Insurance Jobs on the Rise in Spite of Challenging Economy

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Combined Insurance Reports Latest Findings in Insurance Job Market

Combined Insurance

Our company's need to fill insurance sales jobs with qualified candidates generally remains strong in weak economic times because consumers are even more in need of the income protection supplemental insurance can offer. Because of this, we continue to add to our agent ranks to meet the growing demand for our services, even when the economy slows.

Combined Insurance, a top provider of supplemental insurance, reports that insurance jobs for sales agents are on the rise, in spite of recent reports by the U.S. Labor Department that unemployment claims are the highest in years. Combined Insurance was among the companies cited as being "recession-proof" and adding new employees in spite of the economic downturn in the April 7 issue of Christian Science Monitor newspaper.

According to Larry Kwalwaser, director of staffing and employee development at Combined Insurance, "Our company's need to fill insurance sales jobs with qualified candidates generally remains strong in weak economic times because consumers are even more in need of the income protection supplemental insurance can offer. Because of this, we continue to add to our agent ranks to meet the growing demand for our services, even when the economy slows."

To accommodate the demand for its supplemental insurance policies, which include accident, disability, health and life, Combined Insurance seeks to hire thousands of employees in all geographic regions across the U.S. and internationally. "There is no specific set of career prerequisites for the insurance job candidates we seek - a variety of skills and past experiences can be good preparation for selling supplemental insurance," said Kwalwaser.

Kwalwaser continued, "The people we hire for our insurance jobs can be moving within the insurance industry, changing careers or graduating from high school, trade school or college. Our insurance job candidates can be of any age 18 and older and in any region - the main thing we look for is people who are energetic, personable, self-disciplined, willing to learn about supplemental insurance and willing to obtain a state insurance license. Another important factor is that our sales agents are motivated by the opportunity to work closely with their customers to help determine how supplemental insurance might best meet their individual needs."

To support the recruitment of sales agents, as well as sales managers and corporate employees, Combined Insurance has recently introduced a refreshed Web site (http://www.combinedinsurance.com)], which is focused on making the benefits of supplemental insurance easy to understand for consumers as well as on recruiting new employees. According to Deborah O'Connor, vice president of Interactive Marketing at Combined Insurance, "We designed the site to showcase the wide array of careers available within our company. People can visit the site to learn more about jobs in insurance and even apply online. During the first few weeks since our new Web site was launched in March, we received more than 1000 applicants online."

About Combined Insurance Company Combined Insurance: (http://www.combinedinsurance.com) is a leading provider of supplemental accident, health and life insurance products and is a member of the ACE Group of Companies. With a field sales force and corporate staff in excess of 10,000 people worldwide, Combined meets the growing coverage needs of policyholders around the globe. For more information, call 1-800-490-1322 or visit http://www.combinedinsurance.com.

About ACE:
The ACE Group of Companies is a global leader in insurance and reinsurance serving a diverse group of clients. Headed by ACE Limited (NYSE: ACE), a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index, the ACE Group of Companies conducts its business on a worldwide basis with operating subsidiaries in more than 50 countries. Additional information can be found at http://www.acelimited.com.

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