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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.

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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


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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Employment Trends [Infographic]

We made an Infographic to highlight some of the data from the LinkedIn Workforce Report for January 2018. Want more details from this 26-page report? Check it out here: https://economicgraph.linkedin.com/resources/linkedin-workforce-report-january-2018

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Are you getting the results you want from LinkedIn? 3 Tweaks To Try!

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Whether you use LinkedIn for networking, personal branding or finding a job, there are tweaks you can make to perfect that profile.

  1. Reorder sections. Did you know you can change the order of current positions, education, volunteer experience and skills and endorsements on LinkedIn? If you want to highlight a degree, job (this works on current positions only) or experience by placing it first, this is a nice feature. skillsIt’s easy! Simply click on “View Profile,” then hover right below the pencil to click and then drag and drop the job, school or experience in the order you want. To rearrange skills and endorsements, click on the pencil and then click on the lines to drag and drop in the order you want. Put the skills you want recruiters and others to see at the top. Note – this may not always match the ones you’ve received the highest number of endorsements for.

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As you can see in the box here, social media received the most endorsements. But say for instance, you want to emphasize your editing skills. Simply move that skill to the top.

The benefit of doing this rearrangement is to draw attention to the skills you want connected to yourself, highlighted in the order you want them to be seen. 

2. Request Revisions to your Recommendations
Look at the current recommendations on your profile. Are they a bit dated? Did you know you can ask for a revision? This might be a good thing to do to spruce up an older recommendation or have the recommendation call out different strengths. LinkedIn makes it easy to reach out and reconnect with the person who wrote that original recommendation. To start the process,  click View Profile and scroll down to Recommendations. Click on the pencil next to “Ask to be recommended.”
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You will then see the current recommendations you have. Click the Ask for Revision box.

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You can then type in your message in the box (as seen above). When you do this, it never hurts to ask if they would like you to also revise a recommendation (if you’ve written one for them in the past).  Never be demanding – you want to touch base on how they are doing as well and then politely position how you want them to focus on the revised recommendation.

3) Worried you might appear too dated? You can remove the dates of your education on LinkedIn. Click on view profile and then scroll to the education section. Click on the drop down. Instead of choosing the years you started and finished your degree, just leave it at year in both the “from” and “to” boxes and click save when you’re done. This tweak can also be used in conjunction with tip number one. You could remove dates and move a desired education to appear first (even if it wasn’t the most recent). The goal is to always position your profile with the most impressive and relevant information at the top.

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Give these three tips a try. They don’t take much time, but can make a noticeable difference in how you appear on the site. As always, thank you for reading. Good luck in your job search!

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Resolve to Keep Your Career On Track

Cheers to the New Year!

Let’s start with some good news. According to the December LinkedIn Workforce Report“U.S. hiring has, on average, been 10.4% higher in 2017 than in 2016.”

If this trends continues, prepared job seekers will find greater employment opportunities. The key term here is “prepared.” You need to make a plan, have your job search tools (resume, LinkedIn profile, references, etc.) ready to go at a moment’s notice. What else can you do to tip the job search scales in your favor?

Map out a year long goal list broken down by quarters, months and weeks. Have you heard the saying “A goal without a plan is just a dream”? Take the time NOW to map out where you want to go and how you want to get there. We know, it’s not rocket science. Yet, vague, unwritten goals aren’t going to get you anywhere. Having a tangible record of where you stand and how you are going to move forward gives you momentum. It can be on a calendar, in a word document or other medium. The main point is to draft out what the plan is. The more detailed, the better. Start with the big goal and then work your way backward. For example, say the goal is to get a new job by May:
January – Week 1 – Start resume, Week 2 – Update LinkedIn Profile, Week 3 – Start researching jobs and job listings, Week 4 – Attend new networking event
February – Week 1 – Set up informational interview, Week 2 – Start being more active on LinkedIn, Week 3 – Go to local job fair, Week 4 – Prepare references list
Your tasks may vary, but the important thing is to commit to action and then follow through.

Anticipate Setbacks Life happens. You may get sick, your babysitter may cancel, you may have to do overtime at work. So many things can happen that can set you off course. When disruptions occur, you can either falter or go to Plan B. For example, if you had planned on devoting an hour to redoing your resume at night, but an ill child made that impossible, you need to reschedule it to another night or the weekend. This may mean cancelling other plans. This part of the process is not fun. However, some sacrifice is needed on your journey. The perseverance will be worth it.

Start being skill focused. Aspirations are all well and good, but at the end of the day, it’s imperative that you keep your skill set up by continually growing and learning in your field. LinkedIn recently rolled out a new feature that lets you know how you stand skill-wise when it comes to people with similar job titles. Their new monthly notification suggests relevant skills among people with your same job title. Why is this important? Well, to start, recruiters search for employees by skill.

Consider this – “Those with five or more skills on their profile are discovered up to 27x more in searches by recruiters.” Source: LinkedIn Official Blog, 12/8/17

If that doesn’t give you motivation to add more skills to your LinkedIn profile, we don’t know what does.

Not feeling up to speed on a particular skill? No problem – LinkedIn learning offers a FREE MONTH of the “most in-demand business, tech and creative skills from industry experts.” It’s a good start, and easy to do from home. You can even search and filter courses by skill level, type and time to complete (as seen below).

Pick your battles wisely
Are you looking to get a new job, lose a lot of weight, save a ton of money and travel the country in 2018? Wow – those are admirable aspirations. Just be careful to not bite off more than you can chew. It can easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. It might be better to plan out one big goal (the job search for example) and embark on the others as secondary goals. For instance, healthy eating and moderate exercise will make you healthier and more confident during your job search, but instead of aiming to lose twenty pounds, go for ten instead. Pressuring yourself with too much, too fast, and too unrealistic is just going to backfire.

Take these tips and go for your goals this year. We’re excited to hear about how well you do! Keep checking back throughout the year for follow up blog posts on how you can take your job search journey to the next level.

As always, thank you for reading! #Happy2018

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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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Juggling Your Job Search

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We all wear many hats in our lives – parent, student, daughter, son, spouse, employee… With your varied roles and responsibilities, it can be easy to put certain things on the back-burner, especially when it comes to your career. The good news is – you don’t have to do it all. There are simple and quick tasks that will keep you career on track.

Get To Know Google for jobs
This relatively new job search engine gathers jobs from many different places, including LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor – even Facebook. It will also pull in jobs from a company’s web page. This one-stop job search shop is a huge time saver for the job seeker. You no longer have to go to each site individually to look for positions. Simply type in the job you’re looking for and the location, and it does all the work for you! You can even set up email alerts to be informed of new positions. Now, with that being said, there are certain caveats to keep in mind. Some of the jobs that appear can be outdated, especially if they come from niche job search sites that aren’t populated as often. You should not completely rely on Google for Jobs, but it definitely should be one of your job search tools.

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Keep Up With The Latest LinkedIn Tips & Tricks
Subscribe to the Official LinkedIn blog to be informed on their latest features. They roll out time-saving, helpful new things to try all the time. You don’t want to miss out – especially because a lot of the features automate job search activities. For example, a recent “Tuesday Tip” post explains how you can use group messaging. They even include short videos. Even if you’re not actively looking, we recommend their blog (as well as ours too, of course #shamelessplug)

Create a kudos folder
Set up one starting in January. You’ll thank yourself as the year progresses. This folder can be online or in hard copy (or both), depending on your profession. You want to save things including:
– Complimentary emails praising you – from your boss, colleagues or customers
– Successful project pieces – this can range from collateral you’ve created to a PowerPoint presentation
– Reports/Stats – anything that shows results
You will use the information in this folder when you need accomplishments for your resume, cover letter, performance review, upcoming interview, etc. It’s also a good idea to have a place where you can keep track of what you’ve done over time. It’s easy to lose track. Your saved items will likely differ from the e-mail example you see below, but you get the general idea…

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Hint – you can easily create and save your ‘success stories’ by taking a screen shot or using a tool like Snipping Tool or Snagit Screen Capture.

Practice Defensive Googling

No, you aren’t being vain by googling your name. We recommend doing this monthly. Put your name in quotations and see what’s out there. If you want to set this on autopilot, you can always set up an alert for your name on a site like Mention or Google Alerts. You want to monitor this on a consistent basis. If the results are unfavorable, inaccurate or information on someone else with the same name, there are steps you can take to remove that information or at least have it appear lower in search results.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to take charge of your career. Use the tips in this post to set yourself up for success in 2018.

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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