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Special NFIP Flood Conference 9/19/12 in New Orleans- good news for those who missed the 2012 NFIP Adjuster Workshops!!September 12, 2012
We just received notice from FEMA that they are now hosting a Special NFIP Adjuster Certification class September 19, 2012 for those who missed attending the Adjuster Certfication workshops held each year between January and May.
Here are the complete details we got in their email notfication if you need to register:
Tropical Storm Isaac approaches US…Now is the time to refresh your Xactimate skills with newest sponsor www.TopAdjuster.comAugust 23, 2012
ClaimSmentor welcomes our newest sponsor at www.topadjuster.com run by Chris Hatcher, AIC who provides an excellent opportunity to obtain your Xactimate Level I and II certifications online at a most reasonable cost.
To view more details about Chris’s claims background, you can view his Linkedin profile here. Make sure to notice the many recommendations on his profile from prior students. I did further research through Xactware who certifies instructors and verified Chris’s certification which you too can view here along with his excellent feedback score here.
As any followers of this blog or our ClaimSmentor forums knows, I have always believed in direct training through Xactware and rarely allow an individual training firm to be a sponsor at ClaimSmentor. I have made an exception with Chris Hatcher after watching him several years and first hand observing his professional skills and development with his program resulting in his association with the National Association of Catastrophe Adjusters and a featured speaker and trainer of Xactimate for the Windstorm Network.
Many independent adjusting firms are now requiring the independent adjuster obtain atleast their Level I and II certification on Xactimate usage to provide some comfort level that they are not deploying an adjuster who may be deploying with insufficient skills to be productive on assignment or an independent adjuster who believes they can “learn on the fly” on a catastrophe assignment. This is a development I am happy to see as the Level I, II, and III certification require the adjuster be tested on their Xactimate skills.
I receive numerous complaints annually about Xactimate training firms who have overcrowded classrooms, lack enough instructor help in the classroom, and little support help or material to use in the field when preparing their own estimates. Most Xactimate classes advertised online by most firms do not offer the actual certifications thus you still must pay a seperate fee to obtain your certifications through Xactware.
Top Adjuster is providing the actual certification Level I and Level II certifications so you are getting your training as well as your certification at a substantially lower cost. Definitely worth giving them a try for your certification needs.
Top Adjuster also offers field training classes for independent adjusting firms, insurance carriers, and for claim seminars so please contact Chris and Rachel Hatcher for further details at email@example.com . If you need Xactimate Sketch training as well you can ask Chris about their new training course on Xactimate Sketch usage.
Join us July 17th and 19th, 2012 for our online Homeowner policy Liability Claim Training Series- Info to registerJuly 6, 2012
We are hosting our next LIVE online claim training series on the Fundmentals of handling liability claims under Homeowner Policies for adjusters who wish to expand their claim handling abilities by understanding the Fundamentals of Liability claims.
For additional information to register and class syllabus, email Dkmoroy@Dimechimes.com.
We will host both an evening and a daytime session should there be a need. The evening class will be held from 6pm to 9pm ET on Tuesday 7/17/12 and the daytime course will be held from 11am ET to 2pm ET the same dates. All course material will include a self study field guide for your use when receiving liability claim ass
We now have 10 additional openings for registrants for our ClaimSmentor Fundamentals of Property Claims course starting 5/8/12May 6, 2012
We had previously closed registration for our ten part series online LIVE of our ClaimSmentor Fundamentals of Property Claims Adjusting course which starts up May 8, 2012 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from May 8, 2012 through Jnne 14, 2012 (off Memorial Day week).
We have now moved our class to a new software program which will allow to now accept 10 additional registrants for the course if you missed the deadline.
All class info and registration information was in this prior blog along with a link to our 125 question self assessment test to see if you can benefit from this class on this link:
We can accept 10 more registrations with a new deadline of 2pm ET Monday May 7, 2012 to register.
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):
ClaimSmentor Fundamentals of Property Claims Handling Class Begins May 8, 2012- Deadline to Register is May 5, 2012 at 5pm ET / New Referral Bonus!April 28, 2012
We have changed the start date of our 2012 Fundamentals of Property Claims Handling Class to begin on May 8, 2012.
We will meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening online LIVE for active class participation and question and answer participation as we go through all class material.
The deadline to register is 5pm ET on May 5, 2012. At that time, all class registrants will receive their login id to access all pre-class reading material before our first session on May 8, 2012.
We look forward to working with all of our class participants then!
Here is a link to read the registration instructions and class details:
Please note we sincerely appreciate all of the referrals we receive from our ClaimSmentor associates and social media group members. As our way of thanking those referring folks to our class, we are now providing the member referral fees of #25.00 for each member when we receive their paid tuition fee when they let us know you referred them!