In summary your resume should show that you have knowledge of construction, estimate writing, the word Xactimate, and youâre good with people.
Go to http://catadjuster.org/ Scroll down and find the heading, Resume hosting, on the right margin. It states:
Adjusters we provide a free resume hosting service. Just create a free account, login and visit the Roster to add your information and upload your resume. The Roster is used by many employers to locate adjusters so don't miss out on an opportunity add your name to the National Adjuster Roster.
Jump through the hoops and get your name listed on their roster as a licensed adjuster ready to be deployed. Then turn your ringer up and listen for the phone. While youâre waiting be sure to finish this book, so youâll know what to do when the phone rings.
Also while youâre at CADO (Cat Adjuster Dot Org.) click on the âClassifiedsâ tab. Itâs located on the top second from the left. Then click on jobs. Youâll notice venders looking for adjusters.
A vender is like an employment agency for adjusters. A carrier is the insurance company. Click on any vender looking for adjusters and send them your resume. You may need to fill out their online application to be officially on their roster. Getting on a roster is simply getting your name on their list of adjusters. Get on as many rosters as you can for starters. Of course, you canât deploy for more than one vender but until you get your foot in the door and have more work than you can handleâget your name on every roster out there.
As I write this a hurricane is threatening the east coast. I am being contacted by venders requesting I go on standby in the event the âcane makes landfall. The CADO website is full of venders asking for adjusters to go on their roster. You see, a vender wants bragging rights to the carrier. So, the more adjusters they have on their roster the more they can tell the carrier they can handle.
The carrier (insurance company) can make one phone call to a vender (adjusting company) and say we need a thousand adjusters on the east coast. The vender puts out a deployment request to the adjusters on their roster.
In catastrophes with advance knowledge, like a hurricane, the vender will put adjusters willing to deploy on standby. Which means: be packed, have the truck full of fuel, and if we confirm be ready to roll.
***Speaking of whichâŚwill you please excuse meâI gotta go***
Iâm backâmiss me?
I just took a six week break from writing thisâgot deployed. Hurricane Sandy, I mean, Super Storm Sandy. I think the governor changed her name so the carriers couldnât apply the hurricane deductibleâwasnât that nice? Wonder if that got him any votes
I worked in-house this time rather than going to the field to fight the cold and snow. We were paid us $400 per day
Anyway, where were we?
Yahoo or Ruh Roh
You may hear nothing for months and think youâre forgotten and then a hurricane shows up on the radar and suddenly youâll feel like the most popular guy in town. Phone calls and e-mails will start pouring in and all of a sudden youâre in high demand. You will need to make a decision and pick which vender you want to work for, and go on standby with that one. Contact all the others and thank them for thinking of you and request they keep you on their roster, however, this time youâre already on standby. This way you donât burn bridges. Eventually, if you do a good job, youâll be on the top of the list for your favorite vender and you wonât be concerned about being on other rosters. But never burn a bridge.
Getting deployed is exciting and youâll think itâs a dream come true. But, that dream can turn into a nightmare pretty quick if youâre not prepared. Itâs important to know before you go. It can be a long time between paychecks and an expensive road trip if you arenât ready to turn and burn when you hit the storm site. But, never fearâthatâs why Iâm here.
Okay. So, youâve passed the test, got your license, posted your resume and now youâre on your way to, Hurricane Virgin. What should you do?
There are various idiosyncrasies depending on which vender you are deployed with and which carrier youâre representing. Sometimes youâll be working with one vender but handling claims for different carriers. This makes it a little more confusing because, different strokes for different folks.
Basically you will be doing the same thing for everyone, but saying it in a way to suit the carrier. In other words, youâre going to be doing the same thing no matter who you work for, but one company may want you to, two-step while another wants you to waltzâeither way youâre dancing, itâs just to their music.
And since they are paying you to visit their insured and handle their claim, they have the right to determine how they want you to dance. No matter what kind of music they play or what language they want you to say it in, just remember at the end of the day, the carrier wants to know three things: