Monthly Archives: December 2016

A Recipe For Job Search Success

cookieWith a little luck and a dollop of determination, you can cook up a great career for the New Year.

1) What jobs are you going to apply to?
Broaden your search parameters. Check out the  Occupational Outlook Handbook: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ This site identifies and describes almost every occupation you could imagine. It even includes education required and median pay. Another idea: When you go to the job boards – instead of always typing in the same job title – look for other titles. In addition, keep an open mind when you see the suggested jobs LinkedIn shows in your feed. There could be jobs out there that you’re qualified for that you hadn’t even thought of previously. Oh, and this same tip applies on the baking front too. Are you going to make cookies this year? Or maybe it’s pie? Sure, make those old favorites – but give new treats a try too!

2) Stir in two cups of patience
Any good baker knows that you can’t open the oven door when cookies or cakes are baking. It can be tempting to sneak a peek or poke at those cupcakes. However, the wait is worth the while. The same thing holds true for your job search. This is particularly true in December. Job search activity on all fronts slows to what seems like a crawl. You have to rise above the impatience and know that things will pick up again. January is just around the corner. Always keep your eyes open for positions, keep applying and be prepared for more activity in early 2017.

cupcakes3) Sprinkle in a pinch of creativity
Don’t be a cookie cutter candidate! On your end, what else you can do to differentiate yourself? Can you start a blog in your field? Is there a new networking group or conference you can attend? You want to stand out! While you do need to follow the rules when it comes to submitting applications, you can think and act outside the box too. Is the recruiter for the role on Twitter? Does the company have a careers Facebook page? There are other less obvious ways to reach out and differentiate yourself. For you bakers out there – we all know that the best recipes aren’t 100% by the book. You follow the directions to a point, but then add in your own special seasonings or alter the original. The results? Delish! Put that same strategy in play when you’re on the prowl for a position.

4) Don’t forget to add a dash of of love
You can always tell when a recipe has been made with love. The baker is passionate and excited about what they’re creating. Have you lost that excitement? It can be a challenge to maintain enthusiasm – especially for a job search that seems to be never ending. But, you have to find that inner strength to tap back into a better frame of mind. Interviewers (in person or on the phone) can tell when you’re just going through the motions. Even if you have to “fake it ’til you make it,” you need to do just that. Smile, think about the satisfaction of landing that job and what it will feel like to start a new adventure.

Thank you, as always, for reading. Wishing you all a sweet holiday!

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

P.S. Looking for holiday baking suggestions? Check out these recipes: http://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/packages/holidays/holiday-central-baking.html

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.

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Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

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

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Suriel Lopez, Operations Recruiter, APG

surielWhat do you do in your position? I am an Operations Recruiter with the Architectural Products Group (APG) of Oldcastle.  I recruit for non-exempt level positions for the four groups that I support (Anchor, Jewell, Coastal and Adams).

When did you join Oldcastle? August 2016

Where is your job located?  Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?  My coworkers!  They have helped me so much since  day one, and they are still helping me to this day.  I’m pretty grateful to be a part of the team.

What are the best parts of your job? The best part of my job is building a relationship with the mangers that I’m working with in different states.  Getting to know them better, understanding what they are looking for in a candidate, and learning a little bit more  about the group that I’m supporting.

What would co-workers say about you?  I hope they would say that I’m funny, a hard worker, a bad singer, and helpful.

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What was your first job ever? My first job was working at Aramark at the Monroe County Jail right out of high school. I was a line cook, and I mainly cooked food on a flattop grill for the Deputy Sheriffs.

What is your LinkedIn URL?  Connect with Suriel here: Suriel Lopez on LinkedIn

P.S. Can you spot Suriel in this video? This is the recruiting office’s attempt at the Mannequin Challenge!

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
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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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4 Ways To Alleviate Holiday Job Search Anxiety

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Does your job search have you feeling a bit Grinch-like? Don’t despair!

Did you know?

According to the most recent Bureau Of Labor statistics Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey report released today, there are over 5.5 million job openings in the U.S.

So, how can you land one of these jobs – especially when many companies are ramping down for holiday breaks and most of us are consumed with decorating, baking, shopping and planning/attending holiday festivities?

1) Acknowledge Take a step back to realize that this is a challenging time of the year to be looking for work. Re-frame how you approach your employment journey.

“Don’t think of a job search as a “job search.” That sounds depressing, hard and like you don’t have any ownership of it. Think of it as a “job campaign.” You’re out there, campaigning to get in with a company that is a good fit for you. A simple change in mindset makes it more personalized, relevant and goal oriented.” Geoff Bieber, Driver Recruiter

2) Accept Take back your power by realizing that the job search during this final month of the year will be harder. Knowing this upfront is half the battle.

“Try to turn your negative thoughts into positive self talk. Yes, many businesses aren’t actively interviewing due to manager vacation time and the new year approaching. However, you can still keep up your search. Instead, switch more of your focus onto revamping your resume and cover letter. A large part of a job search isn’t simply submitting resumes and networking, it’s researching how to present yourself better and stand out above the rest. ” Jennifer Latone, Operations Recruiter

3) Accommodate Be willing to alter your schedule and expectations. Can you rearrange your schedule to go in for an interview earlier or later in the day – or even on a weekend? Or, be willing to schedule it much further out on the calendar. The more flexible you can be, the better your chances are for success. The good news is that you are competing with fewer candidates during the 4th quarter, and this already puts you ahead of the game.

“Give yourself a time frame. You may not get an interview or phone screen scheduled right now, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get one. Stay organized and be ready to embark on your search full force come January. The second week of January is a great target date for scheduling interviews, as managers will be catching up that first week immediately after New Year’s.” – Courtney Vena, Corporate Recruiter

4) Align What exactly do you hope to get out of your job search this season? Temper expectations with reality. It’s unlikely you’re going to have multiple job interviews in December, especially the closer we get to the Christmas and New Year’s break. But, it’s not unrealistic to expect to set up interviews going into mid January. You could also make goals that aren’t dependent on your target company. For example, make a goal to set up an informational interview in January, update your LinkedIn by the end of December, create a reference sheet, etc.

Looking for a job any time of year is stressful, but holidays can add an extra layer of pressure. However, don’t let this discourage you! Be proactive, patient and take some time to enjoy family and friends too.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”  ― Dr. Seuss

Happy Holidays!

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.

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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