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Chris Garrie, VP of Recruiting

ChrisGarrieOldcastleWhat do you do in your position?
I am fortunate to lead the talent acquisition effort for the Oldcastle family of companies across North America.

When did you join Oldcastle?
January 2005

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? There are many reasons why I like working for Oldcastle.  First, it is a very successful global conglomerate in the building material manufacturing/distribution space that is always looking for better ways to do business.  Second, the people (from top to bottom in the organization) are bright, approachable and genuinely care about the company, customers, fellow employees and the community. 

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Chris with Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Robert Duffy after a tour of our office this fall

What are the best parts of your job?
 I get to work with the best recruiting team in Rochester.  We also help people find a career with a stable, profitable company that values the contributions made by each and every employee. 

What would co-workers say about you?
I hope that they would say that I care very much about our team and Oldcastle.

Can you share any funny or interesting work stories from over the years?
When we first started to build out the recruitment effort in Rochester, we were sitting in some unused office space in our warehouse on Buffalo Road.  When we started to add staff to our team, we had to do everything possible to find space – including sitting people in old closets and conference rooms.  Mike Brigida (who ran the warehouse and is now a good friend) was very accommodating and allowed us to basically take over his office.  Since that time, we were fortunate to build a foundation that could apply to all of the Oldcastle companies. This has allowed us to grow this team so significantly over the past 11 years.  We are now in a true office on Scottsville Road,  but that wouldn’t have happened without the help and patience of many in our original building.    

What was your first job ever?
I was a dishwasher at the local truck stop in Round Lake, NY

Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my wife Erin for 10 years. We have  two boys Kyle (8) and Ethan (4) and two dogs – Shelby and Ginger.

Do you have any hobbies?
Lately, I spend most of my spare time with my family shuttling my kids back and forth from the YMCA or reading.  I do try to get out for long bike rides when we have good weather.

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Check out this clip of Chris from a job search presentation
at the University of Rochester:

Read a column Chris wrote for the Democrat & Chronicle:
How small businesses can hire top talent.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Connect with Chris 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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12 Days of… Concrete Career Tips

  1. 12 days of concreteWhen you upload your photo to LinkedIn (or for any other use), save it as your full name (i.e. Joe Jobseeker). It’s good for SEO.
  2. Google yourself once a month to see what shows up for your name (or if someone else with your same name appears first). Note – your LinkedIn profile should be one of the first results you see.
  3. Start a new email just for job search/career purposes. An alumni email address is also great to use for professional job related inquiries.
  4. Get rid of the objective on your resume. It’s just wasting space. You’re better off beefing up a Summary or Summary of Qualifications section.
  5. Change your LinkedIn public profile URL from the standard one they give you (which includes a string of numbers) to a more customized, personalized one (ex. https://www.linkedin.com/in/JoeJobseeker).
  6. Write a recommendation for a deserving colleague on LinkedIn.
  7. Ask a colleague to write a recommendation for you.
  8. Put together a list of three references. Do it now so you won’t have to scramble when you need it.
  9. Add rich media (videos, images, documents or a presentation) to your LinkedIn profile.
  10. Start a Twitter account and follow industry related people, associations and companies. If you already have a profile, start a Twitter List entitled “Cool companies” and add those accounts to your list.
  11. Update your Facebook page profile with your current position and company. This information can be found by recruiters/hiring managers.
  12. Compare your resume to your LinkedIn page – they should not be the same thing! LinkedIn is your personal brand – not just a repeat of resume bullet points. Change accordingly.

Lucky #13 tip – Update your professional headline on LinkedIn. Pick keywords for your field – don’t just put your current job title. Also, if you current job title is not one recruiters would look for or recognize, change it! For instance, a receptionist might be called “Director of first impressions.” Very few employers and ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) will search for that job title. Use common standard titles.

 

A version of this post, by our social media specialist, 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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LinkedIn
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How this curious elf can help your career

elf1‘Tis that time of year when thousands of families are placing and posing a watchful, mischievous elf on their shelves. In the spirit of the holidays, let’s look at how this relatively new tradition can inspire you in your quest to find a new job.

1. Embrace the excitement
Although this elf makes more work for mom and dad, kids are thrilled to search for it each morning. When was the last time you had that kind of enthusiasm? If you aren’t excited about pursuing a new role and all the possibilities it holds, who will be? Employers can sense when job seekers are just going through the motions. Tap into that elf-inspired energy for your search!

2. Would your resume be on the naughty or nice list?
Naughty resumes are boring, too long and include ho hum descriptions of what you did at your last job. Do you think the elf wants to tell Santa stories about bad girls and boys? Of course not! And, you shouldn’t be telling bad or boring stories either! Spice up your resume with accomplishments. This is your time to shine. Showcase (with percentages, statistics and other results-oriented bullets) what you did at your last job that made your company better.

3. See things from a different angle
The elf is mobile, always moving around to different places night after night. Follow his lead and don’t keep doing things the same way. You should be following more than one path in your search. Don’t just sit at the computer and apply to jobs. Get out there and attend events. Holiday time is the perfect time to meet, mix and mingle! This is also a good time to brush up on your elevator speech, practice your interview skills, volunteer for a good cause, etc.

4. You don’t have to be perfect
Do you think children are little angels the entire time the elf makes its appearance? If you’re a parent, you know the answer to that one. Yet, the elf gives kids the chance to do better and be better. You won’t be perfect in your job search. Every application is not going to hit the mark 100%. Yet, you need to keep trying, putting in your best effort and not giving up when the going gets tough. Your job search may be longer than the duration of the shelf on the elf’s appearance, but not to worry – you got this!

5. Remember what really matters
At the end of the day, “the scout elf returns to its family.” Don’t get so caught up in job search drama (and all the up and down emotions it entails) that you forget about friends and family.

Let us know how your job search is going – we’ll be watching 😉

Thank you for reading – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

A version of this post, by our social media specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

Photo credit: Julie G.

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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 us for jobs and career advice:
Twitter
LinkedIn
Instagram
YouTube
Facebook
Pinterest

Also, don’t forget to join our Talent Community to receive a monthly e-mail newsletter with expert advice on the job search process.

 

 

 

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