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Rise Above the Fog – 3 Tips To Be A Job Search Star

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  1.  The Better Way to Use “Easy Apply” on LinkedIn
    apply websiteApplying to a job via LinkedIn? Many times, you will see a button that  sends you right to the company website to apply. If that is the case, simply proceed and fill out and submit your information online.

easyapplyHowever, if you see the Easy Apply button, you only have the option of attaching and sending one file to the employer. Instead of just submitting your resume, write your cover letter on page one and then add your resume on the second page of your word document. Save this cover letter and resume document as ONE file. Most people won’t think to do this. It’s a great way to get attention among dozens, if not hundreds of other applications you’re competing against.

2) Write your cover letter like a real person
Imagine you’re a recruiter or hiring manager reviewing job applications all day. They see the same boring, formal, cookie cutter introductions and content like this:
“I became aware of this opportunity through your web page.”
or “I’m a detail oriented professional with expertise in…”
On the surface, there is nothing wrong with these sentences. But, they are repetitive, redundant and state the obvious.

You don’t need to be a professional writer to craft your cover letter in a more interesting and appealing way.

For example, here’s sample copy for a mechanic opening. It reads more like a conversation. Don’t be afraid to inject a bit of your personality in your cover letter. Read it back to yourself and have someone else read it as well. In this blurb, you get a better sense of the applicant as a person and as a candidate. They even injected industry jargon in a lighthearted way. While some industries are more formal than others, it doesn’t mean you have to be dull and lackluster in your writing. Show some enthusiasm!

I drive by your dealership daily, admiring many of the cars on the lot. When I saw your opening for a mechanic on Craig’s list, I knew it was a great opportunity for a car buff and experienced mechanic like myself. I’m looking to join a bigger organization where I can work on a wider variety of vehicles.
       As the resident ‘grease monkey’ at the small shop where I work now, I’ve risen in the ranks to head Automotive Technician. I’ve always been fascinated with taking things apart and putting them back together again. I modified my first mini bike when I was 16 years old, and have been obsessed with mechanics and car/motorcycle repair ever since then.

3) Little things count
File names matter. Make it easy for the employer. Save your documents using your first and last name and what they are. For example:

JohnJobseekerResume
JohnJobseekerCoverLetter

In addition, never overlook an opportunity to promote yourself. If you’re emailing documents, use the subject line to your advantage.
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Be bold and confident in your job search. These tips/tactics may be small things, but they can help set you apart. Will an employer hire you just because you used a catchy subject line or saved a file in a certain way? Probably not. BUT, using a combination of these ideas, being proactive and actively setting yourself apart can make a difference. If what you’re doing isn’t working, give these tips a try. We would love to know any job search hacks/ideas that worked for you, so feel free to leave those in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Looking for more job search advice? Check out our previous post:
5 Ways To Brand Yourself

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Rosalina Viapiano, Recruiting Support Coordinator

IMG_0015What do you do in your position? I work with other Oldcastle recruiters to source candidates for hard-to-fill positions, post jobs, and fill in when someone is out.

When did you join Oldcastle? September, 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? Everyone here is so friendly and helpful. You can tell that they truly want you to succeed and are here to help if you need it.

What are the best parts of your job? I really enjoy helping my coworkers out!

What would co-workers say about you? I hope that my coworkers would say that I am friendly and helpful!

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Volunteering at Foodlink!

What was your first job ever? My first job was working for Arby’s as a cashier and with the fryer.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I have a lot of customer service experience, which comes with many funny stories!

 Would you like to share anything about your family? I come from a big Italian family, so we’re loud and we love to cook and eat! I don’t have any siblings, but I have a lot of cousins and most of us look identical!

Connect with me on LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rosaviapiano/

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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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Learn more about Oldcastle and the types of positions we have available nationwide.

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6 Quick Ways To Make Your LinkedIn Status Updates Count

Depositphotos_153631700_m-2015Optimize your engagement, views and connections on LinkedIn by following a set strategy. It’s easy to do, only takes a small amount of time, and the rewards can be great.
1) Set up a posting schedule
Are you just posting now and then? Yes, some activity is better than none. However, it pays to post consistently. Choose a schedule that works best for you. For instance, decide that you want to post new content at least twice a week. In addition, make time to share, comment and like other people’s posts. This could be done in set time increments – for instance, vow to spend ten minutes after lunch or split it into two five minute sessions at the beginning and end of the work day. The point is to just start!
2) Decide what to post
What is your goal on LinkedIn?  Some goals might be to:
– Establish credibility in your field
– Gain exposure to potential employers
– Find a new job
– Increase your connections
Once you’ve established your goal(s), the content you create and share should align with that goal. For instance, if your goal is to land a new role in the construction field, start posting links that would be helpful for people working in that industry. You can google articles about construction trends and post those articles. Besides what you post, you also want to share, like and comment on other people’s construction related topics. Join relevant groups related to your goal as well.
3) Make your posts stand out
Don’t just cut and paste a link as your status update. Go into the article and cut and paste a relevant line from the article. The article title already shows as a default with the photo. Take it one step further to create interest. Or, ask a question.
Take the article below for example. This article has an appealing photo with it, so that’s a good start. In posting this, you could add a question or comment like “What do you think of this staircase?” Or “Wouldn’t you like to have this in your office?” The goal is to get people looking and hopefully commenting about your content.
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4) Don’t be afraid to get personal
LinkedIn is NOT Facebook, so we aren’t suggesting you fill your feed with selfies. But, there is a way to add a touch of personality while still remaining professional. Think about what catches your eye in the feed. Boring news stories don’t. Real life events and activities and unique, cool content does. There are interesting things about every industry that you can share. Have you attended a conference or given a presentation recently? Has your team participated in some event? Post a photo about that. Here’s an example:
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5) Pay attention to the analytics for each post to guide future posts
The stats below are from the post image used above. As you can see, this post did well, receiving over 1,100 views. LinkedIn recently added great analytics so you can see who looked at your post, how many views it received and what companies and areas of the country they came from.

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In this case, this person has less than 500 connections on LinkedIn, but the post received more views than the number of connections they had because of the likes and attention it received. 

The better your post does, the more people will see it. The activity related to the post feeds upon itself.  Simply put – the algorithm on LinkedIn rewards posts that do well by showing/serving them up to even more people.

There’s a more technical explanation behind the algorithm, but that is the basic theory. In addition, if you want to make new connections beyond your initial ones, this is an excellent way to get more eyes on you and your content.

6) Vary the type of posts
Post an article, then an image and then a video. Give LinkedIn self publishing a try. The key here is to vary your content. Once you get in a rhythm, it’s easy and can be fun to see what content works and how well it can do. Not every post will be a winner, but if you stick with it over time, you will see your reach and engagement increase. More attention means more potential to target potential employers and get contacted by recruiters for that dream job!

P.S. We often get the question – When is a good time to post?
You want to post when your potential audience is online. Beginning of the day, end of the day and at lunch can be good times. Friday afternoons – not so much. That being said, people are now on LinkedIn much more often than they used to be – that can even include holidays, nights and weekends. So, don’t be afraid to post early or late or in the off times. Again, the algorithm LinkedIn uses comes into play, as well as time zones in different parts of the country.

In addition, the default setting for content does not show the most recent posts, but what LinkedIn considers “Top” posts (as seen here). topEventually, content you post is seen – but it may not be right away. This is why a consistent posting schedule works so well – it gives you the opportunity to be seen in the feed more often over time. Note- you can always change the default setting from ‘Top’ to ‘Recent’ content.

Good luck and happy posting!

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Twitter Lists – Tweet Your Way To A New Job!

Hand pressing social media iconTwitter lists are a great way to organize your Twitter account and can also be used to network. Let’s learn how they work!

A Twitter List is a list that contains accounts that share a common theme. The list compiles all the tweets of those accounts. By clicking on the list, you can see the latest tweets from all the members of the list. You can create your own lists, as well as subscribe to other lists or simply browse other account lists that are appealing to you.

Why would you want to have a Twitter list?
Simply put, it’s an easy way to organize your feed. You may be following hundreds or thousands of accounts. It can get overwhelming trying to find what you’re looking for. For instance, let’s say you were interested in seeing tweets from accounts that have job search advice. Without a list, you would have to go to the accounts individually or scroll through your feed past unrelated tweets. Instead, if you had a “Career Experts” list, all you would need to do is click on that list to get to those folks. You would then see all their tweets in your feed. You could retweet any tweets right from the list or send a message to those folks.

Twitter lists can be organized by any category you choose. You can have a Twitter list of target companies, recruiters, industry leaders, competitors and more. The opportunities are endless.

Here are the Oldcastle Careers lists (below). You can get to any Twitter account’s lists by simply clicking on the word “Lists” on the bar on the right. Then, just click on the list name to get to that list.

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I clicked on the Oldcastle on Twitter List and this is what I see. It is a feed of all the tweets made by members of the list.
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How do I create a list?
It’s easy! Simply go to your profile circle (upper right hand corner) and click on it so you see the drop down. Then, click on “Lists.”

Now, you will see it shows you the “Create new list” button. Click on that.

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This is the screen that appears next:

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You can name the list whatever you like and describe it. Once you do that, save the list. The benefits of having a public list are that everyone can see it and they may choose to subscribe to your list. This is a great way to increase your exposure. However, sometimes you may want a private list – for example, if you are in full blown job search mode.

Once you save the list, you can start adding people/accounts to the list. Simply search on Twitter for the accounts you want to add. Let’s say I want to add Monster.com to a list. First, I would go to their Twitter account. Then I would click to the right of the “Following” button on the three buttons to see my options.
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As you can see, I have the choice of what list to add them to.

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In this case, I chose “Great Career Advice.” But, I could also create a new list if I wanted to. Note – you do NOT have to be following a person or company to add them to a list. Also, once you add someone to a list, they get notified that they are now in that list. This is a great way to network. Think about it – if you had a list called “Companies I admire” and added a company to that list, they would likely be flattered and follow you back. It’s a simple way to network and increase your followers. Many popular lists have hundreds of subscribers.

Give lists a try and let us know what you think!

P.S. Here’s a video about Twitter Lists we made last week. Check it out:

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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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Asima Changez, Recruitment Process Systems Analyst

asimaWhen did you join Oldcastle? July 2017

Where is your job located?  Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?  I like that everyone here is passionate about the work that they each do, super helpful and friendly.

What are the best parts of your job? The best part about my job is to be able to work in various HRIS systems as well as with people.

What would co-workers say about you?  I think they’d say I’m hardworking & easy to get along with.

What was your first job ever? My first job ever was as an English Language Tutor.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?  Well, I am excited to be attending the SuccessConnect conference in Vegas!

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Visiting Barbados, Cancun, Paris and Dubai

Would you like to share anything about your family? My husband and I live in West Henrietta, NY and enjoy travelling, photography and cooking.

 Connect with Asima on LinkedIn

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Drive Your Way To A New Career – Our Second Podcast!

AlliedTruck2We’re back! In this podcast, we discuss the national truck driver shortage, give tips on how to land a local (non OTR) driver job – including interview tips – and what Allied Building Products can offer drivers.

Did you know?

“The average age of a truck driver is 49, and many of them are now retiring. This, combined with a lack of qualified drivers and industry turnover, in general, has some projections showing a need for 10,000 drivers.” – State of Trucking For 2017

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Learn more – Listen in as our Driver Recruiters discuss:

  • Why there is such a shortage of drivers nationwide
  • Different types of driver roles
  • Where you can train to be a driver
  • Who makes a good driver
  • How to get a driving position
  • What are the benefits of working as a local driver
  • Why driving schools don’t promote local driving jobs
  • What it’s like to work for Allied Building Products as a driver

    Click HERE to listen!

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P. S. We will be hosting podcasts on a regular schedule, so tune in to hear what we have to say in the coming months. Thank you for reading and listening!

Man and woman in safety vests and hardhatsWant to connect with our Driver Recruiters?
Reach out to them on LinkedIn:
Geoff Bieber
Jenn Latone

Want to work for Allied Building Products? Visit Oldcastle Careers to learn more and search for jobs.

Allied Building Products, a division of Oldcastle, is a national independent distributor specializing in commercial & residential exterior and interior building materials, with over 200 locations – from Hawaii to Boston. The company was founded in 1950 as a small family-operated business focusing on the metro NY/NJ region and, through acquisitions across much of the United States, is now established as a major industry player. 

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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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Introducing Our First Careers Podcast!

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We’re excited to share our first podcast with you! In this short, 15 minute segment, learn more about why references are so important and how you can maximize your chances of landing that job by choosing and prepping your references wisely. Simply click HERE to listen.

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We enjoyed creating this podcast, and hope to record more in the future. Let us know what topics you’re interested in. In addition, feel free to reach out to any of the recruiters in this podcast by clicking on their profiles below:

Erin Bardwell, Staffing Manager 
Michael Dobreski, Corporate Recruiter
Frank Battaglia, Corporate Recruiter

Thank you for reading (and listening)!

P.S. If you want to learn even more about references, check out our last blog post on this topic.

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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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Everything You Wanted To Know About References But Were Afraid To Ask

references road sign illustration designOne of the most searched questions that brings people to our blog is – “Is it a good sign if they contact my references?” The answer is a resounding yes! If it gets to the point where a prospective employer requests references, you can feel confident that an offer MAY be headed your way.

However, a lot can happen between requesting your references and a potential job offer. Some of it you can control, some you can’t. Let’s start with the basics:

Why are good references so important?
You may think that reference checking is a formality – that either the employer won’t bother calling them or will only ask for verification of basic information such as dates worked. While this is true in some cases, it is very far from the truth in others. Go into your job search and interview expecting your references to be called if all goes well.

Who should you pick as a reference?
You want to pick a supervisor, boss or superior you’ve worked for over the years.  Your neighbor, pastor, best friend, colleague or parents are not good references!

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How many should you have?
3 to 5 is a good basic number.

How do you prep your references?
By all means, let them know that they may be called! However, do NOT reach out every time you have a job interview. If you’ve had a few interviews and can tell the company is interested and asks for references, then you can give your references a heads up.

Sending your references a copy of your resume and even a link to the job description is helpful. Always make sure to thank them – even before they are called and definitely after! In addition, encourage your references to call the hiring manager as soon as they can (if they missed the call and were left a message).

Fair or not, you are being judged on everything – including how long it may take for a reference to call the hiring manager or recruiter back.

Think about it – which looks better – a reference so pumped about you as an employee that they call back right away or one who waits a half day or day to respond?

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What do recruiters and hiring managers want to hear?
They want to hear about your accomplishments – not canned or rehearsed answers. Enthusiastic, thoughtful commentary on why you were a good employee will go a long way.

How should younger job seekers handle references?
If you haven’t been in the workforce long enough to have former employers to use as references, you can always reach out to a former professor, sports coach or someone in authority who would be a good spokesperson on your behalf.

Do I need to put References Available Upon Request on my resume?
No. This is just a waste of space and is seen as a given. You should have a list ready to go when asked. Do not offer this list up. Wait until you are asked for it. Also, make sure all the contact information on there is current. It’s also helpful to add some context to the list – for example:
John Doe, my former Supervisor at Acme Corporation, 333-3333

What can job seekers do to make sure they have good references?
Don’t just reach out to your references when you need them! Keep in touch with them via LinkedIn, email or even a text. No one likes to be used! It’s up to you to cultivate and maintain good professional relationships so you will have a pool of people to draw from when the time comes.

What do I do after my references are called?
Reach out to them and thank them for being a reference. You can also find out how the call went.

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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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