TheBestIRS is busy preparing for our upcoming visit to Orlando for the WCI Tradeshow! We will be exhibiting at the Trade Show from August 20th-August 22nd, 2018.

Where to find TheBestIRS at the Tradeshow

If you’ll be attending the 73rd Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference (WCI), we hope you’ll take the time to see us. We will be exhibiting at Booth #503, so make sure you stop by to spin our prize wheel to win a t-shirt, Starbucks gift card, and other great prizes!

Who’s Attending the Tradeshow?

Say hello to our CEO, Brad Dunlap, VP of Recruiting, Ryan Aholt, VP of Client Services, Carla Ramos, Directors of Recruiting, Tom Bielicki and Tim Bielicki, and our Director of Marketing, Kiley Phillips who will all be there to discuss our direct hire recruiting and temporary staffing services.

TheBestIRS services the entire United States and can assist you with your hiring needs. We specialize in finding claims adjusters, examiners, and more for the Workers’ Compensation industry! 

READ THIS NEXT: Why Should Candidates Work With our Insurance Recruiters?

We are also sponsoring a Closest to the Pin contest at Hole #13.  The Tournament is on Sunday, August 19th at 7:30 AM at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club.

See you in Orlando at WCI!

 

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You just had what you thought was a great interview for an enticing new insurance job. The interviewer lets you know they are interviewing a few other candidates, but they will be in touch shortly. Then? Radio silence. You’re left thinking, where did I go wrong? Why didn’t they pick me?

Here are 8 ideas of where you might have gone wrong:

1. You forgot to follow up

– Hiring managers (and insurance recruiters) are busy people! Between reviewing resumes, completing phone screens, interviewing candidates, and doing their countless other duties, they have a full plate of work to do. Make sure you follow up with a Thank You Note or Email the same day as your interview. If you haven’t heard back from the interviewer within a week or two, it’s perfectly acceptable to follow up with the hiring manager or insurance recruiter to see if you’re still in the running or to provide any additional feedback to the questions you were asked.

2. You didn’t answer their questions

– This sounds simple but answer the question! It’s easy to get sidetracked or give a long-winded explanation but most interviewers pick their questions strategically. If you don’t answer directly, they won’t get an idea of whether you’re really the right fit for their opening. If you have to pause for a few seconds before answering, do so. It’s better to pause and have clear and concise answers than jump right into the question and drag it out.

3. You showed up late

Make sure you show up early for your interview! Leave yourself ample time to account for traffic, finding parking, and locating the building. You’ll want to arrive in the lobby 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview to be considered prompt. If you have to reschedule an interview due to an unforeseen event, let your interviewer know as soon as possible.

4. You were less qualified

– Sometimes, at no fault of your own, the hiring manager just decides to move forward with a more qualified candidate. You may have done everything right in the interview, but you just didn’t match up with the competition. That’s okay – there are plenty of fish in the sea and plenty of insurance jobs in the market. If you haven’t already created a Personal Career Profile yet, now is the time to do so! By filling out a Personal Career Profile you receive personalized job alerts directly to your inbox and increase your odds of landing your ideal insurance job the next time around.

5. You didn’t prepare 

– It’s pretty easy for an interviewer to tell if you’ve done your research. Take 10 minutes to Google the company, look up the hiring manager on LinkedIn, re-read the job posting, check out their blog or social media sites. Those channels can provide numerous resources for questions to ask during your interview. Doing so will ensure you know your stuff before entering the interview room.

READ THIS NEXT: Making a First Impression: 4 Tips on Standing Out for the Right Reasons

 6. You weren’t personable enough

– We have mentioned before that it’s important to be likable. This means smiling, showing your personality (while still remaining professional!), and a firm handshake when you enter and before you leave the interview.

7. You didn’t have great references

– Not all companies ask for references, but many do. It’s best practice to ask or inform any reference before listing them on your application so they can be prepared should the company choose to contact them. If you’re going to list someone as a reference, you need to ensure they will give you a rave review. Anything less and the reference is not helping you!

8. You didn’t have the right qualifications

– It’s important to read a job description carefully. Job descriptions typically include the skills and experience that the hiring manager is looking for, and if you apply for a job that you’re unqualified for, you may be wasting your time or more importantly the company’s time. For example, if you’re an independent adjuster, applying for a workers’ compensation or general liability role, you likely wouldn’t be the right fit. By taking the time to read about a role and what it requires, you save yourself the time of applying for jobs you won’t be considered for.

 

There are so many factors that hiring managers put into consideration when selecting a candidate. Fortunately, TheBestIRS knows what our clients are looking for and will only submit you for an insurance job that you are qualified and ready to tackle! TheBestIRS is the top awarded insurance recruiting and staffing company in the United States. We earned that title by working diligently to connect top talent with their ideal insurance job. If you’re looking for a new opportunity, make sure you fill out a Personal Career Profile to get in touch with our recruiters!

 

What was your biggest interview mistake? Let us know in the comments.

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Why You Need TheBestIRS Insurance Job Alerts

Our insurance job alerts are sent straight to your inbox when your qualifications are a match, so no job seeking is necessary. Just hit reply when you are ready to hear more to save your time and energy for the actual interview. Once you reply, one of our knowledgeable recruiters will be in touch with you to go over your qualifications more in-depth.

Opt-In for Insurance Job Alerts

Some candidates have noticed Job Alerts ending up in their promotions, forum, or other folders. Make sure you’re the first to receive all of our newest jobs, by Whitelisting TheBestIRS. Below you will find instructions on how to Whitelist insurance job alerts for Gmail and Outlook.

Instructions for Whitelisting TheBestIRS for Gmail

1.  Click the gear icon (Settings) in the right corner of your Gmail Account.

2. Click ‘Settings.’

3. Click on ‘Filters and Blocked Addresses.’

4. If you have already added any filters or blocked addresses, you’ll have to scroll down but look for a link that says, ‘Create a new filter.’

5. If you want to whitelist an email address you’ll need to type in the full email such as jobalert@thebestirs.com. However, if you want to whitelist all emails that come from TheBestIRS (which we recommend!), you’ll add @thebestirs.com. It should look like the below:

6.  After you click, ‘Create filter,’ you’ll be directed to another popup box to add addition filters/settings for whitelisting the email address but you don’t have to do anything else if you choose not to.5.

7.  To save time, if you want to whitelist numerous email addresses, no need to keep repeating the same steps over and over again.

Add in a break like this: jobalert@thebestirs.com | jobalert@example.com | jobalert@example2.com

Instructions for Whitelisting TheBestIRS on Outlook

1. Open an Email from TheBestIRS

2. Right-click on the sender’s name (News@thebestirs.com), and click “Add to Outlook Contacts”

3. Select Save

4. Select the Tools Menu, and press “Options”

5. Then go to the preferences tab, go to E-mail, click “Junk E-Mail”

6. Select the Safe Senders Tab

7. Click the “Also trust e-mail from my Contacts” checkbox

8. Your TheBestIRS insurance job alerts will now arrive safely in your inbox 

 

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If you’re still not receiving our insurance job alerts, comment below.

 

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Being a Claims Adjuster can be an exciting yet dangerous job. It often requires claims adjusters to put themselves in dangerous situations to assess the damage. However, there are ways you can protect yourself from unnecessary risks.

For example, if assessing fire damage, using a respirator can help claims adjusters prevent inhalation of smoke. Another hazard of the job is when assessing roof damage, you’re at risk of slipping or falling.

There are a number of products & equipment on the market to assist claims adjusters in safely accessing roofs. There are specialty footwear, access equipment, rope & harness equipment, roof access training and many other products & equipment.

Today, we will highlight Steepgear and their solution to help prevent slipping and falling off a roof. Steepgear has created safety clothing with grip technology. According to their website, Steepgear reports that “34% of construction-related fatalities are caused by falling from roofs, of which 45% are from the edge of the roof”.

Also, Steepgear has a 20% off discount code going right now! Get the code here!

While Steepgear cannot completely eliminate the risk of falling, it can significantly help reduce the likelihood. Steepgear shorts use a non-latex rubber pattern which is able to grip to almost all dry surfaces. Not convinced yet? Check out this awesome video showing the shorts in action on different roof services.

An additional way to ensure you’re safe while on roofs would be to complete a Rope and Harness & Ladder Safety Course. This course will help prepare you to be more careful while climbing roofs and work more safely.

READ THIS NEXT: Ask the Experts, What Should be in your ‘Cat Kit’?

If you’re interested in getting your roofing certification, click here to use our discount code to sign up for a course with Haag.

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One of the many benefits of being a claims adjuster is the flexibility to take breaks in between assignments. Why not make good use of those breaks by investing your time in adding a couple of certifications to your resume?There’s no time like the present to get up to date on your certifications. We have many insurance jobs and are always looking for qualified candidates. We’ve said it before, but the best way to get ahead in the insurance industry is to attain more certifications in order to diversify yourself as a candidate.

Why should Property Adjusters Be Haag Certified?

This certificate gives you extra recognition on your resume and will set you apart from other candidates. Many carriers recognize the Haag Certificate and specifically request Haag certified adjusters for specific assignments. Additionally, many carriers require the Haag Certification for specific types losses. Setting yourself apart is always a top goal among job seekers, plus Haag has 3 different certificates for you to obtain.

What Certifications does Haag offer? What does each one include?

There are 3 courses you can take in various cities across the U.S. Below are descriptions of each course from Haag’s own website.

The Haag Commercial Course covers damage assessment of flat roofing systems more commonly found on commercial buildings.  Some roofing products covered in the commercial class are: built-up, mod-bit, TPO, PVC, EPDM, SPF, metal roofs, and vegetated roof systems.

The Haag Residential Course covers damage assessment of sloped roofs more commonly found on residential houses and buildings.  The roofing products discussed in the Residential class are composition, wood, tile, metal, slate, and fiber cement/synthetics. 

The Haag Wind Damage Course covers wind damage to entire building envelopes rather than focusing specifically on roofs.

Click here to find dates in a city near you.

READ THIS NEXT: Claims Adjusters, NOW is the time to Obtain those New Certifications You’ve Been Putting Off

How Do I Sign Up?

Ready to register? TheBestIRS has good news for you! We have a discount code for $225 off your registration fee. Sign up for the Haag Wind Damage, Residential, or Commercial Certification Course and use our code!

How do you make the most of your time off? Are there any other certifications you are trying to obtain in between assignments?

 

 

Don’t Put Off To Tomorrow, What You Can Do Today

We’ve all been there. You know you need to do something but you keep putting it off. You tell yourself you’ll get to it, but it gets put to the wayside for far longer than you intended. Then suddenly there’s a pressing need for claims adjusters for a major catastrophe and you’re scrambling to make sure you are in compliance with your certifications. You want to work but you don’t have the necessary certification.

Prevent the scrambling and the procrastination by signing up now. Plus, we will even throw in a promo code!

Why The Earthquake Certification?

According to the California Earthquake Authority, 75% of California Residential Property Insurance companies offer earthquake policies. Many homeowners opt in to protect their home against potential damage. Due to the increased likelihood of earthquake damage in California, this is a very valuable certification to obtain. Interested in completing the California Earthquake Certification Course? TheBestIRS has a discount code just for you! Sign up here to receive a discount code for $25 off your course.

Once you’ve completed your Earthquake Certification Course, you can inform both your recruiter and our Licensing Department. Email your certification to Compliance@TheBestIRS.com so we can update your record accordingly. By giving yourself ample time to prepare, you’ll be the first to be contacted when a catastrophe occurs. You never know when the next catastrophe will strike, so don’t delay your certifications any longer.

What other courses are a must-have for today’s Claims Adjusters?

Is LinkedIn the New Resume?

In today’s digital age, it seems we can have all the information on someone we want with the click of a few buttons. Many companies are opting out of the traditional application process and inviting candidates to apply directly through LinkedIn with their profile.

Much of the needed information for employers or insurance recruiters can be found on a LinkedIn profile. Whether it be recent experience, accolades, or educational background, there it is for all to see. 

How does your profile stack up?

When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? Did you recently earn a new certification? Have you connected with that contact you met at the latest insurance industry conference or tradeshow? It’s vital to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date because this is how insurance recruiters and hiring managers will assess you.

Additionally, make sure you are being honest and thorough in your job descriptions. In order to find the best insurance job, you have to be straightforward about your skillset and experience level.

Another important tip: pick a professional photo. If you don’t have a professional headshot, just try to find a clear, recent picture where you (alone) look put together. I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to see someone’s LinkedIn profile with a selfie, or a photo of them and their new fiancée. LinkedIn is a professional networking outlet, so save the personal updates for Facebook.

READ THIS NEXT: 5 Tips to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Shine Brighter

The Benefits of a Traditional Resume

While using LinkedIn for job applications can be less time consuming, it can also be problematic for a few reasons. Some candidates choose to tailor their resume and cover letter to the job for which they are applying. Unfortunately, LinkedIn does not allow for this type of personalization.

A traditional resume also allows you to prove your ability to present yourself well by crafting a neat, organized, and well written resume. LinkedIn, while convenient takes away this process by streamlining it for you. It makes it a little more difficult to stand out against other candidates.

LinkedIn or Resume?

In the end, our insurance recruiters recommend that you update your LinkedIn profile as well as your resume. Being able to present yourself in the best light, regardless of the platform can only help with your career. And if all else fails, our insurance recruiters are available 24/7 to help you land your next insurance job!

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We all know that first impressions are important in both a professional and personal setting. The first time you meet a person could be your one shot to impress them. First dates, first interviews, first time meeting the VP of your team’s division – these can all be stressful first meetings. Plus – it can be really intimidating to put yourself out there. However, it doesn’t have to cause more stress than necessary. Follow these 4 tips and you’ll be sure to leave a lasting first impression, for all the right reasons:

1. Dress to Impress

This may seem obvious, but sometimes people do not take the necessary time to make themselves look nice. We all want to think it’s what’s on the inside that matters, but if you don’t make yourself presentable, you might not get the chance to share what’s on the inside.

Avoid wrinkly clothing, it appears sloppy and unprofessional. Purchase an inexpensive steamer here and say goodbye to wrinkles forever. Another fashion faux pas that fails to impress; flashy clothing. In fact, my boss actually interviewed someone who wore a crop top to the interview- (spoiler alert, she didn’t get the job). Lastly, try to avoid overly potent perfume or cologne, you don’t want to overwhelm the person you are meeting.

By showing up to an interview or first date with your hair brushed and a polished outfit, you’re ensuring that the focus is on your personality or skillset, not how you look.

 2. A nice, firm (but not hulk-worthy) handshake

When you first meet someone, a handshake is the most appropriate greeting. A strong handshake shows initiative and confidence. Just don’t squeeze too hard, an overly audacious grip might send them running.

READ THIS NEXT: Learn How to Ace a Group Interview

 3.  Smile

This is one tip that I’m still currently working on mastering for myself as I’ve been told I can come off too serious. It’s not because I’m an unhappy person or that I don’t smile regularly, I just unintentionally put my game face on when meeting someone because in my head, I’m ready to go. Remembering to smile allows you to seem approachable and lightens the mood. Plus, according to studies (check out The Atlantics Study: Forcing a Smile Genuinely Decreases Stress), even forcing a smile can help to decrease your stress.

4. Prepare yourself ahead of time

Before a first meeting, allow yourself time to prepare. If it’s an interview that has you worried, brainstorm or research some questions they might ask you. If you can find a friend, roommate, or family member to role play with you, even better! Another helpful way to prepare yourself is to have a couple of your accomplishments readily available to discuss with factual information showing how you impacted your team and/or company. By preparing yourself for what potentially lies ahead, you will feel less stressed and be more likely to make a great first impression.

How do you prepare to make a lasting impression? Do you have any tips that we missed?

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In an ever-changing job market, we all have to be concerned with standing out and Claims Adjusters are no exception. In order to stand out, you’ll have to do more than ace your interview. 

At TheBestIRS, our recruiters encourage candidates to diversify their skillset by adding new courses and licenses to their resume. When a catastrophe hits, those adjusters with more licenses will be more prepared to fulfill our client’s needs. Are you looking for your next assignment? Check out our latest insurance jobs.

 In addition, based on past deployments for assignments, the majority of these licenses are required prior to starting or are eventually required during the duration of the assignment. Carrying some or better yet all of these licenses can make someone extremely marketable when being selected for an assignment.

More Licenses = More Jobs for Claims Adjusters

When you’re not on the job, it’s important to keep up with your licensing. There are 14 core licenses that Catastrophe Adjusters should be obtaining.
• Texas
• Louisiana
• Oklahoma
• Mississippi
• Alabama
• Georgia
• Florida
• Arkansas
• Indiana
• Michigan
• Minnesota
• South Carolina
• North Carolina
• New Mexico

 

Two of the most important are Texas and Florida. As we’ve seen recently with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, these areas can be hit with high category hurricanes and both states require additional steps in order to be approved for a license which can take up to six weeks. We always recommend adjusters obtain these as quickly as possible.

Even if you do not currently live or work in these 14 states, it can only improve your marketability to obtain these licenses. These licenses typically do not take very long to process and could help you exponentially in the long run. This will allow you to be ready for deployment once there is a need.

Additionally, our recruiters recommend Delaware, Connecticut, Nebraska, Vermont, and West Virginia as useful licenses to obtain.

READ THIS NEXT: What Claims Adjusters Need to Know About Licensing Maintenance 

If You’re Not Working to Get Ahead, You’ll Fall Behind

Right now claims adjusters are signing up to obtain these licenses. They’re investing in their future by ensuring they have the current and necessary skills to get ahead in their career. In fact, most claims adjusters that regularly work Catastrophe Claims, Operations, Field Claims Operations, In-Office Claims Operations, Auto Claims Operations and Total Loss operations are already carrying these licenses. Are you going to get ahead or will you fall behind?

Here are some additional licenses and certifications that could benefit your claims adjuster career:

Property Operations:
NFIP National Flood Insurance Program Certification, Insurance Carrier Certifications and New York Licensing.
Auto Operations:
SC Motor Vehicle Property Appraiser (MVPA), PA Motor Vehicle Property Damage Appraiser (MVPDA), and New York Licensing.

What licenses do you think are most important for claims adjusters to have? How do you improve your marketability against other candidates?

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TheBestIRS will be attending the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo (NWCDC) in Las Vegas. Stop by booth #4910 to join in on the 1st Annual Pub Crawl, Awesome Prizes, and to meet our team!

TheBestIRS Team is gearing up for one of our largest events of the season; the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference & Expo (NWCDC)!

In between Thanksgiving, holiday parties, and holiday shopping for the entire family, this is a very busy time for everyone. Everyone here at TheBestIRS is no exception. Although the holidays are a crazy time, we’re excited to be preparing for one of the biggest insurance industry related conferences of the year; The National Workers’ Compensation And Disability Conference & Expo. If you swing by TheBestIRS Booth (we’re number 4910), what should you be prepared to find?

The BEST Moscow Mule An Insurance Conference Attendee Has Ever Tasted

TheBestIRS is proud to announce that we will be one of the sponsoring exhibitors for the first annual

NWCDC EXPO PUB CRAWL

Our team will be serving #TheBestMules during the Pub Crawl from 3:45-5:00pm. If you’ll be in attendance for NWCDC, you’ll want to be sure to stop by the Expo Hall in Las Vegas on Day 1 (December 6th). Swing by TheBestIRS Booth #4910 to grab a mule and chat with our team and to spin our prize wheel!

Learn More about Our Temporary Staffing & Direct Hire Recruiting Services

 In addition to sponsoring TheBest Moscow Mule you’ve ever had, we will be there to chat about our available Temporary Insurance Staffing and Direct Hire Recruiting Services. We work exclusively within the Workers’ Compensation and Property & Casualty Claims Industries. Our team (@BradDunlap, @KileyPhillips, @RoseAmes, @CarlaRamos, @TomBielicki, @RyanAholt) are all looking forward to meeting you there!

READ THIS NEXT: Insurance Staffing: 5 Facts to Consider

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes

However, the fun doesn’t stop on Day 1. Day 2 (December 7), make plans to stop by and spin TheBestIRS prize wheel. We will have a variety of prizes from Starbucks gift cards to t-shirts. Swing by our trade show booth and have your badge scanned by a team member for a chance to win.

We hope you’ll stop by our booth for a sip or a spin. We look forward to meeting you!  Click here to learn more about the NWCDC.