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The Career Catalyst: A Professional Development Blog

Professional Development for the Remote World

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Oct 2, 2020 2:11:02 PM

No matter your current career stage, everyone can benefit from prioritizing professional development. In the constantly evolving business world, even leaders must refresh their skills and expand their networks to remain relevant in the age of COVID-19 and beyond. If your professional development plans were put on a backburner in the spring, now is the time to rethink and reinvigorate your strategy. 

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Topics: Professional Development

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Q3 2020

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Sep 4, 2020 7:05:00 AM

We recently wrapped up the Q3 2020 Semi-Annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study in partnership with Aon plc. Despite the tumultuous overall economic climate, 83 percent of the study's respondents intend to maintain or increase their staff sizes in the next 12 months. Additionally, insurers are seeing persistent recruiting difficulty.

The corporate employees represented in this quarter's employee spotlight roundup are integral in helping our clients meet their insurance talent needs, whether through our executive search practice, professional recruiting service arm or subject matter experts solution.

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

The Insurance Industry Continues to Hire, Despite the Pandemic

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Aug 25, 2020 12:47:06 PM

For the past 12 years, The Jacobson Group and Aon plc have conducted a semi-annual study to uncover valuable information around insurance industry hiring and revenue trends. The Q3 2020 Semi-Annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study results have recently been released. A few key insights are highlighted below. To view the full report, click here.

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Topics: Insurance Recruitment and Selection, Insurance, Talent

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