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The Career Catalyst: A Professional Development Blog

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

How to Prepare for Any Type of Interview

Posted by Cecilia Mwaya on Sep 20, 2019 9:14:57 AM

Congratulations, you’ve been selected for an interview! As most professionals know, simply showing up is not the next step. It’s time to review your resume and qualifications, research the company, and align your transferable attributes and experiences – not to mention polish up on your interview skills. Proper preparation can help calm your nerves, side step any avoidable mishaps and enable you to put your best foot forward.

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Topics: Recruitment, Interviews

Insurance Labor Study Results: The Candidate-Driven Market Continues

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Sep 19, 2019 3:40:59 PM

We recently completed the Q3 2019 iteration of our Semi-Annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study, and the results are in! The study, conducted by The Jacobson Group and Aon plc, collects revenue and hiring projections across the insurance industry. Below are a few highlights from the latest results; make sure to download the full results summary, webinar and slide deck for additional insights and commentary.

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

Welcome to The Career Catalyst

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Sep 18, 2019 6:55:21 AM

We’re excited to launch The Career Catalyst, our new blog aimed at providing insights on professional development topics for individuals at all levels of the insurance industry. Whether you’re embarking on a job search, looking to grow as a professional or getting ready to take the next step in your career, we hope to be a valuable resource.

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