Monthly Archives: October 2017

Michigan Paving & Materials, an Oldcastle Materials Company

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  • Operates six state-of-the-art MDOT certified asphalt plants and (with their partner companies) “operates nine aggregate and materials locations, including the largest liquid asphalt terminal in Michigan.”
  • Has the capability to produce more than 600 tons of asphalt per hour
  • Has access to more than 15 fully-equipped paving crews
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Services
Commercial Asphalt
New Construction
Parking Lot Paving
Asphalt Resurfacing & Paving
Milling & Cold Milling
Patching & Crack Filling
Asphalt Maintenance & Sealcoating

Products
Polymer Modified Pavements – tougher & stronger for high stress surfaces
Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) – long lasting, easy to maintain

Safety
– Award winning safety record
– Safety training and tools
– Employee driven safety culture based on safety core values of zero fatalities and incidents

Community
– Committed to involvement in the community, ranging from donations to volunteering. A sample of groups helped recently include the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Love Inc. (food pantry/ministry) and Project Hope, among others.

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Social Media
Follow Michigan Paving & Materials on Facebook and Twitter for project/employee/company photos!

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Associations
Proud member of:
ASTM International, Asphalt Institute, Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan, Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, National Asphalt Pavement Association, Construction Association of Michigan, Property Management Association of Michigan and the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials. 

Family of companies

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Awards
Awards range from Environmental to Donation to Operation of the Year from: the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), Michigan Aggregates Association (MAA) and many more.

Careers
Job opportunities include:
– Equipment Operators
– Project Managers
– Laborers
– Accountants
– Estimators
Interested in working for Michigan Paving? Click to search and apply: JOBS!

Locations:
Alma, Canton, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, Paw Pawmap
Want to learn more?
Visit the Michigan Paving & Materials webpage for additional information.

About Michigan’s parent company:

Oldcastle – North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. We have more than 2,000 locations throughout North America.

About Oldcastle Materials:
Oldcastle Materials is the leading vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready-mix concrete, and construction and paving services in the United States.

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Rise Above the Fog – 3 Tips To Be A Job Search Star

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  1.  The Better Way to Use “Easy Apply” on LinkedIn
    apply websiteApplying to a job via LinkedIn? Many times, you will see a button that  sends you right to the company website to apply. If that is the case, simply proceed and fill out and submit your information online.

easyapplyHowever, if you see the Easy Apply button, you only have the option of attaching and sending one file to the employer. Instead of just submitting your resume, write your cover letter on page one and then add your resume on the second page of your word document. Save this cover letter and resume document as ONE file. Most people won’t think to do this. It’s a great way to get attention among dozens, if not hundreds of other applications you’re competing against.

2) Write your cover letter like a real person
Imagine you’re a recruiter or hiring manager reviewing job applications all day. They see the same boring, formal, cookie cutter introductions and content like this:
“I became aware of this opportunity through your web page.”
or “I’m a detail oriented professional with expertise in…”
On the surface, there is nothing wrong with these sentences. But, they are repetitive, redundant and state the obvious.

You don’t need to be a professional writer to craft your cover letter in a more interesting and appealing way.

For example, here’s sample copy for a mechanic opening. It reads more like a conversation. Don’t be afraid to inject a bit of your personality in your cover letter. Read it back to yourself and have someone else read it as well. In this blurb, you get a better sense of the applicant as a person and as a candidate. They even injected industry jargon in a lighthearted way. While some industries are more formal than others, it doesn’t mean you have to be dull and lackluster in your writing. Show some enthusiasm!

I drive by your dealership daily, admiring many of the cars on the lot. When I saw your opening for a mechanic on Craig’s list, I knew it was a great opportunity for a car buff and experienced mechanic like myself. I’m looking to join a bigger organization where I can work on a wider variety of vehicles.
       As the resident ‘grease monkey’ at the small shop where I work now, I’ve risen in the ranks to head Automotive Technician. I’ve always been fascinated with taking things apart and putting them back together again. I modified my first mini bike when I was 16 years old, and have been obsessed with mechanics and car/motorcycle repair ever since then.

3) Little things count
File names matter. Make it easy for the employer. Save your documents using your first and last name and what they are. For example:

JohnJobseekerResume
JohnJobseekerCoverLetter

In addition, never overlook an opportunity to promote yourself. If you’re emailing documents, use the subject line to your advantage.
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Be bold and confident in your job search. These tips/tactics may be small things, but they can help set you apart. Will an employer hire you just because you used a catchy subject line or saved a file in a certain way? Probably not. BUT, using a combination of these ideas, being proactive and actively setting yourself apart can make a difference. If what you’re doing isn’t working, give these tips a try. We would love to know any job search hacks/ideas that worked for you, so feel free to leave those in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Looking for more job search advice? Check out our previous post:
5 Ways To Brand Yourself

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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5 Ways To Brand Yourself [Infographic]

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building 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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Rosalina Viapiano, Recruiting Support Coordinator

IMG_0015What do you do in your position? I work with other Oldcastle recruiters to source candidates for hard-to-fill positions, post jobs, and fill in when someone is out.

When did you join Oldcastle? September, 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? Everyone here is so friendly and helpful. You can tell that they truly want you to succeed and are here to help if you need it.

What are the best parts of your job? I really enjoy helping my coworkers out!

What would co-workers say about you? I hope that my coworkers would say that I am friendly and helpful!

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Volunteering at Foodlink!

What was your first job ever? My first job was working for Arby’s as a cashier and with the fryer.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I have a lot of customer service experience, which comes with many funny stories!

 Would you like to share anything about your family? I come from a big Italian family, so we’re loud and we love to cook and eat! I don’t have any siblings, but I have a lot of cousins and most of us look identical!

Connect with me on LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rosaviapiano/

Want to work 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!
TwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTube, and Facebook for jobs and career advice.

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