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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.

New Hires at AF 8/25/16

August 25, 2016 10:48 AM

18 new faces have joined the ranks of American Fidelity over the past month! Nine of these Colleagues are working in the field, two are IT interns and the others are full-time members of our Home Office team. Welcome our new Colleagues!

  • Meredith Baysinger: Customer Engagement
  • Larry Davis: Sales
  • John Fickert (intern): ISD Services
  • Danielle Golmoradi: Benefits
  • Lisa Gorman: Sales
  • Jimmy Green: Sales
  • Brenden Kelley: Sales
  • Natasha Knight: Sales
  • Anthony Magallanes: Sales
  • Wyndham Murray: Sales
  • Daniel Payne: Compliance
  • Steven Payne: ISD Services
  • Lucero Quintero: Sales
  • Kyle Taperla (intern): ISD Services
  • Dawn Thiry: Customer Engagement
  • Michelle Vance: Annuities
  • Deepak Verma: ISD Services
  • Brady Watkins: Sales


Check out American Fidelity’s 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!


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

  • Customer Engagement
  • Insurance Claims
  • Data Scientist


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!



AF Colleagues Spring into Wellness

April 11, 2016 04:53 AM

American Fidelity is dedicated to the health and wellness of our Colleagues and that’s why we offer opportunities for them to get up and move. Just last week the AF Wellness Team put on a wellness carnival, Spring into Wellness. More than 200 Colleagues joined us on our outdoor property at 9K for a quick, fun, healthy break in the afternoon. Colleagues participated in a scavenger hunt where they took a walk around our walking trail and played ping pong, musical chairs, basketball and catch. Some Colleagues took the relaxing route and painted a spring picture while sitting on the patio. Healthy snacks were also offered for Colleagues. Check out some pictures from the event. HW8A0279 HW8A0413 HW8A0418 HW8A0445 HW8A0530 HW8A0578 Would you like to join our team? Check out our OKC job openings and our field sales positions and apply or share with your network.

New Hires at AF March 2016

March 28, 2016 04:20 AM

AF_NEW LOGO_600x210American Fidelity has hired 24 new Colleagues over the past month! We have six new field sales Colleagues and the other new hires joined around the Company at our Home Office. Welcome our new Colleagues!

  • Susan Abeln: Consulting
  • Caitlin Baxley: Sales
  • Kory Bergman: Customer Engagement
  • Victoria Brown: Benefits
  • Susan DeFord: Sales
  • Tonya Edmunds: Enrollment Solutions
  • Charles Fisher: ISD Services
  • Lexie Gatlin: Benefits
  • Kristyn Hallowell: Sales
  • Bonnie Hilburn: AFP Management
  • Jennifer Hurry: Enrollment Solutions
  • Jeffrey Lovern: Risk Management
  • Kylie Maberry: Benefits
  • Meredith McCaslin: Fleet
  • Mundi Nelson: Sales
  • Kurt Novak: Sales
  • Mel Phillips: Customer Engagement
  • Leroy Record: Customer Engagement
  • Sarah Riffle: ISD Services
  • Vanette Ritchards: Tax Accounting
  • Paul Rodgers: Enrollment Solutions
  • John Stultz: Consulting
  • Wendy Waring: Sales
  • Amber Wilbanks: Customer Engagement

Be sure to check out our Home Office job openings and our field sales positions and learn about our hiring process.

AF Celebrates Success!

March 16, 2016 05:21 AM

ISD Colleagues celebrating a great year!ISD Colleagues celebrating a great year!

After a new year gets in full swing, American Fidelity takes time to celebrate our success from the prior year and thank our Colleagues for their hard work and dedication.

Just yesterday many of our teams started celebrating and others have plans in the coming weeks.

Our Life division Colleagues celebrated at Main Event with lunch and bowling and the Enterprise Business Services team will be venturing there in April for lunch, bowling, laser tag and more.

Our friends in IT took time out yesterday morning as one big team for breakfast and other treats.

The Financial Management Services team also enjoyed a come-and-go breakfast on their floor.

The Corporate and Human Resources teams are taking time out for lunch next week and Colleagues at our sister company, APL celebrated success with food, photo booths and goodie bags.

Colleagues in our Worksite division celebrated in the late afternoon with a Star Wars themed get together. They were encouraged to wear costumes, had snacks, music and more.

These are just a few ways American Fidelity celebrated 2015 success with our Colleagues. Would you like to join our team? Check out our OKC job openings and our field sales positions and learn about our hiring process.

Living Our Brand

March 14, 2016 06:06 AM

AF_NEW LOGO_600x210Now that you’ve heard about our new brand and seen our new logo, we want to share what our teams are doing to live the new American Fidelity brand.

Late last year Brand Champions were selected to represent each team in our Company. In February all Colleagues attended brand training and since then our Brand Champions have been conducting follow-up workshops. The workshops are designed to help each team come up with three measurable objectives they would like to meet that will help make things simpler for our Customers. Below are updates from a few areas.

Account Administration

“In our workshops we discussed how we can better serve our special Customers by living the new brand with our daily job functions,” said Brand Champion Shawna Sparks.

Discussions during their workshops included cross-training, being supportive and providing helpful feedback to each other and understanding that the end goal is delighting our Customers with each interaction as representatives of AF.

Customer Service

The Colleagues on floor 7 are doing their part to remain focused on the Customer by holding five workshops, and one of these is being held on a Saturday to ensure phone coverage is not compromised.

“The team is excited for what the different opinion brand means for the future of AF,” said Brand Champions Emily Fasnacht and Kari Geissler.

Enrollment Solutions

The team is currently in the process of conducting their brand workshops and have scheduled four sessions to keep the groups small and friendly.

“We have a number of items already that I believe will make our processes cleaner and quicker, becoming a benefit to our Customers,” said Brand Champion Charlotte Blest.

Disability, Flex, Medical and Production Control

Brand workshops have been held for these groups and they are focused on the Customer’s changing needs.

“Making sure there is a centralized spot for everyone to gather the same data for a Customer is part of not only standardizing guidelines, but also to make sure Customers are getting consistent information,” said Brand Champion Melissa Duggan.

These are updates from just a few of our teams. We are excited to provide a different opinion for our Customers! If you’d like to join our team, check out our job openings and learn about our hiring process

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.