Wednesday, February 27, 2008

"Money in the Bank"

What is a recruiter and what do they mean to you as you advance in your career?

We’ve been called headhunters, flesh-peddlers, and king / career-makers.

In truth, we’re somewhere in between. We’ll call you at 11:PM with a position that you “can’t refuse to look at”…

We’ll call Hank G. or Joe P. at the twilight hours of the morning / evening if they need to know about you.

But… to many, we are suspect to both clients and candidates.

More, soon on the money part.

posted by Harvey Dorland

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

National Insurance Recruiting Association Launches New Blog

The National Insurance Recruiting Association (NIRA) has a new blog that will be focused on topics relating to recruiting top talent in the insurance industry. “We are just starting, but some of our members who will be contributing to our blog bring over 40 years of insurance recruiting experience to share with our candidate community. If you are looking for a job in insurance or changing jobs, we hope our blog and all or our resources will help you get to your career goals” stated NIRA President Jay Cohen.

NIRA is a group of over 70 recruiting firms dedicated to recruiting in the insurance industry. Board Member Jeff Saeger pointed out, “We are the only employment website on the internet that NO companies have access to the resume database. Therefore, you can confidentially post your resume and it will only be viewed by NIRA certified recruiters.”

If you ever have any questions, please let us know and we will get them answered for you. NIRA’s new blog is dedicated to help you in many areas like interviewing, salary negotiating, relocating, benefits, career moves and anything that involves your insurance career. You can contact us at by clicking here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Should You Consider a Video Resume?

With the evolution of video on the internet, sites like YouTube and Yahoo video make it very easy to upload a video. In the employment world, we are seeing video resumes gaining a little traction. Here are a couple of examples:

Video Resume 1
Video Resume 2
Video Resume 3

So what do you think? Can you see yourself starring in your own video resume? Maybe if your a claims adjuster, you can put together a montage of your day visiting claimants so employers can get an idea of your work style. It certainly is intriguing, but before you jump in front of that camera you may want to make sure you consider the following:

1. Will you be able to make a professional video resume that will enhance your background?

2. Do you think an employer may look at your video and decide not to interview you because of something you said in the video? In other words, videos are one way. You do not have the opportunity to answer specific questions as you would in an interview.

3. Will the employer think you are acting? In the examples above, each one has a different “feel”.

4. Will employers even look at a video resume since they have hundreds of applications already? It would take forever if everyone had a video resume.

5. Can you make changes to your video resume to better “fit” the company you are applying to?

Video resumes have been around for years. They are getting some traction now just because it easier than ever to upload video to the internet. While I think we will all have our own online personal career site with resume, video and letters of recommendations, I think employers are still over whelmed with the data they already receive from candidates. A well written resume with CLEAR objectives will always get the attention of an employer. It will be up to you if you want to throw in a video resume as well before the face to face interview.

Contributed by Roger Lear