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.
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 webinars and articles. They do very much seem to be flavour of the month.
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 increasing number of CVs.
Lisa Meigh, director of HR & Learning at Covéa Insurance
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 to enjoy a fulfilling home life, without stalling their career progress. Job shares work by two people fulfilling one role, sharing the responsibility and remuneration of the full-time position.
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?
Charlotte Myers, director, LMA Academy & Market Talent Development, Lloyd's Market Association
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.
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.
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.
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.