Choosing which companies to approach during your job search, and which offers to accept, are vital decisions for your career. You want to choose a company which is aligned with your own approach to insurance, is honest and sincere, and has a good reputation. You don’t want to join a company with PR problems, or one which customers do not trust. In addition, if you plan to make insurance sales your life career, you want a company you can stay with.
Here are a few ideas to help you find a company that is right for you:
1) Check their reputation online and in the “real world.” The most important thing about a company is that it is trustworthy and respected by the public. There will always be issues that a company couldn’t resolve with a customer, and it is not even uncommon to find a company that has been sued. Because of the nature of the business of insurance, some customers feel they were done wrong because they were not paid for a claim, even if they were dishonest, or did not understand their policy. Regardless, make sure you choose an insurance company that has integrity, puts the customer first and tries to help them any way they can. This helps YOU too.
2) Talk to customers who own policies from the company. This is a good way to find out how the company does business. If customers say the company is fair, listens to them, and tries to help, that is a good sign of a company of integrity that you would want to be associated with. Avoid companies whose customers say they sell them the highest premium possible, cancel premiums without warning, or fail to pay on claims.
3) Go to the company’s website. You can find out a lot about a company from the website. And, while this often shows the company in the best light possible, it also has contact information, client testimonials, and other information. Use this information to get a feel for the company’s business practices and procedures. Compare the websites of different companies you’re considering. Whose site is the most helpful? What tone does each website set? Also check out their “Careers” link and see what their policies are for employees.
It’s a good idea to look at a company “from both sides.” Look into how they treat their customers, as well as their employees, to get a sense of how they do business. Then contact the company and ask any questions you might have, or go in to a local office and talk to them in person. With time, you’ll find the company that’s right for you!