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Emily Dietrich, Operations Recruiter


AAEAAQAAAAAAAAkiAAAAJGFkM2IzZjkwLWEyMzktNDVhNy05NzRiLTY2Y2VmNjFmZGRhOAWhat do you do in your position?
I recruit for the non-exempt production positions for Precast. On a daily basis, I spend my time posting jobs, screening applicants, and sending qualified candidates over to the Hiring Managers and source whenever I have time for tougher to fill positions.

When did you join Oldcastle? April, 2017

Where is your job located? The Recruiting office in Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? The environment is great, everyone is extremely welcoming and helpful, and made the transition very simple.

What are the best parts of your job? I’m busy, so I like being in a fast paced environment, constantly talking to people and sourcing. I enjoy being able to help make the hiring managers lives a little easier by doing the initial interviews, and helping people find careers at a great place to work.

What would co-workers say about you? Gosh – I’d like to think my coworkers think/know I’m willing to help out in any way I can, a hard worker and easy to talk to.

What was your first job ever? My first job was a waitress at a Greek Restaurant when I was 15.

Would you like to share anything about your family? I was born and raised in Wisconsin, my parents, older brother and older sister are still there. I moved to New  York  recently with my Fiancé for a career opportunity for him, and we are getting married in Mexico this March, super exciting! 

 Connect with Emily 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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Erin Pummell, Recruiting Support Coordinator

ErinPWhat do you do in your position?  I am responsible for posting the non-exempt production roles for Oldcastle Light Building Products. I also help our recruiters find qualified candidates for their hard-to-fill positions. Lastly, if one of our recruiters is out of the office, I help manage their workload so they don’t feel overwhelmed when they return to the office.  

When did you join Oldcastle? May 2017 

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? I love the team atmosphere and how helpful everyone is! I felt 100% at home after my first day because everyone I met was so kind, helpful and caring!      

What are the best parts of your job? I really enjoy searching for candidates and learning their stories. I love helping to find talented individuals to contribute to our company’s awesome culture.  

What would co-workers say about you? I hope they would say that I am helpful and that I contribute to the team! 

What was your first job ever? I was a data entry clerk at my parents’ corporation in Georgia. 

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? When I was a student ambassador at my college, we usually worked evenings calling prospective students. I found a button under the desk I was sitting at, and spent several minutes repeatedly pushing it. Then, all of a sudden, a campus police officer rushed into the building and asked what the emergency was. We were all so confused. It turns out that the button I was playing with was the panic button in the building!  

Would you like to share anything about your family? I grew up in Georgia with my parents and my two sisters. My younger sister and my mom currently live in New York, about two hours away from Rochester. My older sister still lives in Georgia. I also have a husband, Sean, and two fur babies, Christabella and Ella. We all love to spend time together, hosting family parties or just hanging out!

Connect with Erin on LinkedIn.  

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Pave Your Way To A Better Job

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Step 1 
Map out a two month plan. 
The job search takes time. Start by listing out activities and goals. You can’t control the employer end of the process, but you can take ownership of what you do. Here’s a sample:
Week 1: Update LinkedIN and resume, line up three references.
Week 2: Search online for jobs – using LinkedIn, Google, Indeed, etc. Write cover letters and apply.
Week 3: Start a list of target companies – look to see if you have any mutual connections at those companies (via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter). Reach out to those connections.

Step 2
Budget out your time.
If you’re currently employed, your time challenges need to be addressed. Carve out time after work or on weekends. This should be scheduled in – not just a haphazard thought. Schedule it like you would any appointment. For instance, “I will job search for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday night between 7 and 8 pm.”
If you’re currently unemployed, you have more time to search, but you also have more time to procrastinate and get distracted. Schedule your time in shifts, allowing for breaks. For example:
9 am to 10 am – Do a LinkedIn status update, look at the job listings on Monster or Indeed, reach out to two contacts.
10:00 to 11:00 – Attend local networking job search group
11:30 to 12:30 – Meet former coworker for lunch
1:00 to 4:00 – Write cover letters and submit applications.

Step 3
Get a support system and get serious about networking.
The job search has its ups and downs, and you have to be prepared to handle the uncertainty. Discouragement and disappointment ARE part of the process. It’s how you react and forge forward that is going to make the difference between a short job search and a long one.

matthewweinrichLearn how to effectively network. Looking for a job is a full time job, so you should attend networking events and get to know people in a similar situation. If someone you met gets a job, they could potentially refer you to any openings they hear of, and vice versa.  

In addition, use LinkedIn and follow the companies you are interested in working for. Try to connect to some employees who work there. Also, join groups pertaining to your field or industry.
Matt Weinrich, Lead Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle

Step 4
Just get started and keep going
It’s really important to not get sidetracked. It’s easy to let the day-to-day, along with holidays, vacations, etc. – even the change of season (“It’s so nice out, no one is hiring in the Summer, I’ll just take a break!”) cloud your thoughts and get you off course. The longer you resist or postpone the search, the longer it will take – and you are letting your competition win. If you find this happening – do some real soul searching. Maybe you aren’t really ready to leave your current job. And, if you are out of work, maybe it’s the type of positions you’re looking for. Is a career change in order? Our thoughts and actions (or in this case, in-actions) give us clues. Listen, learn and act upon them.

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Are You An Unlucky Job Seeker?

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If you’ve been looking for a job for awhile, you may be feeling discouraged. When is it going to be MY turn? The goal of any successful job search is to stack the odds in your favor, so you are the ‘lucky one’ chosen. Ask yourself these questions and be honest about the answers. They can reveal areas to improve upon in your overall job search strategy.

  1. Are you doing your due diligence?
    You may have read stories that reveal how quite a few people spend more time planning for a vacation than they do for their retirement. No surprise there – it’s fun to plan a vacation. Retirement planning or job searching – not so much. Nevertheless, it’s important to remain focused and dedicate yourself to important, not so fun things – like your job search. This means customizing every cover letter and resume to the job, researching employers prior to an interview, getting/prepping the right references, calling recruiters back and going outside your comfort zone when it comes to proactively networking.
  2. Has your confidence, attitude and energy changed since you started searching?
    It’s completely understandable that your enthusiasm for the process has taken a hit, especially after more time goes by. However, this is not the time to show it. Even if you don’t feel energized and optimistic, you have to act like you are. Eating properly, getting exercise and creating a good support system (family/friends/fellow job seekers) can help boost your mood too.
  3. Do you let rejection (i.e. not hearing back from an application, after an interview, etc.) get you down?
    It’s ok and normal to feel disappointed. The job search can be impersonal, unfair and frustrating. However, wallowing is your enemy. Allow yourself time to be mad or sad and then move on! Think of the job search like speed dating. You’re going from interview to interview, just like you would be going from date to date. Not every date results in a relationship, and not every interview results in a job.

    Going through the interview process makes you better at interviewing. Don’t think of it as a waste of time – think of it as practice!

Progress and forward movement/momentum in the job search isn’t dependent on luck. It takes time and continual effort. Don’t give up. It may take longer than you had hoped for, but the right job is out there for you. And, always remember- the employer is the lucky one for making the decision to hire you.

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post:
Reference Reality – 7 Things You Should Know

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Erin Bardwell, Staffing Manager

erinbardwellWhat do you do in your position?
I work as a Staffing Manager for the Architectural Products Group (APG) & Precast.

What month/year did you start?
I originally started in January of 2006 with Allied Building Products (Distribution Division) as a Corporate Recruiter.


Where is your job located?

The job is located in Rochester, NY.

What do you like about working here?
When I started here in 2006, I immediately enjoyed working and supporting the hiring managers within this organization.  Every time I picked up the phone and talked to them, I always asked about their history with Oldcastle. I’m always amazed by the tenure they’ve had and how they’ve “grown up” in the company.  In my line of work, it’s not often you see so much tenure with an employee’s work. It’s a rarity these days, but, in this organization, it’s tried and true!

What are the best parts of your job?
I enjoy ensuring we get the best talent placed in the roles we have open.  I also enjoy watching the candidates placed get promoted over time. I love to see their career progression that gives them tenure and stability!

Additionally, I enjoy being able to get out and visit the management teams around the U.S. Going on plant tours is a real treat. I see first hand how much hard work and dedication goes into what we do every day.

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
This company is built with hard working, competitive individuals who want to produce the best product to go out to our customers. When I visit the plants, I can see that.  It makes me proud to work for Oldcastle!

How would your co-workers describe you?
I would think that my co-workers would say that I am very loyal to Oldcastle and that I love this company!  I have to love working here, as I sell the company to people over the phone every day!  I’m very committed to what we’re doing here at the Recruiting Center, and am passionate about bringing in talent that will grow and flourish.

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Erin on the farm!

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your 1st job ever?
I know one of my co-workers will get a big kick out of this, as he used to hear me talk about it all the time when we were in the same office together. I grew up on a 350-acre farm with about 100 dairy cows.  Now, I will be honest and say that I wasn’t necessarily bailing hay and taking care of the cows, but, as a little girl, I had the very important job of riding the tractors with my grandfather and father to make sure we were on track for the day!

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
When I first started working here, I fell in love with every candidate I talked to. I believe that was because I was so incredibly excited to work for an organization like this, having grown up in a more blue collar family.  I want to share with others how great this organization really is, so I am constantly recruiting, no matter where I am.

One other story – on my first trip out to visit an Allied Building Products branch in Rhode Island, I accidentally went into our competitor’s branch, unbeknownst to me.  Sounds silly, I know, but when we acquire companies, we don’t always change the original name on the outside of the branch. Due to that, I walked in all excited and asked for the Branch Manager. When they looked at me very puzzled, I realized that I was in the wrong place!  I backed up quickly and got out of there as fast as I could, lol!

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Erin & her daughter at an Allied Building Products Fishing Tournament event in upstate NY.

If you want, tell us about your family.
I have an 8-year old daughter, Addison, who keeps me very busy when she is with me.  She’s in the 2nd grade, and we have plenty of homework to do each night. She also enjoys being outdoors.  She currently takes English style horse riding lessons, and I am so proud to see her tackle every lesson she has.  Addison also enjoys skiing. It’s something we do together as many weekends as we can in the winter months.

What are your hobbies?
I am very active outside of work because I enjoy the outdoors so much!  I ski, golf, play volleyball, ride my 4-wheeler, swim and bike ride.  I recently tackled Gore Mountain, and went down a double black diamond…slowly, but I did it!

Looking to impress a Hiring Manager with your LinkedIn profile?
Hear Erin’s advice in the short clip below.

Want to connect with Erin? LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinebardwell

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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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