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CompleteMarkets - Careers

The purpose of this blog is to help guide those who struggle to find employment in the Insurance and Financial Services industry. Every week I will post blogs to help job seekers through the hiring process. The blog posts will focus on; resume building, what words you should and shouldn't use on resumes, staying active in the job search, how to be successful on CompleteMarkets and get in front of recruiters and employers, providing relevant information regarding employment etc. It is my goal to take you from being a job seeker to an employed insurance professional.

Who We Work With

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 5/20/2015
Every day candidates ask me:
  • Who is CompleteMarkets?
  • Who does CompleteMarkets work with?
  • What type of positions does CompleteMarkets have?
In case you are wondering yourself, here are the answers to those frequently asked questions.

Who is CompleteMarkets?

We are the social networking site for the Insurance and Financial Services industry. Our goal is to provide recruiters, employers and candidates with a great experience using our Talent Solutions Platform. CompleteMarkets has the most focused and comprehensive jobs board in the insurance industry. Unlike most businesses and jobs boards, we offer distinct information and services other websites don't offer; in a very simple format. 

Who does CompleteMarkets work with?

Our CompleteMarkets jobs board focuses on recruiters, employers and candidates in the Insurance and Financial Services industry. We work with:

  • Wholesalers
  • Carriers
  • Agency Owners
  • Recruiters
What type of positions does CompleteMarkets have?

Being that we work with a variety of employers, we have a wide selection of jobs to select from:

  • Insurance Adjusters
  • Insurance Claims
  • Insurance Consultants
  • Insurance Sales
  • Insurance Underwriters etc.
These are just some ofthe positions we work with. We are growing daily and adding new jobs, companies and candidates. We don't just focus on one specific category or type of position. If you are in the Insurance or Financial Services industry then we work with you. There are a variety of licensed Life/Health, P&C and Financial Services professionals that are on CompleteMarkets. We don't limit to who we work with. 

How CompleteMarkets Benefits You

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 5/13/2015
Last week I talked about the importance of not showing up to an interview and being unresponsive to recruiters and employers.

This week I am going to discuss what you can do to fully benefit from being a user on CompleteMarkets and how being responsive will be beneficial to you.

Having a CompleteMarkets account gives you the ability to fully maximize your resume and utilize the help of others. After you upload your resume, you are immediately taken to jobs that are matched for you by a 50 mile radius. From there you it is up to you to take charge of your career search!

If you feel like your resume needs to be updated or you would like some guidance or direction, please reach out to me. I am here to help you and it is our goal that you have a wonderful experience at CompleteMarkets. I work with candidate’s resumes every day and help them maximize their skills and abilities.

Aside from our job matching and help desk, we also have weekly blogs providing you with tips on:

 1. Resume building
 2. Applying for jobs
 3. Tips for interviews
 4. Make yourself unforgettable to the employer.

Letting us know what you are looking for will help tremendously. If you do not really want to look for a job and just want to see what options are available, that is information we need to know. I help assist recruiters and employers in their search for candidates, so when we are looking for candidates, we don’t want to put all of our hopes into a candidate that isn’t looking for a job, this is because the chances increase of not getting a response.

We want you to be active and enjoy all that we have to offer!

No Shows to Interviews!

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 5/6/2015
In week six’s blog I briefly talked about candidates not showing to interviews. I continue to see that this is a big issue for recruiters and employers, so I want to dig a little deeper into it, but this time from the employer’s perspective.

When agencies and firms continue to have “no shows” for interviews, it causes frustration. Eventually, it puts hiring on the backburner, which in the long run makes it harder for future candidates to get a job. Not showing up for an interview or even responding back to emails or phone calls begins to put a bad taste in an employer’s mouth when it comes to hiring. What it causes is a very difficult hiring process for any candidates that do show and it raises the standards on getting a job.

Employers and recruiters are willing to invest the time into candidate’s especially smaller agencies. They are willing to work with you to get you placed. All they need is the candidate to show up!

We understand that interviews can be nerve wrecking but they can also be great practice. How great is it that an employer wants to interview you even if you aren’t really looking for another job? Why not show up and see what they have to offer? There are always better opportunities available!

Our recruiters and employers on CompleteMarkets are proactive in reaching out to candidates and setting up interviews. They contact candidates by phone, email or through me, so if you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity, be responsive and show up to the interview.

A lot of the times, it is not listed in the job description what the salary or benefits are but that’s because they base it off of your experience. They will not make their offer until they meet you and see the value you have to offer. 

So what are you waiting for?

Feeling Stuck in Your Job?

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 4/29/2015
It is not uncommon to feel like you are in a dead end job, especially if you are not treated like you make a difference in your company.

 According to Deloitte’s Shift Index survey, 80% of employees are unhappy in their jobs. That’s a lot dissatisfied employees! So why is it that employees are unhappy and feel stuck in their jobs? Is it the loss of passion for your career? Do you feel like you are never going to go anywhere in your job no matter how much effort you put into it? Or do you feel that the stress of finding a new job is likely not worth the effort?

 Here are some of the top 5 thoughts and feelings employees have towards their job:

1. You can’t move up
2. You are grossly underpaid
3. You feel resentment
4. Your best skills are not utilized
5. You have threatened to quit time and time again

 If you have had these feelings and thoughts or have lost all passion for your job and are only there because it’s a pay check, then it’s time to consider your options.

 No one wants to stay at a job they are not happy in, but at the same time looking for another job can be intimidating, especially if you are afraid of your current employer finding out. It’s a big step to look for another job. That’s why having a CompleteMarkets account allows you to have control in your customized job search and remain completely confidential.

 We want you to have the job you want! Employees that are happy with their jobs produce the best work for their employers. We are here to help you find a job that will make you happy and a productive employee. We know it’s about your happiness and what you want.

Feedback From the Candidate

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 4/22/2015
I want to take a look at the job process from the candidate’s side. What is it that draws you in to a job posting? What makes you decide that you want to apply? What is it you are looking for?

I have been at CompleteMarkets for a while now and in my time here I have had a chance to work with some really great recruiters and employers. They are excited and look forward to interviewing candidates. Even if you are not fully qualified and meet all of the job requirements, employers will still review your resume and interview you for two reasons:

1. They have you in mind for a different position
2. They are willing to work with you as long as you are willing to put in the effort

I have seen recruiters and employers try to reach out to candidates through CompleteMarkets accounts, emails and phone calls with no response. In some cases where candidates have responded and interviews were scheduled, the candidates don’t show up. This has left recruiters, employers and myself asking the question, why? Why is it that candidates don’t want to interview and gain employment?

So, I come to you now with a few questions…. If you are actively seeking employment, why would you not return an employer/recruiters phone call or email? If you schedule an interview, why would you not show up? I’m curious to find the why behind the problem because it seems as though employers are hiring, but candidates are not seizing the opportunities.

The Application

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 4/15/2015
We understand how time consuming applications are, especially if you are applying for multiple positions. We make the application process easy by sending a copy of your CompleteMarkets career history to the employer. No need to fill out lengthy applications, just fill in your cover letter information and click apply! It literally takes less than two minutes!

 After you have submitted your application, the employer receives an email notification immediately. They can view your Career History and Cover Letter you submitted and contact you directly to set up an interview.

 I strongly recommend that you keep your Career History updated. As I explained earlier, the employer will get a copy of your Career History (or selected resume), but our employers and recruiters are also proactively searching for candidates. If you want to be found make sure you pay close attention and fill out your Career History completely.

 There are two ways recruiters and employers contact candidates:

1. Direct contact through phone
2. A message sent to candidates on their CompleteMarkets account

 Someone will contact you, so it is important to be active on CompleteMarkets and responsive to phone calls or emails.

Staying Active

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 4/8/2015
After you have created or uploaded your resume on your CompleteMarkets user profile, it is crucial that you stay active on CompleteMarkets and in your job search.

 Once your resume is uploaded you will be directed to our Find It page where you will see a list of the categories we have and how many jobs we have matched for you within a 50 mile radius from your zip code. This is to just get you started.

 It is then up to you to decide if you would like to look for jobs further or closer to your home. We have also created filters that we encourage you to use. This gives you a chance to customize your job search and narrow it down to positions that best fit you.

 The search filters were designed to make your job search simple and easy. You have the ability to view:

 The date the job was posted
 Distance
 Experience
 Education
 Skills
  Categories
 Benefits

Each filter will tell you how many jobs are available. Aside from filtering out which job would be best for you, we took it one step further and created a list of Recommended Jobs for you just to make it that much faster. We know it’s tough out there on the job market today, that’s why we encourage you to stay active in your job search.

 Not staying active on your CompleteMarkets account is a sure way to miss a job opportunity. It is very important to log in to your CompleteMarkets account at least once a week, not only keep in touch with recruiters and employers reaching out to you, but to also stay updated on the new jobs added weekly. If you don’t see a job that grabs your attention then check again in a week, we are constantly growing and adding new positions, you don’t want to miss out on any opportunities.

Buzzwords on Resumes

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 4/1/2015

Now that you have decided what information is going on your resume and what format you’re going to use, it’s time to think about what you should and shouldn’t say.

Believe it or not, applicants use common buzzwords that are sure to get a pass on your resume. According to LinkedIn the top 10 overused buzzwords that recruiters do not like seeing are:

1. Responsible
2. Strategic
3. Creative
4. Effective
5. Patient
6. Expert
7. Organizational
8. Driven
9. Innovative
10. Analytical

 Rather than using the most common buzzwords it has been suggested to use these terms instead:

1. Achieved
2. Improved
3. Trained/Maintained
4. Managed
5. Created
6. Influenced
7. Increased/Decreased
8. Negotiated
 9. Launched
10. Under Budget

Although none of the words above are written in stone to get your resume read or passed, this list can help you really stand out. One important part to remember when describing your job duties is to describe in general and easy to understand terms. Do not assume that the reader knows exactly what job you held or any industry jargon. Keep it clear and descriptive.

Staying in Front of Recruiters and Employers

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 3/25/2015
Now that you have found the job, you need to present yourself to the employer. How do you create a resume that will stand out?

If you want your resume to be read by employers and recruiters there are five important factors they really focus on. If you do not pay attention to these it’s likely that your resume will be tossed at the first scan. They look for:
 
1. Contact Information (It is important to use professional contact information, especially email addresses).
 2. Format
3. Spelling
4. Grammar
 5. Length

Your resume needs to be tailored to the position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a Commercial Lines position then you want to list all of your Commercial Lines experience. If you don’t list all of your experience in Commercial Lines, then a recruiter may look over your resume and choose someone else who looks better qualified on paper then you do because they have listed all their Commercial Lines experience. If you are not applying for a specific position and you just want to create a general resume, then it is important to only list the three most recent jobs.

 Recruiters and employers are busy, so lengthy resumes are only skimmed because they don’t have enough time to sit and read everything you have to offer them. Try to keep your resume to one page. If you need some guidance creating your resume or if you would like to make some updates to it, go to your CompleteMarkets user profile and select your Career History tab, there you will see the information commonly looked for by recruiters and employers. All you have to do is fill out the information, if you don’t have a resume to upload and you can save and print your career history information in a formatted PDF form.

 Next week I will focus on what you should and shouldn’t say on resumes and the most commonly used buzzwords to avoid.

Struggling to Find a Job

Author AshleyFuerstenberg , 3/18/2015

As a single parent, I know the importance of finding a job that will support not only a healthy work/life balance but also pay the bills at the end of the day. I am sure you have a family member, friend or know someone that is struggling to find employment.

 We all understand that the job market is cluttered. However, do you know what the average amount of resumes recruiters and employers are flooded with on a daily basis? According to Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com, the average number of people to apply for a job is 118; with only 21% actually receiving an interview.

 It’s no surprise that job listing sites contain over hundreds of thousands of resumes; which may or may not be industry specific. Clusters of that size create issues for recruiters and employers, especially those in the insurance industry. Does it now make sense why it sometimes takes months to hear back from potential employers?

 How do you make your resume stand out from the others? How do you search for a job? The first step is for you to understand how to find the right job. This doesn’t mean your dream job, but the right job that matches your skills, location, desired salary and position. This is not easy, especially those in the insurance industry. Most jobs boards are designed to blanket the job market so the filters used for jobs searches often do not apply to you. Don’t panic…CompleteMarkets has a jobs board that is EXCLUSIVE to the insurance and financial services industry. We have tailored the search tools and the job postings because we know exactly what you are looking for when it comes to jobs. You can find the job category that fits your skills in the perfect salary range and right location all in one step.

 I invite you to connect with me on CompleteMarkets and follow my weekly blog posts. My posts will focus on the job process, such as;
     
     • How to create your resume
     • What you should and shouldn’t say on your resume
     • How to stay active in the job search and on CompleteMarkets
     • Staying updated on the weekly job updates
     • How to get an interview etc.

 Let us help you find your next career. Join CompleteMarkets today!