to make things better. In addition, if you have a lot going on in your personal life (a move, going through a divorce, dealing with an illness or other extenuating circumstance), it might be wise to put your search on hold. Not forever, but for now. Save your energy for where it will best be put to use.

If you’re unemployed and need to work, you don’t have the option to curtail your search. But, it may be time to change direction. If you can’t find jobs in one area (say marketing for example), you should be open to the possibility of another area like sales.

2) Revisit
What is or is not working with your job search? If you’re not getting any interviews, it’s time to take a really critical look at your resume. Do you have a friend who is good at writing? See if they will help. Your college career center can help as well. Reach out to see what services they offer to alumni. Local libraries often offer resume writing workshops. If interviewing is a weak spot, you can get help for that as well. Practice mock interview questions with a friend. Make an effort to start networking (and not just online!). Last but not least, make sure you are maximizing the potential of LinkedIn. Click the links in this post for helpful resources in all four areas.

3) Reinvent
The beauty of going from junior high to high school or high school to college was that you could at least try to transform into the person you wanted to be. Granted, this was not always the easiest thing to do, but it was the goal of many. A similar goal can be applied to the job search. What can you do better this time around in your career? Focus on improving your weak areas. It’s not easy to admit, for example, that you’re too defensive, a “micro manager,” strong willed, etc… fill in the blank here with whatever the case may be – but it’s a good starting point/exercise. By taking a hard look at yourself, you can map out the steps to change.

4) Revise
As with any plan, there are going to be stumbles and falls. Things won’t go exactly as planned, and that’s ok. If they did, we would all be in our ideal jobs and no one would be out of work or looking for work. Aim for progress not perfection. Be proactive on your new plan to find that new job and be prepared to change the plan along the way.

Everyone deserves the opportunity for a clean slate. If you’re stagnating in your job search or career, the new school year is a great time to Reevaluate, Revisit, Reinvent and Revise things in your professional life. Oh, and if you or your parents have any of those old metal lunchboxes, you should really look into selling them – they may be worth something! 🙂

Looking for more job search advice? Check out this post: 5 Must-Ask Interview Questions.

A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears 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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Joe Bianchi, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Materials

06-28-2015-Jenn 047What do you do in your position at Oldcastle?
I work on the Oldcastle’s Materials Team and recruit for their Southeast Division.  The Southeast Division consists of APAC Mississippi, Conrad Yelvington, MidSouth Paving and Preferred Materials (located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee).  I recruit for all exempt level positions within the Southeast. These roles could include Paving Foreman, Superintendents, Project Managers, Estimators, Ready Mix Sales, Plant Foreman as well as Corporate Staff positions.

When did you join Oldcastle?
February, 2015

Where is your job located?
Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?
Oldcastle is a great place to work.  Since I have been here, it seems to be in continuous growth mode, and you really feel like you’re helping the organization by finding quality people to help continue its growth. I enjoy the culture, and like working for an organization that promotes getting the job done as well as career development opportunities for its employees.

What are the best parts of your job?
My co-workers.  They are always quick to help or give guidance when needed.  I enjoy coming in and working with them every day.  Next, the relationships that I built with the Hiring Managers, Human Resources and others who work in the Southeast.  Even though I work from a distance, I still feel like I’m part of their team. In addition, I enjoy getting to meet all the great candidates that we come in contact with.  I get to know our candidates very well through the process, and try to stay in touch even after they are hired.  For those who haven’t been hired yet, I take it upon myself to try and help to find the right fit for them.  It’s always a great feeling when you know that you did the right thing for someone and they are able to advance their career.

Jenn 11-16-2014 037What would your co-workers say about you?
I think they view me as a very big family guy. If I am not going to a baseball game, I am usually at a family dinner, birthday party or just getting together for a visit.  There are not many nights that I go straight home.  They probably would also say that I am very organized.  If you see my desk, everything has a place. My motto is – the less paper, the better!

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
I have too many to share, but here’s one: I used to work at Buckman’s Carwash in high school.  One day, I was asked to play the role of a dentist and was given a hammer and pencil.  The thought was that, since I played baseball, I would be the most qualified to hit the eraser on the pencil with the hammer and extract a loose tooth.  I accepted the challenge and the tooth was removed.  What I failed to mention prior, was that I was pitcher.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
My first job ever was as a dishwasher at a Greek restaurant called Emerald’s.  My friend Traffy got me and all of our buddies a job there for the summer.

2012-RCBLChampionshipDo you have any hobbies?
I love anything baseball (NY Mets), football (Buffalo Bills), working in the yard, and for those who know me…vacuuming. When I’m not at the office, I help to run the Rochester Collegiate Baseball League with two of my good friends, Dan Sullivan and Lou Izzo. The “RCBL” is a local (Rochester, NY) league built for college players to develop and play competitive baseball during the summer. In addition, we also run a High School League in August which is modeled after our college league. www.rochestercbl.com.

JBDaughterTell us about your family.
My wife Jennifer and I have a lively 4 year old daughter, Faith, and a clueless 5 year old black lab named Smuckers at home. We are also expecting our second child in early September. Jenn and I both come from very large and very close families. With 11 nieces and nephews on both sides and with #12 showing up any day now, our nights and weekends are typically filled with some type of family event. And not only are we close with both sides of the family, but both sides are close with each other. It’s not unusual to hear that my parents and in-laws were up until 3 am playing cards together on a Saturday night…and we weren’t even invited!
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Connect with me on LinkedIn: Joe Bianchi

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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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