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5 Soft Skills You Should Always Bring Up In An Interview

March 22nd, 2013

findjobIf you are extremely qualified, have terrific application materials, a targeted resume and you’re interviewing for jobs, but always coming up with a silver medal, it’s possible that you’re bumping up against an elusive category: likability.

Read more: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/03/20/5-soft-skills-to-showcase-in-an-interview#ixzz2OIKUWPaN

These Days, Recruiters Are Worth the Money

March 22nd, 2013

recruitersWhen it comes to sourcing the right interview candidates, I’ve never been keen to use recruiters. But I recently changed my mind.

My company, Metal Mafia, has an excellent candidate screening process, a super training program, and a very successful team of employees to show for it.

But hiring has always been a difficult task for me because each time I get ready to hire, it takes me forever to find the right type of candidates to even get the screening process started.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of this article by Vanessa Merit Nornberg on Inc.com.

Easter Weekend, 03/29/13

March 22nd, 2013

In observance of the holiday,
SDI Staffing will be closing at noon on Friday, March 29, 2013.


We wish you all a safe & happy holiday!


Young Agents: What do you think about your career?

March 21st, 2013

insjrnl The Insurance Journal wants to know… 

  • Are you a young insurance agent, 40 years old or younger?
  • Tell us what you think about the insurance industry, the agency you work in, and what young agents want in an insurance career.

Click here to complete this 5-minute survey.

Insurance Journal is making its final call for young insurance agents to participate in this year’s Young Insurance Agents Opinion Survey. The exclusive results will be published in the April 8, 2013, issue.

Help us by filling out this survey now, and/or forwarding this survey on to other young insurance agents.

Survey participants will receive a complimentary copy of the Young Agents Survey report. Just include your email address at the end of survey so we can send it to you.

All survey responses and information will remain confidential.

Now take 5 minutes and complete this survey!

Thank you in advance for your participation, and thank you for reading Insurance Journal!

Andrea Wells
Insurance Journal

Agency Compensation: Who’s Worth What in Your Independent Agency?

March 21st, 2013

qmarkArticle by Andrea Wells, Insurance Journal, March 20, 2013

From top level managers to office and support staff — every person in an agency has a role to play in helping the agency win in the sales game.

When one person fails, the whole agency suffers. And when an agency suffers, so does employee compensation. Or at least it should, say the experts.

To read the rest of this article, go to http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/03/20/285236.htm.


Upcoming Free Job Seeker Training Webinars

March 20th, 2013

webinarNegotiate Better Than Your Competition
March 28th @ 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST)
Throughout your job search, you will find yourself in a position to negotiate. Often it’s the job seeker who negotiates the most effectively who wins. This session will address:

  • How to effectively negotiate
  • When you need to negotiate in the job search process
  • The three top negotiating mistakes plus solutions!


webinarYour Resume: A How-to Presentation on What to Do, What Not to Do and Tips on Using Social Media in Your Job Search
April 4th @ 12:00 pm EST (9:00 am PST)
In this webinar presentation, we will explore resume fact and fiction and help you understand and identify the components of your resume that are getting the job done, what is missing and what needs to be improved. Additionally, actively employing social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn will be discussed as job search trends require candidates to be showcasing their skills proficiently and effectively on these new and emerging platforms.


webinarDon’t Interview – Audition!
April 9th @ 4:00 pm EST (1:00 pm PST)
If you expect a hiring authority to hire you, it is important that they envision you in the job. During this Webinar we will address:

  • Help the employer envision you in the opportunity they have available
  • Don’t fact find – audition
  • Ask the best questions


How to register for one or all of these FREE WEBINARS:

  • Go to our Online Career Portal by CLICKING HERE.
  • Login/Register for an Account
  • Select WEBINARS


Here’s Why the World Needs Recruiters

March 15th, 2013

by Adrian Kinnersleyon March 12, 2013

Recruitment can mean different things to different people. There is a plethora of different business models within the staffing industry, so I thought it might be a good idea to define what I believe good recruitment is. This will perhaps put into context why I don’t believe that  LinkedIn — or for that matter any other web-based product — can ever replace the service we provide.  To read the rest of this article, go to http://www.fordyceletter.com/2013/03/12/heres-why-the-world-needs-recruiters/.

Monthly Job Highlight: Credit Anaylst & Staff Accountant for Insurance

March 13th, 2013


Below are the jobs we’ve selected to highlight this month.


Job # 4305  CREDIT ANALYST – This growing bank in Central San Diego area is seeking an experienced Bank Credit Analyst.  Minimum three years experience in financial analysis and loan documentation. The primary goal of this position is to support the Loan Officer in credit analysis of all types of business and commercial loans and loan documentation.   The duties of this position include:  Financial spread and credit request presentation.  Properly document and process loans in a timely and accurate manner.  Ensuring that existing credit relationships adhere to loan conditions.  Reviews maturing loan reports and coordinate with Loan Officer.  Direct Hire – Full time – $45,000 – $59,000.


Job # 430P  STAFF ACCOUNTANT INSURANCE (Property & Casualty) – Great direct hire opportunity for a Staff Accountant for an Insurance provider in San Diego.  Must have experience preparing Statutory statements.   Bachelor’s degree preferred.  A minimum of 2 years P&C insurance industry experience also preferred.  Advanced MS Office skills (excel & word).  Accountant will assist in analysis and preparation of Financial Statements on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.  Maintains worksheets, reports, ledgers, postings, and other data.  Processes monthly/quarterly Compliance and Regulatory filings.  Competitive compensation offered.

Search for Candidates Online Who are Actively Searching for Work!

March 13th, 2013

cand1Many of our candidates post their confidential profiles on our website for clients to review. We just posted quite a few profiles today to include:


  • Accounting & finance Staff, Bank Branch Manager, Teller/Member Service Rep
  • Commercial & Personal Lines Inside Sales Producer, Claims Analyst, Claims Examiner
  • Director of Marketing, Employee Group Benefit Specialist
  • Personal Lines Account Manager, Farmers Insurance Specialist, Personal Lines & Commercial Lines CSR
  • Life/Disability Sales/CSR, Life Insurance Agent
  • Credit Administrator, Assistant Loan Processor, Bank IT Professional
  • P&C Business Development & Strategic Relations Manager
  • Surety Client Service Specialist & Commercial Risk Manager
  • Commercial Risk & Insurance Manager
  • Work Comp Underwriters

Just go to http://www.sdistaffing.com/employers/candidate/ and let us know which candidate you’d like to meet with!

USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

March 11th, 2013

important03/08/13 – WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States.
Improvements to Form I-9 include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to both employees and employers. The Department of Homeland Security has published a Notice in the Federal Register informing employers of the new Form I-9. 

Effective 03/08/13:

  • Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N for all new hires and reverifications.
  • Employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09) Y until May 7, 2013.
  • After May 7, 2013, employers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N.

To read the rest of this notice from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, CLICK HERE.

To access the new, user friendly Form I-9, go to http://www.uscis.gov/wp-content/uploads/form/i-9.pdf.

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