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Time For A New Job?

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The new season and school year is almost upon us. It’s that transitional time of the year when we start to adjust to a change in the weather, wardrobe and – for many families – their schedules. While it’s easy to get caught up with the kids’ sports schedules and after school activities, it doesn’t have to sidetrack your search.

  1. September is the new January
    Fall is a great time for job search resolutions. There is still enough time left in the year to make real progress in your quest for a new role. Mentally, it’s also easier to start a goal that coincides with the end of one season and the beginning of another.
  2. Act like a student
    Grab a notebook at one of the back-to-school sales and designate it as your job search organizing tool. You can start jotting down goals, action steps, deadlines and to-do’s. 
  3. Commit to your search before the holiday rush
    From Halloween on, life does get more hectic with food to cook, presents to buy and family gatherings on the calendar. Take advantage of the lull now, before your social calendar fills up.
  4. Up your LinkedIn game
    LinkedIn is now a must-have for your career. Have you completely filled out your profile? A robust presence on LinkedIn is key. In addition, start getting more active on the channel by scrolling through the feed, liking, commenting and posting your own helpful industry related links. Keep up-to-date on all the new LinkedIn features by visiting their blog.
  5. Attend one networking event before the end of the year 
    Search out and go to at least one meeting or conference in the new few months. There are associations in every industry – it’s easy enough to find one in your field.
  6. Keep learning – expand your skill set
    Education doesn’t end once you leave the classroom. It’s important to keep up-to-date on the skills in your industry. The younger generation is already training on the latest software, and you don’t want to get left behind. Find a webinar. LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) for example, offers one month free access to hundreds of courses – including business and professional development, web design, marketing, sales and much more.
  7. Go outside your comfort zone
    Remember back to school jitters? Walking into a new school, new teachers, new courses – it can be stressful. Researching new job opportunities, interviewing and starting a new job with a new boss, commute and coworkers can also seem daunting. It’s normal to be anxious. Change does involve stress and the loss of what we find familiar. The trick is to keep moving forward and thinking of the rewards that come from taking a chance. You can do this!

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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 Infrastructure and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, as well as our Oldcastle Building Solutions team.

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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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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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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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Be a LinkedIn Rock Star!

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  1. Take advantage of the new LinkedIn profile.
    Your photo now appears on the left. If you used a cover photo, you may want to check if the new location for your profile picture covers anything. If so, it’s time to replace it. You’ll also see that your work history is to the right. Underneath that, you’ll see your Summary section. Pay attention to what appears ‘above the fold.” Make sure it cuts off at an appropriate point. Below that, there is space for photos and links.
  2. Watch for the ‘One-click’ apply feature
    See a job you like on LinkedIn? Now you can apply instantly. The latest official blog post from LinkedIn details how easy it is: “With 1-Click Apply, you now have the option to save your basic information and resume so you can apply for a job with a single click or tap.” This feature works on both mobile and desktop.
  3. Vow to actively engage at least twice a week
    You don’t have to create original content (although self publishing is easy, intuitive and recommended), but aim to like, comment and share on a consistent basis. The more you do so, the more you appear in the feed of your connections.
  4. Add media to your job description section 
    Have a project you’re particularly proud of? You can add photos, videos, links, and more. This is a simple way to enhance your profile, add credibility and set yourself apart from the competition.
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     5) Go beyond reiterating your resume
    Your profile should capture the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager. They initially skim hundreds of profiles – in some cases for as little as ten seconds or less. The competition is real and fierce! To cut through the noise, make your summary and job descriptions brief but enticing. Include accomplishments instead of duties. You want to portray at a glance how you increased efficiencies, sales or saved money. Any job duty can be transformed into a quantitative result oriented bullet.

    Take some time to increase activity and spruce up your profile. Your next job depends on it!

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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How to Rock Your Summer Job Search

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What are your plans? Boating, cookouts, concerts or day trips? By all means, take that long weekend, reflect and relax. However, if you’ve been debating about embarking upon on a job search, please don’t let the lull of the long days and warm weather sidetrack your search.

Six Success Strategies

  1. Plan time for fun AND your job search
    Yes, there is room for both! You need to be realistic and schedule in job tasks right alongside your social calendar. Sure, it can be mundane. But, procrastination in this instance is not your friend.
  2. Use the lack of competition to your advantage
    Many people will postpone their job search until the Summer ends. Labor Day, and the start of the school year, is considered the “New Year” on the calendar for many. However, if you wait that long, you’re just putting off the inevitable. There will be job seekers looking for work this Summer, and you should be one of them.
  3. Better weather = better moods
    In general, people are more upbeat this time of year. After a long, cold Winter and rainy Spring, the warmer temperatures and sunshine leave people in better spirits. What better time to take advantage of that than now?
  4. Networking is easier
    There are more outdoor events to attend and they are easier to get to. Who wants to go out after work when it’s dreary, dark and below zero? You can’t use the temperatures as an excuse. Get out there and start meeting and mingling.
  5. Your odds of reaching a recruiter, hiring manager or HR person may be better
    While more people do take time off in the Summer months, schedules often lessen, giving you a better chance of making contact. Try early morning before 8 a.m. to make that call – your odds of someone picking up increase. People assume that everyone takes off for vacation, but the office still needs to be open. Someone will be there. Interviews and hiring still take place! If you can be flexible on when you can come in, call or be available around someone’s vacation schedule, that’s even better!
  6. Keep up-to-date on LinkedIn enhancements (and use them!)
    Like it or not, LinkedIn is a must-have job search tool. They’re continually rolling out new features that can improve your odds of landing a job or connecting with people who can help you down the line in your career. Just this week, they rolled out “How You Match,” a checklist that, according to their official blog, will show how your education, experience, and current job “match with what a company is looking for in a potential new hire.”yourehired

Take heed of these tips, rev up your search this Spring and Summer, and you could be well on your way to a new job before Fall!

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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Social Recruiting [Infographic]

Maintaining a professional presence on social media is important for job seekers. Take control of your personal brand by being appropriate, proactive, industry related, enthusiastic and engaging. At the same time, do your due diligence and peruse the social presence of your target companies. Look for clues about the culture, management and employees. Social media is a two-way street. Be aware and navigate with caution and care. #YouGotThis #SocialRockStar

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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. CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group with over 85,000 employees in 32 countries around the world.

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April Career News You Can Use!

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It’s raining jobs! According to the latest LinkedIn Workforce Report, hiring across the U.S. in March “was 19.3% higher than in March 2017.”  This is great news if you’re looking to change jobs or looking for a new job.

In other exciting news, we’re pleased to announce that Oldcastle has taken its parent company name. CRH is a leading building materials group, the second largest worldwide and the largest in North America. You’ll start to see the CRH logo & CRH Americas name going forward. Click here if you want more information about us and the change.

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Pictured below is the new sign on our North American headquarters in Georgia.

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Last but not least, we wanted to remind everyone that next week is National Work Zone Awareness Week.  Held annually,  “National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.” In addition, the WatchForUs campaign launched this month to coincide with National Distracted Driving Month (April 9‒13).

Did you know that every year more than 600 people are killed in roadway work zones?

Construction companies like ours are dedicated to ensuring worker and driver safety. While there are warning systems, barriers, and traffic controls, it “just takes a moment of distraction for an accident to happen and for lives to be changed forever.”

Many of our employees work on highways. Please be cautious so every person goes home safely to their families.

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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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Interview Advice From Recruiters

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Nervous for an upcoming interview? Don’t panic – you got this! We asked a few of our recruiters for their best tips.

For initial phone screens/phone interviews
“My best advice is to be in a place where you have no distractions. Treat a phone interview as though the interviewer is sitting in front of you. Being able to “show” enthusiasm and interest while on the phone isn’t the easiest, but, with practice, it will land the second (in person) interview.”
– Deonna Campbell, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Precast

Before the Interview
Research the company before the interview and prepare a list of quality questions to demonstrate your interest in the company and the position. Also, review the job description again, and be prepared to highlight how your skills/experience match the skills/experience that company is looking for.
– Erin Pummell, Operations Recruiter,  Oldcastle Lawn and Garden

“Study up! Most people don’t look up the company or the products (if applicable to the role). The art of studying for an interview has been lost. It’s an important step – don’t ignore it.”
Deonna Campbell, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Precast

At the Interview
“Be dressed professionally, speak positively about your job history, and have some good questions to ask!  Try to smile a lot, and listen attentively.”
– Liz George, Precast Operations Recruiter

“I would say the key is to prepare.  Over prepare! Know the company, know the product, know the customer base.  Having a working knowledge of the company will allow for an intelligent conversation, connecting your skill set to their needs (the job). It’s very important to ask relevant questions.”
– Matt Kaul, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Post Interview
Send a thank you note or email within 24 hours of your interview. Get the business card from each person you speak to so you know their titles and correct spelling of their name. ”
– Kyra Mancine, Social Media Specialist, Oldcastle Recruiting Office

Bonus tip

As more than one recruiter mentioned, good questions are key in a successful interview.  Here’s a good list of questions you can ask.

Take heed of these tips to put your best foot forward. This is your time to shine!

#JobSearch #Career #Interviewing #Interview #InterviewAdvice


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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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This Spring, Rely on Referrals!

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Spring has sprung! For many, thoughts turn to Spring cleaning, better weather and new beginnings. If finding a new job is on your radar this season, LinkedIn’s latest feature is worth investigating. This past week, on LinkedIn’s Official Blog, they announced an easy way to find and reach out to potential people who could refer you to a target company.

Before we get into the specifics, here’s a reminder why referrals are so important.

  • According to a recent study showcased in an article by the Society for Human Resource Management, employee referrals continue to be many employers top source of hires, delivering more than 30% of all hires overall
  • Referrals are the #1 way job seekers report discovering a job for the first time
  • Close to 50% of recruiters say referrals are a leading source of quality hires 

Now that we’ve hopefully convinced you how valuable referrals are, how do you go about getting a referral into an organization? The process is as simple as a click of a button! Let’s go into LinkedIn and see how it works. Say, for example, you see this Marketing Job that you’re interested in. If you have any connections who can refer you, you will see them. In this case, there are quite a few. Now, click on “Ask for a referral.”

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This is what you will see next (below). These are connections with that company.

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Then, if you click on the Message button, up pops a pre-populated message that you can edit as appropriate (as seen below).

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Check out the rest of LinkedIn’s blog post about this topic for good suggestions about how to open that door, ask for a referral and personalize your request for best results.

#JobSearch #Career #LinkedIn


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!  TwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTube, and Facebook for jobs and career advice.

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