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The Career Catalyst: A Professional Development Blog

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

How to Write a Resume - An Insurance Careers Month Video Series

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Feb 12, 2020 7:00:00 AM

This post is part two 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. In this installment, Shelby Kling, senior marketing communications coordinator, shares how to write an effective resume. This video was originally posted on our Jacobson Journal blog in 2018, when Shelby was assisting our executive search practice, and these tips still hold true today.

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Topics: Millennials, Insurance Careers Month, Insurance, Professional Development, job search

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