Julie Cosio, Senior Vice President of our U.S. Mobile business in Connected Living, shares her career journey, what inspires her, and what she would tell her younger self.
The relationship you have with your employer is one of the most important in your life. You spend a lot of time looking for your ideal job, searching for a company with the right combination of must-have characteristics. Are they solid and trustworthy? Interesting and fun? Do they care about their people? You do your research and stalk them on social. Then you finally take the leap and make a connection. And when it’s a match, you’re thrilled. You start your new relationship with high expectations and every hope that you and your new employer will build a rosy future together.
But time alone well tell whether it’s truly a match made in heaven, or just a short-term thing. So how do you know when you’ve found the right fit?
Start with the basics.
Start by looking at company culture. Some companies are hierarchical, bureaucratic and process-oriented. Others are more entrepreneurial and willing to take risks. Some companies view employees as replaceable commodities. Others see talented people as the single most important factor to the company’s long-term success.
Assurant’s unique culture is a big reason why so many talented people choose to work here, and why they tend to stay. Although we have a wide variety of skills and experience, and come from many different countries and cultural backgrounds, we share some characteristics that are uniquely Assurant. Like a passion for service. An ability to innovate in practical ways. And a willingness to take chances. We believe that staying on top doesn’t mean sacrificing our values. We believe clarity of vision and a sense of purpose will carry us forward. And we take charge of our own success.
Create a purposeful connection.
Top talent is often attracted to a purpose-driven company. Look for a company that has a strong sense of the role they serve in society and why they exist in the world. For every moment you spend working, you should feel that you’re doing something fundamentally important. At Assurant, we help our clients and their customers thrive in a connected world, with products, support and services that make our complicated lives a little easier. That spirit of service spills over to the communities where we live and work, with opportunities to give back. And we’re committed to providing support for each other, because we know that every Assurant success story lifts all of us even higher.
Make sure your values are aligned.
A good cultural fit starts with your fundamental values. Don’t be satisfied with a list of corporate values on a website. Look for a company that clearly puts those values in practice. At Assurant, our values are the most enduring piece of our culture. They bring to life expectations we set for ourselves. Common sense, to simplify the complex. Common decency to embrace inclusion and behave ethically. And the kind of uncommon thinking that drives innovation and delivers uncommon results.
Take charge of your own happiness.
If you want your relationship with your employer to stand the test of time, then you’ll need to grow together. You’ll need to understand your own career goals, and you’ll need your employer to provide the tools to help you get there. We know what it takes to be successful at Assurant, and we’re committed to making sure our people know as well. That’s the secret to some of our greatest employee success stories. Did you know our CEO started out as an intern at Assurant? That’s just one example of how it pays off to understand what’s important both to you and your employer and work together to build something beautiful.
Share a common vision.
There’s nothing more unifying than working toward a common goal. And achieving and sharing milestones along the way is a time-tested bonding experience. Look for an employer with a bold, audacious vision. Something that excites you when you get up in the morning. Make sure you know how you fit into this vision, and what you can do to contribute to it. And stay ready to adapt to change. At Assurant, we’re not the same company we were five years ago. And we continuously reinvent ourselves in order to ensure that our clients, consumers and employees are well prepared for whatever the future holds.
Is Assurant a match for you?
If you’re looking for a company that’s grounded in values, inspired by purpose, propelled toward success and united by a vision of the connected future, then we would be a great fit for you. Learn more about how we define our culture called "The Assurant Way" here.
Ready to swipe right on Assurant as your next employer?
Learn more and check out our open roles here.