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The Career Catalyst: A Professional Development Blog

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Jan. 2020

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jan 6, 2020 8:25:46 AM

Happy New Year! At The Jacobson Group, we’re focused on professional development but also on work-life balance. Each month, we ask our corporate employees to share a bit about their roles at Jacobson and who they are when they aren’t at work. Take a look at some recently featured individuals below, and view last month's edition of our Employee Spotlight here.

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Topics: Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection

Five Dos and Don’ts for Acing Your Next Interview

Posted by Jessica LaFountain on Dec 19, 2019 8:45:30 AM

Interviewing for a new job often feels overwhelming. Unfortunately, that stress can show when you talk with a recruiter or hiring manager, leaving a less-than-perfect first impression. And though we’re currently in a candidate-driven market, you still need to outshine other individuals if you want to land your dream job. As a recruiter, I’ve interviewed hundreds of insurance professionals seeking to further their careers and I have identified several behaviors that set candidates apart. Here are my top five tips to help ease your stress and ensure you walk into your next interview prepared and ready to impress.

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Topics: Interviews, Professional Development

Meet the Talent Trends Impacting the Industry in 2020

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Dec 17, 2019 11:14:00 AM

As 2019 comes to a close, there are a number of talent trends on the rise for 2020. Our team recently put together a 2020 Insurance Talent Trends Guide highlighting key themes on our radars and their potential impact on the industry. As you create your career resolutions for the new year, here are a few takeaways and how they may relate to your own professional journey. View the full guide and all 10 trends here.

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Topics: Recruitment, Talent

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Dec. 2019

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Dec 6, 2019 12:37:42 PM

At The Jacobson Group, we’re dedicated to our employees and their professional development and growth. Each quarter, we present the Bravo Award to one of our hardworking employees. The award recognizes individuals who have exemplified outstanding performance, service, and commitment to our core values and goals. This quarter, we presented this award to Kelly Hudak, lead recruiter. Get to know Kelly and a few of our corporate employees from across the company below. View last month's edition of our Employee Spotlight here.

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Topics: Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection

Tips for Staying Relevant, No Matter How Seasoned Your Career

Posted by Evie Moschel on Nov 25, 2019 10:04:00 AM

The insurance industry is evolving at a rapid pace and new ideas, tools and technologies abound. In today’s volatile climate, an ongoing commitment to learning and professional development is crucial to stay competitive; however, formal programs are often catered more to young professionals who are starting out in their careers. While continual growth and improvement is important at all career stages, seasoned employees often have to be intentional about seeking out these opportunities. If you’re more tenured in your career, there are a few best practices for continuing to grow professionally and remaining relevant now and in the future.

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Topics: Professional Development

Maximize Your Holiday Job Search to Minimize New Year Stress

Posted by Shelby Punke on Nov 20, 2019 12:29:10 PM

Many people on the job hunt think they should take a break during the holidays because “no one is hiring,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Just as you’re able to take some time to think about your next professional steps, insurers often use this slower season to strategize on hiring needs.

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Topics: Retention, Professional Development

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Nov. 2019

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Nov 1, 2019 5:16:10 PM

At The Jacobson Group, we’re dedicated to our employees and their professional development and growth. Each month, we highlight a few of our corporate employees from across the company as they share a bit about themselves and their roles. Get to know these individuals below. View last month's edition of our Employee Spotlight here.

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Topics: Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection

Save the Ghosting for Halloween: Don't Let Your Professional Reputation Haunt You

Posted by Sarah Radford on Oct 30, 2019 9:55:06 AM

There’s a new ghastly trend running rampant among job seekers. Within the past couple years, ghosting has become a common occurrence, with 83 percent of employers reporting they’ve been ghosted by a candidate. Originally a term reserved for the dating world, ghosting has expanded into the professional realm. Loosely defined, it describes a person not showing up or becoming unreachable—with no notice, explanation or follow up—at any point in the employment process. This could mean skipping interviews, stopping communication with recruiters and hiring managers, or even neglecting to show up for a first day of work.

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Topics: Retention, Interviews, Professional Development

Creating a Stand-Out LinkedIn Presence: Tips from a Recruiter

Posted by Gillian Gryz on Oct 3, 2019 12:22:43 PM

LinkedIn has become more than just a social networking platform. It is an important tool in building your professional brand and showcasing your expertise and background. Whether or not you’re actively looking for a job, it’s likely recruiters—as well as potential clients and candidates—are checking out your profile, making it imperative you are thoughtful about your online presence. In addition, LinkedIn can serve as a valuable professional development tool, opening you up to thought leadership content, new ideas, potential mentors and other industry connections.

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Topics: Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Oct. 2019

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Oct 1, 2019 3:27:00 PM

As a talent-focused organization, The Jacobson Group is dedicated to our employees and their professional development and growth. In fact, we were recently named a Best Place to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance. Get to know a few of our corporate employees as they share a bit about themselves and their roles.

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Topics: Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection