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5 Job Search Trends To Be Thankful For

1) Thanksgiving CelebrationSoft Skills & Social Media Messaging Matter
According to Jobvite’s 2016 Social Recruiting Survey,  78% of recruiters cite enthusiasm as influencing their hiring decision, followed by a command of requirements (76%) and conversation skills (73%).

It’s not just how strong your qualifications are on paper, it’s how you communicate those in the interview and online.

In addition, recruiters and hiring managers are  increasingly using social sites to vet candidates.  It goes both ways as well. Besides LinkedIn, savvy job seekers know they can research and reach out to companies via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – even Snapchat. If you aren’t maximizing your presence on social media, you’re missing out on potential opportunities.

Did you know?  

Posting “selfies” is now considered less controversial. 18% of recruiters view them negatively (compared to 25% in 2015).

59% of job seekers use social media to research companies

67% of job seekers use Facebook in their job search*

2) The power of the passive candidate
Good employees currently employed are highly sought after by other employers. If you’re one of these employees, you’re already at an advantage during the job search process. Use this edge to seek out a better role, title or more pay in the new year.

58% of recruiters report that prospective employees were more likely than last year to negotiate for increased salaries – Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report 2016

3) The importance of the high touch candidate experience
Think about your last interview experience – from initial phone contact to interview to offer packet to first day. How do you feel it went? A goal should always be to find companies that value new hires and treat them accordingly. The way a candidate is onboarded, from beginning to end, is critical. Companies who understand this, and implement processes that show they welcome and care about their candidates, have greater long-term employee satisfaction and retention.

“We have opportunities each day to show each candidate that we are a quality organization and, for those who decide to accept an offer with us, reaffirm that they are coming to work for a great company.  Companies need to seize those opportunities and provide that “WOW” experience.” – Chris Garrie, VP of Recruiting, Oldcastle (Rochester Recruiting Office)

4) Continued emphasis on mobile search and apply
55% of companies don’t have mobile career sites, yet job seekers now expect to be able to apply to jobs via their phones. Companies need to make sure this process is an intuitive and seamless experience. Candidates also need to be aware that online applications are also on the rise. This means that you must use the right keywords on your resume and in your cover letter to stand out against other qualified candidates. It’s not easy or an exact science, and the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) isn’t perfect. However, you can differentiate yourself from your competition by branding, employer research and connecting with recruiters and hiring managers at your target companies.

 * Where do mobile job seekers look for jobs?
52% – in bed, 37% at their current job (tsk, tsk), over 10% – in the restroom (TMI!)*

5) Employment Branding Has Never Been More Important
Just as job seekers need to brand themselves, employers need to showcase that they are an employer of choice. You’ll see continued emphasis on up-to-date websites, social media and other channels (newsletters, Talent Communities, blogs) as employers invest in promoting their brand to candidates.

51% – Recruiters who say that employee branding is the #1 investment they will increase
50% – Recruiters who cite social media as a close second for investment*

These are just a few job search trends on the radar as we head towards 2017. What other trends have you seen – as an employer or job seeker? We would love to hear about them!

* Source – Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report 2016

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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Are You In A Job Search Drought?

DroughtMany parts of the country have experienced drought like conditions this Summer. Feel like the search for your dream job has run dry? If your job search has slowed to a trickle, here are five strategies to get it flowing forward again.

1. Track where you are
Meteorologists reporting on the weather are quick to tell us how many 90+ degree days we’ve had and how many are on the horizon. Do you know how many jobs you’ve applied to, how many calls you’ve made and where you stand in terms of lining up references? It helps to track, monitor and review your current results so you can start adjusting them. Start by creating a simple spreadsheet in Excel to track your job search activities or use a free site like JibberJobber to keep tabs on applications submitted, contacts, companies, etc.

2. Make adjustments
During a drought, water and energy conservation rules are often in effect. While you may want to water your lawn, you can’t. In the job search, you may have your eye on target companies that just aren’t hiring right now. In that case, it’s time to move to Plan B. Start researching other companies. There could be smaller organizations out there that offer great opportunities. Don’t fixate on just one type of company or even industry.

3. Bust through that stationary front.
Still seeing and applying for the same few positions? Sometimes candidates get in a rut, and search for the same job titles and avoid networking on LinkedIn, joining LinkedIn groups or not customizing their resume for each job. Big mistake!

Amy Keenan PictureIt could be that your search string is too stationary – like  that stationary weather front. If the same positions keep popping up, you need to change what you’re searching for. It’s very important to be flexible and be willing to try something new. The goal is to change the climate of your approach (resume, interview skills, etc.) from cold to hot!
– Amy Keenan,Corporate Recruiter for Allied Building Products  and a former weather forecaster 

4. Set up advisories
We’ve all received weather alerts, but did you know that on some job search sites, you can input your search criteria and receive notifications about new positions? While this should not be the only way you search for jobs, it is an easy way to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities.

5. Know that this dry spell is only temporary
It’s easy to get tunnel vision and think that the heat will never end, your lawn will remain brown forever and that you’ll never get called in for another interview. However, that’s simply not true! Just as the rain will fall one day again soon, you will get interviews and you will land a job. If you give up now or adopt a defeatist attitude however, that will show through in your efforts. Don’t let apathy or inertia into your life! Keep researching companies and applying for positions. Employers sense desperation. Putting less effort/energy shows and, even worse, it’s only going to prolong your job search that much longer.

If you follow these tips, the drought should end and you will be flooded with opportunities! – Amy Keenan

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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.

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Calorie Counting & Your Career

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8 Success Strategies

Have you ever been on a diet? It can be a real challenge. The same can be said for job searching. It’s rare that anyone wants to do either activity, but the end results (whether it be a smaller size or a better job) are well worth the effort.

1) Consistency and patience are key to the process.
The Dieter: I’ll just drastically slash my calories, cut out all carbs, work out excessively and get this over and done with as quickly as possible.
You may be somewhat successful in the short term, but most likely you’ll be hungry, irritable and unable to sustain the effort. You’ll also be more prone to gain the weight back. Better to cut your calories reasonably, do a moderate amount of exercise and be prepared for the pounds to come off gradually.

The Job Seeker: I’ll  apply to every job that looks decent with the same resume. It’s a numbers game. I don’t have time to use LinkedIn or waste time on there. 
We get the sentiment, but blasting out resumes is not a great strategy. Instead, try targeting jobs and employers that match your skill set. Be picky! Take the time to really research companies that would be a good fit and customize your resume for each one. Learn how to use LinkedIn to your advantage (more on that HERE).

2) You need a plan, goals and accountability.
The Dieter: I’ll just eat less and move more. 
It’s a good start, but a big goal without a solid plan is just a dream. Even if you don’t track calories, carbs, etc formally, it helps to have goals you want to reach with dates, milestones and mini goals along the way.  There are free apps to track your food, activity and weight. Consider a fitness tracker to help motivate you to get moving. A chart with goal dates and what you aim to lose each week can also help. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. Putting it in writing makes it real and tangible.
The Job Seeker: I don’t need to keep track of my job search activities. And, I’ll just ‘wing it’ on interviews. It’s just a conversation right?
A better idea is to start a Word document or Excel spreadsheet with dates and names of companies you applied to and when. This helps you stay organized and, if you’re collecting unemployment, will come in handy if you have to show proof of your job search. As far as interviewing, the more prepared you are, the better. It pays to practice and go into an interview knowing what kinds of questions may be asked, as well as having appropriate answers.  While an interview is a conversation, there’s much more to it than that, and there are strategies to make yours successful.

3) It’s not glamorous.
The truth about dieting is that there really is not a magic pill. It’s a grind.  You have to be vigilant and committed, day in and day out – even when you don’t feel like it. And, if you have a lot to lose, you have to sustain this commitment for months – and that’s not even counting what you have to do to maintain the loss. After the initial excitement and bigger losses in the early weeks, weight loss slows and enthusiasm inevitably wanes.

The same thing is true about the job search. Getting that first call back for an interview has you soaring! However, what will you do if you don’t get that job? Rejection stings. Time passes. Now you’re crashing. Despite the disappointment, you have to pick yourself up and continue to apply. It may take months to get that job you want. Just like you didn’t gain the weight overnight, you’re not going to get your dream job overnight either.

4) You have to be prepared for setbacks.

Wait – what- I have to do this for months? But, there’s a picnic, vacation, and holiday coming up! I’ll start after that. 

Well, the reality is, if you REALLY want to lose weight, you need to sustain your new healthy eating plan and activity level no matter what the occasion. There will never be a better time to start. Yes, dieting can be even harder on days when you just don’t want to. You know – a bad day at work, awful weather, food temptations, being sleep deprived, etc. Prepare for how you are going to handle inevitable obstacles along the way.

The same mindset holds true for the job seeker. You can stay unhappily employed or gather the courage, energy and resources to embark upon a job search. If you REALLY want to get a new job, you’re not going to let anything stop you. Determination counts for a lot. Don’t put your job search off until after the summer or next year. The time to start is now! It won’t be quick or easy, but it will be worthwhile in the end. Keep your eye on the end game – a new, more fulfilling job.

5) Get, appreciate and reciprocate your support system.
Dieters and job seekers alike need a village to be there during the ups and downs of the journey. It may be friends, it may be family, or both. There are also outside support groups (in person and/or online) that can provide a great place for camaraderie. Having others in the same “boat” (dieting or seeking employment) takes away the feeling that you’re going for this big goal all by yourself. Your tribe can help you – not just when you’re struggling – but when you reach those goals along the way. At the same time, be mindful of being encouraging and supportive to them as well! Giving back will make you feel better too.

6) Don’t beat yourself up.
The Dieter: I’m going to weigh myself every day. And, if I cheat at one meal, I might as well keep overeating. I live for cheat days. Bring ’em on!
Weighing yourself every day is just punishing yourself, as your weight can fluctuate up to five pounds. If you can’t hold out for weekly weighs ins, try every other day. Don’t let your life or mood be dictated by the scale. You may have lost inches or gained muscle. Take your measurements and use that as another way to gauge your progress. How you feel and the way your clothes fit can be another indicator of progress.

The cheating at a meal situation is a tough one. Have you ever heard the flat tire analogy? If you got a flat tire, you wouldn’t automatically discard your car or flatten the other three. You would get the one tire fixed. Along the same lines, if you overeat at one meal, do better at the next one. Don’t throw in the towel. Or, at the very least, start the next day. Don’t let one bad day turn to two, then three. You can salvage your week.  And remember, treats are ok, but too many free-for-alls are not going to be kind to your waistline.

The Job Seeker: I’m never going to find a job. Why didn’t they call me in for an interview? I’ll be stuck in this job (or unemployed) forever.
It’s easy to adopt a defeatist attitude when things aren’t going your way. We get it. You only need one yes though.  It may take twenty “no’s” to get that one job offer. It’s not ideal, but that’s just how the job process works. It’s not a reflection on you!

If you throw in the towel after a short, unsuccessful search, you’re cheating yourself out of what could have been a great opportunity. Turn to that support system we mentioned in observation #5 to get your confidence and job search mojo back. It’s not easy, but things that are worthwhile in the long run usually aren’t.

7) Celebrate the small successes.
Congratulate yourself on milestones along the way. Every pound lost is one pound less than you used to be. Every call for an interview or email from a recruiter is one step closer to that new job. Don’t wait for the big moments to pat yourself on the back. Treat yourself to a movie, new book or some other reward to keep you motivated to continue.

8) Accept that the journey never ends.
Once you’ve hit your goal weight or landed that coveted job is when the real work really begins. Now you have to prove yourself in your new job and continue those healthy habits to keep the weight off. 

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or get a better job, the power is within you. Acknowledge that there will be challenges along the way, and have a plan in place to deal with each obstacle as it arises. Remember, you’re not alone. #YouCanDoThis

Thank you for reading!

Looking for more career advice?
Check out this post: Resume Tips From A Recruiter

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

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Resume Tips From a Recruiter

We recently asked Joel Burris, a Corporate Recruiter for Allied Building Products for his advice on resumes. Joel looks at hundreds of resumes weekly. Check out these two short clips to hear what he has to say.

How long does a recruiter spend looking at a resume?

You want yours to be the first. Yes, there are times they go back to the pile – but who wants to be second place?

Resume tips recap:

  1. Make sure it’s streamlined and flows easily.
  2. Use bullets to keep it organized.
  3. It doesn’t have to be fancy – no need for photos, charts or graphs.
  4. Use a timeline format.
  5. Gaps in your work history? Provide a brief explanation as to why.
  6. Two page resumes are ok. One is fine too. Three is too much.

How can you stand apart from a pool of similar candidates?

How to stand out recap:
1) Show enthusiasm
Be excited about the opportunity and be willing to have an upbeat conversation.
2) Do a little bit of research
Learn about the company and job, including the competitors of the company.
3) Be able to articulate accomplishments at your last job
Tell stories and give examples – don’t just describe duties.

See Joel’s other posts:
4 Easy Action Steps for Veterans Transitioning To Civilian Jobs

Making it Easier for Veterans to Find Jobs

Learn more about Joel: Meet Joel B.

P.S. Looking for more career advice? Check out this post:
5 Tips to Make Your Job Search Less Taxing 

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After The Interview – 3 Steps To Success

OfficeOnce you’ve had an interview, it’s common to breathe a sigh of relief. “Glad that’s done,” you may be saying to yourself. While a well deserved high five is in order, your work is not done. Post interview actions can make the difference between getting called in for interview number two or the employer taking a pass and moving on to another candidate. So, instead of stressing – take action!

1) Do a post interview ‘audit’
While the interview is still fresh in your mind, go over what went well and what could have gone better. Was there a question you wish you had answered differently?  Was there a question you wanted to ask but didn’t? Type or jot down some notes. This isn’t a time to beat yourself up – try to be as objective as you can. At the same time, don’t go overboard and think there isn’t any room for improvement.

2) Create your thank you note or email
Now that you have your notes, go over them to see how you can clarify any missteps that occurred during the interview. For instance, say the job is for an office manager in a large, hectic office and they questioned how you would do since you worked previously for a smaller office. If for some reason you fumbled over the answer, your thank you note can clarify and provide a better response.

“While I worked with a smaller team at XYZ Corp, I was the lead for numerous branch meetings that involved coordinating large groups from multiple locations. Part of the reason your position appeals to me is because it also gives me the opportunity to work with and coordinate similar large scale events.”

3) Keep searching
While this may be the job you really want, it’s better to not put all your eggs in one basket, even if the interview went well. Continue applying!  The job search is a numbers game. Even if the interview went flawlessly, there are many circumstances you can’t control – such as whether they have a strong internal candidate or whether someone else is a bitter fit. It’s better to keep pursuing other opportunities. The job search is an emotional journey. Don’t get too attached to one position and ignore other jobs that may be just as promising/fulfilling.

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post:
Short on time? 3 Quick LinkedIn Fixes

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Thank you for reading!

A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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Reference Reality – 7 Things You Should Know

GirlonPhone“Is it a good sign if they call my references?” The answer is a resounding yes! If you get to the point of the interview process where the employer is putting time and effort into reaching out to your references, you are definitely a solid contender for the position. For that reason, it makes good sense to put some thought into WHO you choose for a reference and HOW to prep them for that call. Our recruiting team conducts reference calls on a weekly basis. Here are a few insights from their calls and interactions.

1) Your boss makes the best reference.
Your peers can certainly speak about your work ethic, character, etc., but try for a superior if at all possible. Some companies insist on it. If you can’t use your boss as a reference (since you are still employed at the company and it would raise suspicions), what about your boss from a previous position? Good reference checkers notice if you can’t provide solid references from previous employers. It can be a red flag that you didn’t have or maintain solid professional relationships at those organizations.

2) Some companies won’t be as thorough as others, but you want to be prepared either way.
Prepare as if the employer will be calling all your references and asking them probing questions about you.

3) Ask your references permission to be used as a reference.
This is just common courtesy. Some people may not feel comfortable being a reference and you need to respect that. You never want to blind side people. It doesn’t look good if a recruiter or hiring manager calls a reference who has no idea they were going to be one.

4) Prep your references.
Give your references your resume and tell them a little bit about the position(s) you are going for and the time frame they can expect the call. Mention the qualifications you would appreciate they would mention. For instance, say you’re interviewing for a sales position. You could ask your reference to talk about the success you had on a certain sales initiative. You don’t want your reference to sound rehearsed, but a few reminders of your skill sets and accomplishments gives them a base for the discussion.

5) The reference checker is listening to what the reference DOES say as well as what they DON’T.
A good reference check call is a conversation between the reference and recruiter. The recruiter is looking to see if the person is a cultural fit and can do the job. They can sense when a reference may be holding back. Lulls in the conversation or hesitations can be red flags to them.

6) Avoid the “perfectionist” line.
Saying someone is too organized or too dedicated isn’t fooling anyone. No one is perfect, and we all have areas to work on. Employers know this. Being too glowing in a reference discussion can backfire. It’s best for your reference to focus on your strengths, but they should never lie or exaggerate.

7)  Be willing to be a reference for others, if appropriate.
It’s good practice to return the favor (at a later date), if you can. If you’re not a boss or superior, you can always endorse the person who was your reference on LinkedIn or write a testimonial about them. This is another way to maintain good relationships and network. The truth is – you should always have your radar on as far as who you could potentially use as a reference, whether you’re currently employed and not looking or actively pursuing new opportunities.

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

Photo credit: Victor Hanacek, PicJumbo

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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 Job Search Resolutions You Can Keep

Empty road towards the big cloud and 2016

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” ― R. M. Rilke

As we turn the calendar page to a fresh New Year, are you resolving to do better with your diet, exercise plan or finances? Don’t forget about your career! January is a great time to turn over a new leaf – especially if your job search has stalled. These resolutions can get you on the right track in 2016.

1.) Commit to spending more time on job search activities

If you’re unemployed, you should devote at least the equivalent of a regular 40 hour work week to networking, researching  job openings and applying to positions. If you’re employed but looking, commit to 2 hours a week for job searching (all done at home after regular work hours of course!).

2.) Schedule one networking event per month

This could range from going to a business presentation, attending a community business function or participating in a formal networking session. To find out about upcoming networking opportunities, check out business associations in your industry, the local newspaper (regular edition and business) – even your college career center (which can also be a great resource for alumni).

3.) Pick one job search tool to improve every other week

For example, January could be resumes and LinkedIn. Week one would involve an in-depth look at your resume – what’s working and what could use a little sprucing up. Get input from a friend and someone in your field. Week three could be making sure your LinkedIn profile accurately portrays your background. You could also vow to start adding more connections and liking, commenting and posting status updates on a regular basis.

4.)  Incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your job search plan

Eating right, working out, getting adequate sleep and taking time for family and friends should not be separate from your job search. A healthy, rested mind and body will do wonders for your energy and productivity in the job search process.

5) Vow to be more patient this year

It’s easy to want that call for an interview NOW. However, that is not how the job search process works. In particular, when businesses are getting back into the swing of things in the new year, you can’t expect their timetable to equal yours. Just take a deep breath and keep moving forward with steps one through four. Getting yourself worked up and stressed out won’t do you any good. If you find your stress level rising, some good de-stressing ideas include: texting/calling someone, taking a walk,  getting together with friends, going to a movie, watching a sitcom or reading a book/magazine.

Happy New Year & Good Luck – 2016 will be your best year yet!

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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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How this curious elf can help your career

elf1‘Tis that time of year when thousands of families are placing and posing a watchful, mischievous elf on their shelves. In the spirit of the holidays, let’s look at how this relatively new tradition can inspire you in your quest to find a new job.

1. Embrace the excitement
Although this elf makes more work for mom and dad, kids are thrilled to search for it each morning. When was the last time you had that kind of enthusiasm? If you aren’t excited about pursuing a new role and all the possibilities it holds, who will be? Employers can sense when job seekers are just going through the motions. Tap into that elf-inspired energy for your search!

2. Would your resume be on the naughty or nice list?
Naughty resumes are boring, too long and include ho hum descriptions of what you did at your last job. Do you think the elf wants to tell Santa stories about bad girls and boys? Of course not! And, you shouldn’t be telling bad or boring stories either! Spice up your resume with accomplishments. This is your time to shine. Showcase (with percentages, statistics and other results-oriented bullets) what you did at your last job that made your company better.

3. See things from a different angle
The elf is mobile, always moving around to different places night after night. Follow his lead and don’t keep doing things the same way. You should be following more than one path in your search. Don’t just sit at the computer and apply to jobs. Get out there and attend events. Holiday time is the perfect time to meet, mix and mingle! This is also a good time to brush up on your elevator speech, practice your interview skills, volunteer for a good cause, etc.

4. You don’t have to be perfect
Do you think children are little angels the entire time the elf makes its appearance? If you’re a parent, you know the answer to that one. Yet, the elf gives kids the chance to do better and be better. You won’t be perfect in your job search. Every application is not going to hit the mark 100%. Yet, you need to keep trying, putting in your best effort and not giving up when the going gets tough. Your job search may be longer than the duration of the shelf on the elf’s appearance, but not to worry – you got this!

5. Remember what really matters
At the end of the day, “the scout elf returns to its family.” Don’t get so caught up in job search drama (and all the up and down emotions it entails) that you forget about friends and family.

Let us know how your job search is going – we’ll be watching 😉

Thank you for reading – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

A version of this post, by our social media specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

Photo credit: Julie G.

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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 Make The Most of Social Media In Your Job Search

A new report by the nonprofit  Pew Research Center shows that 79% of job seekers used online resources in their job search and 34% say that “these online resources were the most important tool available to them.”

So, how can you make the most of social media to find that dream job?

  1. Don’t just rely on job postings
    By all means, look at the listings, but extend your reach beyond just job ads. Companies could be in growth mode, but haven’t yet posted new positions. Keep your eye out for companies that have landed new clients/contracts and/or are expanding their product line, customer base, etc. To do this, follow local newspapers, trade associations and other company related Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.
  2. Research your field and target companies
    Back in the day (less than 20 years ago), finding out more about companies was limited to a company website, the newspaper and trade journals. Now, you have multiple channels to dig deeper. You can use LinkedIn to see who works at companies you’re interested in, and you can google a company’s name. You can even set up alerts to monitor anytime that company is mentioned online.socialm
  3. Become a networking ninja
    While nothing replaces face-to-face networking, social media is a great way to initiate contact. Have you ever participated in a LinkedIn group? What about a Twitter chat? Informally (yet still professionally) engaging with a company or person from a company is easier (and less pressure filled) online. Say, for instance, you see a manager or a recruiter for a company tweet out interesting industry news. Get the conversation and relationship started by replying with an appropriate comment. The same holds true for LinkedIn. In particular, LinkedIn is a great place to show your expertise in your field – sharing relevant content, self publishing on the site and posting helpful links.
  4. Be a participant, not an observer.
    It’s all too easy to sit back and peruse the social media sites without doing a thing. However, that is no more productive than binge watching your favorite TV show. You need to search, read and respond. Be proactive.

Bonus tip
Do you use Twitter lists? They are a great way to organize your followers and gain more followers. Basically, you can create a list with any title of your choice. For example, you could have a list like “Engineering Firms,” Local News Stations, Interesting Local Companies, Social Media Experts, etc. You can add people to these lists – even if they don’t follow you. By clicking on your list, you can see the feed of tweets for your list. It saves time so you can get all related news and tweets at once. In addition, many people are flattered by being added to a list, so you may gain some new followers to boot! Intrigued? Find out more here.

Looking for more advice on using social media to your advantage? Hear what one of our corporate recruiters has to say.

P.S. Speaking of jobs, we have over 1,100 openings nationwide. Check them out on our Careers Site.

A version of this post, by our social media specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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The Road To A Good Interview – Ten Simple Steps To Success – Infographic

  1. Do a trial run to the interview location
  2. Show up early
  3. Put your cell phone away
  4. Be on your best behavior
  5. Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake
  6. Have a list of questions to ask, but don't do all the talking
  7. Don't focus on the money
  8. Get a business card (name/contact info) from everyone you interview with
  9. Send a thank you note after the interview
  10. Celebrate your new job!

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How to write a better resume – the top 10 tips from our recruiters

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