Monday, March 14, 2011

Get hired.

Hey Stellar Fans,

There are no certain set of emotions that are attached to job hunting. Some job hunters are excited, some are desperate, and a few people can even be frustrated. Regardless of your emotional undertones related to job hunting, you must apply certain emotions that will assist you in finding the right job for you.

Ever notice how certain feelings affect our actions? I have learned that when I am excited a different set of actions flow forth. I have also learned that the actions I take when I am frustrated do not resemble the quality of actions I take when I’m excited.

A certain set of circumstances and events have led or will lead you to job hunting. While you are there, focus on the following strategies to help direct your focus and actions.

  1. Positive & confident expectations. Believe deep down that everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you. Delays are not denials.
  2. High energy. Not the bounce off the walls sort of energy, but a big smile, an enthusiastic voice, and confident posture. These actions assist in bringing resources to your communication that are more impactful then sitting with your shoulders slouched, head down, monotone voice, and a frown.
  3. Quality over quantity. Nothing can deter your purpose more then boring someone on the phone or during an interview. Be brief and direct in your answers. For good examples, watch how Donald Trump slices to the heart of an issue during the Apprentice show. When someone starts going on and on, he cuts them off.
  4. Questions close sales. Have a specific set of questions you ask during an interaction with a potential employer. Questions show interest and a desire to learn about the company; position and expectations (contact me directly for the best questions to ask during an interview).

Destry Brink

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lombardi Time

It really does amaze me how much individuals overlook punctuality during the job hunt. Being punctual does not translate into you being hired, but it is very crucial. Being early sends good non-verbal communication out to the prospective employer about you. Vince Lombardi is credit with coining the phrase “Lombardi Time.” Which is, if you are five minutes early, you’re late. There is a fine line here; showing up too early can be annoying. Here are a few guidelines:

  1. Take a test drive. Drive to the interview location before the interview. Know what route you are going to take and an additional one, just in case there is traffic or an accident. Always be prepared!

  1. Plan to be there 20 minutes early, but go in 10 minutes prior to the interview time. Ten minutes is not too early and definitely not late.

Good Luck,

Destry Brink

Monday, March 7, 2011


Hey Stellar Fans,

When trying to procure employment, you must mentally put yourself into the shoes of the business owner. On this post I am going to share with you the power of a testimonial.

References are no longer enough, who doesn't have someone that will give them a good reference? Or how do I know that the prospective employer is even calling to get a reference from the people listed on this sheet?

Resolve this potential situation with a couple of testimonials or a compilation of commendations. When and individual gives you a compliment, ask for it in writing. I have learned that having this praise organized and concise on a sheet of paper is very powerful. This sheet of paper allows the prospective employer to see in detail a specific problem that was solved or a specific set of actions you took that were above and beyond the call of duty. Far more eloquent then just saying: "I went the extra mile." From the prospective of the business owner, a testimonial means loyal clients and a greater potential for return or repeat business, as well as an opportunity for word of mouth business. For you, the job hunter, begin tracking any and all progress you make on the job, start an email file called praise or open a word document and title it accomplishments if you are short on people willing to provide you with a testimonial. Next step, start writing down each task you do throughout the day along with what you do to make that task more effective and efficient, if you are able to equate this more efficient way of working to a bottom line (I was able to save the company x amount of money, or I increased the closure ratio by 15%, etc.), I suggest you document that as well. If you are currently not working, look back over your resume. Are there accomplishments you could go into more detail about or even failed to mention?

Don't wait until you are in need of a job to begin this, start today, consider this a portfolio of how fantastic you are. Be specific and be precise, employers love that.

Destry Brink   (updated site)!