Monthly Archives: February 2016

Reference Reality – 7 Things You Should Know

GirlonPhone“Is it a good sign if they call my references?” The answer is a resounding yes! If you get to the point of the interview process where the employer is putting time and effort into reaching out to your references, you are definitely a solid contender for the position. For that reason, it makes good sense to put some thought into WHO you choose for a reference and HOW to prep them for that call. Our recruiting team conducts reference calls on a weekly basis. Here are a few insights from their calls and interactions.

1) Your boss makes the best reference.
Your peers can certainly speak about your work ethic, character, etc., but try for a superior if at all possible. Some companies insist on it. If you can’t use your boss as a reference (since you are still employed at the company and it would raise suspicions), what about your boss from a previous position? Good reference checkers notice if you can’t provide solid references from previous employers. It can be a red flag that you didn’t have or maintain solid professional relationships at those organizations.

2) Some companies won’t be as thorough as others, but you want to be prepared either way.
Prepare as if the employer will be calling all your references and asking them probing questions about you.

3) Ask your references permission to be used as a reference.
This is just common courtesy. Some people may not feel comfortable being a reference and you need to respect that. You never want to blind side people. It doesn’t look good if a recruiter or hiring manager calls a reference who has no idea they were going to be one.

4) Prep your references.
Give your references your resume and tell them a little bit about the position(s) you are going for and the time frame they can expect the call. Mention the qualifications you would appreciate they would mention. For instance, say you’re interviewing for a sales position. You could ask your reference to talk about the success you had on a certain sales initiative. You don’t want your reference to sound rehearsed, but a few reminders of your skill sets and accomplishments gives them a base for the discussion.

5) The reference checker is listening to what the reference DOES say as well as what they DON’T.
A good reference check call is a conversation between the reference and recruiter. The recruiter is looking to see if the person is a cultural fit and can do the job. They can sense when a reference may be holding back. Lulls in the conversation or hesitations can be red flags to them.

6) Avoid the “perfectionist” line.
Saying someone is too organized or too dedicated isn’t fooling anyone. No one is perfect, and we all have areas to work on. Employers know this. Being too glowing in a reference discussion can backfire. It’s best for your reference to focus on your strengths, but they should never lie or exaggerate.

7)  Be willing to be a reference for others, if appropriate.
It’s good practice to return the favor (at a later date), if you can. If you’re not a boss or superior, you can always endorse the person who was your reference on LinkedIn or write a testimonial about them. This is another way to maintain good relationships and network. The truth is – you should always have your radar on as far as who you could potentially use as a reference, whether you’re currently employed and not looking or actively pursuing new opportunities.

A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

Photo credit: Victor Hanacek, PicJumbo

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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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CRH

CRHCRH is the parent company of Oldcastle. It is is a leading diversified international building materials group, employing 93,000 people at 4,000 operating locations in 37 countries worldwide.

Other key facts:

  • CRH is the largest building materials company in North America and the third largest worldwide.
  • The Group has leadership positions in Europe, as well as established strategic positions in the emerging economic regions of Asia and South America.
  • CRH is committed to improving the built environment through the delivery of superior materials and products for the construction and maintenance of infrastructure, housing and commercial projects.
  • A Fortune 500 company, CRH shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Learn more about the history of CRH in this short video clip:

CRH operations:
In Europe
– Heavyside
– Lightside
– Distribution

In America
– Materials
– Products
– Distribution

To learn more about CRH, visit: http://www.crh.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 Job Search Tricks To Love

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  1. Looking for an email address?
    Here’s a site that will help: Email Hunter You won’t find every email here, but it can be helpful to track down some elusive email addresses.
  2. Make your LinkedIn introduction matter. Many people, before they apply to a job, head to LinkedIn to see if they have any connections who are connected to people at that company. They then ask for an introduction (see steps for how to do that HERE). To make your request stand out, put some thought into what you say and personalize it a bit more. Here’s an example:
    Hi [your connection’s name],
    How are you? Hoping things are going well for you this year. It’s been quite the Winter hasn’t it? I notice that you are connected to Sam Smith, who is the VP of Marketing for Acme Corp. I saw that Acme has a Marketing Specialist position listed on their website. It looks really interesting, and I would love to find out more about the job. Would you mind introducing me? I know how busy you get this time of year, so I wrote up a little blurb to pass along to make it easier. Oh, and I also wanted to share this article I found – thought you might find it interesting. 
  3. Message someone on LinkedIn even if they aren’t your connection.
    If you share a mutual group, you can contact them without being connected.
  4. Always return a recruiter’s call.
    They aren’t there to harass you. Good recruiters want to build a relationship with you to find the right fit for their company or agency.
  5. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a recruiter about a job you see.
    Even if the opening isn’t a fit, one down the line might be. The recruiter will have the “inside scoop” on the job.

    “Job descriptions can be vague and don’t tell the whole story, says Corporate Recruiter Deonna Campbell. “Having a brief conversation with the recruiter can clear up any questions you may have and can expand on what the job entails. Even if you aren’t interested in this particular opportunity, getting more information might help someone you know.”

  6. Start a “kudos” folder. This is a folder (email or paper) with any documents or emails that you get that you can use down the line to further your case during a performance review, for getting a raise, updating your resume or at an interview. Suggested items to be included: a congratulatory email from your boss about successful completion of a project, a list of webinars or classes you have attended in your field, statistics from work projects, etc. It’s better to save these items as you get them instead of having to scramble and backtrack.

Bonus tip– Be proactive and start using  Twitter to build up your connections. Someone may not accept your connection request on LinkedIn, but you can always follow them on Twitter. Follow target companies/people and make sure to interact (retweet, reply and like) with them before you need a job. This is an easy, low pressure way to build up your network.
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* Just for fun * Check out this site where you can make your own personalized virtual candy heart. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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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Cailee Medina, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

CaileeMedina What do you do in your position?
I am a corporate recruiter for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, a division within Oldcastle that designs, engineers, tests, and manufactures custom glass products. Our products have been featured in buildings such as the Dallas Cowboys football stadium and the College Football Hall of Fame.


When did you join Oldcastle?
I joined Oldcastle in November of 2015.

Where is your job located?
My job is located in Rochester, NY, but I recruit for positions all across the United States and into Canada.

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Having fun at a work bowling event this past December!

What do you like about working here?
I work with an amazing group of people. Everyone on the team is so supportive and encouraging, and always pushes me to be better. I love knowing that I am constantly learning and developing my skills as a Recruiter, and making a difference in a great company.

What are the best parts of your job?
So far, I have loved learning about the building materials industry. I never considered getting into this field, but every day here is different and fast-paced. I love learning about the intricacies of all our different glass products, and knowing that what I am doing on a daily basis is contributing to the overall success of the company. I also take a lot of pride in hiring the best talent to work for our company, and enjoy watching the success and development of the people I hire.

What would co-workers say about you?
I think they would say that I am extremely dedicated to my job. Also, that I am highly energetic and love to laugh!! And that I love Taylor Swift!!

What was your first job ever?
My first job ever was at my parents’ restaurant, Charley Browns’ in Penfield. I was a busser starting at the age of 14, and worked as a server all throughout college.

Tell us about your family.
Both my parents and my older brother live in the Rochester area, which is great! We have three miniature Pinscher puppies who I love! I just moved back to Rochester from Washington, DC, and recently got engaged! I will be getting married in the Spring of 2017.

Connect with Cailee on LinkedIn.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

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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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