Choosing The Right Recruiter For Your Job Search

What are the biggest life decisions you can make? In no particular order, these come to mind for me:

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Planning Ahead - Tips for 2019 Hiring Needs

As you set goals and agendas for hiring in the new year, we wanted to provide a cheat sheet as a guideline of what is trending in the coming year. Everywhere you look you can find articles regarding tips for the job seeker, but less information is available for employers. With that in mind, here are six helpful tips to guide your hiring process and strategies in 2019:

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Contract Employees Provide Year-End Stability

Every year I take an annual shopping trip with my mom and sister to get what we think is a head start on Christmas shopping. You’d think November 10th was early enough but somehow the shelves can still look bare.  My initial reaction is panic and then I remember, wait, there are still plenty of time and options. 

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Why Were You Fired? Plus Other Awkward Interview Questions

So we’ve all been there.  You are in an interview and the hiring manager asks a question that has an embarrassing answer.  You, being unprepared, answer awkwardly making everyone feel uncomfortable.  You don’t get the job.  How do you stop this endless cycle of misery?  It’s actually really easy – prepare for your interview and anticipate the hard questions.  

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Job Changes: True or False

Nearly everyone has changed jobs at one point or another. The reasons a person changes, or simply walks away, are as varied as the individuals themselves but many find explaining them to be a bit of a challenge. Let’s play a little True or False and address some of the common situations we see.

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An Interview That Went Nowhere

I recently worked with a great candidate who found himself in an awful interview situation.  His search was entering its fifth month.  To date he had interviewed with an insurance agency five times, had discussed an offer and was working on relocation.  There was one problem though – the company never created a formal offer.  As you can imagine, it’s kind of tough to sign off on moving expenses and resign unless you have that.  They kept making excuses like, “Well, you just showed up a little sooner than we thought we’d find someone.”  In fact, the agency hadn’t even let go of the person he was supposed to replace.  I worked with him in this process and grew equally as frustrated. In retrospect, we should have cut and run a long time ago. 

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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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'Step by Step' Contract Hiring Process

So many hiring projects start with the premise, "We needed that filled YESTERDAY!"......and it can be hard to keep up or know where to get started. Never fear, working under a timeline (or deadline for that matter) is part of the process, especially so with contract staffing. Curious how we can help? To save you time, I’d like to outline how Capstone Contract works.

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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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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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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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