Magazine article Risk Management

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Magazine article Risk Management

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"Optimistic about future hiring," is not a phrase that has been uttered by many industries, including insurance, since the recession began in late 2007. And considering the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated that the insurance industry lost a staggering 16% of its workforce in 2009, along with 12,800 jobs in January and February of this year, one would imagine the industry's outlook would remain similarly bleak.

But according to GreatInsuranceJobs.com's annual survey of insurance companies, agents, brokers and third party administrators, there is a sense of cautious optimism. Its "Insurance Industry 2010 Employment Outlook" states that close to 75% of the companies surveyed have current job openings with 16% saying they plan on hiring more than 500 employees this year alone. And, not surprisingly, companies are turning to nontraditional avenues for recruiting with 31% of companies saying they use social media platforms to find talent. LinkedIn was cited as the most popular site, followed by Facebook. The survey also finds that the top industry positions that will be filled in 2010 are insurance sales professionals, claims, underwriting, call center and IT. …

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