Monthly Archives: October 2016

Are You Too Scared To Look For A New Job?

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Listen, we get it. It can be hard to to put yourself out there. Let’s address some common job search fears and how you can move past them.

  1. The Fear of Change
    This is a big one. Even if you’re in a toxic work environment, leaving to start a new job is inherently stressful. All big moves are stressful – even good ones – like getting married, buying a house, going away to school, etc. Accept that leaving the comfort zone of your current position is going to cause emotional discomfort. This is part of the process. Not feeling at least a little apprehension would be more atypical.

“Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.” -M.Dhliayo

  1. Procrastination Nation
    It’s so easy to keep postponing your job search.” Oh, I’ll wait until after the holidays, after the kids get a little older, after ‘INSERT YOUR EXCUSE HERE’. Don’t do it. Life moves quickly, and, before you know it, we’ll be in the midst of the new year. Combat this obstacle by charting out your job search plan now. It can be as simple as drafting and following a plan: October – work on resume and LinkedIn page for a half hour on Wednesday and Thursday nights, search for jobs for a half hour on Monday and Tuesday nights, November – attend one networking event, get references lined up. You get the idea…
  2. Not understanding the process 
    If you haven’t searched for a job for awhile (or even if you have), you’ll soon realize that the process itself has changed. Completing online applications is commonplace. These ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) have their own set of rules. It’s imperative that you format your resume with keywords to increase your chances of the system making a match. Along the same lines though, good old fashioned job search rules still apply. You need to emphasize your accomplishments on your resume, as well as in an interview. The competition has never been fiercer, but knowing how to position yourself appropriately is half the battle.
  3. Thinking The Grass ISN’T Greener
    If you’ve ever left one bad job for another one, you may resist making a change again. However, if you don’t take a chance, you’ll never know! Yes, there is always the chance the next job may not live up to its potential. But, this is where your research comes in. Make sure to thoroughly research the company as best you can before you accept the offer.
    Besides perusing all their social media, look to see if you have any mutual connections or friends who know people who work there. ASK probing questions – for instance – What would people say is the best and worst thing about working here? If you could improve something in the office, what would it be?  LOOK for clues when you’re at the interview. Do people seem engaged and energetic or appear apathetic? What you hear (or don’t hear), see (or don’t see), can all be very telling. Be a detective so you don’t get burned.

At the end of the day, it’s a personal decision whether you make the decision to stay or to go. As they say though, no risk, no rewards. Fight through your fears and go for that new job!

Looking for more job search advice?
Join our Talent Community today HERE! You’ll receive receive a monthly e-newsletter with job search advice written by our own staff of recruiters and experts.To see past issues, check out our Newsletter Archive.

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

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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.

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Jennifer Latone, Driver Recruiter

jl5What do you do in your position? I am a Driver Recruiter for Allied Building Products, the distribution division of Oldcastle.  My focus is to identify talented CDL drivers across the states to join our team delivering both interior and exterior building products locally to our customers.

When did you join Oldcastle? August 2016

Where is your job located?  Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?  So far, it’s absolutely the team here! Everyone is so supportive and friendly. It seems that everyone really enjoys what they do and works hard to achieve their goals. It’s pretty awesome to be working with like-minded people.

What are the best parts of your job? What I really like about Oldcastle is that I’m not trying to fill temporary positions like some of my previous recruiting work. Being able to help a person find stable employment with a successful company makes me feel good. The fact that it’s so easy to “sell” a company that treats its employees awesome, has great benefits, and so much room for growth makes it not feel like a “sell” at all.

What would co-workers say about you? Can anyone ever answer this question? Ha, ha! Well, I would think they probably would say that I have a positive attitude and always do my best. They may say that I’m a bit of a joker filled with useless information too, lol.

What was your first job ever? I think I was 14/15 and I worked at my local pizzeria – LB’s Pizza in Lima, NY. I’d get up super early on the weekend and go in to do all the prep work for the day.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? Let’s see…one time I had a little fender bender on the way to work, and, just as I pulled up in front of my job, my whole engine went up in flames! They had to evacuate the building until the fire department came because it might have exploded. That was pretty interesting and super embarrassing!

What do you do outside of work? I love to spend time with my mom and two sisters most of all. I am often doing some sort of experimental cooking and love learning anything new. Most of the time, I am just spoiling my cat Ludo, binge watching Netflix, or have my nose in a good book, lol. I’m a bit of a homebody.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  We are mostly a family of girls, and yet we are more mechanically inclined than most. My (tiny) big sister was a mechanic for GM for years, and I took schooling for building mechanics just so we could be self-sufficient and not have to call anyone to fix anything. I have to say that it has turned out to be a pretty handy thing.

Bonus fun fact: Both my mother and big sister were born in Japan, and I could use chopsticks before regular silverware. 🙂 

What is your LinkedIn URL?  You can find me here: Jennifer Latone 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.

Follow us on: TwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTube, and Facebook for jobs and career advice. And, don’t forget to join our NEW Talent Community to receive a monthly e-mail newsletter with expert advice on the job search process.

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3 New LinkedIn Tips For Fall

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  1. Learn for free on LinkedIn
    Did you know  that you can take free online classes for a month? Sign up for a trial and improve your professional game. There are more than 9,000 classes to choose from!  Go HERE to get started.
  • Let recruiters know you’re interested
    Go to your LinkedIn profile, click on Preferences and turn the feature to on. You can designate location, industry, and even the size of companies you want to target. Worried about privacy or your current company finding out? According to LinkedIn, “We will hide the Open Candidates signal from recruiters at your company or affiliated company recruiters.”
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  • Get a LinkedIn Profile Badge
    Now you can promote yourself outside of LinkedIn. More than just the customized URL, a badge includes your:
    – profile picture
    – job title
    – current company
    You create the badge from LinkedIn. Once you have one, you can use it in your email, on a personal website/blog or even on an online resume. Anything you can do to set yourself apart is a plus!
    To do this:
    Go to your LinkedIn page and click on the “View Profile As” button and choose Customize Your Public Profile. Once you get to that page (seen below), scroll to the bottom.
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Then, you will click on the “Create a public profile badge.”
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Next, follow the directions to create your badge.
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You will see that there are numerous sizes/choices:
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Bonus tip:
If you haven’t made a customized LinkedIn Public Profile URL yet, make sure you do! This is a link that you can share anywhere. LinkedIn gives you a URL already, but it includes lots of numbers and is not easy to remember. You can easily edit and change it by going to the same page as you go to for making a badge.  Just click the pencil to make the edits.
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Looking for more job search advice?
Join our Talent Community today HERE! You’ll receive receive a monthly e-newsletter with job search advice written by our own staff of recruiters and experts.To see past issues, check out our Newsletter Archive.

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

Photo Credit: DepositPhotos

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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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