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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: 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. 

Hot Jobs in Data

May 17, 2016 09:42 AM

This week’s hot jobs are in data in OKC. Learn more, apply now or share with your network.


Employer Data Integration

Do you have strong Excel and Access database skills and enjoy problem solving – or know someone looking for a job in Oklahoma City with these talents? American Fidelity seeks Colleagues who can devlop data solutions for our consultants to use to provide health and welfare plan services to our clients. These employer data integration positions will play a key role in ensuring we meet our Customers needs by providing solutions tailored to their specific situation. Apply today!

Job Openings and Hiring Process

Check out American Fidelity’s other job openings, learn about our hiring process and review tips on getting hired at AF. If you have questions about our job openings, 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.

Job Search Tips from AF

January 20, 2016 01:12 AM

Kimberly B., Performance Management and Recruiting SpecialistKimberly B., Performance Management and Recruiting Specialist

Are you getting ready to start the search for a new or first job? Looking for a job under any circumstance can be stressful. Where should you start, what are you looking for, how does your resume look? The list goes on and on.

Through the months we’ve put together different posts reflecting job search tips from our recruiters and hiring managers.

Check out these posts and find the help you need to get started on the right foot.

After reviewing these posts, if you still have questions, submit them here and our recruiters will help provide an answer and ease your job search stress! 

Best of Inside AF 2015 – Part 1

December 21, 2015 03:14 AM
As we wrap up 2015 at American Fidelity, we want to share our top blog posts from the year. The next two weeks will give you a recap with tips from our recruiters, a glimpse into different areas of our Company and more. Check out our top five posts now and check back next week for more. Ask a Recruiter – Career Development at American Fidelity One of the great things about working at American Fidelity is the focus on career development. Our Company is dedicated to growing our Colleagues and helping us reach our goals. Learn about career development at AF from our very own career development specialist. Ask a Recruiter – Top 8 Interview Questions When preparing for an interview one thing you should do is go through a list of possible questions and make sure you’re prepared to answer. Find out what our recruiter’s top interview questions are and make sure you’re prepared to answer them. Making Changes, Living Smart with American Fidelity For American Fidelity Colleague Stephanie Presley, weight loss has been a struggle for years. After meeting with a nutritionist, she began a low-carb, high-protein diet and regular exercise in AF’s on-site fitness center. She quickly began seeing results and those results have kept her on the right track to a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family. Read more about Stephanie’s journey and how American Fidelity has played a role in her success. Day in the Life – Online Enrollment One of the fun things about being a recruiter is learning about different types of jobs. With changing technology, there are many jobs that exist now that we didn’t have years ago. For example, we now have an online enrollment team that creates customized online enrollment platforms for our Customers. I sat down with Mandi Morgan, full benefit enrollment systems analyst, to give you a glimpse into the team. Learn about our online enrollment team. Ask a Recruiter – How to Get Your Foot in the Door at American Fidelity 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. Learn more about the team and apply! Job Openings at AF Are you interested in joining our team? Check out our OKC job openings and our field sales positions. Apply for a job and share with your friends. Tweet us @afacareers or comment below if you have questions!

New Hires at AF

October 22, 2015 03:00 AM

Jamie O., Workforce Development Jamie O., Workforce Development[/caption] Over the past month 20 new faces have joined us at American Fidelity. American Fidelity Educational Services (AFES) hired four new account managers and two senior account managers while the Association Worksite Division (AWD) has one new account manager. At the Home Office in Oklahoma City, we have 13 new Colleagues. Welcome our new Colleagues with a comment!

  • Gilley Aguilar: Creative Services
  • Megan Clifford: Enterprise Data
  • Burlon Glover: Sales
  • Oma Haidarzada: Sales
  • Stephen Hartman: Project Development
  • Jennifer Herron: Internal Audit
  • David Hurte: Mail
  • Janelle Kiefer: Sales
  • Nicolette Lunkenheimer: Sales Convention
  • Daniel Maloney: FMS
  • Lori Masterson: Domestic Joint Ventures
  • Jacob Medlock: Sales
  • Donna Miller: Law
  • Helen Nicholson: Law
  • Vladislav Portniaguine: FMS
  • Laura Roberto: Sales
  • Bree Russow: Sales
  • Patricia Salce: Sales
  • Taycee Seibold: Investments
  • Standlee Yost: Sales

Check out American Fidelity’s other OKC job openings and field sales positions, learn about our hiring process and review tips on getting hired at AFA.

Ask a Recruiter I Career Development at AFA

July 15, 2015 05:35 AM
One of the great things about working at American Fidelity is the focus on career development. Our Company is dedicated to growing our Colleagues and helping us reach our goals. We have a career development specialist, Jamie Owings, on-site to give Colleagues tips and advice on their resumes, interviewing for internal positions and more. Jamie also helps with our recruiting efforts. Learn more about Jamie. We want our Colleagues to feel supported by AF and be empowered to take charge of their professional development. Check out the videos below to learn more from Jamie about career development at AF. Do you want to work for a Company that takes a vested interest in your development? Check out our Home Office openings in OKC and our field sales positions and learn about our hiring process. If you have a question for our recruiters, be sure to submit it here and watch for an answer on our next Ask a Recruiter post.

What to Do 15 Minutes Before an Interview

July 9, 2015 03:00 AM

1183 So, you’ve followed all the basic tips and your perfectly optimized resume has landed you an important interview. You feel confident because you’re prepared to answer the most frequently asked interview questions, and you even have a plan on how to follow up after the interview is finished. But, as the moment draws nearer, you feel the butterflies in your stomach fluttering and your palms getting sweaty. The minutes leading up to an interview can be crucial, and your preparedness and state of mind can greatly influence what happens during the actual interview. Business Insider recently published an interesting article listing the 15 things you should do in the 15 minutes before an interview. Here are a few of the most interesting tips the article lays out:

  • Stay Calm/Breathe – Staying calm will help you put your best foot forward, and a great way to calm your nerves in a stressful environment is to focus on your breathing.
  • Arrive early, but don’t go inside – Never show up late, but try not to show up more than 10 minutes early. You don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on your interviewer.
  • Decide on the things you want to be remembered for – “Is it your communications skills? Project management skills? Knowledge? Keying in on a few things that will impact your memorability and likeability is a smart way to approach the interview."
  • Stop rehearsing – You don’t want to appear inauthentic or overly rehearsed. Try to relax and trust your ability to say the right thing.
  • Review notes, but don’t do any more research – At this point in the process you want to be prepared. Adding more research to the mix at this stage is likely to only confuse matters.

Make sure to check out more great tips in the full article. Looking for more advice on how to get the most out your job search? Follow our Ask a Recruiter posts to find out what our recruiters have to say about resumes, interviews and other essentials.