- Think of a few ideal companies you’d like to work for. Make a point to seek out all of their social media outlets and follow them.
- LinkedIn is an especially useful tool, as it gives employers like AFA, an opportunity to connect directly with potential candidates whose online resume fits an open position. This process is called “passive” recruiting because the potential candidate may not be “actively” seeking new employment. Keep your profile up to date, and check in for news frequently.
- Keep your online presence professional. You never know who’s watching you online, so it’s best to keep anything you wouldn’t want potential employers to see private.
- Social media is an ideal venue for networking and communicating with professional contacts who can potentially lend a hand in your job search. Reach out and seek advice from those you admire professionally.
- A company’s social media presence can give you a window into their corporate culture, values and mission before you even step in the door for your first interview. This information may guide your decision-making process during the job hunt.
- I am consistently asked by superiors what they can do or what I need to accomplish and exceed expectations. Although not every request or suggestion is approved, I have never felt as though my input was not valued and given due consideration.
- I'm proud to work someplace that puts the Customer first and maintains its integrity in the process.
- I think the leadership teams do a great job planning for the future; I'm consistently impressed by how ahead of the game we are.
- Our Company values continual learning whether it be training courses here at AFA or college courses outside of AFA. Learning initiates growth and AFA supports that fully!
- The trust, support and autonomy to deliver on expectations as a manager, along with being in control of my schedule (within reason), are some of the things that I like best.
- I enjoy the flexible work schedules. I work the 7 a.m. shift, and it really helps me be able to be at home with my children and help them with homework, cook dinner and enjoy my evening.
- AFA helped me to find my current position when I knew I wanted to grow my career here.
- AFA is a Company directed by amazingly giving people. From the United Way to employees in hard times to the Oklahoma Blood Institute, we are given the opportunity, during working hours, to be paid to help others.
- I never in a million years thought that this would be my "dream job" until I came here, and now I can't imagine going anywhere else.
You’ve probably heard that we’ve started the process of moving our Home Office Colleagues to our new location at 9000 Broadway. With the move comes many changes and uncertainty for our Colleagues. American Fidelity wants to make sure Colleagues are comfortable in their new spaces and that they know the ins and outs of the new location. To make this happen, Colleagues are invited to a building orientation just before they are scheduled to make the move. In fact, we have a group of Colleagues attending orientation today in preparation for their move this week! At the orientation they are given a small binder full of information they may need or want to know about the new building. Colleagues learn about their food options, security, parking and more. During the orientation Colleagues are taken on a tour of the building so they know exactly where things are before their first day. This is just one way AFA shows they care about Colleagues – making sure they are informed and prepared for the exciting changes to come. Learn more about our first groups stepping into the future of AFA and some of the changes that are coming with a new location. What information would you want to know before starting work in a new location? Let us know in the comments!
This morning as I was reading AFweb, our Intranet, it struck me how American Fidelity works so hard to communicate with Colleagues. I know a lot of companies use similar communications tools, but AFA really makes an effort to communicate well and it plays a role in our culture. Our Intranet site has a new feature story each day, and a section for news and announcements with shorter items or reminders from previous stories. The Intranet site is chock-full of pages where Colleagues can find virtually any information they seek. But the Intranet is just one way we receive information from our Company. Here’s a look at some of the others:
- Forum, our quarterly newsletter, has more in-depth stories and features about fellow Colleagues. The most recent issue highlighted nearly 100 in our American Fidelity family who graduated in 2013. The Forum is distributed electronically, and hard copies also are available for those who want to share the news with their families.
- Direct emails are sent when it’s important that Colleagues get the message right away. From learning about elevator repairs to information about our retirement plan, email is the way to go. Our top leaders also use email to let us know about important Company announcements or invite us to all-Colleague meetings.
- Which brings us to all-Colleague meetings. At least twice a year, we’re invited to Colleague Connection, meetings that feature our CEO, our president and other top leaders. We learn directly from them about how the Company is performing and any changes that are coming. We also have the opportunity to ask questions and get immediate answers. We also have smaller meetings just within our Company divisions to learn what’s going on closer to home.
- E-newsletters share information about our benefits along with our wellness efforts and other topics as needed. Generally, these electronic communication pieces give us a summary of the information, with links to find out more if we’re interested.
- We can’t forget paper. Postcards, flyers and letters are used for those of us who still like to be able to hold the information in our hands and help serve as reminders.
- Face-to-face communications are also important. In addition to the all-Colleague and divisional meetings mentioned above, managers also meet one-on-one or in small groups. Project updates, performance reviews and more take place regularly to keep everyone moving in the same direction.
American Fidelity’s leaders do a great job of making sure Colleagues have access to the information they need to do their work and to take advantage of the many benefits the Company offers. What’s your favorite way of receiving information from your company?
When you’re looking for a job, it’s easy to focus on flashy perks, unique benefits and compensation. While those things are all important, they won’t matter if the company isn’t around in a year to provide you that salary, fancy perks or trendy benefits anymore. Founded in 1960, American Fidelity has a long history of stability and success. Since 1982, we’ve earned an A+ rating for financial condition from A.M Best, one of the leading insurance rating services. In recent recruiting feedback sessions with our new hires, many mentioned appreciating the Company’s strong financial condition and lack of layoffs as factors in their decision making process. Since we help provide financial security to our Customers, it’s imperative that we remain stable as a Company, which means a strong future for our Colleagues as well. AFA's annual report details our financial performance for 2012 and provides an overview of our divisions, products, services and culture. For those of you who don’t enjoy detailed financial graphs, it’s still a great resource to learn more about American Fidelity in general. And if you do enjoy perusing financial details? It’s got those too – just flip to page 16! What kind of information do you look for in an annual report? How important is company financial stability in your job search? Let us know in the comments! Of course, we offer many benefits and perks alongside our financial security. Check out why we’re an employer of choice and review information on our benefits and perks!
Last week I told you about how we like to celebrate our accomplishments as a team. Not only did Company leaders deliver a treat to our desks, but many of the divisions were able to have their own celebrations for our hard work and dedication to our Customers.Our Information Services Division Colleagues were treated to breakfast at our onsite grill on Friday morning. Members of the American Fidelity Educational Services Division, Association Worksite Division and the Worksite Group headed offsite to the Express Event Center for a little food and fun. The Corporate and Human Resources Division Colleagues enjoyed a little cheese, chocolate and good company with a trip to the Melting Pot. Other celebrations took place throughout the Company.
While we had a great time celebrating, we also had the chance to learn about the future of AFA and what we can do to continue providing quality Customer service and making this a great place to work at our all-Colleague meetings called Colleague Connection. The owner of our Company, Bill Cameron, our CEO Dave Carpenter and other executives take time to present information to all of our Colleagues at these meetings. Last week we recapped 2012, remembering how we came together, made a plan to reduce expenses and continue improving Customer service and because of that we ended the year better than we imagined.
Striving to be always future-oriented (one of our core values), we also learned a little about the future of AFA. We hope to begin the first phase of our move to our new location in September 2013. Our CEO shared his excitement for all of the great things that will come with the move.
Aside from the move, we are going to work on becoming better communicators with each other and our Customers. We will continue to be niche focused and provide the Customer service we would want as Customers. In 2013, we are looking to improve our processes and effectiveness by doing more with less waste. This will help keep AFA moving forward with the ever changing world!
Interested in joining our team? You can check out our openings here.
One of the great things about American Fidelity is that the Company gives us time to celebrate! This week we are proud to celebrate a successful year that we had in 2012. When we meet our goals, the Company is always there to reward us as Colleagues who make it happen. The Company shows their appreciation to all Colleagues and the divisions celebrate individually as well.
Not only are we celebrating, we are also learning about what 2013 has in store for us. We are attending Colleague Connection meetings today and tomorrow to learn what we can do to better serve our Customers and how we can meet our goals once again. These meetings give us a chance to ask any questions we may have and allow our executives to be more involved with everyone in the Company. Even our owner, Bill Cameron attends and speaks at these meetings.
Celebrating a great year and communicating what we need to do in the year to come are a couple of ways we work to provide exceptional Customer service and take care of our Colleagues.