How Can Your Military Experience Help You Become a Successful Claims Adjuster?
If you are considering a second career after your time in the military, we’ve put together a guide to help you make the career transition to accredited claims adjuster (ACA). Your military experience is valuable in multiple career fields including insurance claims.
Transitioning from the military to a civilian job can be challenging, but with the right knowledge and skills, it’s possible to pursue a rewarding career as an accredited claims adjuster.
Use the VA's Vocational Evaluation Program
The VA’s Vocational Evaluation Program is designed to help you understand and capitalize on the skills you learned in the military. The program combines counseling, personal testing, and job sample analysis to help individuals transition out of the military into civilian careers. A vocational expert assessor can work with you to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses and offer advice on building a second career.
Obtain a Professional Certification
It’s likely that you already have impressive skills from your military service, but if you want to become an accredited claims adjuster you may need additional education or professional certifications. Our 40-hour online, self-paced 6-20 Accredited Claims Adjuster Designation Course allows you to study at your pace. An additional benefit of our ACA course is as long as you pass our final exam you will not need to take the Florida state licensing exam.
Research Claims Adjuster Job Requirements
Once you’ve completed your ACA course and have received your license, now is the time to compare your unique knowledge and skills to specific qualifications and requirements for open positions. Many employers prefer applicants with technical knowledge in analyzing, auditing, and interviewing techniques, which your military experience can bring to the table. So be sure to read carefully through the job description and highlight your military qualifications and course training accordingly.
Take Advantage of On-the-Job Training Opportunities
Once you’ve completed your degree or certification, look for on-the-job training opportunities. Many employers offer apprenticeship programs or internships specifically meant to help veterans transition into civilian roles. On-the-job training can be invaluable as it allows you to continue building the necessary skills and develop a network of contacts who can act as supportive peers in the field while refining your existing abilities. The experience gained during such programs will undoubtedly set you apart from other applicants and put you at an advantage when job hunting.
Network with Others in the Field for Insight into the Industry
Networking is a great way to learn more about the claims adjusting industry, connect with professionals and companies, and gain insight on job availability. Attend industry events and conferences and talk to anyone who works in the field. Reach out to recruiters or contact companies directly to ask for informational interviews. When you do get interviews, make sure you highlight both your coursework and military experience.
For more information on how to earn your 6-20 ACA designation, we invite you to call our Clermont, Florida office at 1-800-309-2459 or read more about the accredited claims adjuster certification process on our website.
In Florida, once you earn your 6-20 accredited claims adjuster designation, you can apply to the state for your all-lines adjuster license. This will enable you to work on home insurance claims, auto and RV insurance claims and property insurance claims. You would have the flexibility to work as a staff claims adjuster or an independent insurance adjuster.
Take the next step in your professional life and contact us today!