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Ask a Recruiter: Optimize Social Media in Job Search

November 11, 2016 03:34 PM

Social media has quickly become part of our everyday lives, and many companies are actively using it to recruit great candidates for job openings. American Fidelity is one of those companies! Below are some ways you can keep up with our job openings through social media, and see what other things you’ll find on our social media pages.

 

  • Like @AFCareers on Facebook and keep an eye out for job postings on our page. We regularly share openings in our Home Office and across the nation.
  • Follow @careersataf for regular job postings. Feel free to tweet questions about specific openings and our recruiters will help answer.
  • American Fidelity is also on LinkedIn, one of the top job search platforms. Follow our page to see job openings from Customer Service to executive level.

 

On our various platforms we also share things like photos from Company events, our various T-shirt days, Company successes and more so you can get an inside look at what it’s like to work at American Fidelity.

 

Check out our job openings now. Have a question for our recruiters? Submit it here and watch for an answer on the next Ask a Recruiter post.

Ask a Recruiter: 6 Way to Impress Recruiters

September 16, 2016 08:11 AM

When you’re applying for a job or getting ready for an interview do you find yourself wondering, “What do these recruiters really care about and really want to know from me?” You’re not alone because I’ve had those same thoughts.

I had a chance to talk to American Fidelity’s recruiters to find out just what do they really care about, and I’ve got a list of six things to share with you.

  1. Excellent communication skills are a must. AF recruiters start checking those skills from the initial look at an application. They want candidates that have both written and verbal skillsets.
  2. Show your interest! Do your research on the company you’re applying to and be sure to ask questions when the recruiter asks if you have any. It shows you are interested and engaged. Make sure you’re monitoring your email and voicemails when you apply for a job and respond promptly to recruiters. Slow response times show a lack of interest.
  3. Showcase your interpersonal and soft skills. “These skills are paramount to AF’s culture and being successful here,” says recruiter Kim Brecheen. Show empathy when appropriate and provide thoughtful responses beyond just a yes or no. Your interaction from the time you check-in, to the time you leave the building will demonstrate any social soft skills needed here at AF.
  4. Demonstrate leadership qualities. Show that you can be forward thinking with honest opinions and convey them in a professional manner.
  5. Be a problem solver! Tell recruiters about your experiences with thinking out of the box and utilizing analytical skills to assist a customer or fellow colleague with a problem.
  6. Exhibit customer service skills. This can be shown from the first phone call you have with a recruiter. Show that you are interested in working with and helping others.

These are the top things American Fidelity recruiters are looking for from the very beginning. Do you have a question you’d like to ask our recruiters? Submit it here and watch for a response on the blog.

Be sure to check out our job openings, learn about our hiring process and get tips for getting hired at AF.

Ask a Recruiter: How to Find Internships

August 11, 2016 02:18 PM

Have you been told you need to participate in at least one internship while you’re in school? Are you wondering how you should even go about finding one? I talked with our recruiters and share their thoughts below.

  • Take advantage of the career resources at your university. Review internship openings on your university’s career site.
  • Attend job fairs on campus to preview potential internships, and remember presentation is very important.
  • Be a top student and network with your department head in the field of your study to be considered for internship referrals.
  • Academic records are considered for some internships, so it is important to keep that in mind as you are working in your studies.
  • Preview ahead of time for the next semester. For example if you want an internship for the spring semester, start looking in October of the previous year.

American Fidelity currently has multiple internship opportunities. If you’re interested in any of the areas below, email your resume to americanfidelityrecruiting@americanfidelity.com.

  • Customer Engagement
  • Insurance Claims
  • Data Scientist

 

Ask a Recruiter: When to Apply for Jobs

July 21, 2016 08:23 AM

Have you ever wondered if there’s a certain time of the year that’s best for applying for a job? I talked with American Fidelity recruiters to find out if there’s a best time of year to apply for jobs here.

 

AF recruiters Kim Brecheen and Alejandra Wilson both say there’s not necessarily a better time of year to apply for a job here at American Fidelity.

 

“My suggestion to candidates is to visit our blog to see the hot jobs each week,” Alejandra said. “Also, if candidates request to receive automated notifications from our application site, they will receive those when a new position opens up in their field.”

 

Are you interested in joining the AF team? Check out our job openings, learn about our hiring process and get tips on getting hired at AF!

 

If you have a question for our recruiters, submit it here.

Ask a Recruiter: Interested in Multiple Jobs

June 13, 2016 09:46 AM

Are you currently looking for a new job? Have you checked out our openings at American Fidelity? Did you find more than one position that you’re interested in with us? When you’re job searching it can be confusing what to do if you find more than one position that you’re interested in. I talked with one of our recruiters and got her ideas on how you should handle this kind of situation.

 

American Fidelity recruiter Kim Brecheen’s top advice is to make sure your skills align with the position or positions you are applying for to be more targeted in the focus of your search.

 

From the recruiters’ side, they review candidates beyond the position actually applied for and consider all positions that the initial skill sets seem to fit.

 

“In my experience it is often that a candidate may be considered for something different than the position they applied for,” Kim said.

 

That means when you apply for a job at American Fidelity, our recruiters will review your application with all open positions to see if you may be a fit for those as well. We want the best talent for each position to better serve our Customers!

 

Are you interested in working with us? Check out our job openings and learn about our hiring process. Already applied? Thank you for your interest in working with us! Have a question for our recruiters? Submit it now and watch for an answer on the next Ask a Recruiter post. 

7 Tips on How to Get Hired at American Fidelity

May 12, 2016 12:12 PM

Since you’re here reading our blog, we hope that means you’re interested in working at American Fidelity. We know we can’t guarantee that our readers will get hired here, but we do want to help increase your odds with some insider advice.

 

  1. Familiarize yourself with American Fidelity and our products and services.
  2. Check out our Day in the Life column and review posts for areas you’re interested in for a more detailed look at the job and area.
  3. Review our hiring process to help you understand how our application and interview process works.
  4. Find out what our recruiters look for in candidates by watching these videos of Kim Brecheen and Alejandra Wilson.
  5. Review our Ask a Recruiter column for answers to the most commonly asked questions, such as their top interview questions to ask, expectations they have of candidates, what to expect from a phone interview, questions you should ask and more.
  6. Join our Talent Network to receive AF job updates that match your interests.
  7. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest information about AF’s job openings.

 

Check out our OKC job openings and our field sales positions and share with your network.

 

Have other questions? Let us know in the comments!

5 Tips to Help Your Job Search

March 23, 2016 03:00 AM

jobsearchnewspaper-1024x759 No matter the time or reason, searching for a new job can be an overwhelming scenario. With so many factors to consider and the stakes being so high, it’s no wonder many people find themselves wondering where to begin. Luckily, our recruiters have shared with us some very basic tips to help you get started on your job search!

  • Network through organizations that you may be affiliated with to provide job search leads. You should also expand your network to include schools/universities, friends, family and others.
  • Do some maintenance on your social media profiles so they are representative of a professional job search. Having an up-to-date, complete LinkedIn profile is also always recommended.
  • Review the top companies in your area as potential leads.
  • Make sure your resume is quick, concise, targeted and eye-catching to capture the attention of recruiters via digital technology.
  • Is your background and training highly specialized? Connecting with a third party search firm is a good option for those looking for work in a niche sector.


Looking for more advice on how to land the job of your dreams? Make sure to check out these other Inside AF posts!


Still have questions? Submit them here and our recruiters will help provide an answer to your job searching conundrums!

Ask a Recruiter: How to Talk Salary

March 10, 2016 01:30 AM

Alejandra W., Recruiting Specialist Alejandra W., Recruiting Specialist

Have you ever been in an interview and really wanted to ask the question about how much the job pays, but aren’t sure how to bring it up effectively?? For most people the amount a job pays could make or break the offer depending on their current financial situation.

Talking salary with a hiring manager can definitely feel awkward. It seems there’s never a right time or place.

Here are some tips to help you decide when and how to bring it up.

  • Make sure the employer is interested in you. Feel out the interviewer(s) and if you don’t feel like an offer could be considered, hold off on the salary question.
  • Consider your work history. If you’re new to the job market then it’s appropriate to hold back on salary question.
  • Understand that bringing up salary too soon can send the wrong message. Timing is important.
  • If they start trying to sell you on the job, then you should feel confident they are interested and you’re in the clear to ask about salary.
  • Consider your word choice when asking. Don’t just blurt out, “How much does it pay?”
  • Expect a vague answer and be prepared to answer what pay range you’re looking for.
  • Have a minimum number in mind and be prepared to negotiate to get there.

Do you have questions about the interview process, how to answer certain questions, or how to bring up other questions that you may have of the employer? Submit them here and watch for an answer from AF recruiters in the next Ask a Recruiter post.

Ask a Recruiter: Internship Opportunities

January 13, 2016 07:51 AM

Alejandra Campos, AF Recruiter Alejandra Campos, AF Recruiter

Are you well on your way to being a college graduate and feeling overwhelmed with the idea that you need experience to get any kind of job once you graduate? Start with an internship, and start with American Fidelity!

Internships are a great solution to getting your foot in the door and kicking off your career. At American Fidelity interns do more than just keep the coffee fresh and make copies all day. Our interns are fully active members of their teams and gain valuable hands-on experience.

Our recruiters know how important internships can be, and last year they left some advice for new interns. See what tips they shared.

Right now our recruiters are looking for a benefits/claims intern and a business analyst intern. If you’re interested in one of these positions, apply or inquire by emailing AmericanFidelityRecruiting@americanfidelity.com. Looking for a better reason to intern at American Fidelity? Check out a full list here!

Ask a Recruiter: How to Get Your Foot in the Door at American Fidelity

December 10, 2015 04:37 AM

Stephanie T., Customer Engagement Team Leader Stephanie T., Customer Engagement Team Leader[/caption] Hey you! Yes, you! Are you a college grad looking to get your foot in the door at a large national company based in OKC and want to help people at the same time? American Fidelity is growing and we’re adding to our Customer Engagement department’s Flex team. “We’re looking to fill several positions on our Flex team with motivated people who enjoy a fast-paced environment and serving others and are high energy and willing to learn,” said Stephanie Talkington, Customer Engagement team leader. “Our team primarily answers calls from our Customers who have questions about their flexible spending and dependent daycare accounts, such as what their balance is, the status of a reimbursement or how to get a new debit card for their flex account.” American Fidelity offers a variety of training and mentoring opportunities to help Colleagues grow. After Stephanie started as a Customer service rep in Flex, she joined the formal mentoring program and participated in training courses available through our Leadership and Management Program. She was then selected to join a high-profile project team that’s working to implement a new policy administration system to better serve our Customers. Recently, she was promoted to team leader and is looking for new Colleagues to join American Fidelity. Want to be one of those Colleagues? Begin your career path at AF by applying today for our Flex call center job openings or check out our other current open jobs in Oklahoma City. And make sure to take a look at our other Ask a Recruiter posts for more info on working at AF. Have a question for our recruiters or hiring managers? Let us know in the comments or submit your question today!