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New agencies will mean at least 150 new jobs across the state
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the country continues to focus on small business and job creation, Allstate is offering the right candidates the chance to own their own piece of the American Dream. For 2013, the company is ramping up its recruiting again – searching for more than 50 new agency owners next year.
"We see a significant opportunity in the current job climate to attract well capitalized mid-career, mid-level managers to own and operate their own business and represent Allstate in Florida," said Bob Jackson, Allstate's Florida Regional Sales Leader. "We're working with business brokers, utilizing social media tools and have our own team of recruiters to find professionals throughout Florida with financial or sales backgrounds."
To further assist with recruitment, for people who refer candidates that go on to become Allstate agencies, the company is paying a $5,000 referral bonus.
The addition of the new agencies will have a compounding effect on the Florida job market since each new agent normally opens with a minimum of three employees to help ensure customers are well served with courtesy and efficiency. So adding more than 50 agents could create more than 150 new jobs in Florida.
Owning an Allstate agency is also a unique opportunity because it's the only major branded insurer in which agencies own the economic interest in their business. As such, agents who are nearing retirement, or even those who are looking for a change in career, can sell the economic interest in their business to a qualified buyer. In fact, many choose to sell to their children as a way of passing along the business as a family legacy.
"Ownership of the economic interest is a big reason why entrepreneurs choose Allstate as a small business opportunity," Jackson said. "It's right up there with our brand, which is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the nation, and the high level of training and support we offer our new agencies to help them succeed."
Interested candidates can apply to become an Allstate agent by logging on to www.allstate.com, or by calling 1-877-711-1015
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®," Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.