Monthly Archives: January 2016

Making It Easier For Veterans To Find Jobs

milVeterans bring a variety of desirable skills and qualifications to the workplace, including dedication, loyalty and commitment to get the job done. Despite this, it can be a challenge for them to find civilian jobs because many job descriptions are written in a way that does not correlate to a veteran’s job title.

“Most job search sites don’t take into consideration military job titles, sub-specialties and specialized training, leaving veterans with a more complicated, lengthy job search, says Chris Garrie, VP of Recruiting for Oldcastle.

Like many employers, Oldcastle wanted to hire more veterans, and wanted a way to make the job search easier for them. So, they decided to team up with Monster.com and Military.com to create a Military Skills Translator (MST).

What is a MST?
Simply put, a Military Skills Translator is an online tool that veterans can use to search for jobs by choosing from a drop down menu that lists their service, pay grade and military job title. Results from the search include jobs that may be a match for the veteran, including some that the veteran may not have previously even thought of.

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According to Joel Burris, a US army veteran who works as a Corporate Recruiter for Allied Building Products, “This is a great tool that I wish existed when I was job searching.  I liked being able to add my specific training and immediately see what roles were a match. It’s a great starting off point.”

If you’re looking for companies that have Military Skills Translators, a good place to start is Military.com.  Veteran friendly companies there are actively seeking veterans for employment. In addition, you will find job search advice and resources on that site, as well as on some of the company pages.

P.S. Looking for more career advice?
Check out this post: 4 Easy Action Steps For Veterans Transitioning To Civilian Jobs.

Know a veteran looking for a job? Please share this post!

If you’re a veteran interested in a job at Oldcastle, check out our sites:

Oldcastle’s Military Skill Translator (MST)

Oldcastle’s Military Page On Military.com

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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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6 Steps To Whisk Away Winter Blues

winterAfter the anticipation, excitement and build up that surrounds the December holidays, the month of January can be a bit of a let down. Gift bills come in, the weather acts up and the days until Spring can seem far away on the horizon. Never fear – there are many ways to feel better during this time of year. Let’s take a look!

1) Be open to the possibility of a fresh start
Unhappy in your job? Unemployed? It’s a great time to start a job search. Hiring managers and companies are actively searching and interviewing prospective employees. It’s also a good time to focus on other goals – from fitness to finances.  As cliched as it may sound, there is something about turning that calendar page to a new year that just screams new beginnings.

2) Know that days are getting brighter
It can be a struggle to drive to work and back home again in the dark, but the good news is that we are gaining 1.5 minutes to 2.5 minutes of daylight between now and February. A minute or two may not seem like much, but just knowing more light is on the way can give you a psychological boost.

3) Embrace the season
You may never be a winter person, and that’s ok! If that’s the case, be open minded enough to search out activities that will make the winter more fun. You can find gems to enjoy January thru March. Just as we tell job seekers – take a break and enjoy what’s around you.Winter is here until March 20th- whether you like it or not.

4) Get your Vitamin D
In the north, and in many parts of the country, Vitamin D deficiency is a reality that can result in lethargy and depression. Make an effort to get sunlight each day. Even on cloudy days, it’s important to be near natural light. The harsh glare of fluorescent lights can do a number on your psyche. If your office or cubicle isn’t near a window, get up and get some exposure to the light during your workday. The benefits are numerous, including helping you to sleep better.

“About 80 to 90 percent of our vitamin D comes from sun exposure.”
– Dr. Michael Holick, MD, PhD,  professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at the Boston University Medical Center

5) Be more active
The tendency during winter months is to load up on comfort foods, take more naps and hibernate ’til Spring. A better approach would be to seek out movement. Get up from your desk and stretch every hour. Take a short walk if you can. Outside of work, get some exercise – try snowshoeing, ice skating or, on milder days, take a brisk walk. You can still have your comfort foods, but look for new, healthier swaps, like this mac ‘n cheese (#yum!).

6) Plan something fun
Whether you’re working or not, you can always find something to look forward to. Plan to go to a movie, concert or trip. Or, attend a free/low cost event you found online or in your local newspaper. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Just knowing something is scheduled on the calendar can help improve your mood.

Don’t let Winter get you down. Spring will be here before you know it!

P.S. If this post helped you or you think it can help others, please share.

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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Preferred Materials

Preferred Materials is a leading supplier of asphalt, concrete, concrete products, and paving services in the Southeast. PMheader-logo

 

 We have:
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  • 4 CMEC-accredited concrete QC labs throughout Florida
  • 13 CMEC-accredited asphalt labs in Florida and DOT certified labs in Georgia and South Carolina
  • More than 750 employees
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    Paving – private and commercial project, including highways, roads, streets and parking lots
    Ready Mixed Concrete – regular, custom & decorative, concrete block and rebar – commercial and residential buildings and structures
    Concrete Block – normal or light weight, for masonry style construction
    Building Materials – multiple lines, including glass block, stone veneer, tools, fireplaces and masonry accessories
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    Corporate Responsibility – At Preferred Materials, “our focus is on safety and environmental stewardship. Not only do we meet all safety and environmental regulations, but we also take it a step further. Corporate responsibility is not something we try to “do,” it’s a natural part of who we are.”
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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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5 Job Search Resolutions You Can Keep

Empty road towards the big cloud and 2016

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” ― R. M. Rilke

As we turn the calendar page to a fresh New Year, are you resolving to do better with your diet, exercise plan or finances? Don’t forget about your career! January is a great time to turn over a new leaf – especially if your job search has stalled. These resolutions can get you on the right track in 2016.

1.) Commit to spending more time on job search activities

If you’re unemployed, you should devote at least the equivalent of a regular 40 hour work week to networking, researching  job openings and applying to positions. If you’re employed but looking, commit to 2 hours a week for job searching (all done at home after regular work hours of course!).

2.) Schedule one networking event per month

This could range from going to a business presentation, attending a community business function or participating in a formal networking session. To find out about upcoming networking opportunities, check out business associations in your industry, the local newspaper (regular edition and business) – even your college career center (which can also be a great resource for alumni).

3.) Pick one job search tool to improve every other week

For example, January could be resumes and LinkedIn. Week one would involve an in-depth look at your resume – what’s working and what could use a little sprucing up. Get input from a friend and someone in your field. Week three could be making sure your LinkedIn profile accurately portrays your background. You could also vow to start adding more connections and liking, commenting and posting status updates on a regular basis.

4.)  Incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your job search plan

Eating right, working out, getting adequate sleep and taking time for family and friends should not be separate from your job search. A healthy, rested mind and body will do wonders for your energy and productivity in the job search process.

5) Vow to be more patient this year

It’s easy to want that call for an interview NOW. However, that is not how the job search process works. In particular, when businesses are getting back into the swing of things in the new year, you can’t expect their timetable to equal yours. Just take a deep breath and keep moving forward with steps one through four. Getting yourself worked up and stressed out won’t do you any good. If you find your stress level rising, some good de-stressing ideas include: texting/calling someone, taking a walk,  getting together with friends, going to a movie, watching a sitcom or reading a book/magazine.

Happy New Year & Good Luck – 2016 will be your best year yet!

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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.

Follow us for jobs and career advice:
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