Posted By dnjsdad on 27 May 2011 11:19 AM
I have been working steady since 9/2008 until 04/2011. I have worked a hurricane, several hail storms, and day claims. I have worked with PA's, Attorneys, and Engineers. I took a few months off for family issues, now there is Billions of dollars in storm damages and peoples lifes shattered all over the place and I cant seem to find work. All of my work was with one firm, whom I spoke with this morning, they are not sure if they will have the claim volume to deploy me. Anyone have any suggestions?
2 1/2 years straight and then........nothing, well that is what a rookie gets for taking that much time off!!
I started back in late late 03 and I and I heard from day one that I would NOT make a living for my family , I would not find work after Jeanne, then after Katrina, then Gustav then the wildfires in California in 2007 and 2009. I will be the first to tell you that my almost 6 year run with steady work was as much about blind luck as anything else.
Like you All the 6 years I worked was for the same firm. In October of 2009, I made a senseless decision to climb an unsafe ladder position because I had already rescheduled meeting the insured's PA twice. Well, suffice it to say, I paid heavily. I woke up a few days later with a broken leg, pelvis, ribs, jaw and a fractured skull. I remember thinking where is my boss or my adjusting buddies I worked with, atleast some flowers..........nothing. Alas a few days later, I did get a communication from my team lead......................................................I was fired !!!!! With California being such a litigious state, my employer was afraid of a lawsuit
The funny part was I knew it was my fault and never would have thought to sue my employer. I went through two surgeries and once healed spoke to my former employer. Wow they would not even give me an audience.
So I spent about 5 minutes feeling sorry for myself, I then started my own website doing what I do best, helping serious new adjusters(those in the biz for the right reasons). From that I became a claims manager for an IA firm back east. About a year later I had a situation develop to where I started my own IA firm and here I am today.
The point I am getting at DnJSDAD is don't look at this brief rough spot in your work life as a bad thing because trust me "It could be a lot worse". Take it for what it is, A time to spend with family . Keep an eye out for work because it is out there. Do NOT spend this time asking what you did wrong, spend this time preparing for the rest of your life friend.
Lots of work friend, if you happen to be USAA or NFIP certified, well then give me a call
"A good leader leads.....
..... but a great leader is followed !!"