All Career Advice

  • It’s amazing all the tools that are being created to find great talent. The one thing that has not changed is how hard it is to fill that “hard to fill” position. Insurance positions like actuaries, production underwriters, and insurance brokers with books of business, account managers and loss...
  • Ever watch a speaker go way to long talking about a certain topic? You know, the kind that has you looking at your watch wishing you were at the dentist. According to TED.com, it is proven scientifically that the ultimate length of time for the most memorable and impactful speeches is just 18 m...
  • Whether you’re ready for a career change or looking to move up in your career, don’t overlook the many perks of working in the insurance industry. In addition to an influx of job opportunities over the next decade, insurance industry professionals enjoy a number of benefits that are hard to find ...
  • Working as an insurance agent or broker is usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think of insurance jobs but there are several non-sales roles that can help you break into the insurance industry. When you’re searching for entry-level jobs in the insurance field, you can get your ...
  • Congratulations, you did it! After what seemingly felt like an eternity, you find yourself walking across that glorious stage on graduation day, and in that very moment, you are on top of the world. No more waking up at the crack of dawn to get to class, final exams are done and over with, and yo...
  • According to from Bersin by Deloitte, US companies are spending an average of $4,000 in cost per hire in 2015. That is expensive especially when your hire doesn’t work out. It may be time to consider doing some blind interviewing.
  • Now that the job market is flooded with more part-time work than ever before, finding a full-time job has never been more difficult. And according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report, nearly two in 10 U.S. workers are part-time—significantly higher than pre-recession l...
  • 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 ...