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5 Ways to Boost Productivity

Have a Good Routine:

A good daily routine will help you eliminate the unnecessary noise around you. For example, starting each day with a vigorous workout increases endorphins which in turn increases productivity. When you look good, you feel good, and you think even better. Eat a nutritious breakfast each morning to help keep you on task until lunch. Remember, routines aren’t just for the morning. They are just as important and helpful in the evenings too. Have a time where you vow to stop looking at all electronics and unwind. Dedicate time for yourself away from your spouse, kids, and pets.

Say Goodbye to Multi-Tasking:

Work on one project at a time and allow it to have your full attention. The truth is each project is different and requires a unique mindset.

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Choosing to Use a Recruiter

Find a recruiter BEFORE you absolutely need to have a new job. Let’s face it; you’re probably wasting everybody’s time talking to a recruiter unless you’re thinking about making a job change. The absolute worst time to make first contact with a recruiter is when you’ve been RIF’d, fired, or quit! Give the recruiter ample time to find you a new opportunity!

The purpose of this first contact with a recruiter is to:

  • Let the recruiter know that you exist, you’re sort of looking around, but you’re in no big hurry
  • Give the recruiter some idea of your technical talents
  • Share with the recruiter your career plans and goals

Some recruiters don’t want you to call them until you’re desperate for a new job.

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Online Job Applications – 6 Do’s & Don’ts

When recruiters and hiring managers post job opportunities online, it’s often they are left sifting through an overwhelming sea of resume applications that are one click away from finding their place in the deleted folder.

What does that mean for the job seeker? It’s no secret that applying online for jobs can be – a full-time job (and a stressful one at that). If you’ve spent countless hours applying for positions on job board sites like LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Indeed and haven’t received a single bite – I’m willing to bet it’s because a few of the following below aren’t taken into consideration – and chances are the lack of feedback is leaving you feeling defeated. We’ve all been there!

In today’s highly competitive talent market, it’s important for the job seeker to be aware of these 6 do’s and don’ts before submitting their application online.

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Trends in the Life Insurance Industry

The Life Insurance Industry is always evolving and changing, and you need to keep up with the latest trends in order to be considered for the best job opportunities. Here’s what you should know:

Technology-

One of the biggest trends in the business right now is Automation and Electronic Underwriting. This is not a new concept and the industry has been working on automation for years, but it finally looks to be here. Electronic underwriting is starting to affect the underwriting professional as technology is starting to automate some of these positions. There will always be the need for experienced human underwriters especially for the larger and more complicated risks, but for the lower level cases, the machines can do the job fairly effectively,

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Open Letter to College Graduates

Dear Recent College Graduate:

Congratulations on your graduation! As you reflect on this accomplishment and prepare to launch your career journey, I offer you some advice before this next adventure begins.

Be eager to learn. Regardless of where you begin your professional career, you will not know everything from day one, and you’re not expected to. The best way to grow in your profession is to build your knowledge of the industry you’re working in, constantly ask your colleagues questions, and get familiar with the common tools used to deliver daily tasks.

Embrace failure. Just like Dr. Seuss, you will not always get the desired results from your career. View disappointments as learning opportunities and aspire to produce better results the next time around.

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Why work in insurance?

This is a question a lot of professionals have been answering these days, trying to attract more people to work for the insurance industry. Companies are increasing their recruitment efforts to combat the drop-off of workers due to aging and retirement. Organizations like Gamma Iota Sigma, The Institutes/My Path and insurancecareerstrifecta.com have focused on recruiting at the college level, similar to our own college recruiting division, QGrads. However, these efforts are just reaching young professionals.

What about those already in the work force? Rather than directing my message to college students, like many of these other organizations, I’d like to give you a different perspective. Today I’m speaking to all of those in the working world who want a change.

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Rocking Your First REAL Work Opportunity

College Students! Here’s the 411 on how to rock your first internship or job!

Great News! You’ve perfected your resume, you’ve conquered countless phone interviews, excelled at in-person interviews and finally you have landed your dream internship or job. Now what? With summer and graduation fast approaching, many college students are stepping into their very first role as young professionals. Here’s five tips on making sure you leave a lasting impression on the company and how to get the most out of your first position out of the classroom. 

1. Set Goals and Follow Through

We all set goals at the beginning of the year and rarely do people follow through. But this is so important to really think about what you want to get out of your internship or first position out of school.

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“What Should I Ask In an Interview?”

Preparing a list of questions to ask your interviewer is one of the most important preparation tips to ensuring a successful on-site meeting! While nerve-wracking, this is an interview to allow you time to discover more about the company and the role. Use this time wisely! To ensure you’re making your mark a positive one during your interview, follow these tips to make the most of your time with the hiring manager and team.

Job-Specific Questions:

  • What did the last person in this position do to be successful?
  • What does success look like in this role? How is it measured?
  • What are some items you’re hoping this person can achieve in three months? Six months? One year?
  • What does a typical day in this role look like?

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You landed an interview, now what?

You have been applying left and right and finally received the call or email you have been waiting for: an interview! This is the crucial part and the most important piece for job seekers. This is the time to PREP!  Biggest mistake candidates make is not doing their homework. These are the suggestions I give every candidate, so they can nail their interview:

  • Know what you are applying for. Understand the position by reviewing the job description, and if needed, research terminology you are not 100% sure about. Know what your strengths are for that particular position, and don’t forget to communicate these strengths during your interview!
  • Research the company! Visit their website and read the “About Us”. You have to understand exactly what the company does,

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How to Effectively Communicate in the Office–Starting New, Helpful Habits

To start the year off on the right foot, follow these tips for effective in-office communication, whether you’re gathering for meetings or connecting via email.

Make Meetings Meaningful!

  • Create an agenda and send it out to attendees before the meeting whenever possible. This can be helpful for a one-on-one meeting with your manager or a large team meeting
  • Follow up with notes, especially so projects stay on track if there were attendees who couldn’t join. Create follow up tasks and assign them to individuals so that everyone is clear about their role in the project.
  • When necessary, follow up with another meeting. This allows you to put a plan in place for action items and track progress from your previous discussion.

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