Heres how it works, If a big hurricane hits, they will call you. You will quit your day job thinking "this is IT man!". If you do well and impress mgmt., they will send you out as a ground guy for a hail event. If you argue w/ mgmt. for whatever reason, it will be your ONLY deployment.
My first was Wilma which of you remember was AFTER Katrina and Rita. The requirements were..." can you fog this mirror? Can you find Miami? YOU'RE AN ADJUSTER!" I got lucky, and got a mgr who would answer the phone at 10 pm and walk me thru xactimate. I thought I had made it. I was WRONG. I didn't get called out again till Ike in 2008. I impressed mgmt. at that storm and eventually got out on hail work.
First off, LEARN ROOFING, work w. a roofing co if you have to.
second, get a demo disc of xactimate..learn that back and forth.
3rd..GO SLOW! schedule one..get it done..wait for it to be kicked back...fix errors...wait for second kick back, fix those. this work is stressful ...don't get buried.
as one guy said.." when you find yourself in a hole...QUIT DIGGIN!"
don't over schedule...you catch hell moving folks back. schedule 2 rain/paper days a week...you'll need to do laundry at some point.
do every claim the same way...outside, clockwise...or counterclockwise, inside top to bottom. take more pictures that u think u need. always take pictures of the overview of interior rooms. a bathroom ceiling looks just like a bedroom ceiling. DOWNLOAD them before leaving and look at em! if they are good, dump em off the camera. Hold up you manila folder w/ name and claim number to get it in your "risk" photo, in case you don't name the picture file right.
find out first off "what gets files kicked back"...you wont have time to redo the same claim 3- 4 times.
its a rewarding job, you get to travel the country, meet a lot of good folks, see a lot of historical places.
It requires 13-14 hour days, 7 days a week, for as long as you can handle it. Take a power nap when you cant spell CAT cuz your worn out. see "digging ref above"
Good luck, work hard, study xactimate and do what your told.
I actually heard one guy say.." I cant teach these ins. mgrs. anything" I told him.." I all I wanna teach em is how to spell my last name"
if you need anything else, contact me, I'd be glad to help