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The Career Catalyst: A Professional Development Blog

How to Be a Standout Contract Worker

Posted by Chrissy Wolf on Jul 14, 2021 4:08:29 PM

The need for interim talent is only growing. Seventy percent of executives plan to increase their use of on-site contract workers in the next two years, according to Gartner. Insurers are bringing in contractors to help handle heavy workloads, maintain productivity during new technology implementations, serve as subject matter experts in areas where they may lack in-house expertise, fill roles between full-time hires, and much more. As a contract worker, you’re able to benefit from flexibility, the ability to choose your projects, and the potential to gain insight and knowledge from a number of different teams and organizations.

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Topics: Professional Development, Professionalism

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Q2 2021

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jun 11, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Each month, we highlight a few of our corporate employees from across The Jacobson Group as they share a bit about themselves and their roles. Get to know these individuals below. Learn about more of our Jacobson colleagues by viewing past editions of our Employee Spotlight here. For monthly Employee Spotlights, follow our Facebook page.

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Topics: Employee Spotlight

Tips for Starting Your First Job: Insights from the Experts

Posted by The Jacobson Group on May 25, 2021 1:01:18 PM

As the school year ends, many new grads are starting their first professional positions. While internships and coursework have built a foundation for the professional world, there can be a steep learning curve for corporate culture and in-office best practices. We asked some of our recruiting leaders for their advice and tips to be prepared and put your best foot forward as you embark on your first role in insurance. Here’s what they had to say:

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Topics: Work-At-Home, company culture, Professionalism

7 Questions to Ask to Help Gauge Company Culture

Posted by Jessica LaFountain on Apr 30, 2021 5:48:17 PM

While most professionals have been working remotely for more than a year, it’s likely those aiming to make a career move are facing a fully remote interview process for the first time. In this new virtual journey, candidates must reevaluate how to make a positive, lasting impression, while also determining whether a position and company are a good culture fit. Without the ability to physically visit an office and experience its energy and employee interactions first-hand, how can prospective hires effectively gauge company culture?

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Topics: Interviews, company culture

A Renewed Focus on Personal Leadership Development

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Mar 12, 2021 1:50:59 PM

The remote environment has brought on many unique challenges for leaders. Guiding teams, leaning into professional development and actively growing in your career all require a renewed focus and intentional approach to be effective. The Jacobson Group was proud to recently partner with Insurance Careers Month (ICM) to share how leaders can continue to thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Q1 2021

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Mar 5, 2021 2:23:09 PM

At Jacobson, we believe every employee’s contributions matter and impact the success of our organization, clients and candidates. In celebration of Employee Appreciation Day, we’re shining the spotlight on three featured employees. To all of our amazing team members, we want to say thank you for your hard work and dedication throughout the year!

Learn about more of our Jacobson colleagues by viewing past editions of our Employee Spotlight here. For monthly Employee Spotlights, follow our Facebook page.

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Topics: Labor Market, Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection, Employee Spotlight

The Insurance Industry’s Hiring Outlook Remains Strong

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Feb 25, 2021 1:30:00 PM

The past year has brought on many unknowns for job seekers. Adapting to virtual interviews, starting new positions in remote office environments and building connections over video calls are only a few of the ways most professionals have had to step out of their comfort zones. However, despite the pandemic, the insurance industry remains strong.

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Topics: Labor Market

Creating An Effective Personal Brand for the Virtual World

Posted by Caitlyn Zarlengo on Jan 29, 2021 2:56:04 PM

In today’s primarily remote work environment, professionals have had to adjust how they approach daily interactions. Face-to-face meetings, impromptu hallway conversations, and in-person lunches are relatively nonexistent. Additional effort is required to meet colleagues, build relationships and make an impact in virtual meetings. Even as physical office locations begin to reopen, remote work and virtual interactions will likely continue indefinitely. In these hybrid work environments, it’s important individuals build and maintain consistent personal brands that reflect who they are both in person and on screen.

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Topics: Professional Development, goals

Setting Meaningful Goals for 2021

Posted by Jennifer Shorr on Dec 30, 2020 8:58:27 AM

January is around the corner and most individuals are reviewing their professional goals and development plans for the coming year. In the past, these annual goals may have been linear and inspired by natural paths for career progression. However, the events of the past year have made it apparent the focus should shift to more agile goals and account for a professional reality that continues to blur into personal responsibilities and home life.

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Topics: Professional Development, goals

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Q4 2020

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Dec 11, 2020 9:52:39 AM

We're reaching the end of a year like no other, and it seems like one of the only things that stayed consistent throughout the year is the value of virtual interactions. As you continue to perfect the art of virtual relationships, check out our recent blog post on how to most effectively participate in videos calls, from looking the part to following the unwritten rules of Zoom.

The staff members represented in this quarter's employee spotlight roundup look forward to making more virtual connections in 2021. Learn more about these employees below, and view previous editions of our employee spotlight here. (Did you know you can see employee spotlights on a monthly basis on our Facebook page?)

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Topics: Labor Market, Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection, Employee Spotlight