GreenShades – Password

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The password needs to be at least 8 characters and must include 1 number, and 1 special character.A password will expire after 90 days, so it will force you to choose a new one after that time period. A password cannot be repeated once it’s been used. Enable Emailing of verification codes as a 2nd Level Identity Confirmation option. Enable Text Messaging of verification codes as a 2nd Level Identity Confirmation option. Lock employees out after 5 consecutive incorrect login attempts. Lockout time:  15 minutes (if this were to occur). Employees are always logged out automatically after a period of inactivity of 10 minutes.

NEW YEAR, NEW GOAL, SAME YOU

Written by Lilly Segura

 

2015 is finally here and with the New Year come new goals. This year my goal is to help you with your pursuits! Now is a time for self-improvement in many facets of life be it socially, physically, professionally etc. Although many of us wait for the New Year to begin these various changes in our lives, we have to remember that we have the rest the year to set goals and meet them.  This is particularly true in our careers. We should always strive to improve ourselves professionally throughout the year.

The Importance of Goal Setting & Keeping Motivated

If you are not sure about what your goals should be, ask yourself: is there something that I am not yet doing that perhaps would help me reach what I would like to obtain? Whether that means that you want to get a promotion, make the next step towards performing your duties better, or transition in your career, and keep your eye on the prize. Visualizing your end goal is a great motivator to keep you moving forward and once you achieve your goal, there is no better feeling.

Trial and Error: Learn From Your Misgivings

Sometimes we fall short of our goals, but that is not necessarily a negative thing. Do not despair! All goals are made with one thing in mind: self-improvement. Sometimes things do not go our way and it is up to us to learn every lesson from it. Try to remember the last time you made an error and ask yourself why that happened and what you could have done differently. All you need to do flatten that bump in the road. Make the changes you feel necessary. It is all part of the journey to reaching your goal!

Boosting the Morale of your Environment from Leading by Example

Setting goals is about holding yourself accountable for performance. Performance is relevant no matter what position you are in or what move you are trying to make within your life. People will take notice of your efforts for self-improvement. Your coworkers will also see your positivity and in turn you can be a great motivator to them. Not to mention, your boss will see that you are striving to become better and more complete professional.

May this article help you in your efforts and happy New Year on behalf of the whole Apollo Staff! For more informative articles check out the rest of our blog or visit our Facebook and Twitter!

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2014: A Year In Review

2014: A Year in Review

Written by Nick Curtin

In the 30 year history of Apollo Professional Solutions, there has never been a year that has brought more change and enthusiasm than happenings that transpired in the year 2014. Three key highlights from our year:

  1. Our newly formed marketing division (spearheaded by David Barrios – Director of Marketing) has put forth a huge effort to increase our visibility and exposure in so many different ways – Apollo Blog, Twitter, Website Content, and Facebook. Also, we saw a company-wide training endeavor to provide more targeted based education in areas of sales, recruiting, and compliance.
  2. Computer Deployment: The holiday season brought new computers and software to the Apollo offices. We enter the New Year with faster equipment, updated browsers and Windows 8.1.
  3. ACA: It was a challenge, but Kristen Madzarac – HR Director, did an excellent job securing a totally compliant product that provides the essential coverage for our awesome contractors.

We look to the New Year with both eagerness and determination at the challenges that lay in wait for Apollo. We appreciate all those that helped contribute to Apollo’s success in 2014 and we hope that those contractors have  contributed a solid chapter in their personal success story as well. Also, for those that have yet to jump on the Apollo Bandwagon, there is plenty of room. Check out our current openings or reach out to one of our regional offices for more information.

That’s our year in review!

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Happy New Year!

 

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Work Life Balance: Challenge Yourself

 

Written By Greg Johnson

Anyone familiar with businesses knows one of the first and most important parts of STARTING and MAINTAINING a successful business is creating a business plan / mission statement. Imagine the marketplace is a huge storm with minimal visibility; a mission statement will act as your compass guiding you and your business in the proper direction through that storm.

In the same way, your life needs a mission statement. You need to have your purpose written down and crystal clear. If you start “heading off course” your purpose will be your guide back to the right decisions and actions to put you back on course.

Capturing your purpose will give you the means to capturing that mystical status called “Work-Life Balance.”

The first step in finding your purpose is to sit down and write out YOUR definition. Who are you? I’m not talking about, “I’m Greg and I work at Apollo.” Get deep. Think about not just who you are now, but who you want to become in the future.

Someone whom I respect very much is a man named Ron Reynolds. He worked very closely with Jim Rohn for YEARS. The one activity that brought me more clarity as to who I am now and who I want to become came from this one piece of advice.

“Get a piece of paper. Put a line down the middle of the page. Now write down 10 things you want in your life that you don’t currently have. Then after that, write down 10 things you DO CURRENTLY have in your life that you DON’T want.”

I have never heard anyone talk about creating goals and defining your purpose that way. It radically changed my outlook on many different things. The reason it did is because writing down both sides (especially the 10 things I DIDN’T want) created an emotional connection to my purpose and making sure those things change in my life.

They were things like:

  1. Student Loan Debt
  2. A car that is constantly in the shop
  3. Inability to take my wife and kid on a vacation
  4. etc.

Once I had those things written down and committed to changing them, it did not matter what kind of a day I had, it did not matter if I had to get to work an hour earlier, eat lunch at my desk, and check emails at night. It did not matter if my boss said something that upset me or a client did not call me back. The things that used to bring me down were now just fleeting annoyances. No longer was I stressed or taking things personally, I was a rhinoceros – charging forward and chasing down my purpose. That is the magic that transpires once you have discovered your goals and dedicate your life to live by them everyday.

So I challenge you to do the same. Get a piece of paper and write down your goals. Prepare yourself and commit to change in your daily actions to achieve those goals.

Once you challenge yourself to create that missions statement look for my next post about the importance of getting the family on board. There has never been a Super Bowl champion team that did not have every player on board to win. If you want to win in life, you have to get your “teammates” into champion mindset. Until then!

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Work Life Balance: Do you have it?

Written by Greg Johnson

Do you remember when you were a kid? You had so many dreams, so much curiosity, and so much zeal for life. What happened?

Unfortunately, the type of guts it took to sail across an ocean in hopes of a better life full of freedom and opportunity is for the most part … dead. The majority of people choose comfort and safety over living the life they are meant to live only to find out that not living out their purpose is extremely uncomfortable.

  • Hating your job – uncomfortable
  • Being stressed out – uncomfortable
  • Not being happy – uncomfortable
  • Being unmotivated – uncomfortable
  • Not tapping into your potential – uncomfortable
  • Having strained family relationships because of all of the above – uncomfortable

The purpose of this series is to help you discover your purpose and show you that there does not have to be a division between work and life. If you are truly living within your purpose then you will realize that there are not two things you have to balance, there’s just life. Work is a part of it. Your family is a part of it. Your goals are a part of it. If you get all of those things behind your purpose moving in the same direction, THAT is when you will see that “balance” is a fallacy and what you want to achieve is passion. I want to wake you up out of a mundane, “At least it pays the bills” lifestyle and into the life that you are meant to live a life full of passion, success and happiness.

Commit to DOING the things that I am going to teach you over the next three weeks and I guarantee that you will start to live a more fulfilling life.

“Information without application is just a good memory” – Eric Thomas

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Veterans Day – Veterans at Apollo: In Their Own Words

 

Written and conducted by Nick Curtin

Since 1983, Apollo Professional Solutions has had the pleasure of working along side many of the men and women that serve in the United States military branches. Apollo has not only had veterans that are clients and contractors, but direct staff members have populated our firm as well . For 2014 Veterans Day, we have decided to interview our 5 military veterans:

  • Ed Bonadio – Vice President of Field Operations 
  • John Kokofski – Northeast Regional Manager
  • DJ Marcotte – IT Administrator
  • Mike Steckley – Technical Recruiter
  • Travis Carlton – Technical Recruiter 

Below are the seven questions, they field today:

1. What branch of service were you apart of and where did you serve? If you were assigned overseas, what are your impressions of the people & culture of where you were stationed?

I served in the US Army and Army Reserves from 1966 to 1973. Left as a grade E-6. – Ed Bonadio – Vice President of Field Operations 

I served 6 years in the Air National Guard from 1971-1977 in the 103rd fighter division located at the Air National Guard base at Bradley field in Windsor Locks CT.  At that time the 103rd had F-100’s. – John Kokofski – Northeast Regional Manager

I lived in the follow places: USAF Biloxi, MS, Clark AB,PI,  and Holloman AFB, NM. My travel to the Philippines was an experience.  Being a married 19 year old with a child. Landing in a foreign country was a life changing experience for us. Stepping off the plane into that heat was a force we were not expecting. In the distance was Mt Ararat a local volcano across the runway. We were excited about our new life on the island. The local people were kind and wonderful. Most liked Americans, but there were those who saw American’s  as people who supported the Marcos family and didn’t like that. So we needed to be careful where we went. We lived off base in a gated community. Using Jenney’s to get around the local city. (They were jeeps converted to open taxies very colorful to see). And trikes motorcycles with two passenger side cars. (No cardio needed after riding with some of the drivers). I traveled to work on my Philippine Harley (a Moped with a straight pipe to get more speed 45MPH). For about 100.00 per month we could live off base in a three bedroom two bath house. with a house maid and a yard boy. The hot water heater was painted black and on the southern exposure. So only hot water in the evening unless you lit a fire of wood under it. Mail took two – four weeks one way and phone calls we ten dollars per min on base to the US. So we were basically cut off from the normal world we knew. Some people had trouble coping with that and were sent home. – DJ Marcotte – IT Administrator

Branch of Service – United States Navy. Served in the Gulf on 3 tours on the flight deck of an Aircraft Carrier and was stationed in Puerto Rico. Outside of the United States I visited Guam, Hong King, Singapore, UAE, Baharain, South Korea, Austria, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, British Columbia, Bahamas, and Mazatlan Mexico. Not all cultures accept Americans very well, but Puerto Rico, Austria, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong were by far the best for me. I always wore my uniform when I could to strike up conversation wherever I went. – Mike Steckley – Technical Recruiter 

I joined the Army in 2005 as an Infantryman or MOS 11B. After attending Airborne School I was stationed in Fort Bragg, NC with the 82nd Airborne Division. I deployed to Iraq in 2007 and got to travel to several different countries training with coalition forces. The last three years of my Army tenure were spent recruiting tomorrows Soldiers near my home town of Kalamazoo, MI.  – Travis Carlton – Technical Recruiter 

2. Why did you join?

I considered joining the army to avoid the draft but they could not guarantee my MOS (military occupational status) unless I went to officer candidate school which required a 3 year commitment. Settled for the reserves when an opportunity opened but my unit was on the short list for activation and deployment to Vietnam. – Ed Bonadio – Vice President of Field Operations 

I joined because President Nixon put a freeze on college student deferment renewals and it was nearing the tail end of the Vietnam War I had number 36 in the draft lottery and I received my letter from the draft government ordering me to report for my physical.  I wanted to continue my education and although it was very difficult at that time to get into the National Guard, my dad had done 9 years between the regular air force and National Guard during the Korean War and was able to assist me in getting into the Air force National Guard. – John Kokofski – Northeast Regional Manager

Need a career Change and scored very high on the battery exam. – DJ Marcotte – IT Administrator

I joined to gain an education, to strive to finally achieve something in life and make my family proud. I stayed in after my first term because I loved serving for this country, and being the tip of the spear at sea. I only wished that I could have done more and been able to be on the ground supporting the troops in combat. It was addicting to always want to do more. – Mike Steckley – Technical Recruiter 

I joined the Army because I am thankful for the Freedom and Liberties provided to me as an American. I wanted to do my part to ensure that those Freedoms would remain intact. – Travis Carlton – Technical Recruiter 

3. What type of work did you perform when you were apart of the military?

I was in the infantry as a weapons platoon specialist. My job was to carry and operate the m60 machine gun and later on the m79 grenade launcher. – Ed Bonadio – Vice President of Field Operations 

I was a Electrical Power Production Specialist and Aircraft Arresting Barrier technician.- John Kokofski – Northeast Regional Manager

Training in NAV aids, air space scheduling, Pilots administrator, cope thunder, 13th AFHQ specialty clerk.- DJ Marcotte – IT Administrator

My first job was to repair Nuclear Reactor Systems onboard ships and submarines. When the stress got to high there, I transitioned into aircraft weapon system (Aviation Ordnance) and loading missiles, bombs, rockets. torpedoes, guns, countermeasures, and aircraft egress system ordnance. I also had the please of being an instructor, achieving an Master Training Specialist, which in a runabout way landed me in recruiting in the civilian world. – Mike Steckley – Technical Recruiter 

I was an Airborne Infantryman for the 8 years I was in the Army. Most of my career was spent at Fort Bragg, NC. Jumping out of planes was something I wanted to do for as long as I can remember. Once I overcame the initial fear, it was actually quite fun. – Travis Carlton – Technical Recruiter 

4. Tell us about one of your most memorable experiences?

Most memorable happening was when I was stationed with the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell KY. We were pulled out of our beds one day in November, 1966 and we were sent over to the medics who gave us a series of shots. Then we were trucked over in full combat gear to the airstrip where we sat for 12 hours ready to board planes. We were not told what was going on but later that day we were called back. Later on, we were told that President Nixon had offered up my unit to go over to Africa to help put down the rebellion in the Congo. it was a scary thought to think we were possibly going over to fight the Mau Mau uprising and all I could think about was being captured and put in a big pot of boiling water for someone’s feast. – Ed Bonadio – Vice President of Field Operations 

During one of our monthly drill weekends a approaching F-100 was traveling too low and clipped a power line and was forced to deploy his tail hook and engaged the aircraft-arresting barrier that I was supporting.  Due to the functional operation of the barrier, the pane avoided a crash and we able to avoided any damage to the aircraft while securing the pilots removal from the aircraft.  Had the arresting barrier not functioned properly, we could have lost both the aircraft and the pilot.  – John Kokofski – Northeast Regional Manager

Some of my most memorable I can’t talk about. But I do remember a couple weeks after starting at a new posting at 13th AFHQ, Cope Thunder. The Senior master Sargent. Greeted me with a few officers when I arrived one morning. (thought I was  in trouble) and was presented with an award for the work I had been doing. It was great. But only after sitting at my desk and reading the framed award. Did I read the title “The head goffer award” for the best go for this and go for that…..I was now part of a bigger fraternity. – DJ Marcotte – IT Administrator

My most memorable experience was when we launch the Navy Seals in out helicopter to intercept a rogue ship that threatened to shoot us down if we attempted to board it to inspect for oil being smuggle out of Iraq. It didn’t go over so well for the crew of oil tanker as the Seals seized the ship and crew, and we turned the oiler over to NATO Forces. – Mike Steckley – Technical Recruiter 

The most memorable experiences are the people that you have a chance to meet. There is a strong sense of brotherhood that comes with serving next to someone. They are your extended family. I have been blessed to share so many good memories with them, and during the tough times, we were always there for each other. A lot of the people I served with will be friends for a lifetime. – Travis Carlton – Technical Recruiter 

5. What was your transition like from military life to civilian life for the initial couple weeks?

Because I was possibly being called up I had no idea if I would be sent to Viet Nam during my active duty time. I was injured in training and was sent back to my reserve unit to finish out my military obligation. The first few weeks back from active duty, I re-connected with my old employer who took me back in same position I had left to go on active duty.- Ed Bonadio – Vice President of Field Operations 

This question would not be applicable to me.  – John Kokofski – Northeast Regional Manager

It was easy going back to my old life style. Only after months did I find a part of me missed being Air Force. – DJ Marcotte – IT Administrator

t was extremely stressful in the transition, as I had not had to apply for employment in 20 years, and after going through transition assistance, I realized I had to start back at square one in the civilian world. I had to start a new career, as I do not know of too many commercial airliners that want me to put missiles and guns on their aircraft. that and I went through a nasty divorce in the process as well. – Mike Steckley – Technical Recruiter 

Culture Shock. Everyone is different but the transition from Soldier to civilian can be a difficult one. For me, it took a conscience effort in order to “de-militarize” myself.  You worry about finding employment, you worry about fitting in with a new company. When you leave the military you also leave a very large support structure that I think a lot of us take for granted while we are in. – Travis Carlton – Technical Recruiter

6. How has the military prepared you for the civilian/professional world?

While in reserves, I was tasked to the recruiting center where I learned to recruit to fill reserve positions in Maryland. That gave me some insight into recruiting in civilian life. The transition back to a professional career in engineering was smooth and I went back to my job in drafting at Bendix Corporation and several other companies that provided military equipment for the department of defense.- Ed Bonadio – Vice President of Field Operations 

Although my dad was a strict disciplinarian, the military gave me focus and the discipline to continue with my education and the foundational beliefs that you can do or be anything you want to be as long as you stick to it and concentrate on your goals and objectives.  – John Kokofski – Northeast Regional Manager

I always had a great work ethic, but finding adventure and showing up no matter what I was called on to do was now a part of me like breathing. – DJ Marcotte – IT Administrator

The military taught me dedication and loyalty, to erase “I can’t” from my dictionary. It has taught me how to deal with stress, and push through it. It taught me to want to always learn more. It also taught me to be proud of all of my work, to do my best. Whether it was performing emergency procedures on aircraft on a flight deck full of jets transitioning back and forth, or polishing a floor (deck), I always wanted to show pride in my work, that I always got the job well done. – Mike Steckley – Technical Recruiter 

Most Definitely. The military has provided me with a set of core values that I live by. It has given me the strength and confidence to take on any task. Most importantly I think it has given me perspective. – Travis Carlton – Technical Recruiter 

7. Do you have any plans/traditions for Veterans Day?

I fly the flag to honor those who have served. – Ed Bonadio – Vice President of Field Operations 

Only to take a few minutes out of my day to remember and thank those who have served and given their lives in a much larger capacity in the military than I did.  I am thankful to God, my family and the military for providing me the opportunity of serving my country.  – John Kokofski – Northeast Regional Manager

As a civilian, I wish I could afford to have the holiday so I could remember old friends that are gone now. Hard to do in this economy. – DJ Marcotte – IT Administrator

Well, since I got out of the Military, I have had to watch veterans’ day parades from office windows and be attached to a work computer, but I do try to enjoy a free meal from somewhere after work. Many times I go home and watch the stories of troops currently serving, many time tearing up as I appreciate everything they are doing, because there are too many that have sacrificed much more than I have. There are too many that don’t come home, or have been permanently disabled doing what they do best, saving our country. I appreciate all who have served and continue to serve, as they are all brothers and sisters to me.  – Mike Steckley – Technical Recruiter 

I went to Applebee’s and shook hands with some older veterans at lunch. Its pretty cool to reflect on those shared memories with a different generation. This is the first year out of the service for me so I am not really sure what to do. To be totally honest I am going to go home after work and do homework. – Travis Carlton – Technical Recruiter 

 

That concludes our 7 question interview with our 5 military veterans spanning across several generations. We sincerely appreciate the time they have dedicated to this interview, to this company, and most importantly to this amazing country. The United States could not have continued to be the beacon of freedom that is is today without the men and women that make up our  military – shielding us from harm and smiting the evil that would see our light extinguished.. Your service, your sacrifice, and your dedication have not gone unnoticed. Thank you Veterans, Active Duty, and Reserves for all that you have done and will continue to do.

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Contracting and How to Avoid Co-employment

Contracting and How to Avoid Co-employment

Written by Lilly Segura

Contracting can be confusing. A number of different issues can arise in the workplace and it is often difficult to make a decision about whom you should consult with for a solution.  In all cases your employer is your staffing agency. Co-employment refers to an employee-employer relationship with two distinct entities. In short, Apollo is your sole employer. You are placed on assignment at a facility where you will be working with and taking direction from associates who are a Supervisor or Hiring Manager for your client. Co-employment should ultimately be avoided. Here are some tips to help you steer clear of co-employment.

Who should I go to if there is an issue with a co-worker or project?

There are a number of things that can go wrong in the workplace. Perhaps your project is being hindered because of a tardy associate.  Perhaps you are in between two co-workers who have negative things to say to one another. Perhaps you think it is about time some one approaches a co-worker about an offensive perfume. These are all problems that can be taken care of on-site. These kinds of issues can certainly be brought up to your supervisor. Together you can both reach solutions that are hopefully constructive! Similar issues can include a late arrival, switching shifts, or taking time off. Project related issues should also be discussed with your supervisor. Basically, any time you have an issue or question that would be taken care of on site, you should go ahead and have that resolved by your supervisor.

Who should I go to if there is a problem with my payroll or benefits?

HR related issues should always be brought up to your employer. When it comes to any problems with pay, insurance, or if you are unclear on certain HR related protocols you should seek the help of your recruiter. Asking your fellow co-workers on site for advice or information can be helpful as long as they are also with the same staffing company. It is generally a good idea not to ask contractors from other staffing agencies, as they would not provide you with the correct information. Policies and procedures vary from company to company.

Lastly in the case of an absolute emergency, please try and contact everyone you would report to including those on site and at the staffing agency. That can mean having to contact anywhere from 3-5 people, but it is always a good idea to keep everyone in the loop! When in doubt about anything at all do not hesitate to call your recruiter. We are here to help!

 

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A Unique Interview Results in a Better Hire

A Unique Interview Results in a Better Hire

Written by Nick Curtin

A unique interview is the key to hiring a great candidate. Many employers make the unfortunate mistake of not utilizing the interview process to really get to know the interviewee.  Apollo works with each individual as they prepare to interview and prep him or her with the upcoming expectations. Most times, the hiring managers can become overly concerned whether or not the person is qualified for position. Understandably so; however, this candidate interviewing for the job is not a robot; they have feelings, beliefs, routines, future goals, etc. The interviewer must never underestimate the impact on a company from one individual – good or bad.  Therefore, as the interviewer, you should take the time to explore questions outside the qualification realm.  Specifically, you should explore questions related to self-improvement, behavioral tendencies, personality, and “turn-arounds” of classic questions. The English Journalist Lynn Barber best known for her interview prowess described that her best interviews were “– like the best biographies — should sing the strangeness and variety…” You heard it here, break away from the traditional and get to really know your interviewee.

 

Self Improvement

It is not enough that the candidate is capable of performing the job today. The person that is hired should want to increase their level of acumen within their field – continuously learning, keeping up with the latest trends, seeking certifications, etc.

Have you noticed any blind spots in our business and how would you improve or eliminate them? Assess candidate knowledge of your business and industry and business acumen with questions like this, while also looking for an honest approach.

What was the last class, seminar, course, or workshop you attended, and why did you take it? Do you plan on continuing your education within this field, if so, how? This reveals where candidates are in their level of commitment to keeping skills and knowledge up to date.

Behavioral

Oft times there are several characteristic descriptions on candidate’s resumes, take advantage of them and inquire about it. Not only will you be able to gather a keen understanding of their integrity, but you will learn how the candidate works as well.

Describe your system for planning and organizing your work? A candidate that maintains that they are a  ‘detail-oriented’ should be able to relate their process and direction quite seamlessly, whereas a less-organized person will take much longer, and provide a disjointed response.

When have you motivated others? If leadership is listed as a quality, then this question will drive right to the point where a person took the initiative and inspired others. A candidate should not only reaffirm that they are a leader, but the question should elicit a confident response that details the situation and how they led: whether from the middle, in the trenches, or leading the charge.

When have you changed someone’s mind about an idea you supported, but the other person did not? A person that states they are an effective communicator should be able to draw on some examples of persuasive endeavors or building bridges of collaboration between parties.

Personality

Every interviewee has on the model interview game face. In order to break the façade of perfection, you can enlist the assistance of the questions below.

  • What is the last movie you saw?
  • Tell me about your favorite book, movie, and game? Why does that sticks out to you? Tell me about a role model and why you look up to them?
  • What are your top three values?
  • If you could be doing anything, what do you do?

To discover a candidate’s true passions and interests, will allow the company to play to them in order to get the best out of the candidate.

Turn-around Classic Questions

Given the immense fountain of knowledge that is the Internet, most candidates will have reviewed the traditional interview questions and create premeditated answers for them. Therefore the following questions are classic questions with their very own spin them.

Start the Interview off with: Do you have any questions for me?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you tried really hard, but couldn’t accomplish your goal? Why did this happen and what did you do? (Old Translation: Describe a time that you failed?) This questions drives at one of the most important qualities a person can possess, perseverance.  As the hiring manager, you should be looking for a detailed response rather than a deflecting, mechanized answer.

Where don’t you want to be in five years? (Old Translation: Where do you want to be in five years?)

 

Keep in mind personalities and behaviors do not necessarily have to match that of yours or the current employees.  After all friction creates sparks so it is essential to analyze all the aspects that the interviewee will bring to your team and how it will mesh. When you integrate these 4 fields along with the qualification bit of the interview, you will have a much better understanding of the quality of candidate that sat before you.

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What are the Fastest Growing Industries?

Written by Nick Curtin

 

What are the fastest growing industries? In 2014, there is an average job growth rate nationwide of 10.8 percent among all industries. Slowly, but surely America has been climbing out of the recession of 2009; however, there are some industries in our economy that have taken off with growth rate percentages over 20 percent.

Apollo Professional Solutions is not only responsible for putting Americans to work and providing quality service to our clients, but also keeping a weather eye on the mercurial nature of the job market. This past year we have noticed huge hiring increases in each of the following industries:

 Healthcare

As the populations continue to grow and more people have access to affordable health insurance the demand for jobs within the field has soared. Specifically, we have noticed a rise in hospital administration, management, customer service, and suppliers. These people “behind the curtain” are playing a critical role in the healthcare environment making sure everything is running smoothly.

Project Management

The recession of 2009 caught a lot of companies off guard and exposed the inefficiency of their operations. There has been a great rise for project managers to come into companies and ensure efficiency, producing under budget, all while meeting deadlines.

 Pharmaceuticals

In accordance with the rise of healthcare professionals and affordable healthcare has granted access of more medicine to a greater part of the population. Not to mention, there is the constant evolution and progression of science breaking new grounds in medicine.

Information Security Analyst (ISAs)

Information security has been in the headlines the past couple months, or lack there of because people have been having their information hacked. Individuals and business’s alike are at risk and that has led to the rise in hiring ISAs to acquire as much protection as possible.

When an industry’s job growth is exponentially increasing, the qualified candidate pool will discernibly begin to decrease in size. Job seekers within these markets have more opportunities than ever and they will take their time to find the best one. Therefore, as important as it is to provide solid offers, it is paramount that companies have a way to find and source qualified talent.

Make no mistake; it is a race to find the top talent and most times the company that gets to the candidate first will win. To get a leg up on the competition, all a business would have to do is contact Apollo here.  Each and every recruiter at Apollo is a treasured commodity as they share in the value of submitting qualified candidates to our clients while leveraging their expertise in varying fields. We take great pleasure in contributing to the success stories of both our candidates and clients.

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Health Tips #3: How Not Taking Breaks Make You a Rookie

Written by Nick Curtin

Apollo’s past workplace health tips have targeted proper posture throughout the workday and unhealthy consumables, substituting them with nutritious and beneficial replacements. This week we are focusing on your mind. The key to a sharp and refreshed mind is taking breaks! When you work for prolonged periods of time you can exhaust your cognitive capacity, impeding the creativity and innovative parts of your brain.  Here are six ways to spend your breaks like a pro:

Meditation

It is important to remember that meditation is not about closing your eyes and drifting off on a daydream or specific thoughts. It is about being aware of all that is around you and the experiences that are occurring in that moment. You want to create a broad focus on your environment as you count the steady flow of your breaths. Ideally, these are best done in 10-15 minute intervals twice a day.

Exercise

Get away from your desk. Whether that is a walk outside, doing dips on your office chair, squats, or jumping jacks – just do something! Exercise helps reduce stress, improve self-esteem, modify moods, and even make you feel better about your body even though there is no physical change.

Games

On a break challenge yourself to a crossword puzzle, word find, riddle, or websites like Lumosity that engage and develop our mental capacity.  Competing within these games can help ease stress and harness your focus for the rest of the day. Not too mention, it is also fun!

Be Social

Take a short break and reach out to another co-worker – focus the discussion on them as a person not as their title or job responsibilities. In this route, you are recharging your brain by stepping away from your work and you just might brighten someone’s day.

Nap

If your work place allows it, close your office door or go out to your car – take a 20-minute nap. Napping improves learning, memory, creativity, and mental alertness.

Literature 

Go online and read through a few articles. The words of another can be a nice distraction allowing you to recalibrate your focus. You never know, you may learn a thing or two from articles online!

 

Performing any one of the six while taking breaks and you will gain that mental clarity to tackle the rest of your day! Apollo appreciates you stopping by, stay tuned for health tips #4! For more content please check out our Facebook and Twitter. Also if you would like to reach out to one of our offices contact us here.