Monthly Archives: October 2015

Too fearful to start a job search?

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“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” –Louisa May Alcott

Any sort of big change, career or otherwise, comes with a certain amount of discomfort. Who wouldn’t be apprehensive about starting something new and leaving familiar faces and tasks behind?

It’s not about loss
“A lot of people think about what they are giving up by switching jobs – vacation, seniority, comfort and familiarity – and that is scary! Instead, think about what you could be gaining by letting go of that fear.  This is an opportunity to grow within a new company, bring your experiences to a new team and make new friends and new experiences.” – Corey Listar, Staffing Operations Manager

Redefine what an interview is
Yes, they are testing you, but you are also testing them. Go into the interview with this mindset. You’re like a detective – gathering facts. This simple switch in mindset can help alleviate your apprehension about the interview process.

 “People should look at an interview as gaining additional knowledge or as an informational interview in the beginning.  They should interview the person they’re speaking with to get information about the company and about the role and expectations to ensure it’s going to be a good fit for them.”  – Erin Bardwell, Staffing Manager

Take a risk for the greater reward
Sure, you can stay at your current job. BUT, if you’re miserable there, where does that get you? Many people stay in jobs that are no longer a fit for them for far too long. By doing so, they are missing out on the chance for personal and professional growth.

“The only way you can change your life is to take a chance.” – Deonna Campbell, Corporate Recruiter

The more you put yourself out there, the easier it gets.
Do you get engaged after your first date? Highly doubtful. Along the same lines, few people land the first job they apply to, so don’t get discouraged nor give up if your initial efforts aren’t a success. It’s a competitive job market out there. Your biggest arsenal against the competition is to know your market value (there are many websites that can help you with this), the kind of job you’re looking for and how to show your future employer that you have the skills they need.

Don’t let the fear of the job search process hold you back. Believe in yourself, look forward to the possibilities ahead and take the leap!

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post: 4 Quick Tips To Improve Your Resume

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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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Networking 101 – 3 Steps To Success

You need to network! It’s advice many hear, know they should act upon, but yet dread and/or avoid.

“I don’t know how to prepare for a networking event. “

“I don’t know what to say when I’m there.”

“I don’t know how to follow up after networking.”

If this sounds like you, listen to the short clips below. Kim Caccamise, a Corporate Recruiter for Oldcastle Precast, offers her insight on making the process easier, and – dare we say it – even enjoyable.

Step 1 – How to prepare for a networking event
1) Be mentally prepared
2) Dress appropriately for the type of event
3) Have your questions ready
4) Research the event and attendees before you go
5) Initiate conversations while you’re there

Step 2 – Overcoming networking fear  
Even extroverts can have trouble networking, so don’t beat yourself up about it. Kim has suggestions for the timid too!
1) It’s all about asking the right questions
2) Learn when the magic of networking really happens

Step 3 – Last but not least – the meat of it – how to be successful at a networking event
1) Don’t hang out with people you know
2) It sounds silly, but fresh breath is key – bring mints, sip on some water
3) Smile, engage in eye contact and make your introductions
4) Break the ice, build rapport, ask questions – have your value statement ready!
5) Explore opportunities on how you can help each other
6) Follow through with promises when you follow up after the event

“You’re always coming from an angle of helping the person you’re talking with, because they’ll automatically want to help you back.”

Networking is not meant to be a chore. It’s an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. Knowing how to act and what to say is half the battle!

If you enjoyed these videos, check out our other career related clips on YouTube.

Looking for more networking advice? Check out this post: How to Network If You Don’t Like To Network – 6 Tips For The Timid.

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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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