Selecting Adjuster Firms to work with:

 

Adjuster Firms have many qualified adjusters capable of working even the most difficult claims in the most difficult scenarios.

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The primary challenges most IA Firms deal with is training adjusters on their rosters, and keeping up with the different requirements of the insurance companies they represent. These requirements change with the different needs of each disaster.

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This industry is constantly evolving, but training always seems to lag behind those changes. Insurance companies know which firms are keeping up and which are just playing the game. If you are banking on being on just a couple rosters, then you had better take a hard look at how much effort they are putting into keeping you up to speed with the latest developments.

Adjuster Firms

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As a new adjuster, you expect the IA Firms that accept you onto their rosters, to give you all that is necessary in the way of training, to successfully work the claims you will be given. Things like mastering Xactimate, policies of the different insurance companies they represent, what to expect in the field, and the basics of the industry.

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If you are not comfortable with your training, then take a hard look at how they support adjusters in a deployment. The best agencies will actually deploy a supervisor to the disaster site and give guidance and assistance as needed. If your company only offers phone assistance, be wary!

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Having a supervisor deployed with you is great! But it eats up a lot of your time. If at the end of each day you have to drive to the hotel your supervisor is at, then spend an hour or so getting help completing your claims, you are losing money! So you don’t want to be dependant on this. You need to be as confident as possible in your skills before deployment. And the most important skill is Xactimate! Practice, practice, practice.

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Take a hard look at the companies you select to work with. Do you see a real future with them? Do they seem genuinely interested in YOUR success? Or do you see yourself with them as expendable, just another adjuster in the crowd? If after a couple deployments you haven’t made a real connection with some of the staff, then be realistic about working long term with that firm.

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A good firm will take an interest in your personal career. They will show you their vision for the future and how you can be part of it.

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If you are serious in this new career, you will not take anything for granted. Your success ultimately depends on you! All Adjuster Firms are not the same. Just because they are large or have been around awhile is no guarantee they are a good fit for you. Take a hard look at your weaknesses… Do the Firms you are listed with improve your odds in those areas? To be successful, you have to survive the initial learning curve. Make sure your Firms are an asset to your success and not a liability.

 

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