Dedication and Connections Breed Success

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Many job seekers believe that building an impressive resume, attending a top-rated university and winning numerous awards are all you need to land that dream job. While those achievements are important and play a critical part in getting an incredible position, there are two items not found on a resume that also create true career success:  dedication and connections. On that note, Coleman Search Group (CSG) is proud to announce our own Iwalani De Los Santos (Lani) recently accepted the position of claim associate for one of the leading multi-line insurers, Zurich Insurance.  She accomplished a lot and formed new relationships during her time with CSG, which helped bring her to this place of career success.

As operations manager at CSG, Lani had the opportunity to get an up close view into the property/casualty insurance industry, which ultimately fueled her desire to work in this business. She learned how to identify key traits that made a job candidate successful and how important it was to be truly prepared for every professional scenario. These experiences, along with her dedication to learning, helped Lani hone her skills and qualities, making her a more sought-after job candidate. In her position, she was responsible for several key functions of the company which built her confidence in her own capabilities, as well as in the insurance industry as a viable career field.

Lani met and worked with various key contacts in the industry. Through these connections and interactions, she gained valuable knowledge from experienced professionals and began building lasting relationships that will forever play a part in her professional path. Lani’s positive rapport with clients, candidates and colleagues through daily work activities and networking events contributed to the incredible opportunities and glowing references she received.

A strong resume is definitely a key part of accomplishing professional success, but it’s not always the only or most important piece of the puzzle. As you can see in Lani’s success story, there is much more that goes into landing that great job. She does have the remarkable resume filled with coveted job experiences and academic accomplishments, but it was ultimately her dedication and the connections she made while at CSG that led to a great opportunity for an incredible company.

How to Gain a Competitive Edge During Summer

By: Iwalani De Los Santos

In the coming weeks the World Cup will bring competition into the global spotlight and has us considering how individual coordination, energy, and teamwork can yield victory when it comes to a job search.  soccerCandidates come to us for résumé development, interview preparation, and ultimately how to score their desired career opportunity.  How can you be positioned ahead of the pack to score that goal?

Pre-Season Conditioning: Enhance Your Skills

Players expecting to make the cut for their nation’s World Cup team can’t take a break in their off-season.  Top competitors continue to hone their skills, advance their moves, and stay in peak physical condition.  Why shouldn’t you do the same?  How are you enhancing your skills?  How are you staying in peak condition?  Have you ever considered that you are in a very unique situation when searching for that next opportunity?  You may ask “how is that unique?” quite simply; YOU are the product that is being marketed.   As such, how are you enhancing yourself and your value?  Have you strengthened your resume, sharpened your interviewing skills, enrolled in continuing education or licensing courses?  Have you differentiated yourself by volunteering in the community?  These are simply a few suggestions that will help condition you to be the star-player when it’s time to compete.

Play Offense: You Have the Ball

Historically speaking, summer time is usually a slower period when it comes to interviewing and hiring.  Many companies bring on new hires in the spring or fall and most have already filled their openings with new college graduates before summer.  Don’t let this deter you from applying or sending your resume to a hiring authority.  In fact, you can get a jump on the competition while there are fewer contenders in the game.  Be proactive by submitting your resume, use social media to remain well connected, and work alongside an industry insider, when necessary.  After years of the ‘Great Recession’ hiring drought, employers are identifying and hiring great candidates, sometimes before posting roles on their career board.  If a hiring manager is looking for talent, make your moves count and be on offense.

Be a Midfielder: Expand Your Chances to Score a Goal

Soccer players always keep an eye out for any opportunity to score a goal.  They must capitalize on a variety of vantage points on the field for success.   Likewise, approach your job search with an open-mind, continuously update your perspective, and modernize your target job.  Have you considered widening your scope of possible relocation regions, exploring a lateral opportunity to broaden your skills and qualifications, or taking a calculated risk to go for that next position on the corporate ladder?  We believe it’s important to remember that you aren’t looking for a ‘job’; you are looking for the right career opportunity for your skill set and experience.  You never know, taking a shot from an unlikely angle could lead you to score a life changing opportunity for you and your family.

Teamwork: Strategize Your Strengths & Weaknesses

Every great team has their rising stars, veterans, support staff, and coaches.  Each part of the team must work together to develop their individual talents and provide support in areas that need improvement. How each team handles their unique combination of strengths and weaknesses will determine their success.  From our perspective as recruiters, it’s essentially  the same game plan: a candidate who seeks a new role should know their individual strengths, find out how to limit their weaknesses, network with “veterans” in your area of interest, and rely on “coaches” like Coleman Search Group (CSG) to help you navigate the field.

Set yourself apart from the pack and attract prospective companies by taking an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.  There are many resources and methods to assess your strengths and learn about your personal attributes.  Knowing how to advance a player’s strengths and how to reduce weakness creates a healthy balance for any winning team.  Once you assess your abilities, seek out professionals with a solid reputation in your business – they will provide sound advice to help you advance in your field.  Next, you may consider using a “coach” to help you prepare and provide strategies for your job search.  Coaching makes a difference and the right “coach” can help you succeed and give you a personalized training plan.  Last, but not least, lean on your family and friends as you consider new responsibilities, relocation options and your career dreams.  Carefully consider their feedback because they know you well and can be some of your biggest fans!

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.

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.

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.