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New Year, New Career: Top Resolutions for Job Seekers

The start of a new year often brings thoughts of making a professional change. But jumping into a new job can be scary. These resolutions will help you decide if now is the right time and  whether becoming a Farm Bureau agent will help you meet and exceed your goals for the coming year.

Resolution #1: Identify Your Goals

Goal setting is essential in keeping New Year’s resolutions, and the same can be said about managing a job change. Ask yourself what you want out of a new job, and think beyond the work itself. Is it the ability to attend your child’s sporting events? To help your community members? Or to become your own boss and determine your own hours? The ideal Farm Bureau agent candidate is someone who is goal oriented, wants to make a difference and enjoys the freedom and flexibility of running their own business.

Resolution #2: Make a Plan

Creating an action plan to meet your goals greatly increases your chances for success. Farm Bureau will help you determine whether the opportunity is the right fit with a one-step-at-a-time approach. If it is, then we’ll work together to devise an action plan that works for you, without jeopardizing your financial security or sacrificing your current employment.

Resolution #3: Take a Risk

No risk, no reward. Some of the most exciting moves are oftentimes a result of hard work and a leap of faith. Our agents have the financial savings, entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen to make a small, upfront investment for a big, long-term return.

Resolution #4: Meet New People

Networking is the best way to discover hidden opportunities and strengthen relationships within your community. Your next block party is an opportunity to get to know your neighbors. Your next church potluck is a chance to speak with new members. And your child’s next basketball game is a way to interact with fellow parents. Farm Bureau agents see every event as an opportunity to build relationships. Plus, being a part of our team invites additional opportunities to network with like-minded individuals both within your community and around the country.

Resolution #5: Develop a New Skill Set

It’s never too late to try something new. Farm Bureau agents have certain qualities that set them up for success, but having an insurance background isn’t necessarily one of them. When you become a Farm Bureau agent, training and education start on day one with a practical approach to learning that includes classroom sessions, online training and continuing education opportunities.

Resolution #6: Get More Involved in the Community

Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to your community. When you choose to involve yourself with local projects, organizations and charities you value, you show just how passionate you are about your area. Because you see yourself as a community advocate, you’ll help Farm Bureau make communities more enjoyable places to live and work.

Resolution #7: Make Time for Play

You know what they say about all work and no play. Resolve to make time for the things you love to do this year. This will help you stay fresh and seize each new business opportunity as it comes your way. It’s the reason Farm Bureau allows for flexible scheduling, as well as cash bonuses and incentive travel, so you can keep doing the things that matter most to you.

Resolution #8: Never Stop Learning

Never stop adding to your knowledge base. Subscribe to a monthly publication, sign up for a class or attend a conference to grow your industry expertise. Doing so will demonstrate your willingness to learn, your eagerness to improve and provide you with helpful insight into how to successfully navigate a professional change.

Resolution #9: Find a Mentor

If you haven’t already, identify a mentor — someone who can help you grow professionally by sharing their experience. Farm Bureau believes mentors are crucial to our agents’ success, and it’s why we provide mentor support for new agents through one-on-one coaching. We also encourage seasoned agents to pay it forward by mentoring newer agents.

Try Something New This New Year

It can be easy to set big goals amidst the excitement of the new year, but it will take ongoing support and focused resources to help see them through. Let us help you meet your top new year’s resolutions by applying to become a Farm Bureau insurance agent today. Contact us to get started.