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Are You Too Scared To Look For A New Job?

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Listen, we get it. It can be hard to to put yourself out there. Let’s address some common job search fears and how you can move past them.

  1. The Fear of Change
    This is a big one. Even if you’re in a toxic work environment, leaving to start a new job is inherently stressful. All big moves are stressful – even good ones – like getting married, buying a house, going away to school, etc. Accept that leaving the comfort zone of your current position is going to cause emotional discomfort. This is part of the process. Not feeling at least a little apprehension would be more atypical.

“Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.” -M.Dhliayo

  1. Procrastination Nation
    It’s so easy to keep postponing your job search.” Oh, I’ll wait until after the holidays, after the kids get a little older, after ‘INSERT YOUR EXCUSE HERE’. Don’t do it. Life moves quickly, and, before you know it, we’ll be in the midst of the new year. Combat this obstacle by charting out your job search plan now. It can be as simple as drafting and following a plan: October – work on resume and LinkedIn page for a half hour on Wednesday and Thursday nights, search for jobs for a half hour on Monday and Tuesday nights, November – attend one networking event, get references lined up. You get the idea…
  2. Not understanding the process 
    If you haven’t searched for a job for awhile (or even if you have), you’ll soon realize that the process itself has changed. Completing online applications is commonplace. These ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) have their own set of rules. It’s imperative that you format your resume with keywords to increase your chances of the system making a match. Along the same lines though, good old fashioned job search rules still apply. You need to emphasize your accomplishments on your resume, as well as in an interview. The competition has never been fiercer, but knowing how to position yourself appropriately is half the battle.
  3. Thinking The Grass ISN’T Greener
    If you’ve ever left one bad job for another one, you may resist making a change again. However, if you don’t take a chance, you’ll never know! Yes, there is always the chance the next job may not live up to its potential. But, this is where your research comes in. Make sure to thoroughly research the company as best you can before you accept the offer.
    Besides perusing all their social media, look to see if you have any mutual connections or friends who know people who work there. ASK probing questions – for instance – What would people say is the best and worst thing about working here? If you could improve something in the office, what would it be?  LOOK for clues when you’re at the interview. Do people seem engaged and energetic or appear apathetic? What you hear (or don’t hear), see (or don’t see), can all be very telling. Be a detective so you don’t get burned.

At the end of the day, it’s a personal decision whether you make the decision to stay or to go. As they say though, no risk, no rewards. Fight through your fears and go for that new job!

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.

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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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Brendan Sheehan, Corporate Recruiter

BrendanSWhat do you do in your position at the recruiting office? I am the corporate recruiter for our Architectural Products Group (APG). I work on the exempt level positions for seven of our regional companies in both the U.S. and Canada. I support the western region, as well as the northeast and Texas.

When did you join Oldcastle?
I started with Oldcastle in January of 2015.

Where is your job located?
All of the recruiting efforts for Oldcastle in North America are centralized in our offices in Rochester, NY.

What are the best parts of your job?
The people in the organization.  Even though we are the largest building materials manufacturer in North America, the company has a very blue collar feel to it. The management, from the regional presidents, to the local sales and operations managers, are all very accessible and very open. The needs for each Oldcastle company and region can vary, so having that open communication with numerous levels within the organization is a huge asset for us in the recruiting center.

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Brendan receiving ‘Recruiter of the Quarter’ Award 2016

What do you like about working here?
Getting to know the hiring managers and really being able to get a feel for their local needs. Like I mentioned, Oldcastle has a great culture of openness and working together for the greater good of the company. I love being able to get a real understanding of what we are trying to accomplish, both in business and as a leader in the building materials industry.

How would coworkers describe you?  Hopefully they would say that I’m a hardworking, fun-loving guy and team player. I try to bring a positive attitude into the work place.

What was your first job ever?
My first job was working at Silver Stadium where the Rochester Red Wings play. I worked the grill that was on a deck down the 3rd base line. It was right next to the visiting team’s bullpen, so I would talk with the players while I was setting up for the game.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?
We went to the National Sales Meeting in Nashville in 2015. This was at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.  There are nine acres of indoor gardens there, a river flowing through it and waterfalls. It took 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other! It was a great event – especially getting to meet over 200 people on the teams we work with all over the country.

Tell us about your family.
My mom lives in Rochester in the same town as I do, and my brother lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife, my niece and nephew. He has three books published, and is the food editor for Philadelphia Magazine. We all like to travel, and both my brother and I have lived out west on a couple of occasions.

Connect with Brendan 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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Making It Easier For Veterans To Find Jobs

milVeterans bring a variety of desirable skills and qualifications to the workplace, including dedication, loyalty and commitment to get the job done. Despite this, it can be a challenge for them to find civilian jobs because many job descriptions are written in a way that does not correlate to a veteran’s job title.

“Most job search sites don’t take into consideration military job titles, sub-specialties and specialized training, leaving veterans with a more complicated, lengthy job search, says Chris Garrie, VP of Recruiting for Oldcastle.

Like many employers, Oldcastle wanted to hire more veterans, and wanted a way to make the job search easier for them. So, they decided to team up with Monster.com and Military.com to create a Military Skills Translator (MST).

What is a MST?
Simply put, a Military Skills Translator is an online tool that veterans can use to search for jobs by choosing from a drop down menu that lists their service, pay grade and military job title. Results from the search include jobs that may be a match for the veteran, including some that the veteran may not have previously even thought of.

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According to Joel Burris, a US army veteran who works as a Corporate Recruiter for Allied Building Products, “This is a great tool that I wish existed when I was job searching.  I liked being able to add my specific training and immediately see what roles were a match. It’s a great starting off point.”

If you’re looking for companies that have Military Skills Translators, a good place to start is Military.com.  Veteran friendly companies there are actively seeking veterans for employment. In addition, you will find job search advice and resources on that site, as well as on some of the company pages.

P.S. Looking for more career advice?
Check out this post: 4 Easy Action Steps For Veterans Transitioning To Civilian Jobs.

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If you’re a veteran interested in a job at Oldcastle, check out our sites:

Oldcastle’s Military Skill Translator (MST)

Oldcastle’s Military Page On Military.com

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Claire Tuck, Corporate Recruiter, Allied Building Products

ClaireTuckWhat do you do in your position?
I am a corporate recruiter for our Allied Building Products division. 

When did you join Oldcastle?
August, 2015

Where is your job located?
My job is located in Rochester, New York, but I recruit for positions throughout the United States.

What do you like about working here?
I work with an amazing team who are always willing to help out! I love having the opportunity to work with such an outgoing, professional, and fun group of people who know what needs to be done in order to continue to help our company be successful.

What are the best parts of your job?
I like knowing that I am helping people find a career that they will love.

What would your co-workers say about you?
I think they would say that I’m someone who learns quickly and is a hard worker. On a lighter note, they would probably point out that I have a serious obsession with burrito bowls from Chipotle.

Can you share any funny or interesting work stories?
My background is mostly in education, and I come from a family of teachers. I went back and forth on what I really saw myself doing after I earned my degree in communications, and a few years later returned to school for my Master’s in childhood and special education. I had an opportunity, while working in a school located in one of Rochester’s suburbs, to be the assistant coach for the girls varsity basketball team, and loved every minute of it! Teaching and coaching my team, both on and off the court, was highly rewarding. I felt as though I was following in the footsteps of my father who had coached basketball for 25 years!

basketballWhat was your first job ever?
My first job was as a counselor/coach at an overnight basketball camp at Hobart William Smith College in Geneva, New York.  Basketball has always been a huge part of my life. I still help out with my sister’s varsity team from time to time.

crossfitDo you have any hobbies?
I’m really big into staying fit and healthy. About a year and a half ago, I started doing Crossfit, and have become really involved in the gym that I go to. The people that go to my gym are like a family to me, and keep me on my toes competitively. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people.

lunchesI also love cooking. At my previous job, I cooked lunch for myself and my coworkers, and I even started cooking for the people my fiancé worked with as well.

Tell us about your family.
I come from a pretty large family that includes a twin sister who is my best friend! I’m also getting married March 26th, 2015 which has been very exciting and keeping me busy.  We currently have two children, Dominic who is a lab/German Shepherd mix, and Parker who is a miniature dachshund.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     familyengagment2

Looking for a position with Allied Building Products?
Connect with Claire 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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April Fool’s-Proof Advice To Ace That Interview

april fools dayNo fooling here! We want to help you be prepared for your interview.  Whether it’s been one or one thousand days since you’ve been on an interview, these tips can help.

1) Practice, practice, practice. Brushing up on the basics will only add to your confidence level. Do a mock interview with a friend or family member. They will be honest in terms of how you come across. No one around? Sit in front of a mirror and see how you look answering questions. Here’s a List of Sample Questions to use. Pay particular attention to vocal habits that could be distracting (saying um, like, etc.)

2) Be prepared in case standard interview questions are rephrased. Interviewers may not ask typical questions (i.e. “What is your weakness?”) directly, but in a more roundabout way. Don’t get flustered.  Whatever question is asked, your answer should portray you as confident and capable.

3) Don’t rattle off what you did at a job, but HOW you saved your employer time, effort and money. According to Staffing Manager Corey Listar, “Recruiters and hiring managers are always impressed with people who know how to sell themselves and use numbers, percentages or examples to back that up.  The more you can verbalize how you made a positive difference as an employee, the more interested the employer will be in you as a potential hire.”

4) Embrace your nerves. Being a little apprehensive is normal. Let that nervous energy work for you. Remember, you already made it this far. Take a deep breath, use a mantra or phrase if you need to (“I can do this, I got this”) and calmly, yet confidently, showcase your strengths.

5) Don’t just talk, but listen. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being so overeager to share your enthusiasm that you end up talking too fast and too much. Slow down a bit. Listen to what the interviewer is really saying. Their response can often give you a clue as to what kind of answer they are looking for.

Interviewing is no joke, on April Fool’s day or on any other day of the year. Use these tips to come across as the confident, dedicated, desirable employee you are!

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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 Spring Training Tips For Your Career

Blackboard Time to get back in the game! We can learn a lot from athletes getting ready for the upcoming season. Whether you’re actively seeking a new job or just want to move forward in your career, follow this advice to hit that home run.

1) Better weather means easier opportunities to network. We get it. During the long, dark days of Winter, it can be easy to hibernate. Who wants to go to a function when it’s freezing out? This Winter was an especially frigid one for many parts of the country. Take advantage of the longer days and better weather to get out there. Where to start? Check online, your newspaper, local alumni group, business alliance, meetup.com and LinkedIn for professional events you can attend. Start small if you have to. Make a goal of attending at least one new event per month.

2) Recommit to your team. Finding a job should not be a solitary play. Just as one player or pitch won’t win the game, isolating yourself and thinking you can go it alone will only hinder your search. Involve your family, friends and former colleagues in your search.

3)  Practice makes perfect. Professional players make the game look effortless, but we all know it’s not. Your first round of resumes may not get a hit. Don’t give up! Have you tweaked your resume to fit each position? Are you applying for jobs that are a fit? Show your resume to a trusted friend, enlist the help of your college placement office or seek professional resume writing assistance. You’re in this for the long run. Be patient and remember that the job search takes time and has its ups & downs.

4) Create the right mindset. You may be on the bench for now, but remember – this is only temporary. Not every baseball player is in the game all the time.

5) Listen to the coach. Just as a coach leads his team, you have to lead your career direction, progression and job search. You are your own coach. Create a schedule for your search and stick to it. For instance, commit to a certain number of hours a day for reaching out to contacts, applying to jobs and following up. Think of it as your own training schedule. The job search is its own game, with its own set of rules.

6) Analyze your plays. Is there something you could have done differently? Maybe you were thrown off by a tricky interview question you weren’t expecting. No worries! Research answers to common interview questions at monster.com or careerbuilder.com.  Professional players don’t just go to their locker room after a game and call it a day. Post game is when the real learning and plans for improvement take place.

 

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Oldcastle Coastal

coastalFor almost 50 years, Florida-based Oldcastle Coastal has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of masonry and hardscape products, ranging from brick and stone to pavers and retaining walls. Coastal has been helping homeowners and professionals with all aspects of their projects since 1965. Their product line includes: Masonry, Pavers and Retaining Walls, including Belgard hardscapes.

 

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For homeowners, they offer a variety of paver color choices and textures for outdoor living areas – patio to pool. A wide variety of styles, colors and designs help create and complement landscaping, walkways, gardens and outdoor living ares. Customers can visit their showrooms located throughout Florida.

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Locations: Gainesville, Pompano Beach, Longwood, Tampa, Ft. Myers and Sarasota

Interested in working for us?
Search for jobs HERE.

Our website: http://www.oldcastlecoastal.com/

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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 Must-Ask Interview Questions

Interviewing is not a one-way street. Ask questions!

Good interviews involve a give and take. The conversation should not be one-sided. These questions will help you gather information to discover if the position is truly a good fit.

1)  Why is the position open?
It’s important to find out why an opening exists. Is it a new position? If not, it’s perfectly reasonable to inquire about the history behind the availability. Pay particular attention to the interviewer’s body language and what they say when they respond. Did they hesitate or seem guarded? You won’t always be told the entire or real reason for a previous person’s departure, but it’s still important to inquire.

2)  What do people enjoy most about working here?
This is a great question because it shows you already classify the company as a good place to work. It also makes the interviewer dig deeper to share employee opinions/perceptions, giving you a clue about the company culture. Remember, the future employer has to sell you on the position as well. It’s not a one-way street!

3)  What are the next steps in the process?
This question shows that you are interested, organized and ready to move forward with this company.

4)  Is there anything else you need to know about me that will assist in your decision to fill this role?
You can phrase this question in a number of ways, but the main goal here is to find out what else they may be looking for that you may not have addressed during the interview.

5)   Do you know when you will be making your decision?
In the best case scenario, you’ll find out a firm date or at least a general time frame for hiring.

Interviewers don’t expect to be the only ones asking the questions. Targeted, well-thought out questions not only show you’re engaged and interested, but they’re also very important in gathering the information you need to decide if this is the right job for you.

What questions do you ask in an interview? Let us know. We would love to find out and share with other job seekers.

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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. © OldcastleCareers, 2014

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Rob Mischler, Staffing Manager, Oldcastle Materials

At our corporate headquarters in Atlanta

What do you do in your position?

I provide exempt-level staffing assistance for a number of the divisions within the Oldcastle Materials Group. I partner with the HR Management and Hiring Managers to identify talent, facilitate a consistent offer process and ensure a strong candidate experience overall.

How long have you worked for Oldcastle?

Since 2013

Where is your job located?

Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?

The people! We have an outstanding team here in Rochester that is constantly evolving. I also enjoy the opportunity we have to make a significant and long term impact on the business.

What are the best parts of your job?

The reward of creating opportunities for others and building relationships internally.

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?

There is a strong focus on individual development and creating a path for advancement.

How would your coworkers describe you?

Hmmm… I’d guess they would say I’m a person who is always upbeat, smiling and wanting to help – if you can get me out of my office.

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What are your hobbies outside of work?

Trail running (lots of it), and anything my son Chase may be interested in doing with me.

Would you like to share anything about your family?

I have been married for 11 years to Emily (who I met in college). We have a 7-year old son named Chase and a golden retriever named Tank.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?

I worked for a family-run pizza shop during the Summer (from the age of 15 to 21). My mom never had to worry about us going hungry!

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?

I do have one from my first job. One time,  I was very engaged in conversation and was shaking an Italian dressing bottle. What  I didn’t realize was that I sprayed oil onto the whole line of customers. It was an expensive dry cleaning bill!

 

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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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Can We Talk? Twitter Career Chats – Join The Conversation

Social conversationWant to know more about a certain career field or job?  Have a cover letter, resume or interview question?  Twitter chats are an easy, low key way to get your questions answered, get involved AND get your name out there. You never know who might be participating. Not only that, career chats can be fun!  It’s easy to jump right in.

How it works
Chats are centered around a common interest, theme or topic and take place at a set time and date. Many last for about an hour. Typically, a moderator starts off the conversation with questions and explains the format for the answers. You can respond with your answer or just follow along without responding to see what everyone else is saying. Below are two screenshots with tweets from the moderator.

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As you can see in the third screen shot (below), the moderator (OpenMicCareerChat) asked a question related to the theme for that week’s chat. The theme was salary negotiation.

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Here’s a tweet in response:

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Don’t forget to use the hashtag (in the examples above, it’s #OMCchat) so everyone can see your reply.   You don’t have to answer every question, and can hop off the chat anytime you want. Depending on the chat, you’ll find a wide variety of people who participate, including career experts, job seekers, recruiters, college career center staff, company recruiters and more. The beauty of the chat is that everyone’s input is welcomed. The goal is to get a conversation going and learn from each other.

There are many ways you can follow a chat. You can follow along and participate using Twitter, use TweetChat or HootSuite or use the chat hashtag in the Twitter search box to see new replies as they come in.  It’s a bit hard to see below, but in this case, we typed #jobhuntchat in the search bar. Click “All” to see the most recent tweets. It will continue to refresh with new tweets as they come in.

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During the chat
People will be tweeting, replying to tweets, re-tweeting and “favoriting.” Once you feel comfortable, feel free to do the same. You may encounter a few side conversations, greetings and introductions as well.

After the chat
Follow up by following any of the people who sparked your interest during the chat.  This is a great way to connect and network.

Can’t make the chat or felt like it went by too fast?
Chats can move at a very quick pace. In the beginning, you may feel like you missed out. Not to worry! You can always go back and search the chat hashtag again to take a look at the discussion that took place. This is also a good thing to do if you want to research the chat BEFORE you take part in it. Look at the previous chat session. Again, to do this – simply type the hashtag in the search bar. It’s a good idea to observe the chat first, just to get an idea of how things flow.

Tips
Conversations move quickly, with people retweeting answers that resonate with them, as well as giving their own answers. Some chats are more informal and free flowing than others. Observe and participate in a few to see which are the best fit for you.

Chats To Check Out:
#internpro,
Great for young people just entering the workforce.
Topics: internships, networking, interviewing & more. Monday at 9 pm EST, Moderator: @YouTern
#jobhuntchat, Monday at 10 p.m. EST  Various moderators including @Blogging4jobs
#tchat (workplace “hot topics” from hr and recruiting to career management) Wednesday at 7 pm  various moderators: @TalentCulture
#CareerServChat (dedicated to engaging college students and graduates in the career development process and answering career and job related questions)
Thursdays, 9 PM, EST. Moderators @ChaimShapiro, @CareerDrEliz, @RichCareer, @E_fields
#OMCchat (OpenMicCareerChat) Fridays, 12:00 PM, EST
Moderators: @CyndyTrivella, @TomBolt & @LevyRecruits

Where to find more chats in your industry/field?
Here’s a great place to start: http://tweetreports.com/resources/twitter-chats-list/

Career chats on Twitter can be a good way to make new connections, learn answers to your career related questions, get suggestions for your job search and promote yourself. Give one or two chats a try and let us know what you think!

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