It’s January, which means you’ve likely already started thinking about the things you’d like to achieve in 2024. From fitness to family, we’re all assessing the areas in our lives we’d like to improve. But what about your career? The start of a new year isn’t just a good time to set those personal life goals, but also to create new career milestones for the year ahead.
As adjusters, your jobs can be as cyclical as they are unpredictable. Whether you’re new to the industry or a veteran adjuster, setting goals will help you as you continue to advance in your career. This year, we challenge you to grow and reach new heights.
Learn a new skill or revisit an old one
Successful adjusters are always looking for new ways to learn. They’re constantly on top of the newest tools and the latest industry trends. Whether you need a refresher on customer service best practices or prepping for that hard-to-get New York license, there are programs and training paths for every goal.
Another way to advance your education is by getting certified. In 2024, commit to obtaining relevant industry certifications that enhance your credibility and demonstrate your expertise. Certifications such as the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) or Associate in Claims (AIC) can open up new opportunities and signify your commitment to professional growth.
Grow your network
Recognize the importance of networking within the insurance community. Attending industry events (like the annual PLRB Conference), joining relevant online groups, and cultivating relationships with other colleagues and professionals you meet. You might even find a mentor who can guide you as you continue to develop in your career.
Take advantage of new technology
With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), more and more technology is coming out aimed to help make adjusters’ jobs more efficient and effective. From software that assists with customer service to claims processing tools, new technology is popping up all over the place. 2024 is the perfect time to explore new innovations and research ways to make your day-to-day easier – future you will thank you!
It may seem small, but you’d be surprised by how much power there is in having an organized desk (wherever your desk may be located). If you’re anything like us, the end of the year can get a little messy. Prioritize time for cleaning up your inbox and building a system that can help you stay on top of incoming work and the other goals you’ve set for yourself.
Update your information
Even if you’re not in the market for new opportunities, it’s important to keep your information up to date at the IA and staffing firms you work with, so that when the time does come along, you don’t have to play catch-up. Update your resume and log in to your portal or contact your recruiter and let them know what’s new with you!
Remember, as you plan out your goals be sure to break them up into smaller steps, that way you’ll stay on track and won’t be so intimidated that you give up week 1.