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Last Post 07/18/2012 6:15 PM by  Atfulldraw
Transferring to field property
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05/11/2012 1:22 AM
    I'm a property adjuster with four years of experience. This experience has been inside the office rather than in the field. I know that some of the adjusters on this site would not consider people like myself to be real adjusters. I will briefly attempt to preclude the waste of time (theirs and mine) spent on negativity by clarifying that I have been with Pilot for four years without being laid off, up until recently, and without having any connections in the office prior to being employed. I believe that this speaks of my ability in the sink-or-swim claims environment.

    Now, I just recently had a taste of field adjusting with an auto deployment, and I did well and loved it. I'm tired of the office environment and I love to travel, and believe that I could be a very successful property field adjuster. I would appreciate any advice on how to transfer from the office to the field. I have considered simply requesting a field deployment on the next major event such as a hurricane, but am reticent to do so for several reasons. I'm afraid that if the event is large enough to really warrant that request and give me a true shot at success, then they will be so short-staffed that because I'm an experienced adjuster, they will not give me training. I lack knowledge of how to, for example, actually use a ladder safely, walk a roof, determine mechanical vs. hail damage, etc. If that happens then it is possible that I could get hurt, and much more likely that I will fail in my effort to transfer to the field. On the other hand, it seems silly for me to invest in an expensive training class when I'm already involved with a company that may be willing to train me for free. I know that I could simply ask the company, but I'm not sure whether I would be taken off of the inside adjuster roster as an A rated adjuster only to be put exclusively on the field deployment roster as a Z rated adjuster. Again, any insight into the matter, advice, and opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    okclarryd
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    05/14/2012 10:38 PM
    What state are you in for Pilot?

    If it's Texas, I believe you can get in some field work doing wind and hail. Pilot is always looking for good field adjusters that can simply "go do the job". If you have a relationship with Pilot, I know they will work with you and get you some field work. If your immediate supervisor is reluctant to help, it's probably because you are one of the guys that "do the job" and he doesn't want to lose you. Chat it up, talk to the manager, do what you need to do and you'll get your chance.

    If all else fails, talk to Tony.

    Happy Trails
    Larry D Hardin
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    05/15/2012 1:50 PM
    you can call me and I'll give you my take - I've been outside, then inside, and now back outside.

    214-244-1329
    Rod
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    05/16/2012 7:29 PM
    Field work is pretty slow with Pilot right now so I would have to say to stay in the office if you can until work picks up. Other than that you will probably do fine as you already have a good idea of how the process works. Pilot has a great support staff (especially on major events like Hurricanes). The TA's usually are more than happy to help and on big events there are usually help rooms in the area. I have been with them for several years and have been very pleased. Work is pretty slow right now though.
    Stu MacDiarmid
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    07/18/2012 6:15 PM
    Hope all is going well.....


    Grapevine tells me you are back at work :)
    Rod
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