March 03, 2017 by Guest writer Walt Capell, President and Owner of Workers Compensation Shop
As college graduates search for internships, there are many options to consider. One option is an insurance internship. The insurance industry is hiring and should continue for the foreseeable future.
The growth in the industry is due to several factors. First, the workforce is aging. By 2018, more than a quarter of the workforce will be above the age of 55. This situation is great for college graduates looking to start their career, because most companies have many experienced professionals who can mentor young employees. In addition, those aging employees will be retiring and their leadership positions will open up. The opportunity for growth is there if a recent college grad wants to find a place in the insurance industry and stay for their entire career.
If you like interacting with people, the insurance industry provides the opportunity to play a critical role in many business owners’ lives. You would help those business owners determine what risks they actually face and then negotiating how best to protect their business can be a juggling act. This will allow you to be able to interact with many businesses from many different industries that allow each day to be different in some way shape or form.
Do insurance companies typically expect entry-level hires to have internships?
While it’s typically not required for entry-level employees to have had an insurance internship, it is something many companies really appreciate. Through an internship, you will learn appropriate workplace interpersonal skills, which is key. You can build these skills through an internship in any industry, or through volunteer work. Volunteering at hospitals, social organizations, fraternities or sororities, or fundraising for a cause are all activities places where you can develop the skills you will need to succeed in the insurance industry. Continue Reading
May 31, 2016 by Bethany Wallace
New employee training is a basic part of the onboarding process in most companies. If you’re starting your first full-time, entry-level job, chances are, you’ll be required to participate in multiple training seminars and workshops with coworkers and other new employees. If you’re rolling your eyes and downloading new apps to distract you during the workshops, take five minutes to watch this video and read this article before making the decision that new employee training is going to be the worst part of the hiring process.
This short video, hosted by College Recruiter’s Content Manager, Bethany Wallace, might change your mind about what new employee training and professional development is all about.
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1. Be prepared.
The night before new employee training, get some sleep. The worst thing you can do prior to a full day of training and workshops is stay up all night and arrive with just a few hours of sleep under your belt. While the coffee is usually free-flowing at most new employee training events, there’s no amount of coffee in the world that can compensate for lack of sleep when you’re sitting in a chair and listening to speakers back to back all day long, no matter how engaging the subject matter. Don’t set yourself up for failure (or for a huge embarrassment, like snoring or drooling on your first day of training). Get at least six hours of sleep, eat a real breakfast, and do some research online about the subject matter on the training agenda if it’s provided in advance. You’ll look like a rock star if you have a few great questions prepared on the training topics, and what better way to impress your new boss?
2. Get involved.
Be a mindful listener and active participant. Sit near the front and middle of the room; this helps you to stay engaged in conversation and pay attention to the speaker, whether you want to or not. If you have questions, work up the courage to ask. This helps you to get involved, but it also keeps training sessions interactive for everyone else, and that’s a good thing.
3. Be open-minded.
When reviewing new employee training agenda, try not to zone out immediately. It’s easy to assume none of the information will be helpful or apply to your particular position. If you make snap judgments about the material being covered or assume the speaker has little to share that’s interesting before he opens his mouth, you might miss out on great learning opportunities which could enrich your career. There’s nothing more attractive to an employer than a new employee who’s willing to grow and learn.
4. Don’t worry about what others think.
Are you afraid to sit at the front of the room because you don’t want people to look at you? Are you afraid to ask questions because you might sound stupid? Are you afraid to introduce yourself to the speaker or presenter after the workshop because you don’t know what to say? Those are normal fears, but if you allow your fears to dictate your actions in training situations, you’ll miss out on great opportunities for growth.
Remember that new employee training is for you. If you can remember this, you might be able to care less about what others think and base your decisions on what’s going to benefit you, help you perform your job well, and help you reach your career goals.
5. Think about networking.
Set a goal to network with at least two participants and one presenter when attending new employee training. If you find that the training topics aren’t that interesting, this gives you a side goal to focus on that’s still productive. At lunch or during breaks, introduce yourself to other new employees or to the recruiters and human resources managers hosting the training sessions. Introduce yourself to the presenter whose session you find most interesting, and ask at least one question about the subject matter. Follow up with these new contacts after the training session on social media via LinkedIn, Twitter, or another popular site, and maintain the connections you made.
Professional networking can help you form amazing connections, and these connections can lead to great career opportunities.
February 25, 2016 by William Frierson
The interview is the most crucial period to secure a career that will better your life. For job seekers going on their very first interviews, the thoughts would sound limitless to end-up a big “YES” from the hiring manager. Impressing the interviewer should be their target within the short amount of time. There are certain things which can turn out pretty well for candidates in professional interactions apart from their resume templates: The way candidates present themselves, the way they align the entire narration, and the way they speak confidently with the hiring manager right from the beginning til the end.
Before starting interview preparation, candidates need to list a few things that will increase the chances of their selection.
1. Body language: Have better control over your body. Don’t keep pursed lips and give eyebrow gestures.
2. Greet the interviewer: Utilize the opportunity to express friendly greetings to the interviewer after entering into his/her office.
3. Excel in self introduction: Plan how to introduce yourself to the interviewer with no space for fog horns. Ensure interconnectivity for every preceding sentence.
4. Be thorough with the job role: Be aware of the job roles and responsibilities before the interview. Depending upon an employer’s requirement, prepare the desired skills and highlight the same in an interview.
5. Short & sweet conversation: Make your answers brief rather than detailing every minor thing.
6. Limit personal information: If needed, outline your personal information, but don’t prolong this as a main part of the conversation.
7. Be frank: Never try to answer the question in an untruthful way. If you know the answer, say it.
8. Have an answer for every query: Be prepared to ace the 5 W’s and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why, and how) questions in an interview because every organization needs consistent candidates to serve with them in the long run.
9. Speak fluently: Avoid grammatical mistakes. Never let the nervousness get recognized in your voice. Job candidates’ voices can decide how confident they are with their skills.
10. After completion of the interview: Few interviewers may ask candidates’ expectations from their end. At this moment, be very polite to convey your views in a professional manner. “Career growth” could be among the best answers to date.
Finally, job candidates should be themselves to answer every question without sensing a nudge.
Lisa Smith is a designer by profession but has a love for creativity and also enjoys writing articles for almost all topics. Career, web, social media and self-improvement are her favorite topics. Apart from this, she is also a great animal lover and loves to volunteer for a few rescue centers.
August 07, 2015 by William Frierson
As a recent graduate, applying and interviewing for entry level jobs is the main focus of building your career. These positions provide an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you acquired in college and become an expert in your industry.
Starting your first official job in the real world is different than working an internship and can be tricky to navigate at times. Here are a few tips to help you excel at the position and work your way up to a promotion: Continue Reading
June 30, 2015 by William Frierson
Summer is the time for students to relax and have fun. After all, a whole year of studying is not a joke. But if you want to secure a healthy career right after college, you have to spend your summer wisely before you lose the chance.
Planning for the future this early is great for your success. You’ll gain experience early and boost your confidence when you start a real job. Experience is the key in establishing a good foundation for your career. And the earlier you build it, the more competent you become, no matter what job or career path you take.
There are plenty of ways to establish your career. Here are some of the activities you can do this season: Continue Reading
March 02, 2015 by William Frierson
The medical assistant career is one of the fastest of all the professions when referring to growth. There are various advantages associated with becoming such a professional and although the truth is that this is one career that is quite challenging, requiring you to have a lot of responsibility and dedication, personal and financial satisfactions are really high.
In the modern healthcare industry, the medical assistant is seen as a vital part of the system. He/she will perform a myriad of different tasks that are vital in medical offices and hospitals. You get a chance to help out the community and help out thousands of patients during your life. Continue Reading
November 25, 2014 by William Frierson
MBA or Master of Business Administration has become an integral part of the education system in India. It is an administration program that helps in facing all kinds of hurdles in your career by developing your skill and sharpening your knowledge. For better career opportunities opting for an MBA program is a great option. It will work like a magical wand that will help you to accomplish the desired goals. Today, it has evolved as one of the most coveted educational programs that can help the pursuer carve a better future professionally. Besides providing the necessary opportunities it also accelerates your career growth. In order to pave way for success the need is to choose the right kind of MBA program. Continue Reading
September 18, 2014 by William Frierson
So, you’re starting your new entry level job and want to make a great impression. If this is your goal, the following post has tips on how to get the right kind of attention at work.
You managed to land a coveted entry-level job at a Fortune 100 company. Congratulations! You’re now just another guppy floundering in an ocean teeming with sharks. It’s the first day on the job and you’re full of excitement in anticipation of the wondrous future that awaits you. As you make your way to the battleship grey cubicle that
College Students, Want to Enhance Your Networking Skills When Searching for Jobs? Here’s What You Should Doby William Frierson
For college students trying to improve their networking skills when searching for jobs, the following post offers some helpful advice to take them to the next level.
Networking as a job search strategy creates a great deal of angst. For many, it’s just plain uncomfortable to introduce yourself to strangers and strike up conversations in the hopes of uncovering job leads. But that’s putting the horse before the cart. The first hurdle is simply finding new people to add to your network, according to job
Recent College Graduates, Do You Need to Relocate for Your Dream Jobs? How You Can Do So on a BudgetSeptember 17, 2014 by William Frierson
For recent college graduates who need to relocate for their dream jobs, the following post can help you complete this task while on a budget.
You’ve just received an offer for what could be the job of a lifetime — but it’s in another city, far from everything you know. Or you’ve finally decided it’s time to make the next move in your career, but the bigger, better opportunities undeniably lie elsewhere. So then comes the