I don't understand how so many folks who claim on a resume that they are committed to excellence and learning the business continually take a pass on offers (FREE OFFERS ) no less from an industry veteran !!
I have posted hundreds of discussions on my site and others about roster placements, fee schedules, Xactimate proficiency , what folks can expect on their first deployment and the like and get great responses but when I post something along the lines of understanding a HO-3(1,2,4 ETC), it turns into a ghost town and get minimal responses When I post something on a Citizen's certification or something on the latest equipment and my forum has so much traffic , you would think you were at the mall on Christmas Eve, yet if I post a discussion on understanding O & P, almost nothing or a minimal response !!
It is a sad state when folks decline an offer of a weekend boot camp from an industry veteran at NO CHARGE, but are climbing over each other to pay 500 bucks for a day or two of the latest certification because that certification will look great on a resume.
Didn't being certified in something used to mean that the holder is deemed to be an expert in that discipline ?
When did being certified in something change to mean you sat through a day long class and get your shiny certification on the way out the door ?
Certifying anyone who has the class fee in their pocket ?
Make no mistake as I believe the high / steep roof / rope & harness/personal fall arrest class is worth every penny and then some( I was in a wheelchair for almost 5 months from falling off of a roof) I fell off because I was an idiot not because I wasn't certified and maybe if I had the class, it would have reminded me of the consequences of being an idiot on a roof, who knows.
You have 2 adjusters, strike that !! You have two people, one is an adjuster with 25 yrs experience with no certs and next to him is a person with a new adjuster license they just received last month and last week sat through a 1 day Citizen's certification class.
Hurricane X just blew through Florida and Citizens is deploying adjusters, can anyone justify the new person with an adjuster license and the Citizen's "cert" getting deployed when the vet is overlooked because he didn't possess the "cert"?
How many new adjusters know the reason for the existence of Citizen's or TWIA for that matter ?
New folks have flocked in the recent past to grab the Louisiana Citizens certification, can any new person with an adjuster's license and the Louisiana Citizen's certification tell me or anyone why you may really want to think twice about putting in 16+ hour days doing Louisiana Citizens claims.
Why should a new licensee with the TWIA certification think real hard before committing to 16+ hour days doing TWIA claims
(hint: it has to do with IKE)
Please people ,understand that there is nothing wrong in being new to the industry (I am still new (6 yrs) in the trade) but there is more to the adjusting industry than Xactimate ,roster placement , IA firms, fee schedules !!!
You need to understand not only what you are writing on an estimate , but WHY you are writing it ! The insureds livelihood and ability to move on with their lives hinges on a PROFESSIONAL writing their estimate, not some kid with a new license looking for a big paycheck by closing 10 claims a day !!
"A good leader leads.....
..... but a great leader is followed !!"