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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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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Got Insurance Job Search and Career Planning Questions?

CSG Q4 NEWSLETTER: The end of the year is right around the corner and that brings with it a couple of certainties:

  • First, it is just about time for Santa and his reindeer to scamper across rooftops.
  • Second, you have almost survived another 1/1 renewal season. Finally, it is time for organizations to bid farewell to 2017 and begin forecasting needs and growth strategies for 2018. Staff is a huge component to this process and as we move through the next several weeks, opportunities will certainly begin to arise. 

FEATURED Q&A + FACT OR FICTION: A series of popular candidate questions followed by breaking down the most common job search myths and truths.

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3 Tips For Managing Multiple Job Interviews At Once

So you’ve done it!  You’ve managed to land multiple interviews with multiple companies.  Congratulations! And this may sound crazy, but this is something that happens a lot! And I suspect in the coming years it will happen even more frequently.  Managing one interview is hard enough but multiple ones is even harder!  Below I’ve put together the 3 TIPS for managing multiple interviews...

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How To Get Through Not Knowing A Candidate's Previous Salary History

More and more states are passing legislation making it unlawful for companies to request pay history from a candidate. I am here to tell you that that’s okay! Pay history isn’t really the important variable. 

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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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Do People Still Value Thank You Notes After a Job Interview?

Yes. Yes. Yes, a million times over. A thank you email is the minimum and expected. The handwritten note or card is a lost art. The tendency in an email is to write too much or ask lingering follow-up questions. The gesture of a thank you card sent through the mail is more of a true sign of gratitude. You expect nothing in return other than the good vibes that it creates when the reader opens up that card and sees your name on it.

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How Do Your Answer Those Terrifying Job Interview Questions?

It is that time of year again. You know, the scary, spooky job search time.  One of the biggest questions we hear here is asking about job interview questions.  Finding a job can be scary and that big interviewe is even scarier. How do you prepare for a job interview? By reviewing these the scariest questions I have put together for you. Plus answers! 

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Scary Truths About Counteroffers

Many people who resign a position find themselves faced with an employer making a counteroffer in the hope of changing their mind.  Everyone perceives this act in a different way but before we can dig too deep into this we have to unpack this step-by-step.

Let’s begin with WHY a company makes a counteroffer.

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Spooked To Start The Insurance Job Search?

The Halloween season brings about lots of change: the leaves on the trees, the cooler weather, and literally even the clothes you wear as you attend parties and Trick-or-Treat nights. It also brings about change in job seekers as the fourth quarter is a time to reflect upon your career.

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Got Insurance Job Search and Career Planning Questions?

CSG Q3 NEWSLETTER: Brace yourself! We are getting ready to embark on the whirlwind that is the 4th quarter. As we jump right in, here's what we are seeing in the market.


FEATURED Q&A + FACT OR FICTION: A series of popular candidate questions followed by breaking down the most common job search myths and truths.


Our Featured Q&A gives you an opportunity to engage with us and get your questions answered on a variety of topics to pertaining to the insurance job search or career planning process.  If you have a question you’d like answered from one of our insurance recruiting consultants, please email us at info@csgrecruiting.com.


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Location is Killing My Insurance Job Search

Earlier this week while preparing an insurance professional candidate for a job interview I mentioned  the  hiring manager’s first question about him concerned his location. The candidate is in western Massachusetts about 60 miles/60 minutes from the client's office.  He lives in a part of the state locals describe as “rural,” which basically means you’re nowhere near Boston and only a fool would commute that far for a job. He said multiple companies haven’t interviewed him because of where he lives.
 

Location is killing my job search.

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Got Insurance Job Search and Career Planning Questions?

FEATURED Q&A + FACT OR FICTION: A series of popular candidate questions followed by breaking down the most common job search myths and truths.


Our Featured Q&A gives you an opportunity to engage with us and get your questions answered on a variety of topics to pertaining to the insurance job search or career planning process.  If you have a question you’d like answered from one of our insurance recruiting consultants, please email us at info@csgrecruiting.com.


Q: Is there a best time of year to relocate/move?

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How to Brand Your Insurance Job Search as a Candidate

Everything these days is about branding, marketing, social media, and how to “project” who and what you are online and in person. It can become complicated quickly and even overwhelming. We often counsel candidates regarding how to polish their resumesmanage their social media platforms throughout the insurance job search, communication, and much more.


What you are and have become in your insurance career can be difficult to sum up in a one-page document or online profile. Here are a few quick tips to make that process easier:

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Is Your Insurance Job Search in #LaLaLand?

As everyone knows, the #Oscars2017 ceremony provided one of the biggest gaffes in its illustrious 89 year history. One so big it just might make us forget about Steve Harvey’s mishap at the Miss Universe pageant. The explanations for what went wrong keep coming out of the woodwork, but the bottom line is that something went terribly, terribly wrong on live television in front of a national audience.

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What is The Worst Mistake You Can Make with Counteroffers?

Here's the story:
A recent candidate who I had helped secure a new job was really excited about their new company and was going to be starting in a week. Five days before they were about to start the new insurance job...their old boss called them into his office and offered:

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How to Be The MVP of Your Insurance Job Search

It was the NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans, so Anthony Davis figured to play a prominent role in the proceedings. He wanted to show off the NOLA pride and represent his community as well as his team. The youth basketball coach in me really didn’t like the lack of defense in the actual game, but I suppose that's by design for the most part. I doubt anyone is emphasizing defense in the huddles or pre-game film sessions. However, there were 5 things about Anthony’s quest for the MVP that I felt ran parallel to guidance I give candidates throughout their insurance job search.

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How Should You Handle Insurance Job Salary Negotiations

The notion of salary negotiations seems to have a cemented place in business as it pertains to job searches and hiring within the insurance industry. An overwhelming number of people, and some companies, seem to still be of the mindset that hiring an employee is like buying that used car from the shady lot on the not-so-well-lit street. You know the place; we all got our first car there. They put a sticker in the window of, let’s say, $10,000, so you naturally have to offer like $5,000. Then after a series of back and forth you settle around $7,000.

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How To Respond to the Low Insurance Job Offer

One of my candidates recently shared a story with me about his last job. Please note that this insurance professional is very successful, qualified, and has terrific experience. He imparted to me that he had received an offer from a company that was really low. His response? To laugh, act insulted and tell them that they would have to come up with something better than that to get him. After all…he is a unique and highly skilled.

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