Our Las Vegas branch is participating in the UNLV Internship and Summer Job Fair on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Commercial Sales Manager
Brett Gilman will be representing Team Vegas at the job fair, so I sat down with him in our “5 Questions with…” series. Here is what Brett had to say in terms of his role at Protection 1, characteristics to consider when looking at potential companies to start a career with and how to best prepare yourself for a job interview:
1. What is your favorite part about Protection 1?
My role at P1 has been wonderful because I get to split my time between solution based sales skills AND organizational tasks. I love having that duality, because when I get stuck on the creative stuff, I can switch gears and do the organizational stuff. It’s nice being able to use both sides of my brain. I also like that my peers and superiors are very effective managers. They understand the importance of hiring good people and then simply clearing the way so their team members can do what they do best with few obstacles.
2. What advice do you have for anyone thinking about applying for a career at Protection 1?
There are three key employer characteristics a job seeker should look for in an employment relationship: reputation, career advancement and work balance. These often show up in employment surveys as being most important for candidates. If you want to find out how a potential employer stacks up when it comes to these three things, you can research its websites, read articles about the company and develop a list of questions before each interview. P1 delivers on all counts.
3. What traits do you look for in your co-workers or when you are building a team?
I look for four traits:
Self-Motivation: What does self-motivation really mean to me? The definition of motivate is to give somebody a reason or incentive to do something. Through this definition, one can conclude that for an employee to be motivated, they just feel like they are making a difference with what they are doing or that by succeeding at this particular job will lead to other career advances. For an employee to be motivated, he or she must feel one of these things.
Positive attitude: I don’t think I need to recite a definition of a positive attitude. We have all worked with people who complain and disrupt other employees, but we have also worked with people who always have something nice to say and can boost your mood when you’re having a bad day. I can picture you now, either looking around your office or picturing people in your mind that fit either one of these descriptions. Now, I want you to ask yourself who you would rather work with.
Organization: I am referring to multiple organizational skills when I say that employees should be organized. This trait means being able to organize work but also able to organize thoughts, people, and time. What do I mean by organizing people? A superior employee is able to work and get along with other employees in teams while figuring out what each individual is able to do. Time management is one of the biggest problems that employees face.
Confidence: The interview is the first time a future employer will really be able to see this part of you. An interview can be very overwhelming and sometimes feel like a firing squad of questions, which the interviewee needs to answer quickly. The best advice I can give to someone going into an interview is to be PREPARED. Go over some general questions in your head before an interview so that you feel comfortable with your answers beforehand. If you are confident in the interview, then the employer will be positive that he or she can trust you with anything he or she throws at you.
4. What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I was an Air Traffic Controller in Italy while in the Navy.
5. What is your favorite sports team to cheer for?
If the St. Louis Rams go back to LA, I might consider re-embracing them; but for now, I play no favorites.