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Christina McPhee, Operations Recruiter

ChristinaMWhat do you do in your position?  I am an Operations Recruiter for the Precast Division of Oldcastle.

When did you join Oldcastle? March 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? I really enjoy the supportive and positive work environment. If I have a question, there are multiple people who were willing to help me find the answer. We manage our own individual workloads; however, we all help each other if we run into difficult situations. It’s wonderful that I get to work with people who possess such elevated levels of knowledge and skills. The Rochester recruiting center is truly a great place to work!

What are the best parts of your job? I think the best thing about my job is being able to connect with a variety of people all over the United States and assist them with finding a career.

What would co-workers say about you? I would think that they would say that I am a hard worker and willing to help out whenever I can. 

What was your first job ever?  I was 15 and I worked at Wegmans grocery store as a cashier.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?  When I worked at Wegmans, I had an interesting experience. One Sunday, Danny Wegman himself came in and assisted me with bagging groceries on my lane.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  Most of my family lives in Rochester, NY. I have an older brother and younger sister. I grew up with a love for animals because my family owns and trains thoroughbred horses. We love to gather and watch the races together. 

Connect with Christina on LinkedIn.  

See Christina (below) in this short clip the Recruiting Office made for Go Orange day (part of National Work Zone Awareness Week)

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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Jason Herrman, Engineering Manager

jhWhat division do you work for?
Oldcastle Precast

What do you do in your position?
I get to help our company succeed. I work on a variety of large-scale projects and projects that have national products in them, while my team handles the engineering and drafting.  I am also lucky to help out other locations when they are overwhelmed or need some help to get through a difficult time.

When did you join Oldcastle? January of 2012

Where is your job located?
I am lucky – my job is located in beautiful, sunny Colorado!  I have the privilege of working on projects located all over the country.

Can you describe your career progression here?
I started as an EIT (Engineer in Training) after getting my masters.  As an EIT, I helped out doing designs for some of our locations. I started getting involved in product development and worked on several products, which led to helping our sales team with engineering.  While working to support the sales team, my team expanded and our portfolio of work also expanded. We developed more products, and continue to support in any way we can. That is how I got to where I am now.

Christmas 055What do you like about working here?
Great people. Great location. Great company. Oldcastle is a solid company with lots of room for growth. There are endless possibilities within the company and our parent company, CRH. I enjoy the job I do and have a great work/life balance.

What are the best parts of your job?
I get to be involved in really unique and large scale projects. We are challenged to come up with new ideas and new ways of turning a cast-in-place concrete design to a precast concrete design. This often requires critical thinking and can be quite a challenge.

Have you worked on any unique, high profile or interesting projects?
Yes. You can see here (above) some photos of a few very complex and large vaults that we designed and produced. I also developed a ballistic wall product line.    

What advice would give for an Engineer who wants to work for us? Why should they choose Oldcastle?
Precast Concrete is not boring! It is fun work with lots of responsibility and lots of variety, and it’s founded in a company that treats you well and offers a lot of growth opportunities.

Is there anything else you want to share about yourself?
I lived in Sudan for a couple of years doing non-profit work building a school. It is what led me to study structural engineering and gave me lots of experience with concrete.

Want to find out more about Oldcastle Precast?
http://www.oldcastleprecast.com/

Search for jobs with us here: 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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Networking 101 – 3 Steps To Success

You need to network! It’s advice many hear, know they should act upon, but yet dread and/or avoid.

“I don’t know how to prepare for a networking event. “

“I don’t know what to say when I’m there.”

“I don’t know how to follow up after networking.”

If this sounds like you, listen to the short clips below. Kim Caccamise, a Corporate Recruiter for Oldcastle Precast, offers her insight on making the process easier, and – dare we say it – even enjoyable.

Step 1 – How to prepare for a networking event
1) Be mentally prepared
2) Dress appropriately for the type of event
3) Have your questions ready
4) Research the event and attendees before you go
5) Initiate conversations while you’re there

Step 2 – Overcoming networking fear  
Even extroverts can have trouble networking, so don’t beat yourself up about it. Kim has suggestions for the timid too!
1) It’s all about asking the right questions
2) Learn when the magic of networking really happens

Step 3 – Last but not least – the meat of it – how to be successful at a networking event
1) Don’t hang out with people you know
2) It sounds silly, but fresh breath is key – bring mints, sip on some water
3) Smile, engage in eye contact and make your introductions
4) Break the ice, build rapport, ask questions – have your value statement ready!
5) Explore opportunities on how you can help each other
6) Follow through with promises when you follow up after the event

“You’re always coming from an angle of helping the person you’re talking with, because they’ll automatically want to help you back.”

Networking is not meant to be a chore. It’s an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. Knowing how to act and what to say is half the battle!

If you enjoyed these videos, check out our other career related clips on YouTube.

Looking for more networking advice? Check out this post: How to Network If You Don’t Like To Network – 6 Tips For The Timid.

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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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