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The Career Catalyst: A Professional Development Blog

Best Practices for Negotiating Salary

Posted by JoJo Harris on Jul 29, 2020 2:59:14 PM

There are several factors to consider when contemplating a job offer. Company culture, flexibility, benefits and advancement opportunities, among many other components, should all be taken into account. However, many people find the idea of negotiating an offer – especially the salary component – to be awkward and unnatural. Others may feel like they’ll be perceived as ungrateful or greedy for bringing it up, or that they’ll no longer be considered for a role if they attempt to negotiate.

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Topics: Salary, job search

Contributing to Company Culture Remotely

Posted by Caitlyn Manuel on Jun 18, 2020 11:19:05 AM

Now that organizations have been operating virtually for a few months, some of the initial novelty has worn off. Professionals are settling into their home offices and adopting new norms and expectations for operating in the current state of business. As the remote work environment becomes commonplace, it’s important to revitalize your role in propelling your organization’s corporate culture.

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Topics: Professional Development, culture

Avoiding Employment Scams

Posted by Whitnie Gladden on May 28, 2020 10:40:20 AM

For the past two years, employment scams have been deemed the riskiest type of scam for individuals ages 18-54, according to the Better Business Bureau. Through this type of fraud, individuals pretend to be recruiters, often asking for personal information and even money to move forward with a job offer. As the coronavirus pandemic creates what the BBB calls the “perfect storm” for scammers, professionals should be more cautious than ever.

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Topics: goals

Continuing Your Job Search Remotely

Posted by The Jacobson Group on May 26, 2020 9:43:00 AM

Today’s remote work environment and economic uncertainty is impacting businesses and job seekers alike. However, while many industries have made significant reductions to their staffing plans, insurers continue to hire amid the pandemic. Recruiting methods have changed to accommodate physical office closures, and individuals have had to quickly adjust to interviewing over platforms such as Zoom and Skype. If you are currently looking for a new role, here are a few best practices to ensure you’re most effective in the virtual environment.

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Topics: Interviews, job search

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - May 2020

Posted by The Jacobson Group on May 4, 2020 11:19:01 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 this month’s featured individuals below, along with a glimpse into how they’re keeping entertained while staying home. 

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Topics: Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection, Employee Spotlight

Maintaining Effective Communication When Working Remotely

Posted by Gillian Gryz on Apr 30, 2020 9:34:00 AM

At this point, most professionals have worked from home for many weeks and are settling into the rhythm of their new work days. Organizations that didn’t previously have remote work programs in place have quickly adapted to effectively function in the new business climate. Working from home is becoming routine and the employee-manager relationship is evolving, along with team dynamics. As it becomes more likely remote work arrangements will extend through the summer months, it’s important to take a step back and evaluate how to be most productive and effective in this new reality.

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Topics: culture, Work-At-Home

Putting Your Best Foot Forward During Virtual Interviews

Posted by Diana Shay Milazzo on Apr 16, 2020 10:58:56 AM

In the current business climate, the majority of insurers have closed their physical offices and their employees are working remotely. This is impacting relatively all facets of business including recruiting and hiring processes. Candidates must now be able to interview for roles and even be comfortable accepting offers without meeting hiring managers or other prospective colleagues in person.

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Topics: Work-At-Home

Best Practices for Working from Home

Posted by Karen Aiello on Mar 18, 2020 10:04:00 AM

Most businesses have asked their employees to start working from home during the past week. As someone who works remotely on a full-time basis and oversees our own temporary employees at The Jacobson Group (many of them remote workers), I wanted to share a few best practices for effectively working at home. Whether you already telecommute on a regular basis, or if current circumstances have led you to self-isolate within a home office, here are a few tips for staying productive:

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Topics: Work-At-Home

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Mar. 2020

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Mar 6, 2020 10:46:57 AM

As a people-focused organization, The Jacobson Group is dedicated to our employees and their professional development. On Employee Appreciation Day 2020, we’re highlighting two of our staff members in particular. First is Caitlyn Manuel, corporate recruiting manager. Caitlyn won last quarter’s Bravo award, which recognizes individuals who have exemplified outstanding performance, service, and commitment to our core values and goals. Second is Matthew Moore, client development manager, who is new to Jacobson but has already made an impact. You can view previous editions of our Employee Spotlight here.

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Topics: Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection, Employee Spotlight

Insurance Labor Study Results: Continued Opportunities for Candidates

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Feb 28, 2020 10:37:00 AM

We recently completed the Q1 2020 iteration of our Semi-Annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study, and the results are now available! The study, conducted by The Jacobson Group and Aon plc, collects revenue and hiring projections from carriers across the insurance industry. We’re highlighting some of the latest findings below. Download the full results summary, recorded webinar and slide deck for additional insights and commentary.

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Topics: Labor Market