Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company | www.nationwide.com |
Published in the January/February 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services has been operating since 1926. The company has grown from a small mutual auto insurer owned by policyholders to one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world, with more than $135 billion in statutory assets.
“We specialize in property and casualty, umbrella, and life insurance,” said Amanda Lovell, a recruiting specialist with the company. “We are the number six home and auto insurer in the United States, based on premiums written.”
Lovell said that careers for veterans are available throughout the company. “Opportunities are vast and include sales, underwriting, claims, IT, human resources, finance, marketing, and customer service,” she said.
Nationwide realizes how valuable employees with military experience can be. “Veterans are proven at being assigned difficult tasks with often little or no direction and completing this with the utmost professionalism and precision,” said Matt Nicol, a Nationwide account executive and a veteran of the Army and the Air Force. “They are tested, put through the toughest of challenges, and able to demonstrate desired skills such as dedication, analytical skills, decision-making ability, leadership, technical ability, communication skills, and the ability to complete multiple complex tasks. Veterans are tested in many ways others are not – and that makes them valuable to organizations.”
Nicol also believes that veterans will enjoy working for the company. “Nationwide is a diverse employer, welcomes veterans from all services, and understands the skills veterans bring to the organization,” he said. “Nationwide also has a volunteer Military Associate Resource Group that is made up of current military associates, veterans, and spouses of current and former military members.” Nicol still has a military connection – he is a pilot in the West Virginia Air National Guard.
As for finding a job at Nationwide, Nicol suggested finding a connection. “Find someone in the organization who knows the culture, how to navigate Nationwide,” he said. “Someone who can advise you on areas where your talents may be best suited or connect you with a recruiter for the area in which you would be most qualified. Invest time on your resume. It is the first step to selling yourself and to getting an interview.”