Compass Connection: August Edition News item posted on : Monday August 23rd 2021
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It is officially Hurricane Season. Click the link below to access all the information you need regarding Hurricane Season with Compass.
Hail season is here for some and approaching for many. Hail can occur in any season, but different regions of the United States experience hail at different times of the year. Hail season begins in March for many southern states and May for northern states. The region where Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming meet is known as Hail Alley. It tops the list as the most common area for hailstorms.
Hailstones are formed when raindrops are carried upward by thunderstorm updrafts into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere and freeze, according to NOAA. The storm then grows colliding with liquid water drops that freeze onto hailstones. The hail falls when the thunderstorm’s updraft can no longer support the weight of the hailstone and is pulled to the earth by gravity. High winds can cause hail to fall at an angle or even sideways, causing damage to the siding of homes, broken windows and causing injury to people and animals.
Hail can range in size. Most hailstorms are made up of a mix of sizes. Hail size is often estimated by comparing it to known objects. Below is a list of common hail sizes.
The largest hailstone recovered in the U.S. fell in Vivian, South Dakota, on June 23, 2010. It measured with a diameter of 8 inches ad a circumference of 18.62 inches, weighing 1 lb 15 oz.
In 2019, Texas experienced 872 hailstorms, documented by the NOAA’s National Weather Services. In Texas, hail season lasts from March until May, with May being the most active. In 2019 South Texas saw golf-ball-sized hail causing $1.4 billions in damages.
Ladders are a very important tool for field adjusters, but if not used properly, they can become very dangerous. Understanding ways to stay safe on a ladder is crucial to all individuals using a ladder. In order to increase awareness of ladder safety, March has been dedicated as Ladder Safety Month.
The goals of Ladder Safety Month are to:
Below are some basic requirements created by OSHA, designed to ensure safety on a ladder:
Angles: A non-self-supporting ladder, which is meant to lean against another support, is to be positioned at an angle. This is the 4-1 rule: the base of your ladder should extend 1 foot for every 4 feet of height between the working surface and the point of contact. When done correctly, the ladder will meet the ground at a 75-degree angle.
Stability: Your ladder needs to be level to maximize safety. Ladder rungs, cleats, or steps must be parallel and level when the ladder is in position for use. Inspect the working surface to determine that it is free of debris that could affect your ladder’s stability.
Slipping: Ladders are to be kept free of oils, grease, and other slipping hazards.
Many factors can contribute to falling off a ladder. These factors include sudden movement, lack of attention, worn or damaged ladder, and more. It is important to follow safety protocols when using a ladder for your inspections. For more information regarding Ladder Safety Month and training visit National Ladder Safety Month
Why is networking important as an independent insurance adjuster?
A difficult part of being an independent adjuster, for both established and new adjusters, is generating leads and connections with IA firms. Having a strong network and connection with people in this industry can open doors in your career that would have stayed closed otherwise. Deployment and claim opportunities can come as a result of knowing somebody and getting your foot in the door with IA firms. Do not overlook this important step as it can help increase the claims available to you.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, networking is described as the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment of business.
Networking builds relationships. Having good working relationships within the industry helps improve your work ethic as well as the amount of work you receive. Networking gives you the opportunity to get in front of an IA firm. This will help establish a relationship that could benefit you, and hopefully put you on their radar, leading to more work opportunities.
Establish yourself as a part of the independent adjuster community. It is very important to network with other adjusters. Get to know other independent adjusters through Facebook, LinkedIn or in the field. Creating positive relationships with other independent adjusters and IA firms is an effective way to find more work opportunities.
To gain work in this industry people need to know and trust you. You can work on both of these by networking.
There are many ways to network with adjusters in your community and adjusters across the nation. Starting local, join your local claims association chapter. This is a great place to meet other adjusters and professionals in this field. To access a list of chapters, visit: Claims Associations – Insurance Claims Tools & Databases (claimspages.com)
To network with adjusters on a larger scale, join Facebook groups. In these groups’ adjuster chat with each other, IA firms post about training opportunities and hiring new adjusters, plus so much more. Some great groups to join to get you started are Independent Adjuster Network, Adjuster Central, New Adjusters, Adjusting Professionals.
How do I network with Compass Adjusting Services? A great way to network with Compass is to sign up and participate in our virtual recruiting event that will be held on February 24th & 25th, 2021. During this event you will be able to sign up for a 15-minute video call with one of our recruiters or managers to discuss your work history and your future with Compass Adjusting Services. Sign up today: https://bit.ly/3ppGY6A
Compass Adjusting Services is hosting a completely virtual career fair: Connect with Compass. We are looking to grow our team of desk adjusters, field adjusters and file reviewers. Enjoy 15 minutes of a video interview with one of our managers or recruiters.
We are a privately owned National Independent Adjusting Firm. We specialize in all types of property claims – both personal and commercial lines as well as CAT and Daily losses. Compass’s main office is in Fort Worth, Texas, with regional offices located throughout the United States. We are committed to providing prompt, superior claims handling, as well as focus on the needs of our clients and employees. Here at Compass, we pride ourselves in being industry leaders in customer service, innovation, and growth by attracting and providing the best quality adjusters, administration, examiners, and managers, thus creating the most trusted claims handling company in the Industry.
Connect with Compass – What to Expect:
Connect with Compass is our first ever virtual career fair, February 24th – 25th, 2021. Due to COVID-19, we are moving from in person conferences and interviews to a virtual career fair where you can interview and network with Compass from the comfort of your own home. If you are an experienced desk adjuster, field adjuster or file reviewer… this is the event for you. We handle claims all over the nation and are looking to grow our Compass team. We want to get to know new adjusters and adjusters already on our roster.
This event will consist of a 15-minute video interview with one of our managers or recruiters.
Jason Scheel – Field Manager
Zane Donaho – Field Manager
Toby Talley – Field Manager
Avery Kenney – Recruiter
Justun Vickers – Recruiter
Kristi Talley – Examiner Manager
Brian Whitten – Operations Manager
During this interview we will discuss your desired position, work history, experiences, give you a background on Compass and get to know you. After your interview time is over, we will be in contact about potential future work with Compass Adjusting Services.
To sign up please visit: Connect with Compass Signup. A link to sign up for a time will be provided to your email on a future date.
Please email [email protected] with any questions you may have.
Thank you for your interest in working with Compass!
Connect with Compass: A virtual career fair with our managers and recruiting staff. Join us, February 24th – 25th, in 15 minute one on one interviews to get to know you and your work experience. Below is detailed instructions on how to sign up for Connect with Compass.
2. Create a Compass Connect profile. You must register on our roster in order to join our Connect with Compass standby list.
3. Now you have a Compass profile, it is time to join the Connect with Compass list.
4. After you have signed up, a link to selecting your time slot will be provided at a future date.
We look forward to connecting with you!
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