Insurance employment forecast sees 14,000 jobs currently available and 27,000 more this year

GreatInsuranceJobs.com has released a report on the availability of jobs among managing general agents, third party administrators, brokers, and agents, and has determined that there are currently about 14,000 positions open, and that there will be an additional 27,000 jobs available before the end of 2012. The report was based on a survey of those parts of the industry, among which 126 different insurance entities participated across the country. The survey was performed over the phone, and involved five questions about the current and forecasted job availability, in addition to…

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The basics you need to know before opening your own insurance agency

Going into business for yourself and starting up your own independent insurance agency can be a thrilling, fulfilling, and rewarding experience, but you need to understand the business and its requirements before you can hang your shingle. Insurance, after all, is a business of relationships, and while you may have many on your own as an agent, by recruiting several associate agents, you will build your network significantly. By helping to protect families, individuals, and businesses from the disasters that can occur in life, you will also be creating a…

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Allstate Insurance announces expansion and hiring in the Southeast and Texas

Allstate Insurance Company has announced a number of different areas in which it will be making new hires this year. These include Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, as well as Texas. This large insurer, has said that it is hoping to bring in 124 new agency owners within the Southeastern states. As a part of that intention, it is offering a referral reward of $5,000 to anyone who refers a qualified candidate who receives an appointment this year. As a part of a candidate’s qualification, he or she must…

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Survey shows that insurers looking to hire more staff throughout 2012

A new survey from The Jacobson Group, a leading insurance staffing services firm, and the Ward Group, a consulting firm, suggests that the majority of insurance companies in the U.S. will be looking to hire more staff throughout the 2012 fiscal year. More than 60 regional insurance carriers and 50 multinational insurance groups participated in the survey. According to the groups’ findings, these insurers are looking to embolden their workforce to account for rapid growth seen in several sectors, especially concerning the property/casualty sector. Though the past two years have…

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State Farm Insurance announces intentions to recruit 3,000 new hires

State Farm Insurance has announced that it will be hiring 3,000 new employees across the United States and Canada in order to fill a number of positions where there had been open positions (those unfilled after people left) throughout the recession, as well as to add an additional 900 agents. The insurer, based in Bloomington, Illinois, has revealed that it is now accepting applications for these new jobs, which will primarily be for positions in customer service, information technology, and claims. This new wave of hiring will boost the workforce…

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390 new positions to open up in Tampa with Progressive car insurance

Progressive car insurance has announced very welcome news to the unemployment-stricken state of Florida (where rates have recently risen to 9.9 percent) when they said that they will be helping to boost the economy in the Tampa Bay area by hiring 390 people in sales, claims, and service positions at the contact center in Riverview. Aside from actually gaining a job in a difficult economy, there are many advantages being offered to employees of Progressive, including a casual dress code, bonuses for performance, fitness centers, and medical facilities located on-site…

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Military veterans targeted by insurers for new job opportunities

The property/casualty insurance industry is ramping up efforts to find new talent and many companies are looking to military veterans to answer the call for new hires. The insurance industry has long been one of the friendliest sectors for those retiring from military service and looking for work in the private sector. Military experience translates well into insurance because veterans are often instilled with a sense that problems must be solved properly and as quickly as possible. Aon Corporation, one of the world’s largest reinsurance and risk management firms, has…

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GEICO called one of Virginia’s best places to work for 2012

The Virginia Business and Best Companies Group has named GEICO insurance one of the top places to work in the state, in recognition of the insurer’s efforts as one of Virginia’s leading employers. The regional vice president of the Fredericksburg office for GEICO, John Izzo, said that the company is proud of receiving this honor and acknowledged that it is the company’s associates who propel the insurer forward. Therefore, “we make a strong effort to ensure they get as much out of their hard work for GEICO as they put…

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Progressive to bring in 120 new hires in Austin

Progressive Car Insurance has announced that it will be hiring approximately 120 new people in their claims, sales, and service positions at its contact center in Austin, before the end of the year. These positions come with many attractive qualities, such as flexibility – for example, compressed work weeks and work from home opportunities – a casual dress code, performance bonuses, fitness centers, and on-site medical facilities for both the employees and their families. Recruiting director Katie Koch, from Progressive, said that the insurance company’s employees remain with that business…

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Insurance Information Institute reports on job loss and gain in the insurance industry

Despite record profits this year, the insurance industry continues to shed jobs. The Insurance Information Institute has released a new report highlighting the losses in the property/casualty insurance sector. Signs of an improving economy may not be enough to help the industry keep its workforce employed, especially when confronted with costly losses due to this year’s natural disasters. The Institute’s report relied on data collected by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Apart from a still turbulent economic climate, the industry has been downsizing as a result of…

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