I just wanted to say thanks to you guys. I interviewed with Farmer's about a week ago, took your advice, and nailed it. I got my job offer this week for a claims adjuster trainee position. I appreciate the advice!
I'm working up a tree survey on a property in the Midwest US surrounded on all 4s by industrial scale agriculture. It is sprayed, as is normal in this area, every year to keep down weeds, but unfortunately it was sprayed several years on days unsafe to spray due to windy conditions. The property I'm on is like night and day compared to the surrounding areas, a little island of woods in the middle of thousands of acres of corn and soy. Unfortunately the trees and understory broadleaf herbaceous vegetation were damaged due to the drift.
Very few trees are dead from the herbicide, but many are damaged (dropping leaves and branches, leaves yellowing and curling, not producing many fruits). My technique right now is the subsample some areas to apply the species composition and percentage of damage to the other areas.
I have to imagine pretty much all trees, whether planted intentionally or not, and other natural vegetation like prairies and wetlands, in areas of mass herbicide spraying are being damaged by these events. Maybe not dead, but damaged. Curious to hear other people's experiences and ways they went about assessing the damage.
As a newbie to the industry, I'm nervous of my ability to deescalate angry claims customers. I've been in retail before – angry/entitled customers are one thing; people who are angry because their very valuable piece of property just got damaged and they have no idea as to what their deductible is, etc are another. Any tips?
So I've been a mechanic for nearly a decade and while I love working on cars it's no longer paying the bills. Even though repair costs and technology have grown exponentially in the past few decades, none of that has trickled down to the techs; average tech pay hasn't seen an increase in 25 years. So I started looking into becoming an auto adjuster since I have a ton of experience/knowledge on parts and what's necessary for repairs. I have done some paint and body (helped paint a few cars in my friend's garage), so I know enough of the processes and paint codes/matching, etc, but I'm also assuming I'll need to learn more. I live in Oklahoma and went to the OID website, found the tests, as well as some study guides for the certification test including using the Xactimate software.
So my biggest questions at this point are more about the industry and what I can expect. Would I be given a desk/customer role to start and have to work up to becoming an adjuster who actually inspects the vehicle and writes claims? Are there any additional things I can do to move straight to that position? If not, how long can I expect to be in a lower role? Do they have separate jobs for the person who handles claim filing, vehicle inspection, writing the estimates, negotiations with the customer, etc? What pay can I expect at any of those positions?