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MitchellC
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Macon, GA
USA
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Posted - 12/05/2011 :  06:57:46 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Re Eric: This is one of those times I long for a "really like" button.

MSPA Silver Certified - Merchandising Middle GA
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MitchellC
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Macon, GA
USA
57 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2011 :  07:03:58 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Re Larry T. This is why DHS and the whole Patriot Act thing are so unconstitutional...they violate the "presumption of innocence" which requires the state to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, a citizen's guilt. This means it is the government's job to prove that I am not eligible for work in the US. It is not my responsibility to prove that I am.

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

-- Benjamin Franklin


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HelenD
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Henderson, Nevada
USA
25 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2011 :  07:33:38 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Anything that I need to have notorized I take to my insurance company. State Farm has never charged me for this service.

Helen Dobbs
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Robert A. Miller
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PA
USA
389 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2011 :  09:59:22 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Maybe that is why State Farm is like a good neighbor.
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HelenD
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Henderson, Nevada
USA
25 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2011 :  12:15:29 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Robert they have been a really "GOOD NEIGHBOR"

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Robert A. Miller
Star Contributor

PA
USA
389 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2011 :  1:41:57 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Some of the things that have happened to me while doing merchandising jobs, when I'm around you have to watch out for MAYHEM, LIKE ME!
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MarlaB
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Attica, IN
USA
2843 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2011 :  3:29:52 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I never thought about going to my State Farm agent, I'll keep that in mind. Just another one of those things that makes it worth having a better insurance company than those bare minimum companies.

Marla
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Bert M
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Sharpsburg, MD
USA
101 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2011 :  7:02:46 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
My most recent hiring let my husband act as the witness. I guess after almost 30 years, he knows that I am a citizen, but he still made me show him my passport. What a nut job.

Roberta
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MindyZ
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Hesperia, CA
USA
512 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2011 :  8:13:24 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I had to show my birth certificate and get a note from my mommy LOL!!

MindyZ

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Maralyn
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USA
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Posted - 12/05/2011 :  8:16:34 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I went to the FedX store.
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MarlaB
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Attica, IN
USA
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Posted - 12/06/2011 :  06:41:20 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Roberta, don't we love those nuts jobs that we married 30+ years ago.

I keep one i9 that is notarized up to 1 year, and most of the time it's been accepted.

Marla
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Roni Sheppard
Apprentice

Tampa, FL
USA
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Posted - 02/13/2012 :  06:55:04 AM  Visit Roni Sheppard's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Having been a field merchandiser before going over to the Dark Side of a corporate office (lol) I always knew the best place for information was on Volition. It is a great service. So, having seen the comments posted about Apollo Retail Specialists I thought I would clear 2 items.
One thing that makes Apollo Retail different from some merchandising companies is we are a W-2 employer. You probably work as an Independent Contractor for some of your companies. Due to the nature of much of our work (pallet racking, fixture assembly) we provide full on the job insurance and thus are a W-2 employer.
The Dept of Homeland Security demands a W-2 employer have a correct and original I-9 on file for every employee. Up until October, 2011, our employees worked for us through Omega Solutions. After that date Apollo Retail hired our merchandisers directly. This means, according to federal law, we have to have an original I-9 on file. This isn’t a whim on our part- this is federal law. We don’t want to tempt fate with the Dept of Homeland Security, would you? Apollo Retail chooses to abide by the letter of the law when it comes to I-9’s.
What complicates matters is that we are not local to most of our applicants to sign their I-9. That is where the Notary comes in and, sad to say, many of them are unfamiliar with the form. That is why we overload you with ‘How to get it signed’ documents. We’ll agree –it’s a pain, but it is the law.
We now have an active Facebook account and encourage you to visit. More information is in the NOTES section of that account. http://www.facebook.com/ApolloRetailSpecialists

Roni Sheppard
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Robert A. Miller
Star Contributor

PA
USA
389 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2012 :  06:48:26 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Soooo, having a Facebook account solves everything? I more than once saw companies advertising for help wanted, where the only way one could apply was thorugh Facebook. Blatant discrimination!
I have also seen employers spend more time deciding if my I-9 was legit, than spend time if I was a qualified applicant. Just another way for employers to not hire quailfied applicants.
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LarryT
Star Contributor

USA
688 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2012 :  07:52:57 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I-9 and all that aside, does anyone have any recent feedback about this company?

How are they to work for?

What kind of work do they usually have for you? Resets? Fixture assembly? Product assembly? Mostly team work? MOstly solo work?

How are they to deal with?

How is the pay and do they pay on-time?

etc, etc, etc, etc, etc....
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MindyZ
Star Contributor

Hesperia, CA
USA
512 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2012 :  08:08:57 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Personally we don't do Facebook or any other social network, seen more bad than good with families depending on facebook/twitter and get into hassles with their postings.

We have a damn good reputation, credentials and references to back them, we also have a portfolio and list an intro letter listing companies and names of who/what we have worked for/with, we don't need to let the WWW know what we are up to every second of the day.

If companies gravitate to these "social networks" for employees question is: Who is checking the legitamate sites for qualified applicants??

Hubby belongs to Linkdin, supposed to be a professional networking site, right??? the only thing he gets out of it is offers for viagra at a discount, and these from "pros/recruiters" that he has worked for in the past!

One of the quotes that occasinally shows when you log into Volition is "The fastest way to get something done is to turn off the TV". Hubby watches very little tv or movies, yeah he's boring but we do get to travel and there's no arguing about what to watch!

If we reply to an offer of work through HR or your E-mail log off of these social networks, do your job and you just may find the dedicated type of employees that you were looking for in the first place!!!

Our opinion only.

MindyZ

Mindy
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LarryT
Star Contributor

USA
688 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2012 :  08:38:19 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
No offense, guys, but Roni only simply plugged his company's Facebook page, just like every other company does these days as it does help with publicity the more people they can get to visit their Facebook account and eventually "like" it. It's about Internet Marketing and how to get goolge to put a higher value on your company site and therefore rank it better for your target search words. It get's a little more involved than that, but that is another discussion on another site.

He did not say that you have to apply exclusively through their Facebook account or anything like that or that they will be using Facebook as their primary or only means of online communication.

I'm not defending this company or anything as I know nothing about how they operate or anything. I'm just stating that Roni did not mention that they use Facebook for anything other than publicity at this juncture so I'm a bit confused as to why anyone is assuming this at this juncture.

However, I do agree that 3rd party sites (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc) should not be used as a primary or sole means of communication on the web. A company's website should be were all info and communication resides. Facebook et al should only be secondary modes of communication. The main reason is because not everyone wants to have accounts at these site but, most importantly, people and companies should never rely on third part sites. They come and go and change their rules overnight and when they go doen, then you go down with them. You have no control over them or their servers or anything else, therefore, since you have no control, you should not use them primarily. Your own website is where the bulk of your info and communication on the web should be conducted as you have full control over it. 3rd party sites should mainly be used to get publicity and eventually traffic to your main site. If you aren't linking to your main site from your Facebook account, you simply do not get the picture.

And I agree, I would never bother with a company that does everything, including the application process, through Facebook and in the meantime neglects their own website. That just tells me that the company has no clue about doing business on the Internet and probably is a good indication of how they run their own operation. Unfortunately, there are a lot of smaller companies out there that don't have any basic understanding of how to do business on the Internet and how to use all the different components on the WWW. Sad, but I see it all too often. Mystery Shopping is full of these types of companies, but merchandising has it's fair share as well.
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MariaMia
Star Contributor

Los Angeles, CA
USA
274 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2012 :  09:57:46 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have to agree. I am a member of FB but only for my family and friends and not under any name I have used here.

I for one have only used the usual methods of getting work, Linked In was a waste of time for me ( Just my opinion) and will continue to do referrals, this site, and NARMS as well as word of mouth.

I m very particular about who I work for and I guess its the best way to protect your 'brand' as its called these days. Social media is awesome but you cant let it overtake yourself or your life. M
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Robert A. Miller
Star Contributor

PA
USA
389 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2012 :  10:16:26 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I once had been a potential victim of online ID theft. I foutunately was able to stop it before it became a major problem. On the other hand, if someone stole my ID, they would find out how poor I am, and give it back.
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LarryT
Star Contributor

USA
688 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2012 :  11:08:00 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Another reason why social media sites are not good to use is because you let anyone (future employers) see who you are. You may be just an average "joe", for instance" and whatnot, but if a potential employer finds you on Facebook or any other social media site, there's no telling what they might find about you that they personally do not like (maybe you love chocolate) and it might hinder you from even getting an interview. Think about it, it's dog-eat-dog out there. You can't be giving potential employers reasons to not hire you other than what they will find out in an interview. NO one is going to ask you what your religious beliefs are, for instance, in an interview as that is illegal. However, if you are vocal about it on the internet, a potential employer just has to google your name, find you on FB or any other site talking about your religious beliefs, and, if said employer is against what you believe, he can simply not hire you...but no one will ever know his reason. It's just his own dirty little secret and, although it still would be illegal, no one will ever find out. Maybe you like country music and he is the type of person who thinks country music lovers are numb dolts. The possibilities are endless. Unless you are such that they would be foolish not to hire you (and most people don't fall under this category), you can really be screwing yourself by taking part in social sites like FB.

Social media use = not very smart in the long run for people in the job market. Unfortunately, not taking part in social media by this time can also make you look like an anti-social misanthrope, too, to some people, which will also hinder your chances of getting employed with most employers in this day and age.
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MitchellC
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Macon, GA
USA
57 Posts

Posted - 02/20/2012 :  09:11:31 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
As far as feedback for the company....I have done two major projects for Apollo and have an ongoing project. All instructions are straightforward and the pay is more than fair for the work involved. I have been paid on-time and all communications have been straightforward. My e-mails are usually answered within 5-12 hours.

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