Success Story: Veterans Supporting the Military

We all appreciate the US military and the veterans that have protected our freedom. In addition, we all want to give back to them as we are indebted for their time serving. Even so, I believe the calling may be even more, when are you sewn from that seed. When you have served in the military, you have a better understanding and empathy for those that are serving, and, in turn, your calling may be much stronger. Michael Gallo joined Apollo, as a veteran, and finds himself being fulfilled supporting his brothers in the United States Military. Please find his story below:

Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?

Prior to working with Apollo, my career goal was to work in the aviation industry. I served as a helicopter mechanic for five years in the United States Marine Corps, and want to further advance with a career in aviation.

How did you find out about Apollo?

I found out about Apollo through a senior Sikorsky Aircraft employee who has personally dealt with Apollo contractors in the past. Due to previous Apollo contractors’ success with Sikorsky, he spoke highly of Apollo and recommended I consider applying for the position.

How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?

My experience with Apollo has been very successful. All of the Apollo representatives, including Carolyn Pelletier, have been professional, and have guided me to success.

What excites you most about your current job?

What excites me most about my current job is that I know what I am doing is supporting the United States military.

Is there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

I would like to personally thank Carolyn Pelletier. Carolyn was very helpful in guiding me through the hiring process, making the transition smooth and successful.

What else would you like us to know?

I would like to also thank everyone at Apollo for their professional guidance and help with finding a career that is best fit for me. Carolyn spent a lot of time updating me with information about the hiring process and promptly answered every question I had. My experience with Apollo has made it easy for me to refer to friends to consider for employment.

Michael has done double duty not only serving in the US military, but also supporting those who are currently serving. I think all of us need to give him a big “thank you”!

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Success Story: Engagement in Social Media Leads to New Role

In today’s society there are folks who don’t utilize social media.  Posting every nuance about your life doesn’t seem to be for everyone.  Even so social media is becoming a primary source for companies and employees to find each other.  The story below is a prime example of how an individual’s social media profile inadvertently and fortunately helped a man find a job, and lead him to a new career opportunity.   Michael Hammonds is the Apollo employee who found his recruiter and next opportunity through LinkedIn.  Please find his story below:

Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?

Before joining the Apollo team, I wanted a career that would be fulfilling, enjoyable and challenging. I was looking for opportunities to enhance my knowledge base while honing my existing skills.

How did you find out about Apollo?

I am part of the LinkedIn community and my profile includes my work history. I was contacted by Carolyn who, luckily for me, thought I would be a good fit for a position she needed filled.

How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?

It is my first time on this side of the staffing model. In the past I have used staffing agencies to fill staffing needs on teams I have managed. I have found Apollo to be great to work with. Carolyn guided me through the hiring process (which was challenging because the company requires very extensive security background checks) and I suddenly find myself in a wonderful new job.

What excites you most about your current job?

I have been drawing lots of pictures! One of my duties is to produce drawings in AutoCAD, something I have enjoyed for years but did not get much chance to do. My new position combines CAD skills with Project Management and I am loving it! I am also working in a new industry so I am learning new and interesting things every day

Is there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

Carolyn Pelletier has been great! First of all she found me (thanks for that) and introduced me to this great opportunity. She helped me through the interview process and the maze of paperwork that is required when working at a government contractor.

What else would you like us to know?

Sometimes we all feel the need to make a change. It could be because we are unhappy, or we no longer feel challenged, or we find no opportunities to advance and grow. Regardless of the reason, many of us feel that need but often do not act upon it. Yet just when I needed to make that change, my phone rang. Carolyn called me from Apollo and presented me with a new opportunity. My life better for it and I see increased opportunities in my future as a result.

It is definitely understandable if you wouldn’t like to engage in social media.  Even so, in today’s job market, a person can’t afford to not be on social media, especially when looking for your next career option. You will begin to see that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for sure! Please feel free to connect to our recruiters on LinkedIn and watch your network grow!

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Success Story: Time Well Spent

Time. The only commodity that really matters – we are each allotted an amount with no way of increasing it; however, time well spent should not be confused with time lost or time wasted. It is imperative that when we use our time that it is spent achieving something worthwhile. No one is responsible for the use of our time other than us and our goals should reflect that. Specifically, in relation to your career goals – working 40 hours a week, every week, for forty years equates to 83,200 hours or 9.5 years – how do you plan on spending that time? Archna Gautam was pondering the very same thoughts when she approached Apollo.

Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?

Prior to working with Apollo, I was looking for opportunities to grow into more significant positions with greater responsibility and ultimately to increase value to the organization. Also, the chance to work with interesting, highly motivated and responsible people. It’s worth trading your time in life to achieve something worthwhile.

How did you find out about Apollo?

I was referred to Apollo by my close friend and colleague. I am so glad that I listened to my friend to trust the experienced team at Apollo.

How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?

My overall experience with Apollo is outstanding and very fulfilling. They are professional and supportive mentors that would strategically guide in best direction. I would be very happy and honored to refer to my friends.

What excites you most about your current job?

I am really happy at my current position in my new company. After a long time I am able to find a place where greatest minds meet the most humble people.

Is there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

I would really like to say thank you Julien and Linda at Apollo for making a smooth journey of finding the perfect job that fits my skill sets and personality.

What else would you like us to know?

I would also like to mention the plenty of time that Julien at Apollo took to listen to me and consistently updated me on a job interview progress. He reaches out to me if any issues arise, and follows up promptly when I have questions. Again, I want to thank Apollo for all the help, guidance and support.

Archna Gautam took control over her career to ensure that it would be time well spent and we are so grateful to be a part of that journey with her. Archna is just one of the many lives we have touched over this past year and helped contribute a verse to their success story. Are you looking to take charge of your success story? If so, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

 

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Success Story: From Humble Beginnings

Bree Taylor-Walling is the type of success story employees at Apollo love to read. Over the past 5 years, Bree has been earning her stripes in the production environment – from humble beginnings – working her way up at a company from a Production Associate, Production Lead, to Production Control Coordinator; however, the ladder for progress at her company ended there. On her search for the next step in her career path she came in contact with Apollo Professional Solutions and was able to secure a new position that was not only more financially stable, but has given her the opportunity to gain experience with a revered company in the aerospace industry. Below is her story:

Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?

Prior to working for Apollo I was looking for a career that I could really enjoy doing, but didn’t demand so much of my time. I am very dedicated to what I do and I take pride in knowing that performing my job to the best of my abilities has a big impact on the reliability of the products I build at the end result; especially knowing that the end result means keeping planes in the air or protecting out military. My last job was very demanding of my time and energy and took a toll on my self as well as my family. I was looking for a good balance, a job where i can be dedicated and make a difference but still be able to be with my family at the end of the day.

How did you find about Apollo?

I found a job listing on career builder and I applied for it. Apollo contacted me about it since the job was through them.

How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?

Apollo has been great to work with. Everyone I have spoken with at Apollo has been really nice and able to answer any and all questions I have had. Since this is my first time working with a staffing firm I found Apollo very informative and easy to work with.

What excites you most about your current job?

I love my current job through Apollo. The environment at my current job is awesome and really helping me to expand my knowledge about the Aerospace Industry. I feel like this job was the next step in my career and I love all the new experiences.

What is one thing you have learned there (tangible/intangible) that you plan to carry on into the future?

Everyday I learn something new at my current job. Even through its only been two weeks since I started I find that Im learning more about the products I used to build at my old job while applying the knowledge I have to fulfill my role in my new position. So the knowledge I am gaining at my current position will carry on into my future career endeavors.

In there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

Nick Curtin has been my contact through this process and I would like to thank him for being so helpful and supportive in this experience.

What else would you like us to know?

I was totally shocked when I found out I had gotten the job I applied for and that the company was really excited about bringing me on. It really boosted my confidence in myself and helped me to start a new path in my career.

Words cannot properly convey our happiness for Bree and her new career. We are so proud to have her apart of the Apollo family. If you are reading this and would like to have Apollo add a chapter to your success story please reach out to our offices and check out our openings.

While you are here, whether you’re at the top of your game or from humble beginnings, Apollo is happy to provide quality opportunities for quality candidates. To keep up with Apollo on a daily basis be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter!

Success Story: Veterans Success Story

Apollo Professional Solutions has been ramping up our efforts in order to bring  Apollo success stories on a weekly basis.  Given the national holiday, Veterans Day, occurring this week – we wanted to highlight a veteran who Apollo has helped add another chapter to his success story. Below is the story of Brian Johnson.

1. As a veteran, prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career in the private sector?

My intent was to find a position that allowed me to demonstrate my skills and experience, while simultaneously challenging me to acquire new ones. I’ve served in the Army, Navy and Air Force. I’ve worked in the IT field in both the military and the private sector. The Government / Defense sector is the perfect place for folks like me to apply their knowledge. My current position demands the professionalism that veterans bring to the workplace, and challenges me to keep up with the newest advances in technology. What’s just as valuable is the satisfaction I get from being part of a team that serves our nation.

2. How did you find out about Apollo?

Actually I didn’t find Apollo- Apollo found me. I had submitted my resume to an Internet site, and that’s where they found it. These days very few people spend their whole career with one employer. Even the best employees can suddenly find themselves unemployed. For that reason I always have a copy of my resume on the Internet. It was a great day when Apollo found me, and an even better day when they made me part of the team.

3. How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?

I’ve been working as a contractor or consultant since 1992. I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate, because nearly every manager and co-worker I have had over the years has been enjoyable to work with. There is one area in which I give most employers and staffing firms a poor grade however: “Administration.” I’ve noticed that on those occasions when “someone” is making my work difficult, it’s usually someone I’ve never met, or spoken to, or even seen! That’s not the case with Apollo. I’ve never had to ask them to “fix” something they didn’t get right administratively, or provide something I didn’t have. That’s because they seem to get everything right the first time, and anticipate my needs. Having that seamless and transparent support behind me allows me to focus on my primary mission, and deliver uninterrupted productivity to the customer.

4. What excites you most about your current job?

The most exciting aspect of my job is the opportunity to apply skills I learned in graduate school for the first time. While I was studying for my Master’s Degree in Information Technology, I was required to learn JAVA development. I had never been interested in writing code before, but when I learned how to write simple scripts that accomplished valuable tasks for the customer, it was fantastic. When a program that takes you one day to write does a weeks worth of work- that’s rewarding!

5. What is one thing you have learned there that you plan to carry on into the future?

I learned how to write a Master’s Thesis; and the subject of that thesis was Apollo’s customer. I had an extraordinary degree of support and cooperation across three levels of management. I couldn’t have done it without them. My newfound knowledge, skills, and abilities are the most “valuable” asset I take into the future; but the pride I take in past achievements is the most rewarding.

6. What else would you like us to know?

I’m currently at Raytheon. They were number one on the list of employers I wanted to work for. I sent them resumes for ten years, and they never once responded. Apollo found me, and helped me get my foot in the door. My new managers can’t believe I was so well qualified for this position, and yet I spent years “lost in the shuffle.” Contracting has allowed me to travel the world, gain experience in an extraordinary array of skills, and wake up every morning knowing I was going to do something new and different. For me- it’s a great way of life.

Not only was Apollo able to help place Brian Johnson into a field of his expertise, but we were able put him into a company that he has held in high regard for quite sometime. Placing the right people in right jobs is what Apollo does best. We are always excited to witness another flourishing success story within Apollo. If you are looking to add to your success story, check out our current openings or contact one of our offices.

 

Whether people are active duty, veterans, or civilians we are happy to work with them and see what openings we have that fit their body of work. For more job advice and job openings check out our Twitter and Facebook.

Success Story: Loyalty Pays Off

Loyalty in the contracting world is not as prevalent as it should be. There are many companies that solely focus on the bottom line, just like there are many contractors job-hopping to next highest paying job. Both sides cannot really be blamed because the system we currently operate in encourages them to do so. At Apollo we recognize that we have the ability to impact a person’s career path from a couple months to a couple years, and we maintain a service edge when it comes to interacting with our clients and contractors. Loyalty is exemplified by our success story today;  on this rare occasion we celebrate the success story of a man who has been with us these past seven years. Robert Asher has certainly committed a large bulk of his success story to Apollo and for that we are grateful.

Interview

1. Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?   

I was looking for a long term contract and a pleasant work environment.  This assignment has lasted over 7 years and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with.

2. How did you find about Apollo? 

I learned about Apollo from Bruce Thomason, Regional Vice President for Apollo.  I had worked for Bruce on a previous assignment and knew from that good experience I could trust him and Apollo.

3. How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms? 

I have worked for over six different staffing firms and Apollo has been the best of the group.  Bruce Thomason hand delivers my pay stub in person every week which allows us to chat face to face which I appreciate. If I ever have any questions Bruce generally has the answer or if not he quickly gets back to me with an answer.  I have never had a mistake on my paycheck or had a direct deposit that was late.

 4. What excites you most about your current job? 

One of the interesting things about my job is working on new programs such as the X47-B.  This unmanned aircraft that can take off and land from an aircraft carrier without human intervention.  Working on new programs like the X47-B is always more interesting that working on old existing programs.

5. In there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

Bruce Thomason.  He got me this job and has done everything possible to keep me happy here.

6. What else would you like us to know? 

I first went contracting over 30 years ago and have never looked back.  I have seen parts of the U.S. and the world that I never would have seen if I had continued to work as a direct these past 30 years.  I have worked with many interesting people on interesting programs which keeps the job interesting.

Robert Asher’s journey is special tale and one we are proud to share with the world today. Truly, he has contributed to Apollo’s success story as much as we have contributed to his story. There are so few words in the English language that could fully encapsulate our gratitude towards Robert Asher, so we will leave him with a simple message;

“Thank you, Robert for all of the hard work and loyalty that you have shown us these past seven years. As we say in Apollo, may your journey continue onward and upward. All the best.”

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Success Story: Rewarding a Leap of Faith

Success Story: Rewarding a Leap of Faith

Apollo’s CEO, Gayle Williams, took a leap of faith leaving her job in order to start up her own staffing firm. Since Apollo’s infancy, we have been a major supplier of quality talent to the aerospace industry. Over 30 years later it is safe say, Gayle’s leap paid dividends! We have grown in size and diversified our talent pools to fill an assortment of fields, but we never forgot where we started. To this day, Apollo still maintains strong relationships with some of the biggest commercial and military aircraft producers in the United States.  Our success story this week, Ben Trussell, has been in the aerospace field as long as Apollo has been a company and he has known about Apollo for years, without ever working with us.  In 2014, Ben took a leap of faith and accepted one of our engineering positions, and we are so happy he did! Below is a chapter from Ben Trussell’s success story.

 

Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?  

Actually, after graduating from college (1978) and with my machinist background I thought I could do just about anything. I envisioned myself being the first Manufacturing Engineer in space. Since that did not happen, I’ve gone on a long career path in the U.S., Australia and Europe. All through my career I’ve tried to excel in furthering my field of knowledge in Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering. I was and still am fortunate to be paired with some of the most knowledgeable  people I’ve ever met. For people not knowing what a Manufacturing Engineer does, my reply is “I make engineers dreams come true”.  They can design and envision, then I tell them what’s real in making and building those projects. I’ve worked on a lot exciting projects past, present and will be in the future as a major player. Some of those are B-1 bomber, B-2 bomber, 747/767/757/737/787/777, F-18, F-16, F-22 and the list goes on. From detail part fabrication to the final deliverable product.

How did you find about Apollo? 

I’ve known Apollo for years and was approached on occasions with this being the first time working for them.

How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?  

That’s a good question, my experience with Apollo is limited to the past two months. The people are both professional and determined to get them working and support their clients. Other agencies did a good job, but Apollo does that and more. By more, I mean, a more personalized and caring approach.

What excites you most about your current job?

The challenge and drive to get into a new position and take charge of whatever your assigned. One thing that is most prevalent in contracting is “have fun and enjoy the job”.

In there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

To all the people I’ve come in contact with – everybody is friendly and willing to help.

 

Ben Trussell is just one of the many people’s lives we touch and we are so happy to help contribute to each and every person’s individual success story. If you are curious how you can accelerate your story feel free to give us a call here.

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Success Story: September is the Time to Remember

September is the time to remember the quality of people we employ throughout the United States. For this month’s Success Story, Apollo would like to recognize Errolyn Reyes. Errolyn has been a Technical Manager of External Quality for one of our esteemed pharmaceutical clients since January of last year. Each and everyday she has strived to make an impact at our client’s facility in California. Here is her interview:

  1. Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career? –  Prior to working with Apollo, I was looking for a career that would broaden my knowledge in Quality/Compliance in the Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry.
  2. How did you find about Apollo? – Actually, Apollo found me.  I posted my resume online and they called me for a job opportunity and that’s where it all started.
  3.  How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms? – In my 20 years working for Biotech/Pharmaceutical Companies, I did not have any prior experience with any other staffing firms.  I have always been a direct hire.
  4. What excites you most about your current job? – Working with Apollo and their client, I’ve learned a lot and am learning new things every day that I can utilize in my future career. All I can say is; they are right “This is the BEST place to work”.  I am grateful for the experience and for the opportunity to learn more about compliance.
  5. In there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank? – I would like to thank Rick Nussbaum and Linda Flynn for noticing my skills and experience and believing that I can do my job well and for their continued support as well.
  6.  What else would you like us to know? – I would like to recommend Apollo to my friends and family seeking better employment.

Each and every contractor that has worked with Apollo has advanced their career path, adding a crucial chapter within their success story. Errolyn and our pharmaceutical client are but one of the thousand smart matches Apollo makes on a monthly basis. If you would like to see if we can add to your personal or company success story please visit our information page here.

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Success Story: Never Give Up

Never give up. That was the motto of Eric Cox as he attacked the job market in search for his future employment. When Eric reached out to Apollo, his enthusiasm was apparent in our initial interaction. We realized that Eric was the type that would work to a task and not to a clock, so we sought out the openings with our clients and got him to work as soon as possible. The following is his success story.

Interview

1.Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?   

Before discovering Apollo, I found myself exhaustively looking for work in Computer Aided Drafting and Design only to be passed over several times and it just got to the point where nobody was willing to give me a chance. Not even working at Auto Zone was in the cards.

2.How did you find about Apollo? 

I discovered Apollo at a posting on a bulletin board outside the office of my Director of Career Services at ITT Technical Institute in Desoto, Texas, virtually by accident. Pitney Bowes was in need and the holidays were about a month away. Right away I submitted a resume to Bill Carriveau and the next thing I know, I’m going through the preliminary process before starting the job.

3.How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?  

I just did not know what I was getting into at first, but Apollo put me to work in less than a week, although because of security reasons at Pitney Bowes I wound up waiting one week. Four months later, I went from a temp to a direct hire after, yes, many hardships and several obstacles, but not giving up.

4. What excites you most about your current job?

The only exciting thing was the knowledge I picked up along the way and being able to use that knowledge from the time I had been hired with Pitney Bowes. I learned how important it was to continue production and learned to have an understanding about certain procedures, as well as how important organization was.

5.Is there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

I only have one person to thank, Mr. Carriveau. He gave me the opportunity when nobody else would. From time to time I put him through some degree of hell, but he kept me on track and eventually I earned a permanent position with Pitney Bowes!

Eric is one of the many people we have contributed a chapter to within their success story. We are excited as ever for him and all of our contractors. If you would like to see what Apollo can add to your success story, please contact us. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter!

Success Stories – Excelling in Customer Service

Apollo’s Success Stories – A Champion of Customer Service

For the month of July, Apollo extends our warmest regards to Christina Captain! We all may fry in July, but Christina has certainly not fried in her latest position. She has kept her cool and been performing admirably at our client’s facility. Here is a chapter from her success story: 

Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?

Prior to working with Apollo, I was seeking a career in customer service/relations, management, or operations within any industry.

How did you find about Apollo?

I found out about Apollo online through the job search site, Indeed.com as far as I can recall.

How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms? If no experience with other staffing firms, perhaps preconceived notions going into it?

I did not have any prior experience with any other staffing firms in the past. I have always sought direct hire employment. Apollo has met my expectations, in terms of staffing and support.

What excites you most about your current job?

My current job gives me the responsibility and ownership to make decisions on behalf of the company to support our mutual customers. I am grateful for the experience and to learn about the automotive industry from a corporate standpoint.

In there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

I would like to thank Linda Flynn for noticing my skills and experience and extending the opportunity to me. I would like to thank Lilly Segura for her continued support as well.

What else would you like us to know? 

I would recommend Apollo to friends and family seeking employment who have not been successful finding employment the traditional route.

Christina is one of the many candidates who have found success through Apollo. She has several Customer Service Awards, added more responsibilities, and has even trained new Customer Service Representatives. We are proud to have contractors such as Christina who represent Apollo with such professionalism. All of us at Apollo strive to show the same ethic and dedication towards both of our contractors and customers. We are the service edge, We are YOUR staffing firm, We are Apollo.