How To Get Hired For Insurance Jobs
The appeal of insurance jobs to certain types of people should be clear.
As Ken Clark points out at Investopedia, few fields outside financial services have as much potential for high earnings for relatively new workers. “In fact, a hard-working insurance agent can easily earn more than $100,000 in their first year of sales,” Clark writes.
But, Clark points out, as with any high-reward career, there are downsides to insurance jobs as well. “Insurance agents hear ‘no’ far more than they hear ‘yes,'” Clark writes. “But, for those who can stomach the potential rejection, the paycheck and flexibility are worth the effort.”
For those who do find insurance jobs to be worth the effort, there are a few things that make a successful insurance agent.
Most insurance companies will want to train their agents. And while many prefer candidates with college degrees, that requirement can be waived for the right person.
One non-negotiable requirement, though, is that states expect you to get a license, Clark writes.
“This generally requires passing a state-administered licensing exam as well as taking a licensing class that typically runs 25-50 hours,” he writes.
There are a few key steps to getting the position in the field you want. Among them:
- Put together a great resume. You’ll want your resume to reflect your entrepreneurial spirit and show how you’ve been able to make things happen. “Life insurance agents have to be driven and have the ability to be self-starters. Resumes that show a track record of that kind of behavior will help you get your foot in the door,” Clark writes.
- Be sure to follow up when you apply. This is pretty basic advice. But it’s surprising how many people don’t do this. “Many insurance company recruiters won’t even interview a potential agent who doesn’t first make a follow up call, because this is a strong indicator of a potential agent’s tenacity,” Clark points out.
- Pick the right company. “Accepting a job with the wrong insurance company will go a long way toward burning you out and ruining your dreams of a promising career,” Clark writes.