All Career Advice

  • The number one complaint by jobseekers is the lack of communication when you apply to a job (that you qualify for) and never hear back from the employer. This could be due to many factors like a poor resume, numerous jobs or a poor internal screening process. No matter what the reason, most job...
  • As a recent college grad, I cannot even fathom the idea of looking for jobs in the classifieds. With the invention of the internet and the job search engine, finding opportunities through these services are more streamlined and catered to each users’ individual needs. Sites, such as OrlandoJobs.c...
  • In 2015 I spoke with over 5,000 job seekers at career events at colleges, career expos and in my own offices. One thing for sure, they have a lot of ideas on how their job search experience can be improved. I asked many of them to tell me what frustrates them the most when looking for a job and...
  • When you apply to a job with a larger company today, you will inadvertently have to use their applicant tracking system (ATS) to create your own “web page” on their internal servers. The company will use their own search terms to find you and if your information matches, you may get called for a...
  • If all companies and recruiters had one wish it would be to make all job seekers and job curious use only one exclusive job board when seeking employment. It used to be that way in the Sunday Newspaper classifieds before the internet. If your jobs were not in the Sunday paper, you would not ge...
  • 2016 is looming right around the corner. Is it time for a new job? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) official unemployment rate is the also known as the U-3. Nationally, that rate is 5.0% (October 2015). This is pretty good. The US has added a lot of jobs in 2015 and seems like that i...
  • The recession was pretty brutal to the live job fair industry. Employers had no reason to attend simply because they had too many resumes coming in for the few jobs they had open. Many of the job fairs during this time featured few jobs (many jobs being 100% commission) and lots of education re...
  • My checklist for first impressions is very simple and it should be. When interviewing, so many spend time trying to memorize canned answers to questions like, “tell me about your greatest weakness?” Sure you need to be prepared but make sure that you do a great job with your first impression. ...
  • According to Bersin & Associates, U.S. companies are spending and average of $3,500 per employee to just recruit them. While finding great talent is difficult, after over twenty years in the recruiting business, I think one of the main reasons this cost is so high is because employers are taking...
  • We have all heard the saying "always the bride's maid, but never the bride. It is a sad, old cliché, yet for some candidates interviewing for a job, it may seem like the norm for them in the interviewing process as they always make it to the final interview, but are passed over for another candi...
  • Bring back the recession! For recruiters and human resource departments, the recession made any resource you used to find talent the “best thing ever”. Sure, you didn’t have many openings and millions of great people were unemployed and looking for work. In addition, your internal referrals we...
  • For most of you, I wish all interviewers started off with this question. Answered properly, it allows you to set the tone for the rest of the interview. Unfortunately for many, it also is why so many of you screw up the interview.
  • The unemployment rate in the insurance industry hovers around 2%. When an insurance company needs to hire, they usually have a “go to” procedure that takes the job requisition and posts it to their company website as well as employment sites like GreatInsuranceJobs.com. Copy and paste is still ...
  • Last month’s article was “Should I Write My own Resume?” This month, I am going to answer that question. No. Never. No matter what. Even if you only have year or fifty years of experience.
  • Our 2015 Insurance Industry Employment and Hiring Outlook asked 78 insurance companies if they think job applicants should put their photos on their resume (page 8). Not surprisingly, only 6% thought this was a good idea. When asked if why they feel that way is the concern with discrimination, ...
  • Writing your own resume is an accident waiting to happen. Your resume is the golden ticket to getting a great job with a maximum salary.
  • With over 2.5 million people (all-time record) now working in the insurance industry, finding great talent is extremely difficult in 2015. In our 2015 Insurance Industry Employment Outlook, employers recruiting insurance talent openly shared very candid recruiting challenges they are experienci...
  • Many of you will apply to jobs at an insurance company and wonder why you didn’t get hired. Complicating matters even more is you may never get any feedback from the employer (the infamous “black hole”. Hopefully this list that comes directly from insurance employers will help you understand so...
  • In totality, the GreatInsuranceJobs.com Employment Outlook for 2015 found 7,262 jobs currently open at the 78 companies within their survey. Another 15,354 jobs were predicted by the hiring managers for those companies during the remaining three quarters of 2015.
  • You may have heard the saying that the “web is your resume, and social media is your references”. It is a very true and powerful statement. According to SHRM, 56% of organizations are currently using social media to recruit future employees. Is it fair? Is it legal? All those questions will ...