Monthly Archives: July 2018

Use Your Phone To Land Your Next Job

 

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Take advantage of your smart phone to move your job search into high gear!  Many features that can help with your career progression are only available on mobile. Let’s take a look at some of the newest options.

Add captions to video you post on LinkedIn
Videos are a great resource, but if you don’t have/use headphones and don’t want to distract others around you, it’s easy to miss out on. LinkedIn solves this dilemma by allowing you to add captions. Now, you can watch with the sound off and just read the closed captioning.  Click here for steps on how to add captions.

Share quotes on LinkedIn
This one is pretty cool! Simply grab a significant sentence from an article to share. This screenshot from the latest LinkedIn blog post shows how easy it is to do!

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¿Hablas inglés? Translate Text
Don’t miss out on the conversation, even if it’s in another language. Use the ‘See Translation‘ button! It’s available in more than 60 languages, including Spanish, French  and Italian. This feature will be available on both mobile and desktop (currently in roll out to both users).

Manage Messaging
Wow! Lots of recently announced changes here.
1) Stretch the compose box to write longer messages
2) Send attachments. This is a big one! You can now send a PDF, DOC, XLS or PPT file.
3) Send a GIF or Emoji. Proceed with caution here. This is a professional site after all. However, in certain instances, and depending on the relationship, it may be appropriate. You can search for emojis by keyword, category or perusing the list.
4) Group messages – Click the plus (+) button (as seen below) and up pops suggested places and people to start a conversation with. Often, this will include your current company, college, recent message contacts, etc. Don’t forget that you can also use the @ symbol to mention someone. This will automatically bring up their profile.

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One caveat – while we are big proponents of the mobile job search, there are some instances when it’s best to use a computer. One case in point – online applications. Often, it’s the easier and preferred method to apply. If you’re having trouble filling out an application, it’s best to use your computer. Don’t have one? Head on over to your local library where you can use one for free!

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

We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.
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Recruiters Reveal The One Key Interview Prep Tip You Should Never Ignore

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We asked our recruiters for interview “Do’s & Don’ts”. They all agree on what can make or break your chances for landing a job. They also share insight on things to avoid.

LizResearch the company to have an understanding of what they do, what the position entails, and prepare questions to ask about how you can make that company more successful. On the flip side, don’t talk negatively about past employers/jobs or  be unprepared. This would make me think you aren’t very interested in working at the company. Lastly, don’t show up late.
– Liz George, Precast Operations Recruiter

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I think the most important thing you can do is show your interest in the company by taking the time to learn about them, what they do, etc. In turn, the worst mistake would be to know nothing about the company going into the meeting.
– Kevin Lissow, Senior Corporate Recruiter

ErinPDo your research! Make sure you have a good understanding of the company and demonstrate that knowledge during the interview. Research commonly asked questions in the field you are interviewing for and prepare your answers for those questions. Practice speaking your answers to ensure you can smoothly answer those questions if asked. The worst mistake you can make is not knowing who you are interviewing with or what position you are interviewing for (yes, this does happen!).
– Erin Pummell, Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle Lawn and Garden

MattResearch the company thoroughly by looking at the website, Hoovers, Bloomberg, and social media. Interview prep should also include extracting key information from the job posting/description to highlight how your experience and skill set would translate, and where you can make the largest impact. Ultimately, the goal is to differentiate yourself from the competition, and you must be able to understand what the company does, and how you can add value. The worst mistake you can make is to ask about salary before you discuss the opportunity.
– Matt Kaul, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

LilianLearn about the company, and come up with at least two questions: one about the company (or office) in general and one about the job specifically. It’s also important to “close” the interview by thanking the interviewer for their time and stating clearly that you are interested in the position.  Any ambiguity here is bad – you want the interviewer to come back to their boss and say “wow that guy/gal is amazing and they are really interested!”

I would say one big mistake is not having a concise, clear resume.  People sometimes don’t put dates on a resume, or don’t put things in the correct order.  Recruiters don’t have time to play detective and sort out work histories.  If we can’t sort out your career progression and timeline, we’ll move on to the candidate who did put that out clearly for us.

Lilian de Lascurain, Operations Recruiter

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

We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Infrastructure, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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Soar Through Your Summer Job Search

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Summer is swiftly moving along.  Here are some hints to ride out the Summer on a strong note and embrace the opportunities of autumn.

  1. Do a mid-year career self evaluation
    We know – it’s easy to get sidetracked as the months seem to fly by. Those resolutions from January are likely long forgotten. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make new goals. Are you where you want to be? Follow the example set by many companies and create your own mid year performance review. There is still plenty of time for making progress – 24 weeks in fact. Take one or two goals, break them down into smaller action steps (either weekly or monthly), and you’ll be well on your way.
  2. Up your networking power with LinkedIn’s new QR codes
    Download the LinkedIn app on your phone and you can use it to scan someone’s code at an event – getting their contact information instantly. No need for business cards! Pretty cool, right? It’s an easy way to make connections at networking events, conferences and any other time you’re out of the office. It’s available for IOS and Android. For more information and directions, head on over to LinkedIn’s official blog for details.
  3. Vow to keep up with latest career and job search trends. 
    It’s always important to stay informed on what’s new in the job search space. Blogs like this one and many others help with that. When you find out about a new feature available (as a job seeker or just for networking in your industry), give it a try. Set aside ten minutes a day to focus on finding and reading career articles.
  4. Find and schedule a conference 
    Fall has a way of getting super busy. Let’s face it, once Labor Day hits, the rush to Thanksgiving and the holiday season happens in a flash. Outside activities can take precedence. Before that happens, find and schedule an event on the calendar now.

* Bonus tip *  Have you heard of the Find Nearby feature on LinkedIn? If you’re headed to a conference, this tool can be useful. It’s only available on your mobile device, so you’ll have to download the LinkedIn mobile app first. Using it, you can “find other LinkedIn members in your surrounding vicinity of up to 100 feet. If both you and another member have the feature active, you can send a message or invite them to connect.”

Enjoy the rest of your Summer! And, if you found this post helpful, please share.

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

We are North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. In North America we adopted our parent company name to become CRH Americas, Inc. But, the strength, quality and legacy of our Oldcastle brand remains in our product groups, Oldcastle Precast, Oldcastle Architectural and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.
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Use Twitter to Advance Your Career [Infographic]

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