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Day in the Life – Benefits Consultant

February 5, 2015 02:29 AM
[caption id="attachment_2551" align="alignnone" width="221"]Walker_Raelene_color Raelene Walker, AFAS Benefits Consultant[/caption] In 2013, American Fidelity launched a new Company focused on helping Customers navigate the many changes stemming from Health Care Reform. This consulting Company, American Fidelity Administrative Services (AFAS), is currently seeking two benefits consultants to join the team to work with Customers to find solutions to their challenges. I sat down with benefits consultant Raelene Walker to learn more about this team and what they’re looking for in candidates. Before joining the AFAS team, Raelene worked for American Fidelity Assurance Company for 25 years serving our education industry Customers. In both roles, she worked with employers to help them find solutions to their benefits-related challenges. In her current role, she solicits employers to create an interest in our consulting products and services to address pain points related to Health Care Reform. “My goal is to be in front an employer group as often as possible, presenting and educating clients about our services and Health Care Reform regulations and talking to them about their needs. I’m also on the phone a lot with our AFA Colleagues who implement the services I sell to ensure the Customer gets what they need. I’ve learned to schedule office time as well to keep up; this job is like a puzzle – you have to keep up with all the various parts.” Raelene’s career allows her to help solve others’ problems and find value-added solutions to meet their needs. “I love that I do something different each day. I’m traveling and meeting new people; not going to the same place. It takes a lot of out-of-the-box thinking and creativity. It keeps me young – I have to keep firing on all cylinders, keep sharpening my brain to solve problems. I love it and I’m very grateful to have a job doing what I love.” Raelene provided some insight into what it takes to succeed as an AFAS benefits consultant. “You have to be a professional juggler – we constantly have so many balls in the areas to accomplish our goals. You have to love to meet people and have no fear of talking to anyone. It helps to be accomplishment driven, independent and a self-starter. You also need to be quick on your feet. Customers often don’t know what their needs are exactly and need you to figure it out and provide solutions for them.” Sound like the type of fun, challenging environment you’d thrive in? Apply today! We currently have an opening in the Oklahoma/Kansas area and a position that could be based on either the East Coast or California. Not for you? Check out AFA’s full list of current job openings and our previous Day in the Life columns to learn about other opportunities.

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