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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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!

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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.

 

 

 

TheBestIRS is excited to announce we have ANOTHER new certification course geared towards Claims Examiners and Adjusters. This course is a great resource to all examiners and adjusters. However, to sign up you must have experience handling Homeowner Property Claims either as a field adjuster or a desk claims examiner. Check out 5 reasons all Claims Examiners should sign up to take this course through TheBestIRS:

1.     Claims Examiners, this Certification is online.

Yes, that’s correct! This course is offered for TheBestIRS claims examiners or adjusters directly online. You can complete the course and become certified all without leaving the comfort of your own home. Sign up today! 

However, if you’re looking for a course to participate in person. We’ve been hosting numerous courses throughout the U.S. for a Fire/Property Training Certification Course. Learn more about the Fire/Property Course today! 

2.     Certify with the Largest Carrier in Florida!

Obtaining this certificate will help you work for the largest carrier in Florida. Not only is this for the largest carrier in Florida but also the #1 carrier! According to Weather Plus, Florida has a 51% chance of being impacted by a hurricane and a 21% chance of experience a major hurricane. This is almost double to the next closest state.

3.     Competitive Fee Schedules

This carrier offers a competitive Fee Schedule that as a claims examiner will be very enticing when you’re seeking deployment opportunities.

4.     Hurricane Season is Here.

Before a hurricane hits, becoming certified should be on your to-do list. This certification will give you the edge over other claims examiners for our client because you’ll already know how to use their Claims Management System. Don’t wait to become certified as you’ll need to be focused on adjusting claims and not completing training.

5.     Join TheBestIRS Catastrophe Team

We are currently working on assembling the #1 CAT Team in the industry. To join, complete this certification as soon as possible so you may be added to our roster!

If you’re interested in signing up for our online Claims Examiner certification course, complete this form and one of our recruiters will reach out to you. We’re excited to speak with you!

TheBestIRS Property (Fire) Certification Course is a FREE Training Course that prepares Claims Adjusters to work with one of our biggest clients.

Throughout 2017, we have hosted numerous Property (Fire) Courses throughout the country and if you haven’t attended, you’ll want to get signed up ASAP. Unsure what this course is about but interested in attending? Check out these 5 reasons all claims adjusters must attend!

1.     Don’t be the last Claims Adjuster to Know.
Since we began hosting these courses in early 2017, we have already certified over 1,300 claims adjusters. This course is designed specifically for those who have some experience in the adjusting field and are looking to further their career. Each course is taught by an experienced professional (usually one of our IA Team Members – check out our blog post introducing TheBestIRS Independent Adjusting Team) who knows the ins and outs that all attendees can benefit from. Don’t let another opportunity go by as your peers sign up and get certified!

2.     Be Prepared for Hurricane Season.
All Claims Adjusters know that June 1st officially means it’s Hurricane Season. Taking the Property (Fire) Certification Course will help you be prepared if a storm does hit. If you’re a claims adjuster who wishes to work for one of our biggest clients, you must attend and pass this course to handle claims. This could be your last chance to obtain the certificate before the peak of hurricane season. Additionally, all adjusters know that even when Hurricane Season ends there are always storms threatening the country.

3.     TheBestIRS Property (Fire) Certification Course is only offered a few times a year.
We only host these courses a few times a year and they’re only available in select cities. So far, we have hosted in 13+ cities across the U.S. If you see a course is available and you are able to attend at that location, get signed up as we can’t guarantee that it will be offered again near you.

4.     Certification Means More Opportunity for Claims Adjusters.
When you attend and pass a Property Certification Course, you are adding one more skill to your resume for your Claims Adjuster Job Search. This can place you over other candidates when you’re applying to either inside or outside claims positions. If you talk to any Hiring Managers, they’ll be sure to tell you that professional development always looks great on a resume.

5.     They’re Free!
TheBestIRS offers our Certification Courses at absolutely no cost to you. While many other companies require attendees to pay, we don’t. Our goal is to have attendees focus on learning the material and becoming certified rather than worrying about paying to attend.

If you haven’t already, sign up today to attend our next Property (Fire) Certification Course. Once signed up, one of our recruiters will reach out to confirm your submission. TheBestIRS Team looks forward to seeing you!

Over the past year, TheBestIRS has focused on growing our Independent Adjusting division for both Catastrophe and Daily Claims. We’ve grown our team by bringing on talented and experienced Executives to join our company. Additionally, we’ve added new and exciting training courses for those looking to become certified to handle IA and Daily Claims. Learn about our new additions that have recently joined TheBestIRS Team:

Robert Uhler – Senior Vice President, Claims Operations
BobRobert Uhler joined TheBestIRS in May of 2016 as Senior Vice President of Claims Operations. Robert has been a huge asset to our IA Division and its’ exponential growth.

Robert has over 30 years of experience in the Property & Casualty Claims Industry. As Senior Vice President of Claims Operations, Robert leads our Independent Adjusting Services Division. After a successful 16 years in claims with State Farm Insurance, Robert began his career as an Independent General Adjuster in 1996. Robert has held senior positions with a number of major companies ranging from Catastrophe Manager, Claims Consultant, and Director of Claims Operations to Vice President and Senior Vice President. Robert has managed both staff and Independent Adjusters. He has participated in the majority of Catastrophe Claims events since 1980.

Robert holds an Associate In Claims (AIC) designation, Registered Professional Adjuster (RPA) designation, Certified General Adjuster (CGA) designation and a Certified Flood General Adjuster (CFGA) designation.

Kenneth Wittich – Vice President, Auto Claims Operations
KenKen Wittich joined TheBestIRS in January 2017 as Vice President of Auto Claims Operations. Ken has over fifteen years of experience in the auto insurance claim industry, we knew he would be a great fit for our Independent Adjusting Team! As Vice President of Auto Claims Operations, Ken oversees our auto daily and catastrophe claim services. Ken began his career as an Independent General Adjuster in April of 2000. For the past ten years, he has been the Auto Division Manager for one of the largest IA firms in the nation. His responsibilities include recruiting, marketing, training, and operation management of a variety of services including catastrophe, large loss, auto daily staffing, field appraisals, and TPA programs. Ken is I-CAR Platinum Certified as an Auto Physical Damage Appraiser and possess P&C and appraisal licenses across the nation.

 

James Patterson – Vice President, Centralized Claims Operations
JPJames Patterson joined TheBestIRS in April 2017 as the Vice President of Centralized Claims Operations.  JP has over 19 years of experience, including 7 as a Unit Manager for one of the largest IA firms in the U.S. He has extensive experience (over 10 years) as a Catastrophe Manager and will be assisting us by overseeing the In-Office Operations for our IA Division.

James has been assisting with our Auto and Property/Fire courses including training, teaching and the overall operations of each event.

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Armando Andrade – Vice President, Catastrophe Claims Operations
Armando Andrade joined TheBestIRS in November 2017 as Vice President of Catastrophe Claims Operations. He has over sixteen years of experience in the property and casualty claims industry. As Vice President of Catastrophe Claims Operations, Armando is responsible for all aspects of our daily and catastrophe claims operations.  With responsibility for catastrophe operations, Armando is dedicated to cultivating a pipeline of talent and continuously developing industry leaders.

Armando spent the last sixteen years at State Farm Insurance where he held various positions.  He brings a wealth of knowledge with an unmatched commitment to customer service, operational efficiencies and data-driven results. Armando is a lifelong learner who is passionate about his personal development and the development of others. Armando holds his CPCU, AIC, and ChFC designations and he is proudly serving on the Diversity Council for the CPCU Society.

Heather Johnson– Operational Claims Coordinator
Heather Johnson joined TheBestIRS in October 2014 as an Independent Adjuster working claims with one of the largest insurers in the nation. She moved up through leadership over the last three years and during that time she has worked or managed a multitude of claims operations including liability, bodily injury, total loss and workers compensation. She has also worked with our catastrophe operations in both property and auto. As the Operational Claims Coordinator, Heather is responsible for monitoring, tracking and reviewing our claims processes to make our teams as efficient as possible in the execution of their assignments. Heather has a masters degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing her CPCU designation.

 

We’re all excited to have these incredible insurance professionals join TheBestIRS Team! If you are interested in learning more about our Free Fire/Property and Auto Certification Courses, be sure to sign up and one of our dedicated recruiters will reach out to confirm your registration!