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Last Post 08/22/2007 8:32 PM by  Ray Hall
How to build a resume....
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Nicka0782
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08/22/2007 1:38 AM

    So far it has been great reading everyones comments. I too am a new Adjuster. I have recieved my license, bought a subscription to Xactimate 25, and am now sending my resume out to every company i can find. I completely understand that at this point it is a waiting game. There are simply too many adjusters and nearly no catastrophes. Regardless of that I completely intend on this being my career path for the future. Although this may be a current problem, I believe the lack of work will correct this in due time. 

    I have chosen this career path for several reasons. I have mastered many jobs too quickly and find myself bored at my previous work. I have a background in exterior contracting. I thrive on high work loads, short deadlines and high intensity work.

    With this said i am looking to take the next steps. I need certifications. The question is with all the companies out there where do i start? I can start off listing a few..Worley, Pilot, Pacesetter, Haag, viale, and im sure i missed about a 100 others. What i would like to know is not how to get work, but how to get trained and certified so when work is available i am one of the most hirable. I just would like to get the list narrowed down to a few must have classes. I would also like to know which companies i should be submitting my resume in to get on their roster.

    Certifications i know will help, but i also need to get my foot in the door. I checked out claims-mentor and will be sending everything in tommorrow. Is there anything else of this nature? Could i be an apprentice to an adjuster? I obviously want to get started and im not the type to sit around and waite. I would also like information on what adjuster do for work when they are not deployed.

    Lastly, I have a fluent spanish speaking fiancee. She is ready and willing to be deployed with me to help with work loads. Is this something I should include on my resume? Are there companies looking for adjusters to work Hurricane Dean? I believe this could give me my start.

    I really appreciate any help,

    Nick A.

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    CCarr
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    08/22/2007 10:33 AM

    Regarding your current "want" and / or need for "certifications":

    Use the internet to fully explore each company's website that you have mentioned.  You will quickly learn the contrasting corporate goals of a Pilot versus a Vale, and a Worley versus a Hagg.  You should have a keen interest in each, but you have to study this website to understand what each of those companies pursue in the world of insurance claims.

    A large percentage of the early answers you seek on this new journey of yours is found in the many forums and links within this CADO website.

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    ranger
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    08/22/2007 10:48 AM
    Knowing what I know now and if I were in your place I would contact vendors that actually send adjusters to a hurricane and find out if they are offering any classes. Some of these vendors are: Eberl's, Renfroe. Pilot, Worley, Walker Group and Mason. By attending their classes they will get a chance to know you and therefore the chance of you being called are better.
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    Ray Hall
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    08/22/2007 12:50 PM

    If you like to learn from reading you can learn basic property skills for less than $100.00

    Listed in some order.

    1. Go to Amazon or  Lowes story and buy the "House Framing" by creative Homeower, author John D. Wagner $8-18 cost.

    2. Download a HO-3 (Homeowners) policy if you do not have one on your own house. Read each page ever day for one week. Write down your questions and you will discover the answers within this 7 day time frame. Then write a 1000 word theme on the HO-3 and send it with your resume.

    3. Then draw the plans for a two car garage, with a bath room and a work shop under the same roof in 1/4" scale.

    4. Then write up a bill of materials to purchase to build the above structure and the cost of each item with the xmate estimate price list for your zip code.

    When all this done print it out and photo copy all your notes and send it to all the vendors you can find with your resume and you will be about 10 steps ahead of the other newbies.

    Most any vendor will hire you in time of need, IF you demonstate you are able to do this project.

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    sldavi40
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    08/22/2007 1:33 PM
    Great challenge Ray, and very realistic!
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    Ray Hall
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    08/22/2007 8:32 PM

    I would be very happy to help some on on this project, but only after you have made your very best effort to do this test.  It should take you about 100 hours to do the job I will expect. If my own family member wanted to get their "Texas License" I would not hire them unless they could pass this very hard test.

    I suspect the people with only a license and several school courses will be used as** "phone fodder" for about 2-3 weeks and then be cut loose. This test alone may save you and get you a job. If you can do this test you should be given a chance.

    ** phone fodder"  A newbie assigned 25-30 files to call the insured and say" I am your adjuster", now you are way over your head and  may be cut loose; because, "he/she could not keep up with the work flow requirements"

    Its very hard, very stressful and really not that rewarding in any areas.

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