Dear State Farmers, We Can Help

I live two blocks away from State Farm’s shining new Atlanta Hub. Sometime next year it’ll be only one block away, since they’re building another building even closer to my apartment. I literally have a view of the giant building from my living room.

Computer rendering of State Farm’s new building in Atlanta. You can tell it’s a computer rending because there’s no traffic in the image. In ATL there’s ALWAYS traffic 😛

I have never worked for State Farm, but I have been insured by then a couple of times in the past and my experience with them has always been wonderful. During my many years of involvement with the CPCU Society I’ve met hundreds of State Farm employees, most of whom had been with the company for a very long time and wouldn’t easily have left State Farm. The company treated them well, invested in them and has been an example to follow for the entire decade I’ve been in the industry.

Sadly, last week State Farm announced that, the transition to their new hub strategy, will mean that as many as 4,200 jobs may be moving to one of the three hubs: Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix. Those employees who choose not to move to one of the hubs will end up losing their jobs.

If you may be one of the impacted State Farm people please know, we are here to help.

Over the last few years, I have focused heavily on building InsNerds, and networking in the industry. It has lead me to grow my LinkedIn to have almost 4,700 connections almost all of them in the insurance industry. I often chat with people who may be looking for a new position and help open doors for them. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things to do.

Because State Farm has been such an awesome company to work for, many long-time State Farm people may not be heavily networked outside the company, after all, they thought they’d stay there until retirement. I’ve met many long-time State Farm people who only have a couple of hundred LinkedIn connection. This will make their job searches that much more difficult, that’s why I’m offering to help.

If you may be one of the 4,200 people affected by this change, please visit ChatWithTony.com and get on my calendar. After scheduling the meeting please email me your calendar at afcanas@gmail.com . I’ll be happy to chat with for a little bit to better understand what you’re looking for, will review your resume to help you improve it and open some doors for you with some of my connections in your area. Also, I can refer you to 2-3 great third party insurance recruiters I’ve worked with in the past.

There is no charge for this service, I’m just trying to help. I went through my own brutal job search in early 2016 and I just want to pay it forward. If I do get overwhelmed with requests and find myself booked 3 months in advance then I’ll look into automating some of the process, but for now, let’s just see how many people take me up on the offer.

Carly is currently traveling in Mexico and didn’t edit this post for me, so grammatical errors will be corrected eventually and are all on me.

About Antonio Canas

Tony started in insurance in 2009 and immediately became a designation addict and shortly thereafter a proud insurance nerd. He has worked in claims, underwriting, finance and sales management, at 4 carriers, 6 cities and 5 states. Tony is passionate about insurance, technology and especially helping the insurance industry figure out how to retain and engage the younger generation of insurance professionals. Tony is a co-founder of InsNerds.com and a passionate speaker.

3 thoughts on “Dear State Farmers, We Can Help

  1. This is awesome Tony! I don’t know how you do it all: your job, the website(s), the book, conferences and your personal life.

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