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How to Rock Your Summer Job Search

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It will be Memorial Day, the unofficial start of Summer, in the blink of an eye. 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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Lindsay LaPlaca, Operations Recruiter

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What do you do in your position? I am an Operations Recruiter for Anchor, Jewel, and GMS, covering the East coast down to Alabama, plus Texas.

When did you join Oldcastle? March, 2018

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? The positive atmosphere and overall office morale here is astonishing.  Everyone is genuinely willing to help with any and every question, and I have a lot of questions!  My co-workers have facilitated a smooth transition from the hospitality industry to the recruiting world, and they continue to make every day interesting.

What are the best parts of your job? I enjoy talking to people from such diverse backgrounds and parts of the country.  The ability to match job seekers to appropriate positions, while also helping managers staff their plants, has been very rewarding.  

What was your first job ever? My first job was working in the strawberry fields, picking quarts of berries for sale at a local farm stand in the small town where I grew up.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  My boyfriend Mike and I have lived in the South Wedge for almost 11 years.  We have one crazy cat, and aspirations for a big yard and dogs someday!  My dad, grandma, younger brothers, and niece and nephew live a couple of hours away in the same town where I grew up. 

What are your hobbies? I love cooking, food and all things food related, craft beer, and wine education.  I enjoy shopping local farm markets, butchers, and seafood mongers to procure the freshest, most interesting ingredients.  I love spending time outside, especially tending to my flowers and garden.  I have a blast driving my car and tagging along with Mike to driving events in Watkins Glen.  In the winter, we keep busy with downhill skiing, and enjoy traveling and exploring tropical locations.    

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What was your first concert? As a young kid, my dad took me to a country concert of sorts, although no one can recall the actual artist!  The first concert of my choosing was Dave Matthews Band in Saratoga, back in high school.

What is your favorite movie?  I don’t necessarily have a favorite movie, but I do have an all-time favorite TV show… Friends!

 Want to connect with Lindsay? Feel free to reach out on LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-laplaca 

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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LinkedIn address:   www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-laplaca

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Lilian de Lascurain, Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle APG  

IMG_0067What do you do in your position? I recruit for all kinds of operational roles for our corporate locations and manufacturing facilities in Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

When did you join CRH Americas? March, 2018 

Where is your job located?  Rochester, New York, AKA the ROC!

What do you like about working here?  We have a great team of recruiters. Everybody is fired up and cares about the companies that they recruit for. They’re also a hysterical bunch.

What are the best parts of your job?  I get to talk to people all day on the phone, and help people land good jobs and help managers find good folks. Matchmaking is a fun time!

What was your first job ever?  I worked in a concessions stand in the San Diego Sports Arena as a cashier and a runner.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  I have a husband named Sergio and a four-legged, furry son named Mickey Mouse. They are my life.  I also have family in San Diego, California and Mexico City, Mexico.

 

What are your hobbies? I’m obsessed with health and fitness, so I love to hit the gym, go to Pure Barre classes, cook delicious foods, and spend time outside.  I also love anything to do with Disney, and Disney Parks.

 

 

What was your first concert?  Aerosmith, in Mexico City, Mexico.

What is your favorite movie? That tends to change. Right now, I love the movie Coco, by Disney/Pixar.  Some other favorites include Singing in the Rain, The Departed, Ladybird, Sleeping Beauty, La La Land, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and, when I am feeling brave, The Exorcist.

Want to connect with Lilian? Feel free to reach out on LinkedIn:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/lilian-de-lascurain-bba10113/

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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Jessica Feeney, Recruiting Support Coordinator

JessicaFeeneyWhat do you do in your position?  I support the hourly recruiting team in areas all over the country, sourcing for great talent and bringing new qualified candidates to the recruiting process.

When did you join CRH? March 2018

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? This is a great team to be a part of. Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming!

 What are the best parts of your job? I really enjoy talking with candidates from all over the country. It’s amazing what I’ve learned from everyone already.

 What was your first job ever?  Party City…I blew up balloons all day, and let me tell you – I’ll never look at them the same!

 Would you like to share anything about your family?  Luckily, my wife and I have most of our family very close by, but a few are scattered around the country. It gives us a great excuse to get out of town for a bit.

What are your hobbies? I love to go camping, spend time outdoors, and try something new and adventurous whenever I can!

What was your first concert? Celtic Woman with my Dad. We still go together every time they come to town. They put on a great show!

 What is your favorite movie?  Tough call! I’ll either sob my way through Titanic, or take on Jaws for the 100th time!

Want to connect with me on LinkedIn? Feel free to reach out here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-feeney/

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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Make Your Job Search Less Taxing

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It’s that fun time of year again! Job searching is a lot like completing your taxes. No one wants to do it, but it’s a mandatory task. The good news is that there are things you can do to make the process easier.
1) Gather your materials
Step one involves making sure you have all the things you need to start your job search. When you do your taxes, you have to gather your receipts, W2s, etc. For the job search, you need to locate copies of your old resume, the job description of the role you’re applying for, as well as any other documentation related to the search (reference list, etc.).
2) Designate a spot to get started
Doing your taxes in a noisy room surrounded by your kids and distractions is not going to cut it. The same thing applies for your job search. You want a quiet, uncluttered area where you can concentrate and focus on the task at hand. 
3) Give yourself deadlines
A tax payer has the tax filing deadline looming over their head. While the job seeker’s deadlines are self imposed, they are just as important. It will help keep you on track if you set up a schedule of when you want things done. Otherwise, you risk procrastination taking over and your momentum waning. Your deadlines can be as simple as – Resume update completed by April 30th, Reference list created by May 5th, etc.
4) Control what you can control
A tax payer can’t control if they’re going to be audited, just like a job seeker can’t control whether they will be called in for an interview or picked for a job. BUT, both the tax preparer and the job seeker can position themselves in the best possible way. Over-claiming deductions is a big no-no tax prep-wise, just as fudging details on your resume is for the job seeker. In both cases, it’s about honesty, being forthcoming and attention to detail.
5) Patience counts
It takes time to do your taxes and, if you’re expecting a refund, time to get that as well. On the same note, it takes time to conduct a job search. Know this going in. A well paying, satisfying job doesn’t come quickly. However, it will be worth the wait.
6) Reap the rewards
The job search is increasingly competitive. Getting an interview, and that coveted job, is a big coup! It means you have outperformed dozens, if not hundreds, of other job seekers. Your reward is the job! For the tax payer, the reward is finishing that return for the year, possibly getting a refund, and, last but certainly least, not getting audited.

P.S. We know that job search and doing your taxes can be stressful. Need some motivation? Check out this list of Tax Day Freebies for 2018.

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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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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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.

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Play nice – one of many LinkedIn Member Policy Changes You Should Know About

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Are you a LinkedIn user? LinkedIn is going to update its terms of service May 8th, and their official blog recently discussed a few of the upcoming changes in depth. Since we’re guessing that lengthy policy updates aren’t the most riveting reading, we’ll break it down for you in brief, layman’s terms.

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Adhere to the golden rule
LinkedIn doesn’t call it this, but we do. If you’re an active or even casual LinkedIn user, you may have noticed that some users behave badly, making inappropriate and inflammatory comments. This behavior is never acceptable, but used to be more common on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LinkedIn will be curtailing this negative activity, before it escalates. They have the policy broken down into five sections:
– Be Real
– Be Professional
– Be Nice
– Respect each other’s behavior and follow the law
– Respect LinkedIn’s Rights
You can visit their Professional Communities blog post section for specifics. As the site grows in popularity, members and usage, the fact that they have a no tolerance policy on abuse and are enforcing violators is a necessary step in the right direction.

User Agreement Update

In our view, the most pertinent change here is this:
“A new section has been added to the User Agreement to better clarify how we use information and data we have about you to make recommendations to you and others, including to suggest jobs for you and to suggest you to recruiters.”

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Privacy Policy
In this section, LinkedIn offers a guided tour explaining the changes. They expand upon what they are allowed to do with member data. LinkedIn can legally receive data about you from partner companies that are affiliated with LinkedIn. This data is used “to provide you with new services and better features.” The policy also talks about social actions – this refers to your LinkedIn activity  (liking, commenting, sharing and posting).

“When you take a social action, we will associate you with the content, companies or people that you shared or followed, and we may also use that social action as part of an ad (unless your settings do not allow that).”

With all the personal and career information you post and share on LinkedIn, it’s important to know about changes to the site. This post just scratches the surface.  If you want to read in detail about all of the upcoming policy changes, the blog post outlining them can be found here.

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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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Brett Jones, Corporate Recruiter

BrettJWhat do you do in your position? I am a Corporate Recruiter for Oldcastle Materials, Central Division. I handle all of the recruiting within the Materials group for the Midwest, Texas, and middle-America.

When did you join Oldcastle? January, 2018

Where is your job located? Rochester, New York.

What do you like about working here? So far, the best part has been the people.  Everyone is down to earth and wants to help each other succeed. 

What are the best parts of your job? I enjoy managing both sides of the hiring process, in terms of recruiting and strategy.  It is rewarding to help managers identify what type of individual would be the best asset for their team and then going out and finding that person. 

What was your first job ever? Slinging coffee and pastries at Dunkin’ Donuts and a Soccer Referee.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  I am lucky to have my immediate family all in the area, and we remain very close.

What are your hobbies? Writing, publishing, hiking & camping, cars, live music.

 What was your first concert? The first concert I remember was probably Alan Jackson, but, technically, my first concert was John Cougar in my mom’s womb.

What is your favorite movie? Forrest Gump because it has everything: good music, love, war, hope, history, and snapshots of the United States. 

Want to connect with Brett on LinkedIn? Find him here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/brettpjones/

Want to work 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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LinkedIn Features – The Latest Word

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Puzzled by the latest LinkedIn developments? We’ve got you covered.

1) Show me the money! Introducing Salary Insights

The most recent announcement for the first quarter involves salary transparency. According to LinkedIn’s Official blog, Salary Insights is “a new way for you to explore compensation details on open roles. This feature will appear on job listings.” The information will either be employer provided (ranges for specific jobs) or estimated.

While statistics show that candidates want this information, there are a few caveats to keep in mind, such as:
A) Roles vary widely in organizations and even within the same company. The VP at one company might have the same responsibility as a manager at another. It pays to keep this in mind – it’s not always an ‘apples to apples’ comparison.
B) It’s up to you to know what you’re worth and pursue roles within that range. That being said, don’t automatically discount a job if the salary is not at your exact target. Look at other benefits – including vacation, work schedule (telecommuting, flex time), bonuses, profit sharing, 401k/403b and company match, etc.

2) Resume Assistant is now available to Office 365 subscribers.
Resume Assistant allows you to see examples from other LinkedIn profiles as well as use the top skills in your field to customize your resume for employers. You can pick a role and industry and the Resume Assistant integrates with Word. You can then apply via LinkedIn. It’s a streamlined, convenient merging of two processes. You can learn more about it here.

3) Hiring hits a high note to start off 2018
We saved the best for last! According to the February 2018 US LinkedIn Workforce Report, January hiring across the U.S. was 13.0% higher than in January 2017.

“Seasonally-adjusted hiring was 10.9% higher in January than in December 2017—making January 2018 the strongest month for hiring since May 2017.”

This is great news – especially for job seekers! Whether you’re unemployed and looking for work or employed but looking for a change, this may mean it’s time to make a move.

As always, we wish you the best on your job search.Stay tuned for more career advice and insight in the coming months.

 #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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