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Build Your Personal Brand

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How would you describe your personal brand? When it comes to your career, getting a promotion or landing a new position, the answer to this question is very important.

1) Honestly evaluate your online persona

Start by making a list of all your social media accounts. Go through them as if you were a future employer. Delete or make private anything that negates or contradicts the positive persona you’re trying to portray. We all have an image we curate through how we engage online via comments, likes and shares. Going forward, always keep this in mind when you log on and interact or post.

2) Do damage control
Wait a week or so after step one and go back and Google your name. Your LinkedIn profile should show up at the top of the search results. Do you like the rest of what you see? In some cases, you can’t control what appears. However, if you want to bury results, you can create content that will eventually move to the top of the search results. One way to do this is by self publishing on LinkedIn. Write a short blog post and eventually  it will be indexed and rise up in search results under your name. This is also a good way to establish credibility and authority in your field.

3) Be proactive in making connections 
Start to surround yourself with people in your industry or field (or potential field) by joining groups (on LinkedIn and Facebook), attending conferences/speaking events and contributing to the conversation. Silence is not your friend. Observe to a point, but then get involved. If you’re more of an introvert, online networking is a great way to start. Join a Twitter chat, post a question to a LinkedIn group, comment on an active discussion, etc. Start making this a habit and schedule it into your day or week.

4) Give freely without an agenda. Personal brand building isn’t just about positioning yourself for mobility. Personality and character also come into play. Be polite, not pushy!  Think about your favorite business brand. That company or organization is likely honest, trustworthy, reliable and puts out a superior product or service. These are the attributes to aim for. Be known for being helpful, courteous and a resource. This can be as simple as sending an email with a helpful article to a colleague or sharing a useful link to a person you recently met at a conference. When it comes to LinkedIn, this means adding a personal message to every connection request without asking for a job or sale.

5) Become the expert. Want to really amp up your personal branding game? Get quoted in local (or even national) publications (print and online). You can directly pitch your expertise for stories or subscribe to a free service like HARO (Help A Reporter Out) which offers many opportunities to be considered as a source for quotes with organizations nationwide.

6) Tap into your network.  Once you’ve cleaned up your profiles, consistently posted helpful content and engaged with others, it’s time to reach out. Your first and second degree connections on LinkedIn in particular can be very useful. If you’ve established a relationship, it never hurts to ask. Overcome that fear of rejection and go for it! According to the 2018 Job Seeker Nation Report, “60% of job seekers have referred a friend or contact to a company they’ve worked for — and 35% of job seekers obtained their current or most recent job from a referral.” If you see a job posted on LinkedIn and are connected to them, asking for a referral to the position is as easy as the click of a button.

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Want to learn more about working for CRH Americas?

Visit us at CRH Americas Careers: https://www.crhamericas.com/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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5 Quick Fixes To Make Your Resume Better

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  1. Save the document with your first and last name. Can you imagine how many resumes recruiters receive named ‘resume’? Make it easy for them and guarantee that your resume gets in the hands of the right people, without getting lost. In addition, if you have a 2-page resume, add a header with your name on the second page. They may be printing it out, and there’s always a chance that pages could become separated.
  2. When possible, save your resume as a PDF*. Appearances are everything, and you want to make the right first impression. Saving it as a PDF will preserve the formatting, since you don’t know how it will appear to your recipient. Issues can arise based on what email provider someone uses. Better to be sure, than to have your resume appear choppy or not as originally intended. *If you’re applying online to a position, you may need to submit your resume saved in Rich Text (RTF) Format.
  3. Ditch the objective and add a Summary of Qualifications section. This can be 3-5 bullet points or a short paragraph that consolidates your top strengths and skill sets. You can easily tweak this to match the job description.
  4. Use the job description as your guide and test. Take your basic resume as a starting point. Go through the job ad, bullet by bullet, to see if what you have written on your resume matches the employer’s desired qualifications and duties. Switch out words to mimic the ad, or use synonyms whenever possible. If there is too big of a mismatch, this may be a clue that the job is not a good fit for you and that you don’t have the right background to apply.
  5. Remove your address and add your LinkedIn URL. The exception to this rule is if you’re relocating. In that case, add a line mentioning your move and the target date for when you will be at your new location.

** Bonus tip – To keep yourself even more organized, add the name of the company after your name. For example, JoeSmithAcmeCorpResume.pdf. This is especially helpful if you’re applying to multiple companies.

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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7 Resume Reminders Worth Repeating

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How is your resume looking these days? If you’re in job search mode, you’re likely very familiar with its status. If you aren’t, you should find the file, and take a look. It’s always important to review your resume and have it ready to go.

  1. Start with some housekeeping
    Is your address on there? Resumes no longer need to have your home address. In fact, it’s recommended to leave it off.  Use that space to put your LinkedIn URL and your email address. Speaking of email, make sure the address you use is appropriate and not from an outdated or older provider (AOL, Hotmail, etc.)
  2. Less is More
    Hiring managers and recruiters review dozens, if not hundreds of resumes a day or week. A resume should not be jam packed with too much information. Highlight your accomplishments from each position, with a focus on anything that matches the position you’re applying for.
  3. Customization counts
    You can have one general resume to start from, but you need to customize each resume for the position. Smart candidates customize because they know it helps them get further in the process and is indicative of a serious job seeker.
  4. Age-proof your information
    Age discrimination can and does happen. If your degree was over 5 years ago, leave the graduation date off. You also don’t need to list positions older than ten years, unless directly related to the job you are applying for. Consider doing a combination chronological/functional resume and combining prior jobs to avoid calling attention to older dates of employment. For example:
    PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT
    Prior ad agency experience/positions (freelance and full time) in communications with a focus on advertising, public relations and internal and crisis communications.
  5. Get a second set of eyes
    It’s easy to overlook typos when we create our own resume. Have a trusted friend or family member critique it for you. Does anything look out of place or read awkwardly?
  6. Make sure it contains the right keywords
    This is going to help you when you apply online, as each ATS (Applicant Tracking System) will look for keywords that match the job description.
  7. Save your resume as a PDF
    If you want to make sure the formatting will always appear as intended, save it as a PDF. Have two versions ready (PDF and word doc.) at all times.

Bonus tip
If you’re looking to land a position in another city/state, provide your anticipated move date. This will help clarify any confusion and hopefully keep you in consideration for the position.

  • Relocating to the Denver area, October 2018.

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

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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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Sam Marcello, Corporate Recruiter

samm.jpgWhat do you do in your position?
I fill roles in our corporate office based in Atlanta, ranging from IT to Administrative. I cover all four product lines, depending on the need.

When did you join the team?
 April, 2018.

Where is your job located?
Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?
I like the people I work with. Everyone is willing to pitch in and give advice to help the team become better.

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What are the best parts of your job? The best part of the job is talking with the candidates and hiring managers.  You get a chance to build relationships daily to help the mission of our company.

What was your first job ever? I worked as a cashier at McDonald’s.

Would you like to share anything about your familyI have a wife Elise. She is a Registered Nurse. We have a 1 yr old son, named Leonardo.

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What are your hobbies? I like to travel. I’ve been to England, France, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  I also like to hike through the state parks in New York.  In addition, I enjoy camping and playing golf and basketball.

 

What was your first concert? My first concert was Sevendust.

What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Gladiator. 

Want to connect with Sam? Reach out on LinkedIn.

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

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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 CRH? I started late October, 2016

Where is your job located? I work at the 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 leader, Chris has 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.

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!

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

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

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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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3 New LinkedIn Tips For Fall

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  1. Learn for free on LinkedIn
    Did you know  that you can take free online classes for a month? Sign up for a trial and improve your professional game. There are more than 9,000 classes to choose from!  Go HERE to get started.
  • Let recruiters know you’re interested
    Go to your LinkedIn profile, click on Preferences and turn the feature to on. You can designate location, industry, and even the size of companies you want to target. Worried about privacy or your current company finding out? According to LinkedIn, “We will hide the Open Candidates signal from recruiters at your company or affiliated company recruiters.”
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  • Get a LinkedIn Profile Badge
    Now you can promote yourself outside of LinkedIn. More than just the customized URL, a badge includes your:
    – profile picture
    – job title
    – current company
    You create the badge from LinkedIn. Once you have one, you can use it in your email, on a personal website/blog or even on an online resume. Anything you can do to set yourself apart is a plus!
    To do this:
    Go to your LinkedIn page and click on the “View Profile As” button and choose Customize Your Public Profile. Once you get to that page (seen below), scroll to the bottom.
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Then, you will click on the “Create a public profile badge.”
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Next, follow the directions to create your badge.
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You will see that there are numerous sizes/choices:
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Bonus tip:
If you haven’t made a customized LinkedIn Public Profile URL yet, make sure you do! This is a link that you can share anywhere. LinkedIn gives you a URL already, but it includes lots of numbers and is not easy to remember. You can easily edit and change it by going to the same page as you go to for making a badge.  Just click the pencil to make the edits.
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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.

Photo Credit: DepositPhotos

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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 Job Search Tricks To Love

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  1. Looking for an email address?
    Here’s a site that will help: Email Hunter You won’t find every email here, but it can be helpful to track down some elusive email addresses.
  2. Make your LinkedIn introduction matter. Many people, before they apply to a job, head to LinkedIn to see if they have any connections who are connected to people at that company. They then ask for an introduction (see steps for how to do that HERE). To make your request stand out, put some thought into what you say and personalize it a bit more. Here’s an example:
    Hi [your connection’s name],
    How are you? Hoping things are going well for you this year. It’s been quite the Winter hasn’t it? I notice that you are connected to Sam Smith, who is the VP of Marketing for Acme Corp. I saw that Acme has a Marketing Specialist position listed on their website. It looks really interesting, and I would love to find out more about the job. Would you mind introducing me? I know how busy you get this time of year, so I wrote up a little blurb to pass along to make it easier. Oh, and I also wanted to share this article I found – thought you might find it interesting. 
  3. Message someone on LinkedIn even if they aren’t your connection.
    If you share a mutual group, you can contact them without being connected.
  4. Always return a recruiter’s call.
    They aren’t there to harass you. Good recruiters want to build a relationship with you to find the right fit for their company or agency.
  5. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a recruiter about a job you see.
    Even if the opening isn’t a fit, one down the line might be. The recruiter will have the “inside scoop” on the job.

    “Job descriptions can be vague and don’t tell the whole story, says Corporate Recruiter Deonna Campbell. “Having a brief conversation with the recruiter can clear up any questions you may have and can expand on what the job entails. Even if you aren’t interested in this particular opportunity, getting more information might help someone you know.”

  6. Start a “kudos” folder. This is a folder (email or paper) with any documents or emails that you get that you can use down the line to further your case during a performance review, for getting a raise, updating your resume or at an interview. Suggested items to be included: a congratulatory email from your boss about successful completion of a project, a list of webinars or classes you have attended in your field, statistics from work projects, etc. It’s better to save these items as you get them instead of having to scramble and backtrack.

Bonus tip– Be proactive and start using  Twitter to build up your connections. Someone may not accept your connection request on LinkedIn, but you can always follow them on Twitter. Follow target companies/people and make sure to interact (retweet, reply and like) with them before you need a job. This is an easy, low pressure way to build up your network.
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* Just for fun * Check out this site where you can make your own personalized virtual candy heart. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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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Preferred Materials

Preferred Materials is a leading supplier of asphalt, concrete, concrete products, and paving services in the Southeast. PMheader-logo

 

 We have:
  • 15 asphalt plants, 32 ready mixed plants
  • 4 CMEC-accredited concrete QC labs throughout Florida
  • 13 CMEC-accredited asphalt labs in Florida and DOT certified labs in Georgia and South Carolina
  • More than 750 employees
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    Products/Services
    Asphalt – high quality hot mix and warm mix asphalt
    Paving – private and commercial project, including highways, roads, streets and parking lots
    Ready Mixed Concrete – regular, custom & decorative, concrete block and rebar – commercial and residential buildings and structures
    Concrete Block – normal or light weight, for masonry style construction
    Building Materials – multiple lines, including glass block, stone veneer, tools, fireplaces and masonry accessories
    Reinforcing Steel – rebar accessories and services

    Corporate Responsibility – At Preferred Materials, “our focus is on safety and environmental stewardship. Not only do we meet all safety and environmental regulations, but we also take it a step further. Corporate responsibility is not something we try to “do,” it’s a natural part of who we are.”
    – Safety
    – Environment
    – Community involvement

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    Work for us:
    Careers
    We have openings in:
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Asphalt Production & Paving
    • Customer Service
    • Environmental
    • Equipment Repair/Management
    • Estimating
    • Health & Safety
    • Human Resources
    • Paving Services
    • Project Management
    • Quality Control
    • Ready Mix Production/Delivery
    • Sales Management
    • Traffic Control
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    Star Stories – it’s all about our employees!

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    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

    Find out More:
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    Contact Us
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Apply today!
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About our parent company:

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

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