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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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?

Read More

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. 

Read More

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

Read More

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

Image result for job offer

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?

Read More

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.

Read More

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?

Read More

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.

Read More

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...

Read More

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. 

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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! 

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.


Read More

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.

Read More

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?

Read More

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:

Read More