July 2014

Nicole Nespeca, a Manager in Aon’s Global Talent Acquisition Sourcing team and Editor of the Aon Careers Experience Blog, chatted with one of her team members, Joanne Christmas.

Joanne is a great example of the caliber of professionals who find their way to Aon.

Joanne Christmas is a Senior Recruiter in Charlotte, NC, specializing in payroll, human capital management and shared services roles.

I have yet to meet anyone who embodies the meaning of his or her name as much as Joanne does. Her friendly, helpful and kind personality makes it easy to remember that her last name is Christmas!

Joanne joined Aon on April 4th, 2011. A true networker, Joanne learned of the position from a colleague at Time Warner who recommended her to the Global Sourcing Manager at Aon. Within two weeks, the job was hers.

Joanne isn’t just a great networker and gregarious colleague, but she is also very intelligent. At one time, Joanne was an accountant. She later leveraged her accounting background to begin recruiting accountants. When she decided to change career paths, she went to a local staffing firm to see if they could help her find a job. Instead, they hired Joanne themselves. As Joanne says, “I did not seek this career, it found me.” Interestingly, I hear this from 99% of recruiting professionals I speak to.

Joanne enjoys the endless learning opportunities that Aon offers. She likes that there are so many interesting lines of business within the organization and so much to learn. Joanne says, “Aon is a great place to have a long-term career. I plan to retire from Aon, but not anytime soon.”

Joanne is very devoted to her family, which keeps her very busy. She loves classic movies and is a bargain hunter who frequents thrift stores. Each weekend she searches for new treasures. As Joanne jokes, “It is the thrill of the hunt I like.”

Given that attitude, it sure sounds like she picked the right career path after all.


We are pleased to introduce George Giese in today’s testimonial segment by Nicole Nespeca, Manager, Global Talent Acquisition


When George applied for a job with Hewitt Associates in October 2006 he really didn’t expect to get hired. In fact, Hewitt said they were looking for someone with more corporate security experience than he offered with his background in law enforcement. But George’s personal motto is “It doesn’t take guts to quit,” so he stuck with it and got the job.


Today, George is the Americas Region Investigations Manager on the Aon Corporate Security Risk Management team. In this role, he investigates external and internal fraud, colleague and facility safety and security issues, and risks to Aon’s brand and reputation. George also collaborates with cross-functional teams to develop policies, procedures and practices for internal investigations, incident reporting, threat assessment, and fraud recognition and mitigation.


While George’s education was in business administration and engineering, he says most of what he knows, he has learned on the job. George identifies with the movie, “Jobs,” the story of Apple founder Steve Jobs. “I was a nerd before there were nerds,” jokes George. He went from the world depicted in the movie – early computer technology, long hours at work – to law enforcement at a time when personal computers were very new.


We had more questions for George:

What do you think makes Aon different than other companies?

Within our Aon culture I meet some really interesting people in the most unlikely circumstances! But I think what makes Aon so different from other companies is our diversity – the diversity in the business we do and the diversity of our colleagues. I also have a deep appreciation of the opportunities Aon gives me to learn new things from my interactions with the business and other colleagues.


What is one thing about working for Aon that may surprise people (or that surprised you)?

There are so many different things that we do as a business – affording all of us some pretty unique potential opportunities.


What are you passionate about – personally or professionally?

My passion is in “Carpe Diem” – seize the day! Professionally, I’m absolutely passionate about serving our clients – both internal and external. My excitement at work comes from believing and knowing that I am making a positive contribution to my team and to Aon. Personally – I am passionate about spending quality time with friends and family.


What are some of the things you like to do outside of the office?

I really enjoy traveling and experiencing new places and new things – restaurants, sporting events, theatre, museums, etc… I really enjoy building things, home improvement, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.


What advice do you have for people who might be deciding whether or not they want to work at Aon?

From my view, you will never achieve satisfaction if you view your employment as a “job.” Most people I meet who are not satisfied with their work do not seem to have any passion to do better. Begin with the concept of never underestimating your value – everyone has value! Give careful consideration to what you’re choosing to do – is it something you can be passionate about? If it’s truly what you want to do – position yourself from the start to be successful. Keep yourself completely open to the possibilities of what working at Aon can bring, but also constantly challenge yourself to do everything you can to achieve positive results! And finally – great things can only come if you dress and act like you believe you are capable of great things!


George Giese embodies many of the qualities that Aon looks for in colleagues – passionate about what he does, hard-working, and a team player. Do you have what it takes to join our team?

What’s your biggest weakness?

So the interview is nearly over and you think it’s going well. Then the interviewer asks you that inevitable, ubiquitous question: “What’s your biggest weakness?”

You thought you were home free and had the job, right? Well, let’s hope so, but whatever you do, please don’t answer with the standard “I’m a perfectionist.”

This is your time to show your true self. Recruiters want to see that you can identify a weakness or conflict and resolve it. The interviewer is measuring your “emotional IQ” – how well you understand and use your emotions to overcome stress, communicate effectively and accomplish your objectives. The best answers are those that acknowledge a weakness and show improvement over time. Don’t worry if you are a recent college graduate; you should be able to turn your school or internship experience into a great answer.

For an example, if you have had problems figuring out what to focus on first at work, you might say, “I tend to try to do all my work at once, but I have learned that I do better if I seek direction on prioritizing my work day.” This answer illustrates that you are honest, you can ask for help, you’re able to fix problems and you’ve grown. Why is this important? Even if you graduated summa cum laude in IT from Yale and worked at Microsoft for the last ten years, you still have to be able to honestly convey your knowledge and experience in an interview.

Bottom line: you stand a better chance of getting the job if you can successfully showcase your emotional IQ. And remember, interviewers don’t like canned responses.Image

Just think, that coveted job you have been eyeing on LinkedIn can be yours if you just be yourself in the interview – thus turning a weakness into a strength.


Aon’s commitment to providing career opportunities for former military runs deep. For Mike Walton of our Talent Acquisition team, the commitment to matching career opportunities for military veterans is a way of life.

After graduating Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and then the Marine Corps reserves, following his grandfather, a World War II marine and recipient of both a Purple Heart and a gold star for valor.

Since joining Aon’s Talent Acquisition team in April 2012, Mike says the opportunity to engage in challenging and meaningful recruiting work has far surpassed his expectations. Teaming, diversity, innovation and passion are among the positive experiences of working at Aon.

Mike has channeled his dedication to the U.S. armed forces and his recruiting background to support two important foundations that support U.S. Marines wounded in combat in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Missouri Friends of Injured Marines (www.semperfigolf.com) organizes an annual golf tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, raising $200,000-$300,000 for the Semper Fi Fund (www.semperfifund.org), which assists U.S. marines and navy veterans impacted by combat injuries.

FOCUS Marines Foundation (www.focusmarinesfoundation.org) presents the five-day FOCUS course – a training program to help wounded marines successfully transition to civilian life. FOCUS helps participants address combat stress, interpersonal relationships and self-awareness issues; visualize their goals and objectives; and prepare for employment with resume-building, coaching and mock interviews. Mike serves on the board of directors and is in charge of employment initiatives.


Mike also administers A Hire Mission– a website of hiring resources for U.S. veterans and employers. A Hire Mission serves as a platform for his personal passion….helping veterans find meaningful employment after serving their country.

Aon is proud of its many colleagues globally who are military veterans. The firm sponsors Aon Veterans United, an internal business resource group for both colleagues who are veterans and their supporters within Aon.

See a video of “Once a Marine,”a FOCUS course presentation: http://bit.ly/19SR7hG. 


You will join a highly professional environment that will assist you in becoming a licensed life, accident and health insurance agent. Navigators is a business unit within Aon Hewitt that assists Medicare eligible retirees to select appropriate Medicare health plans.

  • The Benefit Advisor’s responsibilities include: providing Medicare education, conducting needs analyses, and selling/enrolling retirees into appropriate Medicare health and prescription drug plans.
  • The Sales Manager responsibilities include: managing a team of benefits advisors, reviewing KPIs, coaching/mentoring, silent monitoring, goals / quotas, escalated phone calls, leading team huddles and scheduling.
  • The Quality Manager responsibilities include: QA reviews, analyzing the data reporting, providing feedback, working with Sales Managers, coaching Benefit Advisors, developing and execution of plans based on trends, developing / articulating SOPS.

We’re hiring in:

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Lincolnshire, IL
  • The Woodlands, TX
  • Orlando, FL

Aon Hewitt Navigators, one of the nation’s trusted advisors in navigating Medicare, provides independent assistance to Medicare recipients who expect and deserve high quality health insurance at an affordable price. Aon Hewitt Navigators presents complex health insurance information in an objective and neutral manner via its internet site and trained and licensed insurance professionals. The Navigators team is part of our Aon Hewitt HR business process outsourcing team. Today we serve more clients than any provider, and our client satisfaction is the best in the industry. Click Here to read more about Aon Hewitt. 

Entry level & Experienced Career Opportunities!


For more information and to apply online, please use these links:

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Benefits of Working at Aon

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Video interviewing is changing the landscape of modern recruiting. Aon is excited to be part of this change, partnering with HireVue – technology that helps people tell their stories and demonstrate their abilities via video.

 Using HireVue helps Aon’s recruiters better source candidates through social media, refine their searches, quickly hone in on the top candidates, and focus their time and resources on the best talent.

The HireVue process is simple. A recruiter prepares questions and sends the candidate a link to HireVue. The candidate records him- or herself responding to the questions – either for a specific job or for general consideration. When finished, the recruiter can review, rate and share the interview and determine whether to invite the candidate to continue the recruitment process.HireVue-Banner_2

While there are many benefits to Aon – candidates benefit, too. The selection process is fair and transparent, as all candidates are asked the same questions and evaluated in the same manner. You have a chance to put your best foot forward early in the process, and you can answer the questions at your convenience, without taking time away from your current job.

So don’t be surprised if you apply for a position with Aon and get a request for a digital interview. Think of it as the ultimate selfie!

For more information about HireVue and the digital interviewing process, visit http://www.hirevue.com.

The future of recruiting is here and digital interviewing is leading the way.


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