Mary Newgard

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An Impossible Search: The Warning Signs for Hiring Managers

You’re never going to fill that job.  That person does not exist.  A lot is broken in your profile. Not to put too fine of a point on it, but insurance organizations waste a lot of time in the recruiting process. When you get off to the wrong foot structuring the profile the process is exponentially harder from that point forward.  There is only one step past describing a search as difficult. It’s impossible. Here’s how you got to this point.

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Why Is Producer Recruiting SOOOOOOO Frustrating?!

I’m having trouble reconciling several frustrating experiences I had with producer recruiting last week.  I talk to insurance agencies constantly about their recruiting plans.  Their automatic response is, “We’re always looking for good producers.” 

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How Should You Send a Thank You After a Job Interview?

Like the VCR, Handwritten Thank You Cards Are Dead. While I know my partner Chris still believes in the power of the handwritten thank you note, I am here to tell you why I my opinion is that fulfilling instantaneous expectations should be your #1 goal and why I think it will suffice.

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When Is The Last Time You’ve Had a “Recruited” Candidate Referral?

One of the most common objections I hear from companies about working with an insurance recruiter is they feel the candidate quality is sub-par. Perhaps you’ve made similar statements: “Recruiters send me the same people I already know or can find on my own” and “All the candidate referrals I see are unemployed people and job hoppers.”

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The Test To Know If Your Insurance Organization Actually Recruits

I love Seinfeld.  I REALLY love Seinfeld.  If you are with me, keep reading, you’re going to like this post.  The best episode is the one with the marine biologist. If you agree, again, congratulations and keep reading. The beginning of the episode is Kramer’s proposal to Jerry and George: Who Wants to Have Some Fun!? 

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Job Postings For Cutting Edge Insurance Positions: Overcoming Writer’s Block

Insurance is an innovative industry. Companies and brokers are constantly reinventing or adding positions based on products, services and market trends. Some of the most exciting jobs hitting the market are ones the majority of insurance organizations are only starting to consider. DeLoitte’s 2017 outlook talked about industry transformation and modernization. We’re going to see a lot more hiring activity in technology, data security, process automation, advanced analytics and regulatory compliance.

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My Insurance Agency’s Recruiting is So Hard Because of Our Location

Rural markets aren’t as different from major cities as you might think.

The Human Resources Manager for a Central Coast insurance agency in California recently told me they struggle with recruiting insurance talent because they are in a “rural” market.  They’ve experienced many letdowns when recruiting qualified people who won’t relocate from Los Angeles or the Bay Area.  While I don’t disagree that location is a major factor in recruiting, it’s also worth noting the struggle is real for agencies no matter location. 

When you let this lie become your truth here’s what happens...

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