All Careers Advice

  • How 2 raise your profile
    Competition is fierce and new opportunities present themselves unexpectedly. Hence the pressing need to plan a career is becoming ever more essential. There are some very simple and specific things you can do to build your profile and prepare the ground for your next career step.
  • The apprenticeship levy has divided opinion since it was introduced in April 2017. George Crescens from Wiser Academy argues it should be used to tackle skills shortages.
  • Price comparison site, GoCompare has decided to remove candidates’ names from CVs and create an all-female shortlist for its chief marketing officer role, in a bid to attract more female staff.
  • Exclusive: Zurich has said it is uncertain as to whether or not it will lose staff as a result of its recent shake up to change where certain types of business are underwritten.
  • Are you sick of hearing and reading about millennials yet? It seems that every conference I go to lately there is a session where a panel of 50-something white men mull over how these youngsters are going to save their businesses – once they’ve worked out how to market and sell to them. Ditto web...
  • Five insurers have revealed by how much women are underpaid in their organisations compared to men.
  • Male employees across Lloyd’s are paid 27.7% higher on average than female staff.
  • Swinton Insurance is to close up to 40 branches across the UK, putting 268 jobs at risk.
  • Roll back six years and I remember David Williams, on taking a new role as director of underwriting at Axa, calling for parity in remuneration between claims professionals and others.
  • Personal injury claims handlers in Allianz’s Bristol office will not be placed under employment consultation as part of the Allianz-LV merger.
  • In just one generation it has become hard to find someone who has spent their entire working career with a single insurer, broker or loss adjuster. What was commonplace up until the early 1990s is now almost unheard off. In place of such reassuring stability, redundancy now features on an increas...
  • With government and many employers now backing new initiatives to tackle gender equality in the workplace, there’s every reason for renewed interest in practical ways to retain female talent in the workforce. Job sharing, for some, offers the perfect solution allowing them freedom and flexibility...
  • What’s happened to all the farmers who are moving away from agriculture? And why can’t we tempt them into the insurance industry? How do we encourage the next generation of agricultural specialists to join our business?
  • Within the next 10 years, most of the senior wordings specialists currently practising in the market will have retired. Unless this matter is addressed now, the market will be suffering from a knowledge deficit further down the line.
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  • A Curriculum Vitae is a self-marketing tool and getting an interview can depend on how good your CV is. You will need to consider what to include, how much detail is needed and how to make your CV stand out from all the others.
  • Understandably, many people find discussing salaries uncomfortable and embarrassing during an interview. However, most interviewers expect some bartering and, if it motivates you to put more into the job, it is worthwhile for both the applicant and the employer.
  • Rapport is the connection between two people; the spoken and unspoken words that say ‘we are on the same page’. In an interview situation you can employ numerous techniques to maximize the rapport between yourself and your interviewer.
  • The main aim of a covering letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. However, it needs to do a lot more than say, 'here is my CV!'. In short, it is the biggest chance you have to sell yourself.
  • Employers often use psychometric testing to vet potential employees and help them understand a little more about your personality and ability to fit into the role they are offering – and this type of testing is becoming increasing popular.