Monthly Archives: January 2017

Frank Battaglia, Corporate Recruiter

frankbWhat do you do in your position?  I am a recruiter for the Materials Division of Oldcastle.

When did you join Oldcastle? November, 2016

Where is your job located?  Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? So far, I’ve most enjoyed the people and the fast-paced environment.  Everyone is down-to-earth and has been really supportive in answering all of my questions and making me feel at home.

What are the best parts of your job? What I’ve liked most about my role is the variety.  Coming from an agency setting, I was recruiting for, in general, one specific background/skill set.  Here at Oldcastle, I’ve already sourced and recruited for IT Business Analysts, Public Relations Specialists and Accounting professionals. This type of variety definitely keeps you on your toes, which I enjoy.

What would co-workers say about you? My co-workers would probably say that I laugh at almost anything and always put in an honest effort.

 What was your first job ever? My first ever job was a Floor Associate at Target.  It wasn’t glamorous, but helped keep some money in my pocket between high school & college when Mom & Dad decided I was old enough to earn my own keep.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I haven’t been here quite long enough to have any interesting on-the-job stories, but while working at Rite-Aid during a Summer in College, I was involved in a case of mistaken identity.  We had an employee let go by our manager, and, a few days later, the employee’s dad came storming into the store screaming at me and literally tried to jump across the counter that I was standing at.  Our actual manager heard the commotion and had me run back to the stock room and close the door.  It turns out the dad mistook me for the Manager. Long story short, about 15-20 minutes later, the manager came back and told me it was safe to come back out.  I don’t think the police were involved because our manager was a big guy, but needless to say, the father was no longer there when I came back to the front.

What do you do outside of work? I’ve played soccer my whole life and continue to do so, both indoor during the Winter months and outdoor the rest of the year.  I’ve completed a handful of half marathons, and, at some point, would like to run a full marathon here in the area, and eventually the Boston and/or NYC Marathons.

 Would you like to share anything about your family?  My immediate family is here in Rochester, and I have one younger brother.  Don’t ask me if I know any other Battaglia’s because oddly enough, almost none of that side of my family resides in Rochester, and, as a result, it’s either been a long time since seeing them or I just haven’t met many of them.  Almost everywhere I go, someone asks if I know a Battaglia, and I tell them this short story (don’t worry, I’m not mad if you’ve asked me that question).

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Frank,  Comedian/Actor David Koechner and Frank’s brother

 

 What is your LinkedIn URL?  Click here to see my profile. 

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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Smile! Picture Perfect Profile Tips For LinkedIn

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‘Winky’ needs help & a haircut to be LinkedIn ready

How happy are you with your LinkedIn profile and cover photos? It’s a good idea to evaluate the professional image you’re portraying.

1) When was the last time you updated your profile photo?

If your profile photo is over two years old, we recommend getting a new one. People change over time. Make sure your photo is current! A ten year old photo just doesn’t cut it. Yes, you may have looked a lot more youthful, but walking into an interview not even closely resembling what you look like in that old photo is not doing you any favors. And remember, every time you update your profile photo on LinkedIn, all your connections will see that change. It’s another easy way to appear in the feed. Appearing in the feed = exposure and being top of mind.

2) Do you have a cover photo?

Not everyone chooses to have a cover photo, and we’re not sure why. This is another easy way you can differentiate yourself. You could make yours industry or job related if you like. The key is to always pick something compelling, engaging and eye catching.

3) Are your photos the right size?

According to this very helpful “Cheat Sheet,” these are the recommended sizes:

LinkedIn profile: between 1000 x 425 pixels and 4,000 x 4,000 pixels.

Linked in profile picture: between 400 x 400 pixels and 20,000 x 20,000 pixels.

Max file size: 8MB File type must be PNG, JPEG, or GIF.

4) What message do your photos send?

Think about this one for a minute. Some industries are conservative, while others a bit more lenient. You want to fit in with your field. However, always keep in mind that this is not Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram! I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve seen really inappropriate profile pictures. If you’re trying to present yourself in the best light to recruiters, hiring managers and potential employers, a bad, inappropriate photo really works against you. This mean no low cut/tight clothing, sloppy attire, bad lighting, casual, alcohol/party type photos etc. The site is meant to be for professional networking. Take the time and effort to showcase yourself in the most flattering way.

5) Have you gotten other people’s opinions on your photos?

Ask your colleagues, friends and family what they think. If you want to analyze your current photo online, check out this interesting/fun tool: Snapp’r Photo Analyzer. “Snappr’s Photo Analyzer uses the latest research, combined with image recognition and machine learning technologies, to determine how well your photo will perform.” Take the results with a grain of salt, although they do offer some solid suggestions.
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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.

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

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Matt Kaul, Corporate Recruiter

mattkaulWhat do you do in your position?
I am a Corporate Recruiter for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.  This position requires me to post new job opportunities on our company website as well as a number of external job boards.  I review all candidate resumes submitted, and select the best talent for phone interviews.  I then conduct interviews and forward top performers to Hiring Managers at Oldcastle facilities all over the United States.

When did you join Oldcastle? I started late October, 2016

Where is your job located? I work at the Oldcastle Recruiting Center in Rochester, NY.

What do you like about working here?  First and foremost, it’s the people.  My coworkers are a wonderful group of talented people who work together and are willing to help one another.  As a “new guy,” it has been great to feel welcome and to have a tremendous amount of experience to lean on as I get acclimated to my new role.  Our leaders, Chris and Corey, have truly done a great job building a strong team.

What are the best parts of your job? I think the best part of the job is being in a position to help people earn gainful employment with a great company.  As a recruiter, I take pride in helping others find job opportunities and a means to support themselves and their families.

 

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The “new guys” at The Recruiting Center

What would co-workers say about you?
I think my coworkers would say that I am fun to be around and easy to talk to.

What was your first job ever?
My first job was caddying at a local golf course.   

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I have many, but probably nothing that can be shared publicly.

What do you do outside of work? I love spending time with my wife, my family and friends.  I play a lot of golf, enjoy traveling, cooking, watching sports (especially football), taking our dog out for walks, spending time at the lake with my wife’s family and hanging out with my buddies.matt-cliffs-of-moher

Visiting the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Would you like to share anything about your family? My wife and I are expecting our first child this month.  Very exciting times!

Can you spot Matt in our Mannequin Challenge video?

What is your LinkedIn URL? https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-kaul-11468848

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 Talent Community to receive a monthly e-mail newsletter with expert advice on the job search process.

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4 Career Resolutions You Can Keep in 2017

2016 to 2017, happy new year conceptWell, here we are again. A fresh slate, a new calendar. Ready to make the most of this year for your career? Great! Let’s get started.

  1. Vow to update your LinkedIn page
    Be honest now. When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? Set aside an hour. You want to go through and make additions and deletions as necessary. Have you taken on any new projects? Are there new success stories you could add? Don’t just reiterate your resume! Add “wow factor” content that a recruiter or hiring manager would be impressed to read. LinkedIn allows for photos, video and links too – take advantage of the multimedia possibilities. When you’re done updating, show it to a friend or family member and ask them how it looks, what makes sense, and what could still use some sprucing up. When you’re done with that, you need to do the same thing for your resume.
  2. Start an accomplishment list
    It’s easy to forget all the projects you’ve completed over the year. Yet, you can really stand out when you have this arsenal of good stuff to draw from (for your resume, cover letter and interview). If you jot down your successes and projects you’ve worked on as they happen (once a week is a good goal), this will help when it comes time to interview. Start – right now – to keep track of your results. This way you won’t have to back track or try to remember something you worked on months ago. This list can also be helpful for your yearly performance review.
  3. Show your references some love
    You do have a list of at least three references that you could use, right? Never underestimate the importance of a good reference. Create your list and then make sure to keep in touch with your references – not just when you need them. In addition, make sure your reference has a copy of your resume and prep them if you think they will be called. At the very least, send them the job description and 2 or 3 points/characteristics you want them to emphasize.
  4. Start a career ‘Content calendar.’
    Marketers and writers often schedule out topics and themes by day, week and/or month. This could be based on the season, holidays or a number of other factors related to the industry/field they are working in. You can do the same – whether you’re job searching or just focusing on your career. Break it up by season to get started. What do you hope to accomplish this first quarter? For instance – January through March could be – Resume/Cover letter updating, April though June – networking/submitting applications, July through September – attend an industry conference/seminar, etc.

Don’t stay stuck in a job just because you don’t want to put in the work and effort required for a successful job search. These tips don’t take a lot of time, but can yield good results. Good luck on your career journey in 2017!

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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 Strategies To Cope With Post Holiday Blues

Empty road to upcoming 2017 against the big cloudsThe first week back to work after the holidays can be rough. The next vacation or holiday feel a million miles away. So, what can you do to make things more pleasant?

1) Ease back into your routine

The months before the holidays are usually a flurry of activity. Getting back into the grind of working feels somewhat ‘off’. Don’t pressure yourself to be perfectly back on schedule. Give yourself a few weeks to get back into the swing of things.

2) Resolve to not resolve

January brings with it societal/personal pressure to make and keep New Year’s resolutions. Certainly, getting fit, losing weight, saving money, etc. are admirable goals. The problem is – 71% of people fall off the New Year’s Resolution wagon the first two weeks. Cut yourself some slack and don’t try to do everything at once. You aren’t going to go from binging on Christmas cookies for weeks to being satisfied with just carrots. Set goals, but start small. For instance, “this week I will bring fresh fruit as a snack instead of going to the vending machine every afternoon.”

3) Create a “look forward to” date

Having something on the calendar to anticipate can really help on those days when you’re dragging. Think about the last time you planned a vacation. Half the fun isn’t the vacation itself – it’s the time planning, talking about it and reminiscing after. Your event doesn’t have to break the bank either. Sign up for a cooking class, buy tickets to a concert or sporting event, make a reservation for a new restaurant, etc. Pick something fun and meaningful to you.

4) Perception is everything

For most of the country, the weather is cold, gloomy and dark. Going to work and driving home in the dark can take a toll. However, it’s all in the way you look at it. December 21st (the first day of Winter) was the shortest day of the year. We actually gain sunlight from that day forward. Counting down until Spring is a start to putting the reality into perspective. Try this countdown calculator. Use it to count down until Spring and/or the next fun thing you have planned.

5) Commit to self care

You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating. Proper sleep and a good diet make a world of difference in your mood. Stop surfing the web and checking your phone an hour before bedtime. Disconnect, relax and make time to wind down at the end of every day. Even going to be 15 minutes earlier can make a difference.

6) Wallowing allowed (in moderation)

There are plenty of perky self-help articles that encourage embracing everything about the new year and a fresh start. However, if you’re feeling guilty about being blue, reading those essays can make you feel even worse. It’s OK to not jump for joy about being back to work after the holidays. Those feelings are normal. All you need are the strategies to get back into the work groove. If you continue to feel down after a few weeks, you may want to talk to someone. For most people though, you can make minor adjustments in your life to get past this.

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

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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