After a turbulent year, all the floods, tornadoes, and storms of 2019 are finally in the rear-view mirror. For insurance claims adjusters, right now is the time to plan and prepare for another yearly cycle in insurance and disaster relief. The best way to be confident that you’re on the path to success as the new year rolls in is to be certain that all your ducks are in a row as quickly as possible. At 2021 Training in Plano, TX, my team and I have been helping individuals interested in the insurance claims adjusting industry get the resources they need to succeed for years.
As someone that has spent time in disaster zones in the role of an insurance claims adjuster, I can tell you first hand just how challenging the process can be if you’re not fully prepared to handle a deployment when the time comes. Instead of rushing at the last minute to make sure everything is handled properly, it is always better to knock everything out early so you can focus on the important processes.
I’ve been asked more times than I can remember if anything can be done beforehand to prepare for the coming year? The short answer is “yes!” As an insurance claims adjuster, it is very important to prepare as early as possible so you can concentrate on the tasks that must be done in the event of a disaster. Here are some things you can do now to make sure your new year runs smoothly.
Be Certain All Your Licenses Are Up To Date
This might seem like something obvious, but it’s easy to let things slide through the gap when your life is busy. It is against the law to deploy a CAT adjuster without a current license. Check your records to see if your home state license is still valid, as well as other states where you plan to work for the year. It’s doesn’t take very long to get everything settled, so don’t hesitate to take action right away so you can move on with more important concerns.
Check on Your CE Credits to be sure They Are Current
To maintain your license in good standing, it is very important to ensure that you obtain the CE (Continuing Education) credits required by the state. How are your current CE credits? Are you up to date? Make sure you don’t miss out because you might have to spend several weeks catching up. Monitor where you are for your CoE application so you are ready for a sudden disaster deployment at any time in the coming year.
Take the Time To Consider Hard Questions
It’s not always easy, to be honest with yourself, but if you can clarify things before the CAT season starts, you’re going to be relieved to have clear definitions of your goals and limitations. Asking yourself some basic, but important questions is a great way to feel more confident about your deployment instead of treating it as something you were forced into unwillingly.
How much work do you feel comfortable with? In disaster seasons, the demand for claims adjusters is often high. But no one knows you better than you know yourself. Although it’s tempting to do as many deployments as possible in the interest of making money, most people can’t do it without sacrificing overall quality and integrity. Be honest with yourself about how much you can handle and remember that if you do a good job, you will always have a job.
Will you commit to the work? Depending on the time of the disaster, some work can last from a few weeks, up to a year. Are you looking for a job that only lasts for weeks or months? Or will you be there in the long run if necessary? Having a clear definition of this core question is a great way to help you stay invested in your work so you can perform at a higher level than you would if you felt trapped on a deployment longer than expected or desired.
Work with 2021 Training in Plano, Texas to Get Started in Your New Career!
If you’re thinking about starting up a career as an independent claims adjuster, then the first thing you need to do is find a team you can count on to give you the guidance and support you need going forward. With years of experience and a full range of training courses available, we’re always ready to work with you to accomplish your goals and enjoy the benefits of a great new career.