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2 Tools To Drive Your Career Forward

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  1. Find out how long your commute will be BEFORE you apply 
    Commute time can be a deal breaker for many people.  According to LinkedIn’s official blog “85% of U.S. professionals say they would take a pay cut for a shorter commute.”  Thanks to a new feature, now there’s no need to leave LinkedIn to find out how far a commute will be. LinkedIn Commute“Your Commute” is available on LinkedIn mobile (if you don’t have it yet, be patient – you will), and should roll out to desktop users within the next few months.

“This new feature will help candidates quickly visualize their daily commute to work, especially those who may not be familiar with a specific part of town or new to a city,” says Christina McPhee, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Precast

2) Are you a Military Spouse? Join the LinkedIn Military & Veteran Program
Starting in July, this program includes one year of LinkedIn Premium that will be available during each move “to new installations  and once again upon conclusion of military service.” In addition, this membership includes access to LinkedIn Learning courses and a military spouse LinkedIn group. This expansion is being made available through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program.

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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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. CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group with over 85,000 employees in 32 countries around the world.

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Be a LinkedIn Rock Star!

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  1. Take advantage of the new LinkedIn profile.
    Your photo now appears on the left. If you used a cover photo, you may want to check if the new location for your profile picture covers anything. If so, it’s time to replace it. You’ll also see that your work history is to the right. Underneath that, you’ll see your Summary section. Pay attention to what appears ‘above the fold.” Make sure it cuts off at an appropriate point. Below that, there is space for photos and links.
  2. Watch for the ‘One-click’ apply feature
    See a job you like on LinkedIn? Now you can apply instantly. The latest official blog post from LinkedIn details how easy it is: “With 1-Click Apply, you now have the option to save your basic information and resume so you can apply for a job with a single click or tap.” This feature works on both mobile and desktop.
  3. Vow to actively engage at least twice a week
    You don’t have to create original content (although self publishing is easy, intuitive and recommended), but aim to like, comment and share on a consistent basis. The more you do so, the more you appear in the feed of your connections.
  4. Add media to your job description section 
    Have a project you’re particularly proud of? You can add photos, videos, links, and more. This is a simple way to enhance your profile, add credibility and set yourself apart from the competition.
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     5) Go beyond reiterating your resume
    Your profile should capture the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager. They initially skim hundreds of profiles – in some cases for as little as ten seconds or less. The competition is real and fierce! To cut through the noise, make your summary and job descriptions brief but enticing. Include accomplishments instead of duties. You want to portray at a glance how you increased efficiencies, sales or saved money. Any job duty can be transformed into a quantitative result oriented bullet.

    Take some time to increase activity and spruce up your profile. Your next job depends on it!

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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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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Winning Job Search Advice Inspired By Athletes

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What can we learn career-wise from athletes as we get ready to watch the winter games? Plenty! Beyond being impressed by their athleticism, there are other takeaways and tips from their prowess to be the best that can transform your career.

1) Learn and follow the rules of the game

Just like every sport has its own rules and regulations, so does your job search. Start by committing to read up on the latest career advice online, subscribing to blogs (like this one), and following career pros on social media (especially LinkedIn). Check out this list of career experts on Twitter to get started.

2) Be patient, prepared and willing to sacrifice 
During competition, the athletes make it look so easy. However, months and years of preparation have led to their special moment during the games. What you don’t see are the early morning practices, late nights, injuries, exhaustion and sacrifice. As a job seeker, you also need to be prepared to put in substantial effort to get your medal – that new job! It may take a while, and it’s not always easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is.

3) No Excuses
Professional athletes are accustomed to grueling workouts and schedules. Procrastination and excuses aren’t conducive to winning medals. We’re not suggesting you should wake up at 4 a.m. and adhere to a super strict training plan, but you do need to have some sort of goal oriented schedule. The competition is fierce out there – hundreds of people are applying for a limited number of positions. If you’re not bringing your best game, you will lose out to other job seeking competitors.

4) Embrace the experience
Athletes work hard and play hard. For your job search, the goal is to achieve a balance and things to look forward to throughout the process. It doesn’t have to be costly or complicated. Something simple like rewarding yourself with a special coffee when you finish a resume update may give you that added incentive to keep going. Decide beforehand what your perks will be.

5) Be your own coach
You may not have a world renowned athletic coach guiding you, but you can embrace a better attitude and philosophy.  It helps to think bigger picture. You may never love writing cover letters. However, you’re not just trying to get a new or better job -you’re also improving your writing, communication and networking skills. This slight change of perspective can help motivate you to keep persevering towards your goals.

6) Reap the rewards
Few of us will ever know what it’s like to bring home the gold for our country. But, your gold medal is the job you get – the one that helps you provide for yourself and your family. Victory comes in many shapes and forms. Be proud of the journey and your results!

7) Have a post-game plan
The games end and athletes need to have a plan for what’s next – whether that be endorsements, other competitions, renewed training or even retirement. When you land a new job, your next step is important. Be thoughtful about how you start that new role. It’s time to prove yourself once again, show your enthusiasm and deliver on the promises you made during the interview.

Hopefully, this post has you thinking about your job search from a different, more sports oriented point of view. The parallels are there. Let us be your coach – learn from these lessons and grow during your quest for a new position. You’re stronger and more prepared than you think! Know that we’re happy to provide career advice and resources along the way.

#JobSearch #Career

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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Making The Most of Mentions

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Today we’re going to discuss how to use the ‘mention’ feature on LinkedIn.

  1. How to mention someone by just their first name
    The default for using this feature will include the person’s full name. You do this by using the @ symbol and then typing their name. A drop down box with their profile will appear. Simply click on them and it will show their full name (as seen below).

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But, what if you have a closer relationship to the person and want to mention them less formerly using only their first name? No problem! Simply backspace over the last name and hit delete.

2) Don’t abuse the mention! Not everyone appreciates being called out in this way. Only mention someone when it’s appropriate. If someone won an award and you want to congratulate them in the comments – “Great job Sam Smith!” for example, that’s probably fine. Just don’t get spammy and type in multiple names just to draw attention to your post or comment. Be strategic and thoughtful about what you post and who you mention. Avoid overuse or random mentions. Remember, when you mention someone, they now get notified of the likes and comments for that mention.

3) If you want to stop anyone from mentioning YOU, it’s easy. The directions below are if you’re on a laptop/desktop. Doing this on a smartphone, the steps are a little different. For IOS and Android users, the directions can be found here.

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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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Got a case of the career blues?

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Don’t be a grinch – we can help! Whether you’re employed or actively looking for work, there are ways to make the most of the season.

Go To Your Holiday Party!
According to a study conducted on behalf of LinkedIn, “28% of U.S. professionals have learned about a new opportunity and 26% have gotten face time with executives they wouldn’t otherwise get to speak with. You never know, you could meet a new friend, mentor or even future boss.” Make every effort to attend, and have a good time – just not TOO good of a time (and we know you know what we mean). Love them or hate them, holiday parties are an annual ritual. Showing up may not be mandatory, but it sends a clear message if you don’t go. Not working? There are still many holiday events and mixers you can attend. Professional associations and groups often hold parties for members and non members. This can be a great way to expand your network.

Get Set To Set Goals
The chance to start fresh is always appealing. What didn’t go so well this year? Do you need to make a bigger effort at work? Start or ramp up a job search? Be honest with yourself. No need to cast blame, but vow to be more proactive in 2018. Assess where you are today and where you want to be in a month, six months and a year from now.

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. – Cavett Robert

Need a little more inspiration? Check out these quotes for the New Year.

Adopt an attitude of gratitude
While Thanksgiving is just a distant memory, there is always a benefit to showing you appreciate your colleagues and network. A simple thank you to someone who helps you at work could make their entire week.  Treat your boss or coworker to coffee. Bake or bring in some treats to the office. Another easy idea- endorse or write a recommendation for someone on LinkedIn. Don’t do this expecting a recommendation in return. Act without reciprocal expectations. Kindness counts.

Give back
Volunteering is another good way to give back and say thanks. Many organizations can use help this time of year. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and can also be a good way to meet new people and make connections.

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Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Generally, people are in better moods as the holidays approach. Try to get into this spirit. We know that if you’re unemployed, underemployed or at a careers crossroad, it can be easy to fall victim to job search blues. Acknowledge these feelings as normal, and make the effort to engage in activities that make you happy. What else in your life are you grateful for? Discouragement and setbacks are a part of the process, but everyone deserves to enjoy the season. 2018 can be the next great chapter in your career journey!

From our team to yours, Happy Holidays!

P.S. Looking for some music to get you in a holiday mood? Check this playlist.

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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