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The Career Catalyst: A Professional Development Blog

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Feb. 2020

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Feb 7, 2020 1:32:20 PM

Every February, insurance professionals and companies celebrate Insurance Careers Month with the goal of sharing why they love insurance and inspiring more people to join the industry. As a proud founding member of the Insurance Careers Movement and partner of #ICM2020, we’re dedicated to our employees and their professional development and growth. 

Each month, we highlight a couple of our corporate employees as they share a bit about themselves and their roles. Get to know these individuals below. You can view previous editions of our Employee Spotlight here.

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Topics: Recruitment, Insurance Recruitment and Selection, Employee Spotlight

Why Insurance? An Insurance Careers Month Video Series

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Feb 3, 2020 3:45:16 PM

This post is part one in The Jacobson Group’s Insurance Careers Month 2020 video series. The series features our own Millennial bloggers providing their insider perspectives into why insurance is a great career choice and how to get started in the industry. We’re kicking off the series with sentiments from Kylee Lacson, assistant vice president and practice lead for Jacobson’s life team, in “Why Insurance?” This video was originally posted on our Jacobson Journal blog in 2018, but we thought Kylee’s insights were still so relevant that we should share them again. Learn about the ways insurance is changing, its many disruptors, and the exciting opportunities it presents for young professionals and recent grads.

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Topics: Insurance Careers Month, Insurance, job search

Creating a Personal Brand That Emphasizes Human Skills

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Jan 31, 2020 9:30:00 AM

As most professionals can attest, it can be difficult to differentiate yourself among other qualified individuals and colleagues. How are you remembered following networking events? What comes to mind when co-workers hear your name? Do you tell a professional story that leaves a lasting impression? If you’re not able to answer these questions with confidence, it’s an ideal time to work on defining and building your personal brand.

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Topics: Professional Development, job search

Resume Writing for all Stages of Your Career

Posted by Cecilia Mwaya on Jan 23, 2020 10:02:00 AM

As a recruiter, I commonly get questions from candidates at all career levels around how they can improve their resumes. What should be included? How should employment gaps be handled? How can they best stand out from other well-qualified individuals?

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Topics: Professional Development, job search

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, Employee Spotlight

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, Employee Spotlight

Tips for Staying Relevant, No Matter How Seasoned Your Career

Posted by The Jacobson Group 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