Social Media: Why you should consider a professional presence online

Social Media“We live in a social media era!” seems to be phrase that we hear almost daily. Whether it is at home with family and friends or in the office with fellow employees, our lives are constantly touched by the ever-evolving winds of technology, with social media being at the forefront.  Employers and employees alike have started to adapt social media as a business tool to promote themselves and create additional mediums to remain constantly connected to clients and colleagues.

How are you using social media to your advantage?  Do you use it as a basis for sharing vacation photos or reconnecting with friends from high school?  Are you using Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn as networking tools to connect with your colleagues and client audiences?  Have you tapped into the unrealized potential that social media has for growing your professional image or extending your reach beyond traditional mediums?

Easily reconnect with friends and colleagues alike

Before the advent of social media, compiled with a busy work and home life, reconnecting with old friends from school or former colleagues could be inconvenient and difficult.  With the creation of sites like Facebook and Twitter, not only has ease of use improved, but the variety of ways to reach a person – via message, a comment, or Tweet – has multiplied as well.  What used to take a phone call or a face-to-face meeting can now be achieved with a tap of a smart phone screen or click of a mouse.  Reestablishing and maintaining those relationships through a social media platform, regardless of physical distance or time constraints, can keep your extended network alive and thriving.  The more platforms you employ, the easier it will be to garner and grow the relationships that mean the most to you.

Create an online presence for customer interaction and information

The Internet has become the television of the 21st century.  Prior to the internet, a company would rely on word of mouth, a ‘brick-and-mortar’ presence, or television exposure to educate a target audience about a product or service. Today’s fast-paced consumer is becoming accustomed to processing information with the least amount of effort or inconvenience; they want information now.  Consequently, more and more users are searching for ‘on-the-go’ information about products and services from their smart phones.  According to Facebook, as of January 1, 2014, there were 1.31 billion monthly active Facebook users, spending a total of 640 million minutes on Facebook per month.  That is a prodigious opportunity for a company or individual to promote itself.  Providing an additional source of information about product updates, service launches, and industry news can further increase the level of engagement a company has with its customers.  As Stephanie Chandler of Forbes articulates, “with consistent effort and great content, you can build a reputation for your brand around your company’s values, benefits, and advantages.”

Create and promote your online brand

When learning more about a company, solely relying on its website or on word of mouth is like dipping a toe into the proverbial ocean of information; you only get a small taste of what is available to you. Many consumers today are taking a wider view of how an organization is establishing a dynamic relationship with its target audience and, additionally, finding opportunities for interaction. Daniel Rusling, in a post about social media marketing, writes, “Some of the world’s ardent organizations like UNICEF and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have been actively harnessing social media platforms to connect, inform, educate and empower large audiences.”  Similarly, individuals have taken to sites like LinkedIn to promote themselves on a professional level.  Such sites allow users to easily connect with colleagues as well as provide exposure to companies with an online hiring presence.

Create and develop a blog

One of the tools that professionals have consistently employed, along with a website, is an actively updated blog.  A blog acts as a live entity that is constantly evolving and taking shape as more information is added.  If a ‘brick-and-mortar’ storefront is a tangible arena for an interested customer to seek knowledge about a company or industry, the blog has become the online platform to do just that without having to leave your home.  Additionally, it provides a company with more freedom to educate its target consumer base about information not readily available on its website.  As Stephanie Chandler notes in an article from Forbes, “share great content, answer questions, and serve your audience, and you will inevitably build loyal fans.”  Being able to read about specific topics, comment on them and learn what others have said only increases social media’s value.

Make sure to follow CSG on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter for industry articles, information, and company updates.  Let us know if we can help you identify the ideal candidate or achieve your career aspirations.  We will be sure to put our expertise and experience to work in order to serve you the only way we know how: as best as we can.

SUCCESS STORIES. IT’S WHY WE LOVE WHAT WE DO.

The process of starting anew can be daunting. We are here to help make the process exciting, engaging and a lot less daunting. We want to see you succeed! As you look over the candidate testimonials there’s one phrase that is echoed by all, “personalized approach”.shutterstock_111393362

“Darryl is engaging, enthusiastic, and professional, and knows the market… He found a great opportunity in the insurance market that has morphed into an even greater one since inception. This opportunity has allowed me to grow professionally. Darryl…builds relationships and brings people together. He establishes personal relationships and tailors the opportunity to you.” – Senior Vice President, Property Casualty Insurance Company

Darryl Coleman, founder of Coleman Search Group (CSG), has been in the property/casualty insurance industry for 25 years. Throughout his career, Darryl has been recruiting, coaching, and connecting candidates with the right opportunities within the property/casualty insurance industry. Each candidate receives personalized guidance. Coleman Search Group cares about your success.

We have a proven record in filling positions that require a difficult skill set in a difficult location. Here is a case study we are proud of:

Challenge: Key leadership role open in a difficult location – lack of quality candidate flow with position open for approximately 1 year.
Solution: Contract, position profile and job specification constructed and approved within 7 days of the search assignment.
Result: Candidate hired and began employment within 180 days.

Click here to read more of our case studies.

When our candidates succeed in their roles, we celebrate their achievements right alongside them. Working with CSG means you have a caring, supportive, and experienced team who will continue to be a professional sounding board and resource you can consult with anytime. We invite you to see for yourself our personalized approach and why we are different from other recruiters.

How IT Professionals Can Be A Perfect Insurance Match

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In recent news, cyber-warfare is a top risk for the insurance industry to minimize. The article on the Top 10 Extreme Risks for the Insurance Industry includes cyber-warfare and major data compromising risk factors. What does this mean in terms of personnel changes within the property/casualty insurance field? IT professionals can prove to be of major value to insurance companies in this technological age.

IT professionals are continuously researching and staying at the forefront of information technology securities and strategies. With cyber-warfare being a top risk to the Insurance Industry in 2014, IT professionals are a priceless asset in the prevention and response of cyber-attacks.

The recent data breach of Target stores shows us that a security breach of financial and sensitive personal information does more damage than the cyber-attack itself. The hacker security attack caused Target’s 4th quarter profits to drop by a whopping 46%. As we can see, security breaches of this magnitude cause business to come to a screeching halt and financial losses of emergency proportion snowball until security response strategies are implemented. Better yet, cyber liability and breach protection/prevention is key and IT professionals are the key keepers.

Malicious hackers are using new techniques every day to crash government and private websites. The Wall Street Journal recently reported an international record-breaking cyber-attack just this past February and it has the IT world buzzing.

IT professionals learn from past attacks to help create heightened security with new strategies that thwart off the ever evolving malicious techniques cyber attackers are using. These are just a few of the reasons why insurance companies need highly trained and experienced cyber security professionals on their team.

We have access to highly trained IT professionals in our candidate pool that we can easily source to match you with the right person to fill this niche position. Having an IT professional on your product team will allow you to offer a more secure tech world for your clients. Let us know what you are looking for in an IT candidate and we will put our experience to work for you in sourcing the best qualified IT candidate for the job.

Thinking Outside The Box For Your Job Search

Picture 3Where can I source the right job for me? It’s a common question many people have when looking for a job or considering a career change.  Sometimes thinking beyond the scope of what you are used to can prove to be the answer you are seeking.  Of the industries that are succeeding and growing, insurance companies are near the top.

Within the insurance industry Technology and Agriculture are two of the fastest growing segments.  Did you know that insurance companies are seeking experienced agriculture team members to be experts on agriculture insurance? Were you aware that experienced technology skills can be of great value to an insurance company that provides cyber-security and other technology insurance products?  It’s a case of combining your expertise with a company’s needs, even if your skill set might not be insurance related.  From agri-business insurance to technology, skills from all ends of the spectrum can be of great benefit to the insurance sector.

CSG is here to review your resume and talk with you in detail about your experience and expertise.  Together, we may discover that you have those special-niche skills that companies are in dire need of.

Contact us and let us help source the right job for you based on your experience and qualifications.  Connect with CSG founder, Darryl Coleman, on LinkedIn to begin your professional growth journey with CSG.

HOW TO SET YOURSELF APART FROM THE REST

shutterstock_116205967Today, the world is full of job seekers. How can you set yourself apart from the rest? Coleman Search Group (CSG) can coach you and give you the personalized attention that will assist you in preparing to share your expertise and attributes with those who will review your resume and call you for an interview. The property/casualty insurance field is a specialized market. The top insurance companies trust us to recommend and identify the talent they require in a candidate.

You may find yourself feeling at a loss for how to best differentiate yourself from the others who are also posting their resumes and seeking that hard to land interview. It’s more than submitting your resume for review and writing an awe inspiring cover letter, it’s knowing where the decision makers go to source potential candidates.

We refer top insurance agencies to the best-suited candidates for the job based on our first-hand knowledge of each of our candidates. You’re not just a person on paper. We get to know you. Our personalized approach is how we set our self apart from the rest. In turn it’s how we set you apart from the rest. Because we are known as a trusted source for companies searching for qualified candidates, getting yourself in our candidate pool puts you ahead of other applicants.

We help you succeed by getting to know you and your professional goals. We talk candidly with you about where you want to be and how your experience can set you on the path to professional success.

Whether you are wanting to talk to us about fine-tuning your interview skills, reviewing and revamping your resume, or promoting your skills and qualifications to the roster of insurance agencies we consult with, we can help. Helping you be more than a needle in a haystack is what we do best. Insurance agencies call on us to save them the time of sifting through the hay bales and source THE one they are looking for. When we introduce you to a company, they will take notice because you are coming from CSG.

It’s Not Who You Know. It’s Who We Know.

shutterstock_137793371If your organization lacks succession candidates or is struggling to identify up and coming talent, choosing the right recruiter is key. Coleman Search Group works closely with you to understand your organization and your immediate, mid-range and long range hiring objectives.

Having worked in and served the property/casualty industry for more than twenty-five years, we understand the talent gap you are facing. We can provide the right candidate(s) for you to interview, because sometimes it’s not who you know, it’s who we know.

We save you time. Our years of experience go to work for each of our clients. Before “networking” was a term in the 21st century, we’ve been doing just that, networking and relationship building. Establishing relationships with clients and candidates IS the key to providing you with a successful candidate pool, so you can select the most qualified person to better your company.

We’re in the age where succession planning is the key to future success of all companies. Maybe you’re not looking to fill a position in the immediate future, but your long term goals may indicate that a closer look at the talent pool now will better secure your company’s future for tomorrow.

We know who has the know-how. Our talent pool grows by the day because we’re constantly searching and networking to find talented, top-notch people. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll put our experience to work for you. We connect the right talent with the right company to produce results quickly.

TECHNOLOGY AND RECRUITING GO HAND IN HAND

CSGIf you are a candidate searching and researching the web and LinkedIn for the best insurance companies, technology and process is key. CSG is proud to offer a simplified online process to help identify quality companies and help streamline the online resume submission process by using our candidate portal. Decades of executive insurance experience and our interactive search portal make it easy for you to discover new opportunities.

Our network of decision makers is vast. Connect with us and we can save you valuable time in getting your resume in the pool of talent where the world’s largest insurance agencies go to for filling their niche positions. Opportunity abounds, you just have to know where to look. Let us know what you’re wanting in a career. We are here to help.

We invite you to take a look at our past candidate testimonials. While you’re there take a peek at the client testimonials. We are the expert source for assisting top-notch insurance companies discover talent across the nation.

We consult with some of the world’s largest insurance companies to privately held insurance related businesses, which offers you more opportunity to join the company that is best suited for you. Join us on LinkedIn to stay abreast of what we can do for you. We regularly post job openings. Connect with us and we will recommend companies best suited for you.

We’re Different. We’re Flexible To Meet Your Needs.

shutterstock_160713830Is your company looking to fill a position, but haven’t been able to identify the perfect candidate for the job? Not every company is the same, and consequently, not all needs are the same; Coleman Search Group understands that. We invite you to learn more about how we can help your organization identify the right candidate for your position.

We excel at resolving those hard to fill positions like Agribusiness Underwriting, and with our customized fee structure, we will meet both your talent needs while remaining cost effective. We’re different than other firms in that our search fee is based on a proprietary process rather than historical fee structures that can be disproportionate to your position requirements.

We are also flexible by offering more than one type of search option to better suit your needs. If your organization is looking to attract exceptional executive level leaders while learning about passive talent available across the nation, a Retained Search is the right option. A Retained Search is an exclusive contractual search agreement resulting in a thorough, exhaustive national search process and top-notch candidate presentations.

Time is money, and if hiring high quality, senior level candidates quickly is paramount, an Exclusive Search is the right option. An excellent alternative to a retained search, an Exclusive Search is a customized, engaged search agreement utilizing a consistent, rigorous process resulting in talented candidate placement.

If you are seeking line managers, individual contributors and/or wish to maximize your potential candidate pool, a Priority Search is the right option. A Priority Search is a contingent search utilizing sound, time-tested processes resulting in qualified candidate placement.

More than 25 property casualty insurance companies, including some of the world’s largest, utilize us to fill needed positions because they know that a candidate from CSG is the best candidate for their job. We are here to help you achieve the results you need in your search.

2014 Retirement Boom – Good News For Gen X & Gen Y

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Forbes has predicted that this year we will see a lot of “boomers” retire. Eighteen percent (18%) of them have plans to retire within five years.  Sixty-eight (68%) percent of HR professionals say that this will have a tremendous impact on the business community.  Right now, millennials account for thirty-six (36%) of the American workforce.

This is good news for Gen X’ers and Y’ers, but only if the new generation is adequately trained to take on the responsibilities a company needs. Currently, succession planning is key for many companies.  Gen X’ers and Y’ers can start preparing now for the retirement boom that is before them.

CSG is here to help coach and prepare you for the big leagues. The need for a seamless transition in leadership and responsibilities within a company is increasing. Companies are preparing for the “boomers” to retire, and the Gen X’ers and Y’ers can get a jump-start to be primed and ready to be THE one the company calls upon. CSG is here to help you be more than ready. We want to talk with you and learn about your experience and determine which company and opportunity is right for you and your professional goals.

According to LifeHealthPro, less than twenty-four (24%) percent of the insurance workforce are in their forties or younger. This leaves the large majority of workers to face retirement in the near or immediate future. There is high-demand for new talent to fill their shoes.

NEW YEAR, NEW JOB?

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It’s the time of year where we reflect and resolve to make the future what we want it to be. The thought of transitioning to a new opportunity with more room for growth and longevity is a wonderful idea. But how do you make it come to fruition? Are you seeking a new role? Making a career change? Or just curious about the industry? Coleman Search Group (CSG) has the tools, resources, and decades of experience to help.

The first step is to get your name out there and in front of THE decision makers. How do you do that? Darryl Coleman, President of Coleman Search Group, has a vast “rolodex”, if you will, of companies looking for both seasoned insurance professionals as well as up and coming talent. Connect with Darryl on LinkedIn and let him know what you’re looking for in your career search.

Even if you are just curious about opportunities in the insurance industry, getting your name in the pool of CSG candidates can open doors you never knew could open for you and your professional future. Your experience, paired with CSG’s company-candidate match making solutions, will lead the way to a proactive search in sourcing the right company and opportunity for you.

Where do you want to be in 5 years? What do you need to do now to prepare for a successful future? Connect with CSG and your career search will go into overdrive. Whether you are seeking assistance with your résumé, wanting interview prep, or simply needing a sounding board, CSG provides candid and honest feedback to prepare you for the future that is in line with your professional goals.