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The Career Catalyst: A Professional Development Blog

Creating An Effective Personal Brand for the Virtual World

Posted by Caitlyn Zarlengo on Jan 29, 2021 2:56:04 PM

In today’s primarily remote work environment, professionals have had to adjust how they approach daily interactions. Face-to-face meetings, impromptu hallway conversations, and in-person lunches are relatively nonexistent. Additional effort is required to meet colleagues, build relationships and make an impact in virtual meetings. Even as physical office locations begin to reopen, remote work and virtual interactions will likely continue indefinitely. In these hybrid work environments, it’s important individuals build and maintain consistent personal brands that reflect who they are both in person and on screen.

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Topics: Professional Development, goals

Setting Meaningful Goals for 2021

Posted by Jennifer Shorr on Dec 30, 2020 8:58:27 AM

January is around the corner and most individuals are reviewing their professional goals and development plans for the coming year. In the past, these annual goals may have been linear and inspired by natural paths for career progression. However, the events of the past year have made it apparent the focus should shift to more agile goals and account for a professional reality that continues to blur into personal responsibilities and home life.

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Topics: Professional Development, goals

Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Q4 2020

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Dec 11, 2020 9:52:39 AM

We're reaching the end of a year like no other, and it seems like one of the only things that stayed consistent throughout the year is the value of virtual interactions. As you continue to perfect the art of virtual relationships, check out our recent blog post on how to most effectively participate in videos calls, from looking the part to following the unwritten rules of Zoom.

The staff members represented in this quarter's employee spotlight roundup look forward to making more virtual connections in 2021. Learn more about these employees below, and view previous editions of our employee spotlight here. (Did you know you can see employee spotlights on a monthly basis on our Facebook page?)

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

Lights, Camera, Action! Putting Your Best Virtual Foot Forward

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Nov 30, 2020 4:20:00 PM

Welcome to the Age of Zoom! It’s likely your day now includes at least one – if not back-to-back – video calls. The use of Zoom has increased more than any other brand during the pandemic. In this new way of doing business, the ability to make a virtual impression and build relationships through a screen is an increasingly valuable art and a skill to be cultivated.

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Topics: Professional Development, Work-At-Home

Building Effective Mentoring Relationships

Posted by Phokham O'Connor and Nikki St.Martin on Oct 27, 2020 9:11:18 AM

Mentorships can play a valuable role in all stages of your professional journey. Whether these relationships are developed through formal programs or more casual arrangements, gaining insight and perspective from mentors who excel in certain areas, have navigated similar situations or have overcome comparable challenges is invaluable. Mentorships can provide you with the clarity and confidence you need to make pivotal career decisions, take on new responsibilities or build key skills.

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Topics: Professional Development, Work-At-Home, mentorship

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 Zarlengo 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 The Jacobson Group 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