It’s hard to believe we are already at the end of the month of April already.
While doing personal spring cleaning projects this past week, it dawned on my now is a great time to remind adjusters to update their resume with the work completed in 2011 and get it out to the firms you are on their roster for. This would include updates to any additional state adjuster licenses acquired, new assignments completed in 2011, updated references, and more.
When you get your update done, don’t forget to update your resume on ClaimSmentor. It’s simple to do so you will be included in our roster all participating adjusting firms have access to. Just click on the Menu tab in the forums after login then click on the Profile tab and you’ll find the resume field there. If you already have an older resume, just click on Browse and it will over ride the one currently on the roster.
We are still seeing way too many resumes that could use a good revision. While we’ve had a few experiences with adjusters who embellished their resume experience, I find much the opposite where many GREAT candidates leave out important and pertinent details on their resume. It’s only after we’ve discussed an opportunity and I explore their background more that I find out they are selling themselves short in so many cases! Some of the most important elements are missing such as:
1) What is your objective? Are you looking for staff or independent adjusting or claim management positions?
2) Are you looking for catastrophe claim assignments, daily claim assignments (in a fixed territory near home), are you looking to handle property claims only or do you have liability experience as well. Heck some times I don’t even know due to lack of details if the candidate is looking for auto claim assignments, residential claim assignments, or commercial property or liability claims.
3) Often missing are important details on the types of claims you have handled such as mobilehomeowners, flood, residential, retail, small business, churches?
4) What perils are you experienced with? Hail, tornado, hurricane, water, fire, grease fires, theft losses?
These are but a few of the examples and the biggest would be lack of core competencies you have that summarize your skills.
If you need help creating a new and improved resume, we do provide resume services prepared directly by me with over 30 years in claims to include staff and independent claim management so I am well familiar with the key components you need to be considered by an adjusting firm for their “A” list.
Should you wish more information on this resume service or simply want a critique of the one you are using that may not be producing the results you need, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In case you missed it, here is a link to my published article in Claims Magazine on Catastrophe adjuster resumes as well:
Don’t forget to view our latest published article as the cover story in the August 2007 issue of Claims Magazine (now called www.PropertyCasualty360.com titled a “A Box of Chocolates?”. They did a fantastic job with the cover photo to match the article:
Updating this February 2008, here is a link to our newly published article in Claims Education National Underwriter’s quarterly magazine on “Luck- Where Preparation Meets Opportunity” :
Here is also a link to our first published article from June 2006 on Catastrophe Adjuster resumes published on Claims Magazine(now called PropertyCasualty360.com):