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Achieving Success on Your First Deployment as an Independent Claims Adjuster

Achieving Success on Your First Deployment as an Independent Claims Adjuster

When making your first steps into a new career as an insurance claims adjuster, one of the first (and biggest challenges) you’re likely going to face is how to effectively manage various aspects of your day during a CAT deployment following a big storm. A call for deployment can come unexpectedly, and as the weather shifts in the next few months, the chances of heading out to the location of a recent storm goes up.

The Value of Putting Uncommon Effort Into Everyday Tasks

The Value of Putting Uncommon Effort Into Everyday Tasks

Let me start by saying that I still take the time to read through books whenever I get the chance. Taking the time to read and learn the stories of successful people can be a powerful tool for those of us determined to build our own success in life. A recent autobiography I read, “Quiet Strength” by Coach Tony Dungy left me thinking about a really meaningful statement that could be applied to many parts of life, including insurance claims adjusting. At 2021 Training in Plano, TX, my team and I have been working with individuals hoping to enter the insurance claims industry for years, and we have always emphasized how important it can be to be effective at self-management when it comes to claims adjusting.

What’s the Best Time to Get My Insurance Adjuster License?

What’s the Best Time to Get My Insurance Adjuster License?

For many people, changing careers or learning a new set of skills can be heavily influenced by timing. Before getting started on a path towards becoming an insurance claims adjuster, one of the most common questions people might ask is “How much time will this take?” or “What’s the best time to get started?” At 2021 Training in Plano, TX my team and I have spent years working with people from all over North Texas who are interested in starting a new career, so I understand just how important it can be to feel confident about the choice to get started.

Advice for Getting Started as an Insurance Adjuster

Advice for Getting Started as an Insurance Adjuster

One of the most common questions I am asked as an experienced claims adjuster is: “How do I become an adjuster myself?” Surprisingly, it isn’t just family and friends asking this kind of question regularly. Sometimes, insured people even ask me after I process their claims. At 2021 training in Plano, TX my team and I have spent years working with talented individuals to give them the knowledge and skills they need to achieve success in the insurance claims adjusting industry.

How Adjusters Prepare for Winter Weather Catastrophes

How Adjusters Prepare for Winter Weather Catastrophes

Most of the nation is shivering with record-breaking low temperatures. As a licensed insurance adjuster in Texas, it’s unlikely you’ll work a lot of winter weather catastrophe sites here. But if you earn your Texas All-Lines Adjuster License from 2021 Training, you’ll be licensed to go on deployments to the 16 states that don’t have state-specific licensing programs – and a lot of them get very cold. From nor’easters in New Jersey to blizzards on the plains of the Dakotas, you’ll be qualified to work them all. Consider this a quick guide to what you might encounter in the field and how to make sure you’re prepared.

6 Things Claims Adjusters Must Have in Their Travel Bags

6 Things Claims Adjusters Must Have in Their Travel Bags

Part of being a licensed insurance claims adjuster is being ready to travel at a moment’s notice. You never know where and when disasters will happen, so you should keep a well-stocked travel bag that you can grab and go when catastrophe strikes. Even if some of these items seem like no-brainers, trust me when I say it’s better to gather everything ahead of time while you have a clear head than it is to try and remember everything you need when you’re hurrying off to a deployment.

5 Suspicious Signs of Insurance Fraud to Watch Out For

5 Suspicious Signs of Insurance Fraud to Watch Out For

Insurance agencies devote a lot of time and resources to detecting fraudulent claims. That’s because insurance fraud has always been a problem, and rates are on the rise. Even if fraud investigation isn’t your primary duty as an insurance claims adjuster, you’ll still need to know which red flags to watch out for when interviewing claimants and making your report. As someone who’s been in the insurance industry since 2008, I’ve developed a good sense of who is telling the truth and who is trying to be shady. Now I’m here to help you sharpen your lie-detection skills as well.

Roofers vs Insurance Adjusters: Who Should You Trust?

Roofers vs Insurance Adjusters: Who Should You Trust?

It’s a property owner’s nightmare: either due to severe weather or simple time and neglect, their roof needs to be replaced ASAP before it falls down around their head. If this is someone’s first time dealing with insurance claims and roofing contractor bids, the whole process could seem a bit overwhelming. I’ve personally seen many cases where the homeowner wasn’t sure whose price estimate to trust or what to do next when they needed a new roof. Fortunately, I was able to reassure and guide them, and I hope this advice can help others who are in the same boat.