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.

 

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