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Fall Job Search? Easy as Pie!

Businessman pumpkin pie character cartoonHalloween is over and we’re rushing towards Thanksgiving. There’s still time to land a sweet gig. Don’t neglect your job search!

Say Hello To Smart Replies

LinkedIn has taken the messaging feature and enhanced it with smart replies. Basically, these are suggested responses within a message. According to the LinkedIn official blog, ‘machine learning’ works its magic to “show you suggestions that are more contextual and relevant to the conversation you’re having. We’ll suggest at most three responses based on the message you’ve received.” If you like a response, simply click on it, hit enter, and it sends back the automated reply.”

You don’t have to choose their responses, but this feature can save you time and open up new conversation ideas you might not have otherwise thought to use. If you don’t want this feature, you can turn it off in settings. The default is set to on.

Seek Out Company Lists To Research & Target Companies

Are you applying to jobs online but not having any luck? Start looking for company lists. You’ll be surprised to discover companies you didn’t even know were in your area. In our city for example, the Sunday paper just came out with an in-depth article and list with profiles of the top 100 privately owned winning companies in the Rochester area. What a great resource! Study it, cross reference it with people you know, and use it to find out more about potential employers. Your local chamber of commerce may also have lists. And, don’t forget your local library. You don’t have to pay for a subscription to the paper. Our libraries carry the Rochester Business Journal weekly paper and Book of Lists. Both are a wealth of information about companies, organizations, executives and the latest business news.

Perpetual Job Searching

We know this is not everyone’s favorite thing to do. You may love your job. You may not even have a job search on your radar. Here’s the thing. You never know what could happen. You always want to be prepared for the worst case job scenario. We’re going to assume that you have your resume updated and ready to go (right?). Take this preparation one step further. Know what jobs are out there online in your field AT ALL TIMES. Why is this so important? Online job postings are full of clues. For example, let’s say you’re an Engineer and see an ad for Engineering role continually showing up at the same company every few months. On one hand – yes, they could be adding headcount. On the other, it could be a red flag of high turnover, a bad environment and a company you want to stay away from. If you haven’t been consistently looking at jobs online, you wouldn’t know that the same job was available again so soon. Knowledge is power! It only take five to ten minutes to search jobs weekly via Google. Get in there and type in “Engineer Rochester NY” or whatever your field is and look around.

Search Appearances

How do you know if your LinkedIn profile is optimized so employers and recruiters can find it? This can be a whole blog post itself. One way to check to see if you’re getting found for the right positions is to look at what keywords were used to find your profile. To do this, go to your profile and go to your dashboard.

See where it says Search Appearances? Click on that.

Here is one example (above). On your profile, do the terms line up with what kind of job you’re looking for? If not, your LinkedIn profile needs some work.

Please don’t give up on your job search this fourth quarter. There are still companies hiring before the end of the year. End 2017 on a strong note. Keep pushing!

Thank you for reading!

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

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Amanda Cohen, Corporate Recruiter

LinkedIn PhotoWhat do you do in your position? I get to manage the recruiting process – from sourcing to screening to extending offers and onboarding candidates – all while maintaining relationships with hiring managers.

When did you join Oldcastle? April 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? Camaraderie between everyone!

What are the best parts of your job? I get to talk to a lot of different people and help to grow a great company.

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Amanda & Emily, two of our newest employees!

What would co-workers say about you? We’ll have to wait and see! 

What was your first job ever? I started working at Fruit & Salad Company at age 15 and worked there all through high school and on breaks from college.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I lived in Philadelphia for 3 years and was a Technical Recruiter for an IT Recruiting Agency.
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Would you like to share anything about your family? I have one older sister and a nephew (her puppy!).

Connect with Amanda 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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Erin Pummell, Operations Recruiter

ErinPWhat do you do in your position?   I am an Operations Recruiter for Oldcastle Lawn and Garden. I review applicants who apply for the hourly production roles, phone screen qualified candidates, and send candidates who would be a great fit for the role and for Oldcastle over to the hiring managers to go through the next steps in our process. I also post jobs and source for hard-to-fill roles when there is time.

When did you join Oldcastle? May 2017 

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? I love the team atmosphere and how helpful everyone is! I felt 100% at home after my first day because everyone I met was so kind, helpful and caring!      

What are the best parts of your job? I really enjoy searching for candidates and learning their stories. I love helping to find talented individuals to contribute to our company’s awesome culture.  

What would co-workers say about you? I hope they would say that I am helpful and that I contribute to the team! 

What was your first job ever? I was a data entry clerk at my parents’ corporation in Georgia. 

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? When I was a student ambassador at my college, we usually worked evenings calling prospective students. I found a button under the desk I was sitting at, and spent several minutes repeatedly pushing it. Then, all of a sudden, a campus police officer rushed into the building and asked what the emergency was. We were all so confused. It turns out that the button I was playing with was the panic button in the building!  

Would you like to share anything about your family? I grew up in Georgia with my parents and my two sisters. My younger sister and my mom currently live in New York, about two hours away from Rochester. My older sister still lives in Georgia. I also have a husband, Sean, and two fur babies, Christabella and Ella. We all love to spend time together, hosting family parties or just hanging out!

Connect with Erin on LinkedIn.  

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
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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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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 Oldcastle? I started late October, 2016

Where is your job located? I work at the Oldcastle 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 leaders, Chris and Corey, have 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.

 

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The “new guys” at The Recruiting Center

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!

Can you spot Matt in our Mannequin Challenge video?

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

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
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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 Career Resolutions You Can Keep in 2017

2016 to 2017, happy new year conceptWell, here we are again. A fresh slate, a new calendar. Ready to make the most of this year for your career? Great! Let’s get started.

  1. Vow to update your LinkedIn page
    Be honest now. When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? Set aside an hour. You want to go through and make additions and deletions as necessary. Have you taken on any new projects? Are there new success stories you could add? Don’t just reiterate your resume! Add “wow factor” content that a recruiter or hiring manager would be impressed to read. LinkedIn allows for photos, video and links too – take advantage of the multimedia possibilities. When you’re done updating, show it to a friend or family member and ask them how it looks, what makes sense, and what could still use some sprucing up. When you’re done with that, you need to do the same thing for your resume.
  2. Start an accomplishment list
    It’s easy to forget all the projects you’ve completed over the year. Yet, you can really stand out when you have this arsenal of good stuff to draw from (for your resume, cover letter and interview). If you jot down your successes and projects you’ve worked on as they happen (once a week is a good goal), this will help when it comes time to interview. Start – right now – to keep track of your results. This way you won’t have to back track or try to remember something you worked on months ago. This list can also be helpful for your yearly performance review.
  3. Show your references some love
    You do have a list of at least three references that you could use, right? Never underestimate the importance of a good reference. Create your list and then make sure to keep in touch with your references – not just when you need them. In addition, make sure your reference has a copy of your resume and prep them if you think they will be called. At the very least, send them the job description and 2 or 3 points/characteristics you want them to emphasize.
  4. Start a career ‘Content calendar.’
    Marketers and writers often schedule out topics and themes by day, week and/or month. This could be based on the season, holidays or a number of other factors related to the industry/field they are working in. You can do the same – whether you’re job searching or just focusing on your career. Break it up by season to get started. What do you hope to accomplish this first quarter? For instance – January through March could be – Resume/Cover letter updating, April though June – networking/submitting applications, July through September – attend an industry conference/seminar, etc.

Don’t stay stuck in a job just because you don’t want to put in the work and effort required for a successful job search. These tips don’t take a lot of time, but can yield good results. Good luck on your career journey in 2017!

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Pennsy Supply

pennsy-logoPennsy Supply – a leading manufacturer of aggregate, sand, asphalt and concrete throughout the North and Central Regions of Pennsylvania providing materials for commercial construction, infrastructure development and residential building.

  • Has served the Pennsylvania region for more than 90 years
  • Operates over 15 asphalt plants, 12 aggregate quarries, 3 sand sites and 6 ready mix concrete plants.
  • Provides professional paving services
  • Manufactures aggregate, sand, asphalt and ready mix concrete
  • Has won local, regional and national awards for its high-quality paving services.
  • Recipient of Quality in Construction Awards from the Pennsylvania Asphalt Pavement Association (PAPA) for exemplary quality in pavement smoothness, material quality and construction.
  • Part of Oldcastle Materials, the leading vertically integrated supplier of crushed aggregates, asphalt, ready mix concrete and paving services in the United States

Locations
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Construction Materials
– Aggregate/Sand
– Asphalt
– Concrete
– Colored Concrete
– High Calcium Limestone
– Retail Building Materials
Construction Services
– Asphalt Paving
– Stone base construction
-Site grading operations, pavement milling and road excavation
– Underground utility installation
– Sidewalk, curb, gutter and storm drainage construction

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Website: http://www.pennsysupply.com/
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Want to work for Pennsy Supply?
Learn more on our Careers Page.

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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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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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 An Unlucky Job Seeker?

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If you’ve been looking for a job for awhile, you may be feeling discouraged. When is it going to be MY turn? The goal of any successful job search is to stack the odds in your favor, so you are the ‘lucky one’ chosen. Ask yourself these questions and be honest about the answers. They can reveal areas to improve upon in your overall job search strategy.

  1. Are you doing your due diligence?
    You may have read stories that reveal how quite a few people spend more time planning for a vacation than they do for their retirement. No surprise there – it’s fun to plan a vacation. Retirement planning or job searching – not so much. Nevertheless, it’s important to remain focused and dedicate yourself to important, not so fun things – like your job search. This means customizing every cover letter and resume to the job, researching employers prior to an interview, getting/prepping the right references, calling recruiters back and going outside your comfort zone when it comes to proactively networking.
  2. Has your confidence, attitude and energy changed since you started searching?
    It’s completely understandable that your enthusiasm for the process has taken a hit, especially after more time goes by. However, this is not the time to show it. Even if you don’t feel energized and optimistic, you have to act like you are. Eating properly, getting exercise and creating a good support system (family/friends/fellow job seekers) can help boost your mood too.
  3. Do you let rejection (i.e. not hearing back from an application, after an interview, etc.) get you down?
    It’s ok and normal to feel disappointed. The job search can be impersonal, unfair and frustrating. However, wallowing is your enemy. Allow yourself time to be mad or sad and then move on! Think of the job search like speed dating. You’re going from interview to interview, just like you would be going from date to date. Not every date results in a relationship, and not every interview results in a job.

    Going through the interview process makes you better at interviewing. Don’t think of it as a waste of time – think of it as practice!

Progress and forward movement/momentum in the job search isn’t dependent on luck. It takes time and continual effort. Don’t give up. It may take longer than you had hoped for, but the right job is out there for you. And, always remember- the employer is the lucky one for making the decision to hire you.

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post:
Reference Reality – 7 Things You Should Know

P.S. If this post helped you or you think it can help others, please share.

Thank you for reading!

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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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Jennifer Friday, Staffing Administrator

IMG_3132What do you do in your position?
I am a Staffing Administrator in the recruiting office. I assist the recruiters by sending out offer packets, reviewing background and drug screening results, and making sure that the candidate has completed all the paperwork that is necessary before they start in their new position at Oldcastle. I also help candidates with any questions they have about the new hire  process.

When did you join Oldcastle?
December 2015

Where is your job located?
The recruiting office in Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?
I like working here because I like being able to help candidates. There is a time frame of about one to two weeks where I am able to communicate with the candidate and get to know them. It is always wonderful to have someone call and tell you that a recruiter you are working with is great, that our office is very responsive,  and how excited they are to start.  Being able to answer questions and talk to the candidates can help diminish the anxiety of starting a new job. There have even been a few times when candidates have emailed me after their first day just to tell me how well it went.

What are the best parts of your job?
The best part is the people that I work with every day. Everyone is so nice, helpful, and approachable.

What would co-workers say about you?
They would say that I am the lady that sits at the new front desk that had been empty for awhile, that I still startle them when they come in. But besides that, I think they would say that I am quiet, helpful and friendly.


Tell us about your family.
My wonderful husband, Rick, and I have been together since we were eighteen. We like to travel, go to sporting events, and go to concerts. We have two beautiful daughters, Fiona (11) and Naomi (5). This year, Fiona started sixth grade in the Middle School. She loves to play soccer, participates in Odyssey of the Mind (an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students), plays trombone, and was selected to sing with the All County Choir. She has accomplished so much, is on high honor roll, and we are very proud of her. Naomi started kindergarten this year, which was very tough on me, but she absolutely loves it. She also plays soccer and does really well in school. We are so proud of her, and love her nonstop sense of humor. Our family also consists of three cats, one dog, and two fish.

What was your first job ever?
The first job that I had was cleaning the Allied offices just down the road. I would work from 7 am to 11 am every Saturday sweeping, vacuuming and mopping. It was pretty easy, but waking up early on a Saturday as a teenager was not my favorite thing to do!

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

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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