Generation X: Growing Tomorrow’s Insurance Leaders

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Oct 29, 2014 4:49:00 PM

The leadership landscape of the insurance industry is poised to undergo monumental changes during the next 10 years. Currently, the fraction of professionals aged 55 and older within the insurance industry is nearly 30 percent higher than that same fraction measured within the economy as a whole. In addition, almost 25 percent of the current workforce is predicted to be on the verge of retirement by 2018. At this rate, experts estimate the industry will need to fill 400,000 positions by 2020 in order to remain fully staffed.

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Topics: Labor Market, Retention

Personal Cheerleaders: Should Management Double as Employee Coaches?

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Oct 17, 2014 10:04:52 AM

The most important part of any organization is its employees. The effective engagement of employees can be the difference between business success and failure. However, as mentioned in a previous blog post, Gallup reports that 63% of U.S. employees are unhappy with their jobs, while 24% actively hate their position. Together, these number reflect a bleak reality where just over 1 in 10 U.S. employees actually enjoy their work. 

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Topics: Managed Care, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability, Retention

Insurance 2.0: Finding Tech Talent for the Insurance Industry

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Sep 24, 2014 3:32:00 PM

The crunch is on! As analytics and big data shape the future of the insurance industry and the demand for high-quality talent continues to grow, insurance organizations are faced with the difficult task of finding experienced data and analytics professionals amid a challenging recruiting climate. Already, the U.S. is expected to see a shortfall of more than 260,000 analytics professionals as early as next year.

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Topics: Analytics, Labor Market

Preparing for the Future Amid the Insurance Talent Storm

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Sep 17, 2014 4:21:00 PM

The results are in!

The results from our third quarter iteration of the U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study are now available. Compared to the January 2014 survey, the rate of expected hiring experienced a slight decrease, down to 58%; however, this remains the second highest reading since we started the semi-annual survey back in 2009. In addition, unemployment continues to be low, with the BLS reporting the August 2014 rate for insurance at 2.4%. The industry is clearly enjoying an extended period of relative stability.

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Topics: Technology, Labor Market, Managed Care, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability

Insurance 2.0: Attracting Tech Talent to the Insurance Industry

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Aug 29, 2014 12:21:00 PM

As more and more insurers find the value in leveraging data analytics throughout their organizations, the demand for high-quality, experienced data and analytics professionals is on the rise. Alas, the insurance industry is not the only one looking to expand its analytics presence. With a shallow pool of qualified analytics talent, insurance organizations are facing an increasingly challenging recruiting climate as they attempt to address their analytics and big data needs.

As mentioned in our recent analytics blog post, the demand for actuarial talent in 2014 was surpassed by analytics for the first time in the history of The Jacobson Group and Ward Group’s Semi-Annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study. In addition, analytics ranks in the top five most in-demand job functions, as well as in the top five areas where companies are planning to increase staff throughout the year.

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Topics: Technology, Analytics

Insurance 2.0: Pioneering Analytics in the Industry

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Aug 15, 2014 3:58:00 AM

From analytics to big data, red-hot technology buzzwords are sweeping across the insurance industry and companies are beginning to realize the significant value of these trends. Progressive insurance organizations are embracing these groundbreaking applications of technology and changing the way the industry does business.

For many insurance organizations, the use of analytics has become a tool allowing them to differentiate themselves, stay ahead of the curve, build their brands, enhance profitability and gain a leg-up in today’s competitive market.

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Topics: Technology, Analytics, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability

PPACA Open Enrollment: Is Your Organization Prepared?

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jul 29, 2014 4:49:00 AM

It’s almost that time again. Open healthcare enrollment for 2015 is quickly approaching. With the recently announced postponement, enrollment is now slated to run from November 15, 2014, through January 15, 2015. Despite the one-month delay, most insurers already fear that the 2015 enrollment period will prove to be rockier than the inaugural Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) enrollment period.

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Topics: PPACA, Managed Care, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability

Hiring for a Changing Market: Interview for Innovation

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jul 11, 2014 5:24:00 AM

It is my pleasure to introduce a guest blogger for this latest post. Dave Coons is a senior vice president here at Jacobson, providing leadership to our professional recruiting, emerging talent, RPO and temporary and temp-to-hire staffing practices. His insights into interview strategies are worth a read. Enjoy…

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Topics: Managed Care, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability

Rebranding Insurance: Changing the Outdated View of the Industry

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jun 23, 2014 6:34:00 AM

The insurance industry is way behind the times. There are no opportunities for me to advance my career. It’s a stale industry that fails to embrace change.

We’ve heard it all before.

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Topics: Managed Care, Millennials, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability

The PPACA’s Lingering Effects: Insurance Employment Growth

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jun 6, 2014 8:45:00 AM

The first half of 2014 is looking strong for the insurance industry talent market. Employment is on the rise and the current unemployment rate has reverted to levels the industry has not seen since before the Great Recession.

While continued economic recovery (albeit slow) has driven gains in throughout the insurance industries, the health insurance industry has seen the second greatest gains so far this year, following agencies/brokerages. Driving this momentum is the wave of hiring that has accompanied the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While the new health insurance law officially took effect in March of 2010, many of its major provisions—including the health insurance exchanges—were phased in this past January.

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Topics: PPACA, Managed Care, Property and Casualty, Life and Disability

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