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The Career Catalyst: A Professional Development Blog

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

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

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

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