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A lifeguarding job is one of the most fun, rewarding and profitable summer jobs that a young adult can have. From tanning in the sun to learning lifesaving skills, lifeguarding proves to be a gratifying way to earn money during the warm summer months. But before you can take a seat in a lifeguard chair, you must apply, interview and train. Interviewing for a job like lifeguarding may seem a bit intimidating, possibly even terrifying, so here are some tips that will help ease your interview anxiety.
- Be confident. If you do not believe in yourself, no one will. Before the interview begins, take a few deep breaths and relax. Being calm will be important for a successful interview, but it will also show the recruitment officer that you can stay calm and focused in a stressful situation.
- Be polite. Lifeguards interact with a variety of pool goers on a daily basis, so being personable and respectful to the interviewer is a must. Even if you are young, you will need to conduct yourself in a mature manner. The recruiter will see that you can interact with people professionally and respectfully, no matter the situation.
- Dress up. Be sure to dress in appropriate attire for a job interview. Even though you are applying for a job that only requires casual attire, it is smart to dress in a clean and professional manner to put your best foot forward – without the flip flops.
Still nervous about the lifeguarding interview?
Companies like Guard for Life, an American Pool Enterprises, Inc. lifeguard recruiting brand, help to decrease interviewing anxiety by hosting open house events. With other applicants around you, you will soon forget the stress of your interview. “Open houses allow you to get to know the staff and other lifeguards that are applying in your area,” according to Steve Farley, Coordinating Director of Lifeguard Recruiting for American Pool Enterprises. Steve contests that an open house is a good way to “take care of your in-person interview and your paperwork all at the same event. Some of our Guard for Life locations offer door prizes or uniform discounts at these events.”
In the end, everyone has to go through the same process. Although the thought of interviewing for a job as a lifeguard can be stressful, it is well worth the effort. Remember to be confident, polite and presentable. Also, be on the lookout for open house events where you can meet the staff and other lifeguards. You’ll see that securing a job as a lifeguard isn’t so scary after all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicole Friedlander is a junior at McDonogh High School in Baltimore, Maryland. She has been a lifeguard for American Pool Enterprises and Guard for Life since she was fifteen, and has loved every minute of it. Between sitting in the sun, helping to keep swimmers safe, saving money for her college fund and fine tuning her work-place skills, she could not think of a better summer job.
Aside from being a lifeguard, she is also a varsity cross country and indoor track runner as well as a year-round lacrosse player. Even with the busy life of a high school student, she finds that lifeguarding fits easily into her schedule and is a rewarding life experience.
While summer doesn’t officially start until mid-June, Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the un-official start to the summer season. American Pool Enterprises, Inc. opened an additional 1,500 commercial pools this past weekend and are currently employing more than 5,000 lifeguards, with more job opportunities available.
American Pool Enterprises, Inc. has spent much of the spring preparing swimming pools for this past weekend. Memorial Day has traditionally marked the un-official start to summer and the official kick-off to the outdoor swimming pool season. In addition to making sure that the swimming pools are repaired, cleaned and opened on time, American Pool Enterprises, Inc. has also spent a good part of the spring months hiring and training our lifeguard staff. Hiring over 5,000 lifeguards for this 2011 season, APEI has been busy instructing their entire lifeguard staff on how to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for all patrons of the swimming pools they service.
As the current recession drags on and many people are finding themselves unemployed, American Pool Enterprises, Inc. is offering what many companies currently cannot – available jobs. Before the season is over, APEI will have hired over 5,000 lifeguards and there are job opportunities currently still available. Offering flexible hours, with both full and part-time positions, the company hopes to help those in need of a job by providing the rewarding opportunity to become a lifeguard. Employment is available to anyone at least 15-years-old who becomes certified by a nationally recognized program. American Pool Enterprises currently offers free or discounted training to all its employees. Training information and an employment application is available at www.guardforlife.com. Lifeguard positions are available in the following locations: Long Island, NY; Hudson Valley, NY; Manhattan; New Jersey; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Baltimore; Ocean City, MD; Atlanta; Raleigh, NC; Woodbridge, VA; Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas.
When asked about their first weekend on the job, one lifeguard responded on the Guard for Life Facebook Page, “[It was] absolutely wonderful!” and another told us, “I love my job!”
There are many perks to being a lifeguard for the American Pool Enterprises, Inc. and large part of these is the Summer to Win promotion they’re offering. Lifeguards employed by APEI will be eligible to win one of 100 prizes totaling over $65,000 in value. The contest is a follow-up to the company’s successful $15,000 cash and prize giveaway in 2010 and the 2009 Guard for Life, Ride for Life promotion where a New Jersey lifeguard won a new 2009 Chevrolet Aveo.
About American Pool Enterprises, Inc.
American Pool Enterprises, Inc. is the largest commercial swimming pool management, swimming pool maintenance and recreational facility management operation in the United States. Headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, American Pool Enterprises, Inc. has 23 branches in 14 U.S. States, the District of Columbia as well as a location in Canada.
Swimming Pool Management is a complete turn-key service that APEI provides commercial properties with pool opening, maintenance, lifeguard management and repairs/renovations if they’re needed. APEI is one source that covers all aspects of swimming pool care. With $12 million in General Liability Insurance coverage, APEI removes the liability from the facility owner. Lifeguards trained by American Pool Enterprises, Inc. are thoroughly instructed using American Red Cross standards. Their safety-focused approach to pool management is accomplished in part due to Safety Audits, which are unannounced visits at the site-level testing guards on rescue skills, injury prevention and patron surveillance.
For more information on APEI, please visit www.americanpool.com
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Get ready for a closeup: your next job interview might be on webcam. Looking to save time and money, companies are turning to video-chat software as a cheap, low-hassle way to vet job candidates. That means a growing number of people looking for work are meeting their prospective new bosses not at the office but in the comfort of their own home.
Naturally, the transition from in-person to online isn’t without its hiccups. Fuzzy transmissions, dropped calls (especially on wireless networks) and unusual disruptions are all par for the course. Tip No. 1: Get your dog out of barking range before you start the interview. (We’ll return to the pointers in a bit.) (See pictures of the history of the cell phone.)
What’s the draw? Largely money. Last year, as executives at online retailer Zappos.com looked to cut expenses, they noticed how much the firm spent on travel. In HR alone, it easily cost $1,000 a pop to fly out job candidates and put them up for the night. The firm had used Skype internally, so about six months ago, recruiters started trying it for interviews. (Watch TIME’s video “How to Ace a Job Interview on Skype.”)
Their opinion: a video link does a pretty good job of replacing an in-person meeting — and in a way that a phone call can’t. “If you see facial expressions and body language, you have a different sense of what a person is saying,” says recruiting manager Christa Foley. Now, instead of flying out 20 finalists for a job, the company first screens with Skype and then brings in only the best two or three candidates. (See 10 ways Twitter will change American business.)
Job seekers are hopping on board too. Last spring, after Stephen Bhadran got laid off, he quickly realized there were more openings for computer programmers in Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles than in South Florida, where he lived. So he cast a wide net — and got a bite from the University of California, Los Angeles. The university wanted to interview him but wouldn’t pay the airfare. “I was laid off and running out of funds,” says Bhadran. “I couldn’t fly on my own dime.” He suggested interviewing by Skype. He got his request — and the job. (See the best social-networking applications.)
Things don’t always run smoothly. Bobby Fitzgerald, a restaurateur who has been interviewing job candidates by Skype since March, has had his share of amusements. For instance: the candidate who leaned forward while he spoke, giving Fitzgerald an intimate view of his nose. Another, a college senior, didn’t bother cleaning up his dorm room before the interview; the mess was painfully visible in the background.
And then there was the dog that wouldn’t stop barking. Fitzgerald cut the interview short and said he’d have to reschedule. Did the disruption influence his decision? “Well,” he says, “a big part of management is handling problems as they arise.”
Still, webcam interviews are entirely worth it, he says. Fitzgerald runs restaurants in four states and likes to hire from the nation’s top culinary and hospitality schools. It’s rare that he, the job candidate and the job are all in the same time zone. And the benefit of video-interviewing for him isn’t just saved money — it’s also saved time. “More than once, I’ve flown someone in and within an hour, I realize it’s not a fit,” he says. “But I’m stuck with that person for six more hours.” (See 25 must-have travel gadgets.)
So what should you do if you’re asked to interview by Skype — or even brave enough to suggest it yourself?
First off, realize that we perceive people differently through a camera than we do in person. Bill McGowan, a former news anchor who now trains people to go on TV, starts his list of pointers with lighting: whether you’re sitting in your kitchen or an office borrowed from a friend, make sure there’s no bright light (like from a window) behind you. That will only darken your face. When your interviewer is talking, it’s fine to look at his image on the screen, but when you answer, look at the camera. That’s how to make “eye contact.” Avoid wearing patterns and the color white, since we notice white spots on a screen first — you want your interviewer drawn to your teeth and eyes, not to your shirt. And don’t forget that what’s behind you is visible too. “It’s best to put away the Mad Men bar,” says McGowan.
Next, think about framing. Sitting flush with a plain white wall will make you look like you’re in a police lineup, so angle your knees to the corner of your computer screen, and then turn your head slightly back to look at the camera. Sit tall in your chair, but not too close to the camera: the first three buttons of your shirt should be visible, or else you risk looking like a floating head, counsels Priscilla Shanks, a coach for broadcast journalists and public speakers. Most important, do a dry run with a friend to check your color, sound and facial expressions — neutral often comes off as glum onscreen. (See pictures of vintage computers.)
After all that, don’t forget that this is still a job interview. Even though you’re not meeting face to face, dress as though you are. When you “walk in,” have your résumé ready — this time, as an e-mail attachment. And don’t forget to do all the standard prep work. Are you ready to talk about your greatest weakness? “This adds another layer, but people will still expect you to be prepared to have a conversation with them,” says career counselor Judith Gerberg.
Though that’s not to say you can’t acknowledge the medium. This past summer, Deanna Reed, principal of the Marie Murphy School in suburban Chicago, started doing Skype interviews and has already considered candidates from as far away as Asia. “The time difference was so great, it was like 1 in the morning for him,” she says about a teacher in Japan. “I said, ‘Oh, you had to get on your suit in the middle of the night?’ And he said, ‘No, I have my pajamas on the bottom.’ He was fun — he had a real sense of humor.” Even over video, it’s possible to make a great first impression.
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If you are looking for a summer job where you can earn good money, receive training, improve your resume and have fun, then you should APPLY NOW.We have Lifeguarding Jobs and Offer Lifeguard Training in: Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), Georgia (GA), Maryland (MD), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Pennsylvania (PA), Virginia (VA)
American Pool Enterprises, Inc. is giving away over $65,000 in cash and prizes as part of a hiring drive for the summer of 2011. Lifeguards who work for APEI have the chance to win big!Friday, January 28th, 2011
Do you have your summer job lined up? It may seem ages away, but the summer will be here before we know it! This summer, American Pool Enterprises, Inc (APEI) is looking to fill almost 5,500 lifeguard positions. Offering flexible hours, with both full and part-time positions, the company hopes to help those in need of a job by providing the rewarding opportunity to become a lifeguard. Employment is available to anyone at least 15-years-old who becomes certified by a nationally recognized program. American Pool Enterprises currently offers discounted training to all its employees. Training information and an employment application is available at www.guardforlife.com.
Lifeguard positions are available in the following locations: Long Island, NY; Hudson Valley, NY; Manhattan; New Jersey; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Baltimore; Ocean City, MD; Atlanta; Raleigh, NC; Woodbridge, VA; Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas.
As part of their recruitment efforts, American Pool Enterprises, Inc. has kicked off their 2011 Summer to Win promotion where lifeguards employed by APEI this summer will be eligible to win cash or one of over 100 prizes totaling over $65,000 in value. The contest is a follow-up to the company’s successful 2009 Guard for Life, Ride for Life promotion where a New Jersey lifeguard won a new 2009 Chevrolet Aveo and the 2010 Summer to Win promotion where APEI handed out over $15,000 in prizes including Apple iPads, an Apple MacBook, GPS systems, Amazon Kindles and more. This year, American Pool Enterprises, Inc. has increased the value of cash and prizes to over $65.000. Prizes are set to include Apple iPads, Apple iPod Touches, digital cameras, Flip HD Video Cameras, Netflix subscriptions and more. For more information on prizes, eligibility, rules and regulations, visit http://www.guardforlife.com/guard-for-life-101/win-65000-in-cash-prizes
Why become a lifeguard?
Lifeguards spend their summers outdoors enjoying fresh air and sunshine, and learn skills useful beyond the gates of the swimming pool, including first-aid, safety and customer service. A position as a lifeguard shows dedication, responsibility and commitment and can be a great resume builder for those just starting out in the workforce. While many areas have year-round swimming facilities and job opportunities, those seeking seasonal employment can easily return the following summer, as long as their certification remains current. Lifeguards frequently return season after season because the job is accommodating, educational and above all, fun. A position as a lifeguard can also be a jumping off point to other seasonal and full-time careers such as lifeguard instructors, area supervisors, regional managers, recruiters, office managers or even company president.
The 2011 Summer to Win contest is an added incentive to become a lifeguard for The American Pool Family of companies, further encouraging employees to work hard and be safe while at the pool facilities. To be entered in the drawings, specific criteria set forth by American Pool Enterprises, Inc. must be met and the lifeguard must be in good standing at the time of the drawings. Training classes for certification are currently being held at all our locations. Additional details on the contest and information about becoming a lifeguard are available at www.guardforlife.com
Lifeguards and those interested in becoming a lifeguard are also encouraged to visit and become a fan of our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/guardforlife). There, fans will gain access to current news within The American Pool Family of Companies, safety tips, upcoming training classes, informational open houses, games, photos, videos, interaction with other lifeguards and contests within Facebook with chances to win more prizes. In just a few days we’ll be awarding a Flip HD Video Camera to one lucky fan who has tagged themselves in our photo album.
About American Pool Enterprises, Inc.
American Pool Enterprises, Inc. is the largest commercial swimming pool management, swimming pool maintenance and recreational facility management operation in the United States. Headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, American Pool Enterprises, Inc. has 23 branches in 14 U.S. States, the District of Columbia as well as a location in Canada. For more information on APEI, please visit www.americanpool.com