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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!

Spread the Word about AF, Win a Thunder Prize Package

February 15, 2016 02:00 AM

social media In honor of the new American Fidelity, we’re hosting a recruiting referrals social media contest! The contest begins today and will last through Feb. 26, and everyone can earn chances to win a Thunder prize package!

The package includes two tickets to the March 9 game in OKC, a gift certificate to KD’s and a gift certificate to the Thunder Shop!

All you have to do is interact with American Fidelity on social media following the entry rules below. Engaging with AF Careers on social media helps us get the word out to your network about American Fidelity and our job opportunities.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Entries can be earned between midnight on 2/15/2016 and 11:59 p.m. on 2/26/2016 CST by:
    1. Liking or commenting on @American Fidelity Careers Facebook page posts – a great way to comment is by tagging a friend who might be interested in a job post
    2. Retweeting or replying to @careersatAF tweets
    3. Sharing American Fidelity Assurance Company’s LinkedIn posts
    4. Tagging friends in @AFCareers Instagram photos
  1. Please read the full contest rules before participating.

The more great people find out about us, the more great people will join our team and help us continue making AF a great place to work! The more you interact with the above social media pages, the more chances you have to win! Check out our other social media pages for more ways to spread the word about AF (not included in this contest):

Spread the Word About AFA, Win a Summer Prize Package

May 15, 2015 03:24 AM
social media We are underway with another recruiting referrals contest at AFA. The contest will last through May 26 and everyone can earn chances to win a summer prize package! All you have to do is interact with AFA on social media following the entry rules below. Engaging with AFA Careers on social media helps us get the word out to your network about American Fidelity and our job opportunities. Here’s how to enter:
  1. Entries can be earned between midnight on 5/12/2015 and 11:59 p.m. on 5/26/2015 CST by:
    1. Liking or commenting on @AFA Careers Facebook page posts – a great way to comment is by tagging a friend who might be interested in a job post
    2. Retweeting or replying to @AFACareers Twitter page
    3. Sharing American Fidelity Assurance Company’s LinkedIn posts
    4. Tagging @AFA Careers Instagram photos
  2. Please read the full contest rules before participating.
The more great people find out about us, the more great people will join our team and help us continue making AFA a great place to work! The more you interact with the above social media pages, the more chances you have to win! Check out our other social media pages for more ways to spread the word about AFA (not included in this contest):

Ask a Recruiter | 5 Job Search Tips for Upcoming Grads

April 9, 2015 05:41 AM
[caption id="attachment_2455" align="alignnone" width="300"]Leilani F., Former Intern Hired by AFA Before She Graduated Leilani F., Communications and Media Specialist, Was Hired by AFA Before Graduation[/caption] Graduating from college is one of the most exciting and scariest times in life. The possibilities are vast but can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure where to start. While your classes hopefully prepared you to succeed in your career, they may not have prepared you for your job search. Check out these five tips from our recruiters for upcoming college graduates.
  • Start now. The hiring process takes time. It can take weeks or months to get through the interview process at some companies, so you need to start early. Plus, many companies plan hiring around graduation dates and start looking at candidates several months in advance so they can scoop up the best candidates.
  • Research. Don’t rely just on the companies you’ve heard of before. There are so many great companies that don’t have a large brand presence. They may tailor to niche markets or primarily sell to other businesses and therefore not do a lot of advertising. Research companies that are headquartered in your area, contact your university’s career center and keep tabs on job boards.
  • Network. Your chance of finding a great job will increase significantly if you network. I know we just mentioned job boards and online research, but they only get you so far. When you apply to a position listed on a major job board like Indeed or CareerBuilder, you’re probably one of thousands of candidates for that position. An excellent way to stand out in that sea of applicants is to have a personal connection. Tell everyone you know that you’re job searching (check out these networking tips for the best way to do that!) and try to find a connection at the companies where you’re applying. When we receive a referral from a coworker or a friend, we’re much more likely to take a closer look at an application.
  • Volunteer. Volunteering helps others, provides experience to put on your resume and serves as a networking opportunity. It’s a win-win-win situation. If you’re already volunteering, make sure to check out the board members at your organization since they usually work for local businesses and can be great contacts in your job search.
  • Be realistic. There are a lot of statistics out there about salaries. Keep in mind that these do not always reflect entry-level earnings, your local area or the current economy. Be sure to look at more than just the base compensation. Are there bonus opportunities? Retirement and health benefits plans? Other perks and benefits? You also need to keep your expectations of your job duties in check. You’re just starting out in your career so you probably won’t be in charge or manage the top priority projects right out of the gate. Take this time to learn the ropes and learn from those who are more experienced so you will be ready when another opportunity arises. Also, a lot of people don’t enter their chosen field immediately. Look for supporting roles at companies you’re interested in to get a foot in the door, even if it’s not your dream job. It might just help you find it.
What advice do you have for students about to graduate? College students, what questions do you have for recruiters?

Ask a Recruiter | Internships at AFA

March 12, 2015 03:30 AM
Many soon-to-be college graduates often find themselves in the difficult position of getting their start in the real world professionally. Getting a foot in the door can be a daunting task, especially when many students still find themselves grappling with the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Internships are often the most practical solution to these difficult scenarios as they fully immerse you into the day-to-day happenings of a professional business, and in some cases, can lead to a full-time position. Knowing what a great option internships can be, we asked our recruiters what advice they would give new interns. Here’s what they came up with:
  • Research the company & industry before applying – A little research will not only guide your career decision making, it will make you a more efficient employee when the time comes.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – Remember, an internship is a learning experience, make sure to take advantage of it.  
  • Be professional and show up on time- This is your time to make an impression so put your best foot forward.
  • Keep deadlines and complete tasks on time – As an intern, you are a counted-upon member of the team. Your fellow Colleagues depend on you in many ways.
  • Continue educating yourself – Just because you complete school or a successful internship doesn’t mean you’re finished learning! Stay educated by following industry publications, websites and talking to your peers.
AFA interns are fully active members of the team, and gain valuable hands-on experience that they can take with them wherever their career path may lead. The following infographic contains some statistics about how many interns have been through the doors of American Fidelity over the last few years: [caption id="attachment_2670" align="alignnone" width="300"]American Fidelity Intern Infographic 2013-2015 American Fidelity Intern Infographic 2013-2015[/caption] As you can see, there are many internship opportunities waiting for you at American Fidelity. If you’re interested in joining our team, send your resume to AmericanFidelityRecruiting@americanfidelity.com and inquire about upcoming internship opportunities. If you’d like to learn more about internships at AFA, make sure to read why you should intern at AFA, check out these tips on landing an internship with impact and watch this recruiter video about internships. Do you have a question for our recruiters? Submit it here and watch for an answer in an upcoming Ask a Recruiter post!

Ask a Recruiter | Game Changing Job Trends

February 12, 2015 02:00 AM
Job hunting is competitive by nature, and the marketplace is shifting all the time. It’s important to take a step back every so often and make sure you’re using the most up-to-date job-seeking tools and applying a modern approach to your resume and portfolio. I recently came across this infographic from Careershift.com that I think lists some practical advice regarding new trends in recruiting. Take a look: CS-Game-Changing-550 I hope some of this information has inspired you to broaden the scope of your job-hunting arsenal. If you’re curious about learning a few more tips on how to streamline your job search, make sure to check out a few of these previous Inside AFA posts: Do you have a question for our recruiters? Submit it here or tweet your question to us – @afacareers. We want to hear from you!

Let Social Media Help You Find the Right Job

January 28, 2015 03:00 AM
InformationWeek American Fidelity and other companies are turning to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to assist in their recruiting and hiring efforts. As a job seeker, these sites can wire you directly into an ongoing stream of recruiting news and information, giving you a competitive edge in applying for the perfect job. Here are just a few tips on how you can use social media in your job hunt.
  • 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.
AFA recruiters have been actively taking advantage of these tools, and that’s why I’d like to invite you to follow our recruiting sites on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to see our most recent openings and learn more about why American Fidelity is such a great place to work. If you’re interested in learning more about how we use social media, make sure to check out this interview with AFA recruiter Alejandra Campos. Be sure to like AFA Careers on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see our most recent openings and hottest jobs.

What’s Happening at AFA I Thunder Prize Package Winners

November 17, 2014 01:44 AM
socialmedia_1 At American Fidelity we like to reward those who help our recruiting efforts by telling their friends about our Company and open positions. A couple of weeks ago we held a contest on Facebook and Twitter to encourage everyone to like and comment on AFA Careers Facebook posts and to favorite and retweet AFACareers on Twitter. If you participated, then you had a chance to win a Thunder prize package! Well, the tallies are in and we have two winners. Our Colleague winner is Reni Daniel, IT, and our non-Colleague winner is Tianna Rogers from Del City, OK. Both winners received a pair of tickets to the Nov. 26 Thunder game against the Utah Jazz and a $100 gift card to KD’s restaurant. Continue helping our recruiting efforts by liking, commenting, sharing, favoriting and retweeting AFA Careers and letting your friends know about our Company. Check out all of our social media pages! These pages are other great ways to learn about our Company.

What’s Happening at AFA I Follow Us on Pinterest and Instagram!

November 3, 2014 02:45 AM
pinterest_instagram Are you currently following AFA Careers on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn? If so, then you see updates from us each day on current job openings we have, tips from our recruiters and more about what’s going on at American Fidelity. Are you more interested and active on Pinterest and Instagram than the platforms I just mentioned? You’re in luck because AFA Careers has joined both! Follow AFA Careers on Pinterest and Instagram for resume and job search tips, see what we are doing here at work and out in the community and learn more about our Company. Don’t forget to follow us on these platforms as well for job openings and more. What things do you like to see on corporate social media pages? Let us know in the comments!

Make Networking Work for You

October 8, 2014 02:45 AM
0913 If you’re looking for a job, you’ve probably been advised to network. But, it can be hard to know how to start, especially if you’re introverted or shy about asking others for help. Follow these tips to help you become more comfortable with networking.
  • People usually want to help others. Most people really do like helping others and will be happy to help you in your job search if you just ask. What’s the worst that could happen? They could say no, and you’ll be right where you are now.
  • Use social media, email and text messages (but not all at once to the same person!). If you’re shy in person, try reaching out electronically. There are so many ways to reach people today that you have no excuse. Just be careful not to bombard people and make sure you tailor your messages.
  • Give them direction. You’ll get a better response when you tell people exactly what you need. Be specific. Rather than asking people to share any openings they know about, say you’re looking for something in marketing/communications and that you have five years of experience. Mention that you’re contacting them because they know Joe Smith at a company where you’re interesting in working or because you know they have a lot of contacts in a certain field. If you’re asking for a reference, give them a few examples of what you’d like them to highlight.
  • Ask for people to contact. Maybe the person you contacted doesn’t know of any openings, but they might know someone who does. Ask them if they have any recommendations on other people to contact. Then when you contact those people, you’ll be able to say that your mutual friend recommended you contact them and it will give you a foot in the door somewhere else.
  • Return the favor. When someone does help you, make sure to return the favor. Ask if there’s anything you can do for them.
For more tips for your job search, check out these five strategies and see how to use LinkedIn to help you land a new job. Have any of your own networking success stories? Share in the comments!