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Veteran Transition Story

From United States Marine Corps to Successful Sales Leader

Question and Answer Session with John Jakiun, Regional Sales Director at Bankers Life & Casualty

Interview conducted by: Dr. Randy Plunkett Director of Community and Government Outreach at Military.com —SMSgt, USAF retired

John, what did you do in the Marine Corps and directly after? Tell me how did you end up in the Insurance business?

I was in the United States Marine Corps for four years, and was a Communications Center Operator. My interest was always in IT, and for a few years directly after my service I worked as an IT consultant. However, in 2001 the IT industry changed radically, and I was not in agreement with the outsourcing and globalization that was occurring. As a result I decided to pursue other business ventures which led me to Bankers Life & Casualty.

Why was Bankers a good fit for you?

I was looking for a new career, and considered a couple different options in the business and entrepreneurial fields. In the end, I decided to attend a career briefing session and it was really what sold me on the opportunity. I knew that I was going to have to take a pay cut, and start at the bottom again no matter where I went but I was up for the challenge. I really appreciated the fact that they already had a path for success laid out. All I needed to add to their plan was my own motivation, dedication, and hard work that would allow me to get promoted. I really found a culture of stability at Bankers, and it seemed to meet both my professional and financial growth objectives.

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Bankers Forget Me Not Days

Making a Difference in our Community

At Bankers Life and Casualty Company, our agents and employees witness firsthand the impact that Alzheimer's disease has on our customers, their families and their caregivers. That's why in 2003 we established Forget Me Not Days, our nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

Each May, our agents and employees go out into the community to collect donations for local chapters of the Alzheimer's Association and raise awareness of the disease. In exchange for a donation, we hand out packets of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds and ask that they be planted in honor of the estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer's.

Careers at Bankers

Careers at Bankers

With over 200 Branch Sales offices across the country, Bankers Life and Casualty has more than 4,800 agents who live and work in the communities they serve. At Bankers, we offer more than just a job; we offer a challenging and rewarding sales career! Successful Agents come from all backgrounds, are supported by nationally recognized training, and operate with a level of service unmatched in the insurance industry since 1879.

Bankers offers veterans a career and not just a job

Bankers Life and Casualty Company offers outstanding training, innovative sales support and great opportunities for personal growth and advancement. Here are what some veterans say about the Bankers sales career: Do you have what it takes?

  • We enjoy connecting with new people
  • We have the discipline to follow a proven training system
  • We enjoy helping others and impacting lives in our local community
  • We are flexible, adaptable, and trainable
  • We have a desire to own our own business
  • We operate with a sense of urgency
  • We control our income
  • We bounce back quickly in the face of adversity
  • We are part of the Bankers Team!

Take the next step and join the Bankers Team. Apply Today!

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Military Spouses

Bankers knows that military veterans and their families bring a strong sense of duty to their personal and professional lives. Bankers offers its agents flexibility in their work schedule to set appointments at times that work for their clients and their families. To learn more, click here.

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