Briefly describe your organization
The Hartford is in business to protect what is most valuable to customers—their homes, cars, businesses, income, and employees. We help individuals and businesses prepare for the unforeseen with insurance and income protection so they can prevail through loss, accident, or disability.
What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?
It may be tempting to accept the first job offer that comes your way, but there are many factors to consider when choosing your ideal employer. Some things to think about:
Professional development: Is the company committed to the professional and personal development of its employees? What kind of training programs does it offer? What is the performance review process? What is the growth potential for someone with your experience?
Culture: While many companies look pretty similar and seem to offer the same things, a little digging may reveal very different cultures and values. Trusting, fast-paced, careful, conservative, entrepreneurial, and creative – what company culture would best suit you? What are your co-workers like? It’s also important to understand a company’s position on work/life balance.
Mentoring: You may want to target companies that offer mentoring programs. The advice and support of a more senior colleague can be extremely helpful.
Social responsibility: Does the company give back? Does it support various causes? Is it a strong member of the community?
Commitment to diversity: Is the company committed to identifying and cultivating diverse talent? Does the company have a diversity policy?
Compensation and benefits: In addition to your salary and bonus opportunities, it’s also important to consider a company’s health and wellness benefits, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, insurance, training, etc.
In the end, choosing an employer is your decision. But don’t be afraid to seek the counsel of a few trusted friends or mentors before making a final choice.
We are excited to meet you at the Business and Human Resources Career Fair on October 28th!