What season are we in for hiring?

Q4: A Love/Hate Season for Insurance Agencies to Recruit

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True or False: Time Is An Interview’s Worst Enemy

Time is the biggest factor that will determine if you successfully obtain a new job or just go through the interview motions.  Each phase of the process- Interview, Offer and Start Date- have special ways of controlling timing.  For this and more on timing check out The Insurance Journal article 'Ask the Recruiter'.

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What Do Customers and Employees Want?

We all know that the traditional “9 to 5” day came about during the industrial revolution and as we know has become a topic of ongoing discussion as the flaws in such an employment model have been explored and discussed.

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'Step by Step' Contract Hiring Process

Capstone’s marketing theme for this month is ‘timing’. **Side note, Des Moines is getting a Wahlburgers this month. That made me think of NKOTB, which made me think of “Step by Step”.

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Insurance Agencies Embrace Contract Employees

   And Other Crazy Concepts Like Buying Shampoo on Amazon

 

A January 2018 NPR/Marist poll found 1 in 5 jobs in America are held by contractor. I’d really love to see the stats on whether this is true for the insurance industry.  Carriers have embraced contractors for years in IT, claims and underwriting.  Agencies….not so much.  Why, you ask?  Avoidance is based on fear, lack of understanding and worry it will adversely affect retention (employee and client).

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How To Achieve Age Diversity in Recruiting

It doesn’t take much online browsing to find articles about how to recruit Millennials, or the “next generation”, or how recruiting strategies have evolved for new candidates entering the workforce. Yet there are far fewer articles or “how-to guides” regarding how to hire Baby Boomers, experienced hires, or someone looking to apply 25+ years of working experience in a new career adventure. More and more studies, however, are finding that there is going to be a huge talent gap upcoming in the insurance industry. Nearly a quarter of the workforce is at or nearing retirement age.

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Bigfoot, Raises, Unicorns, and The Loch Ness Monster

You no doubt clicked on this expecting one of two things. With a title like that this has to be a piece about government conspiracy or about compensation myths; right? It is at this point all conspiracy theorists will want to click “back” on their browser because today we’re going to delve into a compensation myth.

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How long should a resume be?

One of the most frequent questions I receive is about resume length.  How long should a resume be?   Unfortunately, it isn’t a simple answer as your resume should be as long as it needs to be.  In the past when people actually sent paper resumes – in the mail – it was pretty set that your resume should only be one page.  However, we now live in a digital world and I think that his affords you a little more freedom.  However, this doesn’t change the purpose of your resume – it is an advertisement to get someone to call you and ask for more information.   This is the key concept that you need to remember.  Again, I’ll repeat, your resume is an advertisement to make someone want to learn more and is not your life story.  So, how do you decide what is important?

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Kindergarten and Resume Writing

My first-born Paige enters kindergarten this fall.  Seriously, where did time go?  I’m pretty sure the next decade of my life revolves around these truths:  1) I’m her personal Uber driver, 2) Kids only get more expensive and 3) I’m going to need a lot of pens.  You should see the amount of paperwork involved.  I’m pleased to say the paperwork is done; Paige can attend school and has Level 5 CIA clearance. 

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On A Sinking Ship- Can You Save A Producer From Their Agency?

All I could think watching Game 3 of the NBA finals last night was there is a time in the near future when Quicken Loans Arena won’t even be half full. LeBron is awesome and has made that franchise everything it is today.  Whether he stays until retirement or leaves this off-season, the franchise is completely propped up on him. Golden State, on the other hand, seems to be on its way to becoming a dynasty. They may never be the Lakers or the Celtics, but you don’t hear the same criticism of the supporting cast around Steph Curry like you do with the Cavs. 

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A Questionable Non-Compete? Leaving Your Agency With Your Book

So it happened!  You have decided that you want to leave your agency.  Congratulations – you just decided to enter the murky world of non-competes!  What should you do first?  Where should you look?  Below are some answers to your burning questions!

Scan your environment

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Your Next Insurance Hire: 'Time Kills All Deals'

Not even one full week in May and the insurance market is already sounding the "mission critical" alarm. Organizations that move quickly get the candidates they want. Insurance professionals know they are in demand. Just take a look at job boards. There are so many job openings. To them it's like shooting fish in a barrel.

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Career Navigation: Getting from Acceptance to Start Date

Some readers of a recent blog on New Job Jitters commented on the period of time leading up to the first day in a new role. This is something I often discuss with candidates but had never written about so it seemed like a nice tie-in.

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The ABCs of Interviews

I may be dating myself here, but how many of you remember the infamous scene in Glengarry Glen Ross when Alec Baldwin talks about ABC standing for Always. Be. Closing. My spin on that for today’s blog is a different idea:

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New Job Jitters? – 5 Helpful Tips to Help You Settle In

We’ve all been there before and the odds are that many of us will be there again someday; new.  You thought the interview process was tough but that was just you auditioning for and seeking out this opportunity; to be the new hire.

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How to Overcome the Challenges of Location When Hiring

At Capstone we work nationally, which means that at any given time we may be working on a search in any given city across the country. Sometimes a large city, sometimes a large, and unique city, and sometimes a rural area. While many client’s may believe their search is more challenging or unique due to their location, the truth is every search has it’s own individual nuances, location is just one of them. Let's break it down by different types of areas and hone in on the factors you need to keep in mind when searching for your perfect candidate.

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Beyond the Job Offer: What Happens After You Accept the Job?

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If you're a task-oriented person you enter a job search to get yourself into a new job. For most of us the psychology of that is accepting the job offer and knowing where we’ll work. The acceptance feels like the culminating conclusion to an often unnerving and exhaustive process. You’ve accepted the role; the process is over. Or is it?

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Resigning from a Job: Is the Struggle Real?

Image result for resignationCandidates alwats tell me that resigning is hard; and it certainly can be. The interesting thing is that many times the difficulty is in the friendships we create at work. We spend more waking hours with our closest colleagues than we do our spouses, kids, and personal friends combined in any given week. Naturally we form bonds and make connections with these people, and in large part those bonds are what can make us so successful working together.

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7 Tips for a Successful Job Resignation

Resigning is often a stressful action for many. It is something that seems to foster feelings of fear, anxiety, or general unrest and while it is never something that is going to be fun, it shouldn’t be fretted over. The ease, or shall we say, success, of a resignation is often controllable simply by following a few simple rules.

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3 Hot Insurance Job Search Trends for 2018

The world is always changing with old standards giving way to new ideas and expectations and perhaps nowhere is that as evident as in careers. For instance, Work Life Balance is a term your parents and grandparents would seldom, if ever, have thought about back when they were starting their careers, and today we find it to be something of a dying concept since it’s almost a given expectation; like how CD players used to be a novelty in cars but became a standard, and now we’re on to digital music.  So, what are the current, hot job search trends for 2018?

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