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Bruce in Antioch, Tennessee

54 months ago

Matt L in Durham, North Carolina said: I just passed my Adjusters License last fri and am currently looking for my FIRST ADJUSTER JOB.. How do i get started in the business when every job I look at says they want experience.. I cant seem to find anything for entry level.. PLEASE HELP !!!

It isn't easy Matt. There are several companies that offer training however it is no garantee you will get hired. Some say that these companies are simply trying to make a buck on us poor adjusters trying to get into the groove or mainstream. If a big enough cat hits in 2012, even the beginners will get a call to estimate damages. Worley is a good company, Wardlaw out of Waco, TX is another, and E A Renfroe in Birmingham is another good company. Some of these offer free seminars and some only offer training for $. FEMA offers flood cat certifications free in various cities going on soon for the 2012 season. This business ain't easy, let me just tell you that. You'll starve before you make any money.

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Jimbo in Jacksonville, Florida

54 months ago

Jason1162 in Gaffney, South Carolina said: So im a 24 year old trying to make a career change and have found I would love to be an Insurance adjuster. I am thinking about paying to take the classes and take the test to get my license. I live in the Greenville, SC area. I'm not sure what im getting into, but would like any advice that anyones willing to give. Please Help! thanks

I tell you what Jason, I have been in the field for almost 10 years. It's a rough and stressful way to earn a living. If you are super organized, able to multi task, administratively inclined , have awesome people skills and love hard work , long hours, and don't mind the daily mental abuse you get for not paying enough money or for not paying quick enough, not returning a phone call within 15 minutes, dealing with losses you know are fraudulent, but can do nothing about cause you really can't prove it or dealing with greedy injury attorneys, this may be the job for you. However, you must be able to do all of the above. You can't pick and choose . SC may be a bit different than my state. Good Luck,wish you well

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Amber

53 months ago

Ken in Springdale, Arkansas said: I took my All-lines Certifications & Xactimate tranning in October and have tried to apply for as many jobs as possible. Found one job advertising for a tranee. When calling the company they said they were hiring a personal friend for the job.

When taking the tranning they tell you It's easy to find work. Yea! Where are the jobs?

Arkansas will not allow you to work independily and they won't let you take the state exam unless you work for some one for a year.

I'm in the same boat! I'm from Arkansas and I'm currently taking a course to become an adjuster and I cant seem to find anyone that will allow me to work under them!

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William A in Fort Worth, Texas

53 months ago

Reading these comments brings back old memories. After 27 yrs in the construction industry I decided to make a change. I went to a school mentioned in this thread. I was promised a job after completing the school. Well as we all know this didn't happen. It took me 2 long hard yrs to get a Chance to prove myself. During that 2 yr period, I continued to take courses and attend seminars. When finally getting the opportunity to work,I successfully was redeployed for 18 months. Fast forward 5 yrs. Folks if you are prepared and you market yourself you will get a call. If you sit around applying and waiting for the phone to ring you are wasting your time. The real numbers are 95 percent of the people that want to adjusting never follow thru with the self marketing part,therefore they fail. The amount of money you make is fantastic,but beware,do not do the job for the money,do it for the love of the job. There are no shortcuts other than a major cat such as Katrina. It does take a special person to be able to cope with the duties of the job. At this point , I receive calls from companies I have never heard of,wanting me to work for them. Do a good job when the chance arrives and make a name for yourself. Regardless of what you hear or read, the industry is alive and thriving. If you really want to be an adjuster,follow my advise and you will do just fine. If you want it to happen,then make it happen. Good luck to all !

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damon in Chicago, Illinois

50 months ago

Hello all.

I will be starting a job as an inside CAT adjuster, so all phone-based and cubicle type of an environment with a well-known company. I've read a lot of negative reviews about the job being very stressful and just having a high workload to deal with. I'm in transition. Worked as an assistant manager in retail for a little while but needed a career change b/c I just didn't feel like retail would be something that I would want to do for the next 30 yrs.

Problem is these days, it's very tough to find anything. People say, well look the other way and try to find something else. This economy does not provide for those opportunities. Only the lucky ones with the right connections seem to find the breaks while the rest of us are begging to get anything. For instance, this is the first job offer that I've had in about 6 months. So these job offers are tough to come by. For someone coming ito the insurance industry with no experience and no other real job prospects, is it a good idea to take a chance in this sort of a position?With that being said, I am coming to the job with an open mind and I've dealt with stress and unhappy customers in my previous positions but what I want to know is what are the upsides of being a claims adjuster? What do adjusters like about the position and what is a day in the life like for an inside claims adjuster?

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Renee in Orange Park, Florida

49 months ago

No one want to hire you if you don't have experience. I'm even willing to volunteer but they still want experience to volunteer. They dont even care if you have a degreed. What is wrong with this picture? Maybe I'm just crazy.

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ken in Springdale, Arkansas

49 months ago

Ava C. Denney in Austin, Texas said: I worked for Pilot Catastophes Inc. after Hurricane Katrina and Rita and fell in love with adjusting. I got my Texas adjuster license during this time. Since then I have been unable to find a company who will hire me because I only have a year of experience in adjusting. My question is how do you get experience when companies won't hire you unless you have a couple of years experience and they aren't willing to give you the opportunity to prove yourself. Please help! Adjusting is what I want to do however I have been running into road blocks ever since I worked with Pilot.

Danny Don't hold your breath with getting in with becoming an adjuster. I have been trying for over three years to get into the industry and no one will hire you unless you have a in. Sorry but it's the truth.

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ken in Springdale, Arkansas

49 months ago

ken in Springdale, Arkansas said: Danny Don't hold your breath with getting in with becoming an adjuster. I have been trying for over three years to get into the industry and no one will hire you unless you have a in. Sorry but it's the truth.

It's a racket that someone needs to investigate and do something about. The schools Lie about the opportunity just to get you to take the class $$$ is the name of the game. When you get out and graduate and try to get into the industry you soon relize that you got screwed.

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larry in Chicago, Illinois

49 months ago

ken in Springdale, Arkansas said: Danny Don't hold your breath with getting in with becoming an adjuster. I have been trying for over three years to get into the industry and no one will hire you unless you have a in. Sorry but it's the truth.

You are partly correct but also partly incorrect. There are companies out there who will hire people to train as claims adjusters with little to no experience. I won't name the company but one of the top insurance companies in the industry does hire people with no experience but maybe backgrounds in customer service or retail where they have had experiences dealing with irate or frustrated customers.

But at the same time, I know what you're saying is true b/c I've been there and I looked for jobs and I knew I was qualified to get into different positions but for some reason, there was always a roadblock. I think it has to do with competition among others who are applying for the same position and then networking and how certain people have an "in" while others don't.

It's honestly more about luck and being at the right place at the right time than anything else if you do not have a connection. That's how it worked out for me but I guess all I can say is keep applying to as many places as possible and don't give up. I spent about 4-5 hrs. everyday during the week looking/applying for jobs and modifying my cover letters, and I was applying to an average of 12-15 jobs per week. I kept getting phone/face-to-face interviews, wasn't having any real luck, but it just takes 1 company to see the potential in you for everything to change. For all the stupid recruiters/employers who wouldn't know how to tell talent if their life depended on it, there are recruiters out there who do get it. It's just a matter of having the right luck fall into place and just being prepared for the interview process.

I can't stress enough about preparing for interviews, use flashcards, prepare for interview questions weekly.

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DavidJK in Tampa, Florida

46 months ago

Larry has a great point, a lot has to pan together to get a job as an Adjuster, save for the freak occurence. I have been after this profession starting four years ago when I started my Business Degree, I am 24 now. My sister-in-law in an adjuster and living with her for 2 years during that time made me interested. After I graduated in December 2012 I started to apply to trainee adjuster postions with only personal construction/atuomotive experience and administraive experience under my belt. In the mean time I took on and internship For SMARTCIRCLE (STAY AWAY!!!) which wasn't for me and then went to work a Temp Job at an insurance headquarters. During this time I was with the internship and temp job I had been applying to more lucrative positions with little luck.MY lucky break came! One month before my temp contract ended. My s-i-l got a new job working at a Sought after carrier to work for that had Adj trainee positions available (One I had applied to TWICE in the past year but nothing) she was new but gave my resume to the hiring manager - nothing. Luckily for me I sat next to the office of a Director for Ins operations, she loved me ;). I asked for a referrel and she told me she knew the VP there! They spoke and after a couple interviews and tests they offered me the job! I bought all the materials for the State test too (5-20) two months before this. Everything lined up. Best of Luck too all. Your Dream will die if you let it, don't let it! PERSISTENCE & NETWORKING!

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Vaille in Palo Alto, California

46 months ago

I've been a casualty adjuster for about 15 years, primarily in the Chicago market. It can be an excellent career *if* you have the personality for it. To break into the industry, you'll want to develop the skill sets that insurers know are essential to the work. Myself, I came out of a loss prevention background (I used to catch shoplifters). Over the years, I've known a number of adjusters who were ex-cops. Collections representatives, too. What's the common thread between loss prevention, law enforcement and collections in this example? They are all high stress, require excellent negotiation skills and each requires conflict management. You also need to be pretty damn sharp, able to multi-task, have excellent organizational skills and communicate with people on their level. The phone rings, it's a doctor inquiring about the status of a medical payment. Hang up, it rings again, its a high school dropout wanting to know about his total loss. Rings again, now its a detective calling to discuss a fraud case. Rings again, it's a lawyer wanting discuss an injury settlement. You've got to be able to change directions in a moment's notice and communicate effectively with the public and resolve issues ASAP.

Education - 10 years ago, you could still get into adjusting w/ a high school diploma. Those days are gone. Insurers now want a minimum of a 4 year degree. Business is great, but you can pretty much major anything. Once you're in the door, the people who advance upwards will at a minimum have an AIC designation. A CPCU is significantly more impressive and the truly ambitious (i.e. the folks who have their eye on one day reaching the echelons of upper management) will usually obtain a Master's degree.

Companies - I'd recommend checking out organizations that actively recruit for entry level trainee positions. Travelers, Farmers (sometimes), Geico, Allstate, American Family and Progressive all come to mind.

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pheffler1@*****.*** in Charlotte, North Carolina

44 months ago

Ava C. Denney in Austin, Texas said: I worked for Pilot Catastophes Inc. after Hurricane Katrina and Rita and fell in love with adjusting. I got my Texas adjuster license during this time. Since then I have been unable to find a company who will hire me because I only have a year of experience in adjusting. My question is how do you get experience when companies won't hire you unless you have a couple of years experience and they aren't willing to give you the opportunity to prove yourself. Please help! Adjusting is what I want to do however I have been running into road blocks ever since I worked with Pilot.
Hi, Denny. I read your post and am wondering if the business has gotten better for you in the past 51 months, or how ever old the post is.

I'm just learning the trade now. Got an update? Any more thoughts on Pilot? Know anything about Southeastern?

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pheffler1@*****.*** in Charlotte, North Carolina

44 months ago

Vaille in Palo Alto, California said: Sir, I found your article very informative. Please say more.

I am just learning the business and your advice sounded good.

Thanks

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safeguard.tim@*****.*** in Saint Paul, Minnesota

44 months ago

Karen Smith in Browns Valley, Minnesota said:

Hello I am just about to take my state lic in minnesota, any hints on how to pass this with out issue. alot of info for a 35 question test. also it really appears to be hard to find entry level or trainee position, any ideas

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claimsguy123@*****.*** in Lexington, Kentucky

38 months ago

I’ve been an adjuster (for a couple of big name insurance companies) for about 20 years. This evening I found myself reading all these posts on “indeed” from what appears to be 1) people who are thinking about property estimating: 2) others who seem to be serious about getting into property estimating. 3) lastly, the few who have are in property estimating.

Helping others is something I enjoy, so blogging about this subject seems a good idea in order to dispel myths. From what I read, it’s fairly obvious to me those that have been in the business all speak the truth. Allow me to start with page 1 of this forum and make a few comments. FIRST, read what the below prior posters had to say….. then I’ll sum it all up at the end.

*Read the prior posts for ………fighting saints (MN), orlandoalex (Fl) who makes a series of progressional posts and each builds on his prior post, BC (Fl), Patriot Flood (Penn), trackfast (LA), sradjuster (AZ), Bruce (TN), Jimbo (FL), William A (TX), Vaille (CA). Should any decide to read all the above past posts ………. each one of these have sound advice.

As you can read from a progress of posts by orlandoalex – one who is decisive, motivated and takes the fundamental steps necessary to work his way into a career. He didn’t “wait”, rather he made it happen……….. which is what all the others also appear to have in common. Only a very tiny percentage (like the lotto) will “luck” into a career. Even those will have to bring their “A Game” everyday to work to keep their job. They will work hard, progress and have the desire to learn something new every day. It’s true that the work is hard (or everyone would do it), we do deal with the public and when it’s all about money (their settlement) – you’d best have or quickly develop a very thick skin. As any customer service job …. be courteous, helpful, diplomatic (even to the angry).

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claimsguy123@*****.*** in Lexington, Kentucky

38 months ago

Regarding those who will probably be standout’s to become hired as a CAT or property adjuster are people like William A (Ft Worth). A construction background, learns the software (xactimate, simsol, etc……….) and hard work ethic, detail oriented, people skills then he’s got the skill set to become hired first. Vaille (CA) makes a great point in which it’s said 10 or more years ago it was much easier to become an adjuster. When the economy was good, not many wanted this career. Now the economy is bad, many will take the first thing that comes along (as it has through history), after several hurricanes the CAT market may very well be saturated. BUT – there is always room for those who KNOW what they want and work toward that goal. For those who think the extent of this is getting an adjusters license and magically becoming an adjuster is similar to ….getting a license to carry a weapon and then expecting to become a policeman.

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David P in Hollywood, Florida

34 months ago

I got my 610 all lines license about two months ago, and was told by the school where I got my license it would be easy to get an adjusting job but nothing so far. I want to work as a staff adjuster but because of family issues I wont be doing CAT claims, I would be happy doing auto or dwelling claims. I applied for numerous positions at Geico and Progressive and Gainsco, I was called in for testing at Geico was told I passed the test and that was all I heard from them. I am not sure where to start any help at all would be appreciated. I'm a college graduate with numerous years of teaching under my belt. I don't know if the problem is that I'm not a young kid I'm in my mid 40's and don't know where to start

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tahoetodd in Phoenix, Arizona

31 months ago

damon in Chicago, Illinois said: Hello all.

I will be starting a job as an inside CAT adjuster, so all phone-based and cubicle type of an environment with a well-known company. I've read a lot of negative reviews about the job being very stressful and just having a high workload to deal with. I'm in transition. Worked as an assistant manager in retail for a little while but needed a career change b/c I just didn't feel like retail would be something that I would want to do for the next 30 yrs.

Problem is these days, it's very tough to find anything. People say, well look the other way and try to find something else. This economy does not provide for those opportunities. Only the lucky ones with the right connections seem to find the breaks while the rest of us are begging to get anything. For instance, this is the first job offer that I've had in about 6 months. So these job offers are tough to come by. For someone coming ito the insurance industry with no experience and no other real job prospects, is it a good idea to take a chance in this sort of a position?With that being said, I am coming to the job with an open mind and I've dealt with stress and unhappy customers in my previous positions but what I want to know is what are the upsides of being a claims adjuster ? What do adjusters like about the position and what is a day in the life like for an inside claims adjuster?

May I ask how you got into the field without prior experience? I'm wanting to get into this field but I'm finding it hard without experience. I'm a paralegal and I would have thought they would like someone with my background. Any suggestions on how I can get into the field would be appreciated. Thank you.

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yolo in Lake Villa, Illinois

31 months ago

TahoeTodd in Phoenix, Arizona said: May I ask how you got into the field without prior experience? I'm wanting to get into this field but I'm finding it hard without experience. I'm a paralegal and I would have thought they would like someone with my background. Any suggestions on how I can get into the field would be appreciated. Thank you.

Well, I got lucky. I applied to my current employer for many different positions. I didn't have much luck and then I applied for inside cat adjuster last Feb. 2012, didn't hear back for 2 months, but eventually heard back to my surprise, had a phone interview, 2 face-to-face interviews, and I impressed enough to get an offer.

No secrets to my story though. I didn't have an "in" meaning I didn't have any connections. It was just due to a combination of persistence/good interviewing/luck. I'm not sure on your experience level but I know a co-worker of mine who started with me, he had 15 yrs. of experience but was let go from another insurance company and had to start back at the bottom from a salary standpoint. He makes more than I do b/c of the experience level but I'm sure he makes less than what he did elsewhere.

I enjoy it but at times, it's tough. Today, we had a major CAT in the Northeast from all the winter storms (ice damming, frozen pipe bursts) and getting 10 claims a day is not fun. Hopefully it will be short-lived.

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Mel in Chandler, Arizona

27 months ago

I started with no experience in the non-standard auto insurance, they just found me online, Since I'm bilingual and I had experience in fraud claims in banking, risk analyst in banking they actually called me to offer me an interview and got hired on the spot, I worked there for 2 years and took a mental break for a few months, I just got hired with another company also non-standard auto insurance. It's very stressful because you get so many claims and is hard to control your volume, all the calls, people crying a river, demanding their claim to be paid immediately when you are just starting on their claim. the pay is normal, not good and not bad. it's very tiring mentally.

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Mel in Chandler, Arizona

27 months ago

TahoeTodd in Phoenix, Arizona said: May I ask how you got into the field without prior experience? I'm wanting to get into this field but I'm finding it hard without experience. I'm a paralegal and I would have thought they would like someone with my background. Any suggestions on how I can get into the field would be appreciated. Thank you.

I know people with no experience at all that start as Claims Assistant and Claims Customer Service they work for 6 months to a year and then apply once you are inside. or I also didn't have experience and I was hired as an adjuster. it's a matter of having a good resume, if you have a bachelor's degree is even easier but if you don't have either experience or a bachelor's then start as an assistant or customer service in claims.

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DeeDee in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

25 months ago

I'm a license P&C and also a Life, Health, and Annuity, agent. I want a change, so I'm Now in the process off obtaining my 0620 for an All adjuster. Im appointed with a few insurers. When I get my license, I'm going to send my resume to all off them, why not?Hope that they will honor my resume.

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mikew49 in Topeka, Kansas

24 months ago

I'm glad to see so much dialogue concerning an industry that I have for many years been interested in, but up to recently, had not asserted myself in regard to. Sight unseen, I didn't assume that I would instantly land work in the realm of claims adjusting. Nobody told me I could be assured of anything. Nobody owes me an opportunity, and I'm likely very fortunate for knowing that going in.

No doubt, the prevalent trend, according to the comments I took the time to read, is that it's not a business worth being in. More to the point, some of those stating it's a waste of time, unless I misunderstood, are currently working adjusters. If the detraction is not because they want to limit the amount of competition in the field, then perhaps they are in the wrong industry themselves. Were they to vacate the positions they do not seem to want enmasse, it might be enough to turn the tide in favor of those of us who are eager to get their feet wet, pay their dues, and as the one very sensible person said... make names for themselves...

Make of it what you will. All I know is that it appears to be one of the few businesses with some ethical intent. That's not to say it's not susceptible to corruption and exploitation, but at least it's not a requirement

Point being, if you don't see it as a viable opportunity, it's not. I may or may not ever adjust a claim, and it might be due to the complete lack of opportunities placed in my lap. However, I'm confident that if I maintain a bit of optimism,at least I'll have that. For me, the most compelling facet of claims adjusting, as I understand it, and in my opinion, is knowing that at the end of the day, I'll know I did what I could to be of some assistance, and some comfort, to people I wouldn't otherwise have a chance to meet, and will likely be at least a little better off for having met me.

If it makes ya miserable, don't do it. If you continue to do it, knowing it makes you miserable, well...

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Texas Lady in Dallas, Texas

24 months ago

Im in Texas and looking to get into the industry.
I'm coachable and seeking mentorship.
Also, looking to make a career in insurance with the goal of Actuarial in mind.
Time is of the essence as I have a kid in his last year of high school and would like to contribute to his college education.

I can be reached at 2one4.7one.eight.thirtyfive99
My name is MeMee.

Thank you in advance for reading.

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tom in Urbandale, Iowa

19 months ago

When you talk about getting trained is there a specific training you suggest? I see advertisements but I don't know anyone currently in the business so Im not sure where to spend my time and money. Did you say you are working in Iowa? Thanks

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Michael in Knightdale, North Carolina

17 months ago

freshbright in Charlotte, North Carolina said: My company is working in Forecladjustersosure properties doing a turn over, but I would like to work with insurance companies. Somebody told me that I have to contact the Adjuster, but I do not where or how to start.Somebody can give a tip?

Freshening! Any luck with insurance adjusting?I'm in the same boat. I have my company adjusters license and no experience. Want to move back to Charlotte. Thanks! Wmsmith.ms@gmail. Com

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Dave Kaltenbach in Plano, Texas

17 months ago

Well the best advice for new people is to be prepared. I've been in the industry for over 6 years and have seen a few of the highs and lows. I got my license online from www.2021training.com. Took the licensing and Xactimate course along with Practical Adjusting and had no trouble handling my first claims in Hurricane Sandy. I saw many who were totally unprepared and lost. I can't stress enough to know Xactimate. Pilot is great about deploying new adjusters and as of last summer was needing people. Storm season is about to kick up again. Politely stay in touch with Pilot, Eberils, and Renfroe after getting on their rosters. Being known is half the battle.

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Michael in Knightdale, North Carolina

17 months ago

I need an adjuster job in Charlotte!

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Dave Kaltenbach in Plano, Texas

17 months ago

<A href="www.2021training.com">Getting your Insurance Adjuster License</A> is the first step. Many people I talk to are trying to get staff adjusting jobs without getting their license. Make sure you have your adjusters license up front to show your level of interest.

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RodneyS in Salisbury, North Carolina

12 months ago

Where can one get the course or how to take the test. All I am getting is the run around. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

QUOTE who="Matt L in Durham, North Carolina"]I just passed my Adjusters License last fri and am currently looking for my FIRST ADJUSTER JOB.. How do i get started in the business when every job I look at says they want experience.. I cant seem to find anything for entry level .. PLEASE HELP !!!

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Michael in Monroe, North Carolina

12 months ago

Hey Rodney. I'm in the same boat. Acquired my license six months ago. Still nothing! You'll have to know xactimate. Not to pass the test, but to complete a claim! Good luck brother! The only thing I'm clinging to is my buddy is an adjuster and when the next hurricane comes I'm tagging along!

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RodneyS in Salisbury, North Carolina

12 months ago

Can you give me an idea on how to learn that and to find away to study for the test or even a class or something. All I have is experience in law enforcement and fire and rescue. I could use any information. I have looked online and have not gotten anywhere.

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Michael in Monroe, North Carolina

12 months ago

Email me at wmsmith.ms@gmail.com.

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Tyler in Little Rock, Arkansas

11 months ago

Dave Kaltenbach in Plano, Texas said: <A href=" www.2021training.com">Getting your Insurance Adjuster License</A> is the first step. Many people I talk to are trying to get staff adjusting jobs without getting their license. Make sure you have your adjusters license up front to show your level of interest.

Dave, I have obtained my adjusters license and have been actively looking for a job now. I am also from the DFW area but do not know any current adjusters. My dispatcher with Eberl Claims recommended me to shadow an adjuster. Do you think you could email me? kollertyler@yahoo.com

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David Rahn in Boca Raton, Florida

11 months ago

David P in Hollywood, Florida said: I got my 610 all lines license about two months ago, and was told by the school where I got my license it would be easy to get an adjusting job but nothing so far. I want to work as a staff adjuster but because of family issues I wont be doing CAT claims , I would be happy doing auto or dwelling claims. I applied for numerous positions at Geico and Progressive and Gainsco, I was called in for testing at Geico was told I passed the test and that was all I heard from them. I am not sure where to start any help at all would be appreciated. I'm a college graduate with numerous years of teaching under my belt. I don't know if the problem is that I'm not a young kid I'm in my mid 40's and don't know where to start

Hi David, I'm in Boca Raton, not far from you, i just got my 620 license but nobody will train me, its so stressful. Do you have any suggestions locally in the Florida Area?

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Todd in Acworth, Georgia

11 months ago

Go to all the major insurance company websites and create a job alert for Adjuster Trainees. When a job becomes avaliable apply for it.

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luxe in Carrollton, Texas

11 months ago

I have coworkers that hot their adjusters license by themselves. They were lured by the promise of big money once they were hired on as independent adjusters. Problem is they have no experience even though they took a class to learn xactamite. $600 down the drain because they can't get a temp job. I on the other hand refused to pay for it and instead applied for trainee positions. After a month of seriously applying I got a job at a big insurance company and they are paying for my Texas adjusters license as well as training me. Eventually when I have enough experience I'll become independent. But in the mean time I'll just sit back and learn all I can. My point is, it's a better idea to be a trainee and get experience then become independent rather than jumping into an industry blind and expecting to be sucessful.

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TJ Ammons in Van Alstyne, Texas

10 months ago

Hello my name is Dr. TJ Ammons and I am the owner of Champion Adjusters. My company offers online training for individuals who want to become adjusters, and we also provide continuing education courses to current adjusters. We are committed to training adjusters and preparing them to be successful. That's why I am proud to offer our Ebook "How to Get Started, Get Work, and Make Money as an Insurance Adjuster" to individuals who are interested in becoming adjusters, and those that are currently licensed.

Insurance adjusting is a growing field. Many people are drawn to it because of the flexibility and income potential but they don't realize it can be hard to get your first assignment. For every adjuster making six-figures, there are adjusters that are looking for work or their first position. I explain exactly what you must do to stand out, get work, and, specifically, which companies to apply with. I discuss the deployment process and how to properly prepare for your first assignment. I discuss what to do while you are deployed to make sure you get future assignments and build strong relationships with adjusting companies.

When I first began in adjusting I didn't have friends that were currently working in the field. It was a leap of faith as I quit my job and waited for my first deployment. I learned from trial and error. It took several years for me to get in the position I am right now in order to only work 4 months a year and make more money than a previous job for the entire year. If I had this information back then I would have gotten work sooner. In addition, I would have made more money in a shorter period of time.

What you will find in adjusting is a lot of helpful people but, unfortunately, some individuals may not have passed on the best information or have the best practices. This Ebook solves that problem for you.

Check out my website for more information www.championadjusters.com and my ebook payhip.com/b/l6ZN

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tjammons in Bennington, Oklahoma

10 months ago

As a brand new adjuster you want to get signed up with Pilot Catastrophe, Eberls, Renfroe, and Crawford & Crawford. In addition take the State Farm Certification, and update your resume.

I have written an e-book "How to Get Started, Get Work, and Make Money as an Insurance Adjuster" payhip.com/b/l6ZN

You can go to my website as I answer many questions about adjusting. www.championadjusters.com

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mark in Prosper, Texas

8 months ago

I'm 27 and i already made 97k in 8 months. and I'm taking 3 months off this year to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I have flexibility with my work/life balance, I don't have to report to any managers, I don't have a salary cap and it just make more sense to work independently. some people are afraid to take risk especially if the outcome is unknown. most people want a sense of security and don't want to feel the struggle of sacrificing it all.. Before I started working independently i was offered a career as a staff adjuster for 38k a year which i turned down. I was criticized very hard,and ridiculed. I was called stupid,people would say i was dumb for turning down a job in this economy and i should accept anything, i was told i was lazy, a bum and every other name in the book. I had about $150 to my name and barely made ends meet I was on the verge of getting evicted and my fiance leaving me. There were plenty of times where my food consisted of 2 for 1 or dollar menu. No one believed in me at all. but that didn't stop me because i already had one goal in mind and I believed in MYSELF. So to the new adjusters and anyone who is looking to become an adjuster rather it be public,staff or independent, whatever you pursue never give up, always stay persistent, never doubt yourself no matter how bad you're criticized and remove the fear of the unknown and you will always have that break you are looking for. it took almost 1 full year before i got my first independent assignment but i stuck through and it definitely paid off

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Michael in Monroe, North Carolina

8 months ago

Mark from prosper, Texas. Email me back please! I need some friendly advice! Thanks! I'm also an HVAC guy so I can trade advice! Thanks again, Mike. From Charlotte.

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Michael in Dallas, Texas

8 months ago

Email me at cherelle3376@gmail.com

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Michael in Dallas, Texas

8 months ago

Michael in Monroe, North Carolina said: Mark from prosper, Texas. Email me back please! I need some friendly advice! Thanks! I'm also an HVAC guy so I can trade advice! Thanks again, Mike. From Charlotte.

Email me at cherelle3376@gmail.com

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Michael in Monroe, North Carolina

8 months ago

This is Mike from Monroe, nc. Mark from prosper, Texas please email me! I need some friendly advice! My email is wmsmith.ms@gmail.com.I am real! I'm also an HVAC guy so we can exchange tips. Thanks!

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mark in Prosper, Texas

8 months ago

luxe in Carrollton, Texas said: I have coworkers that hot their adjusters license by themselves. They were lured by the promise of big money once they were hired on as independent adjusters. Problem is they have no experience even though they took a class to learn xactamite. $600 down the drain because they can't get a temp job. I on the other hand refused to pay for it and instead applied for trainee positions. After a month of seriously applying I got a job at a big insurance company and they are paying for my Texas adjusters license as well as training me. Eventually when I have enough experience I'll become independent. But in the mean time I'll just sit back and learn all I can. My point is, it's a better idea to be a trainee and get experience then become independent rather than jumping into an industry blind and expecting to be sucessful.

In My opinion i would dive right into the Independent Adjuster role and learn as you go. From mmy experience every company have their own way of training and different way of handling claims., So if you are receiving training from company X than you might have trouble adjusting to company Y. If you are looking to become a staff adjuster for that paticular company then that training you are receiving is beneficial but if you are looking to become independent then you need to be proficient handling, State Farm,Allstart,USAA,AmFam,ETC Claims and policy. which companies like worley,pilot,earenfroe wlll deploy you with no experience as a claims assist making 22 an hour starting out and once you get your state farm and Allstate cert you will be eligible to handle cat claims making six figures. I always tell newbies do not play it safe, in order to earn your full potential you have to dive in head first. just my 2 cents

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mark in Prosper, Texas

8 months ago

TJ Ammons in Bennington, Oklahoma said: As a brand new adjuster you want to get signed up with Pilot Catastrophe, Eberls, Renfroe, and Crawford & Crawford. In addition take the State Farm Certification, and update your resume.

I have written an e-book "How to Get Started, Get Work, and Make Money as an Insurance Adjuster" payhip.com/b/l6ZN

You can go to my website as I answer many questions about adjusting. www.championadjusters.com

TJ you hit it right on the money. you have far greater chance of getting deployed with 1 state license (Home License) and State Farm Cert than a person having 10 state license with no State Farm Cert. Independent Adjuster need to understand the importance of the State Farm and Allstate cert. your chances of deployment is very slim. for example. When i first started out I obtained like 8 licenses,TX,MI,SC,OK,LA etc. I trained and got certified on software AudaTex,Mitchell,Xactimate,CCC Pathways,NextGen and Xactcontents. I had all these licensing and training but I still didn't get a call for deployment. So i called Pilot,Worley and Renfroe and asked Why am i not getting deployed i have all these licenses and training but yet no assignments. and each company told me it that Its vital to be certified in State Farm and Allstate auto and or property your chances are pretty much non-existing so i signed up for the class and after waiting 4 months waiting for the training class i get a call 3 days before training for deployment for a claims assist project for 22an hour. so i had to make a life decision either take the 22 an hour or just take the cert that will open more doors for me. so i declined that offer and obtained my cert and a week later after getting certified i received another call for my first adjuster assignment working inside auto claims i was bringing home about $1800 a week and if you worked at pilotcat you know you get paid weekly so the money was great. i worked about 5 months and grossed about 36k.

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Shar in Blue Springs, Missouri

3 months ago

Tania in Kansas City, Missouri said: Erin, thanks for this information. I will look online today for the Olathe area.

Good luck with your search as well!!!

I need help with this too. Seems impossible to land a job.

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Lugnutt

3 months ago

David P in Hollywood, Florida said: I got my 610 all lines license about two months ago, and was told by the school where I got my license it would be easy to get an adjusting job but nothing so far. I want to work as a staff adjuster but because of family issues I wont be doing CAT claims , I would be happy doing auto or dwelling claims. I applied for numerous positions at Geico and Progressive and Gainsco, I was called in for testing at Geico was told I passed the test and that was all I heard from them. I am not sure where to start any help at all would be appreciated. I'm a college graduate with numerous years of teaching under my belt. I don't know if the problem is that I'm not a young kid I'm in my mid 40's and don't know where to start

Check out Ally Financial..... Or what it takes to hook up with PDA - Frontier Adj- Crawford & Co...
Check out companies that handle GAP auto coverage

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Antoinette in Hartford, Connecticut

2 months ago

I've always worked in the customer service field as long as I could remember (age 15). I've worked person to person, in a small business and a majority of my working years in insurance companies like Aetna(non temp)and Travelers was only through a temp agency.

I figure to get back in the Insurance field after a horrific accident I was in 1998, while I was still working at Aetna Insurance company. I would go back to college to make myself more marketable to get back in the insurance field handling claims. I graduated from a Community college with an Associated Degree in Business Management and before I graduated.

I solicit the mayor's office for the opportunity to do an intern in city hall. He found me a position in the tax assessor's office going to businesses in my town and assessing personal property to be taxed by the city I also reviewed and handled declarations.

I then went to a four year college and almost made it through to obtaining my bachelors' degree in Insurance and finance. I only needed three more courses, but because I owed money I wasn't able to finish.

In March 18th, 2016 I obtained the AE21 online course for the All-Lines Casualty Claims Adjuster prep test. I studied it consistantly on a daily basis Mon thru Sun. 24-7 (mind you I have 2 school age children 6 & 15) and took the state exam March 31st and got a 60%, April 11th and got a 64%, April 23rd I finally passed with a 70%(4 wks &2 days).

I then rushed out paid for my license that following Monday and applied for as many Inside Claims positions I could at Travelers, The Hartford, etc. I even tried to apply to smaller companies like EXL, CHUBB, Liberty mutual. Where the offer training to get your license. I now have a licence, claims experience and I can't get into the front door. My next attempt is I want to order the online Xactimate software online and get certified to try more to make me more marketable.

What else do I do?

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Todd in Kennesaw, Georgia

2 months ago

Ava C. Denney in Austin, Texas said: I worked for Pilot Catastophes Inc. after Hurricane Katrina and Rita and fell in love with adjusting. I got my Texas adjuster license during this time. Since then I have been unable to find a company who will hire me because I only have a year of experience in adjusting. My question is how do you get experience when companies won't hire you unless you have a couple of years experience and they aren't willing to give you the opportunity to prove yourself. Please help! Adjusting is what I want to do however I have been running into road blocks ever since I worked with Pilot.

Try looking at claims trainee positions with the companies. They almost always advertise frequently for them. I never knew this myself until last year when my Adjuster friend told me thats where he got in.

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