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The Jacobson Journal: An Insurance Talent Blog

Recreating the Candidate Experience through Remote Interviewing

Posted by Dave Coons on Mar 31, 2020 8:46:00 AM

As the business landscape rapidly evolves in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, insurers must also adapt their approach to hiring. While most individuals are accustomed to meeting candidates in person, shaking their hands and even conducting interviews over a shared meal, remote interviews are quickly becoming the norm. It’s essential for hiring managers and recruiters to adjust their talent strategies to successfully move forward in this unprecedented time.

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Topics: Interviews

Business Continuity in Times of Uncertainty

Posted by Brad Whatley on Mar 12, 2020 10:08:00 AM

The coronavirus is top-of-mind across the globe and the insurance community is starting to feel the effects, from heightened health awareness to travel restrictions and self-imposed quarantines. When we at The Jacobson Group were preparing for the potential impact of this strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our employees, company and clients, we realized our perspective as a talent-focused organization might prove beneficial for others as they establish their own plans. While we’re fervently hoping the coronavirus weakens, we have highlighted four essential considerations to support ongoing employee wellness and business continuity.

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Topics: Insurance

Insurance Labor Study Results: Insurers Remain Optimistic in a Difficult Recruiting Climate

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Feb 28, 2020 10:35:00 AM

The results from the Q1 2020 iteration of the Semi-Annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study are now available! Conducted by The Jacobson Group and Aon plc, the study has uncovered the insurance industry’s revenue and hiring trends for 11 years running. We’re highlighting key statistics from the latest results below. You can download the full results summary, recorded webinar and slide deck for additional insights and commentary.

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Topics: succession planning

Goal Setting: Taking a SMART Approach in 2020

Posted by JoJo Harris on Feb 21, 2020 8:31:35 AM

As we near the end of February, it’s an ideal time to reflect on your department’s 2020 goals and expectations. Has your team made any progress toward achieving those goals? Are you on track to hit milestones? It is easy for employees to get distracted by smaller, but perhaps more pressing, tasks throughout the workweek. If your longer-term goals have been moved to the back burner, you’re not sure how to measure your team’s progress, or you’re not aligned with enterprise-wide initiatives, it’s time to reevaluate the goals you set at the beginning of the year. By taking a fresh look, you can redefine those goals to make them strategic, SMART and positioned to make a larger overall business impact.

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Topics: goals

Taking Stock of Your Succession Plan in 2020

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jan 30, 2020 1:57:52 PM

As we enter a new decade, most professionals are reevaluating their career paths and setting career goals. This may mean taking on continuing education courses, getting in line for a promotion or even evolving their management strategies. However, it is important that leaders also think about the future of their organizations. When is the last time you took a thorough look at your succession plan? Is it up to date? Have your organization’s goals and needs shifted since its initial creation?

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Topics: succession planning