By Guy Grand


So you are all geared up to make a career move and you have decided to attend a job fair.  Great!  But, are you really prepared to make the most of your experience?  A job fair can be a great place to find your next career, but they can also be overwhelming.  Following these 5 tips to make your job fair experience a success.

1. Do Your Homework

Most job fairs are packed with hundred of recruiters from a variety of different industries.  Take some time to see who has pre-registered for the event and which recruiters you will want to make sure you have a chance to speak with.  You already have a general sense of the career path you are on.  Don’t waste your precious time stopping at every booth to hear about an industry you are not interested in.  Figure out who is going to be there and make sure you hit your top interests first.  Once you have explored all the opportunities knew you were interested in, then go ahead and make the rounds to see if there is something else that might jump out at you.

2. Get There Early

By the time everything is over most recruiters have spoken to hundreds of potential candidates and are simply drained. If you really want to engage with them, get to the job fair right away and talk with them while they are still fresh and eager to speak with you.  You could miss an opportunity for a great career just because you were turned off by the tired and worn out recruiter presenting you with the information.

3. Bring Lots of Copies of your Resume

Because you have done your homework you know will be some specific recruiters for which you will want to have your resume on hand.  But, make sure you also bring a few extra copies. You never know what opportunity will present itself and you will want to be prepared to present yourself.

4. Practice Your Own Pitch

Many people attend a job fair and just listen to recruiter after recruiter.  But, if you really want to make a memorable impact, know what you want to say when you find an opportunity that seems like it would be a good fit for you.  Practice a short, 30 second, mini pitch that covers the high points and will give the recruiter something to remember about you.

Tell them:

  • Who you are..
  • What you are looking for…
  • Why they are a fit for you…
  • Why you are a fit for them…

5. Follow up within 48 Hours

When you leave, a couple of the recruiters will stick out in your mind.  These are the people that you will want to make sure to follow up within the next 48 hours.  If you have made an impression with them, you will want to keep that momentum moving in your favor.  These folks can literally have hundreds of prospects to process after they leave.  Don’t wait to get lost in the wash of job candidates.  Reach out to them and let them know you are serious.

If you can follow these 5 tips when attending your next job fair you’ll be well on your way to finding a successful new career.  Just be prepared and know what you are looking for.  That career is out there waiting for you.

Want to speak with someone about a career change?  Feel free to get in touch with us.


By Guy Grand



You may have heard that it can take time and dedication to work your way into the Catastrophic Insurance Adjusting Industry…and this can be true.  But it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think.  Here are a few things you should know about getting your foot in the door.

Should I try to do it myself?

You may have heard that it can take time and dedication to work you way into the Catastrophic Insurance Adjusting Industry..and this can be true.  But it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think.  Here are a few things you should know about getting your foot in the door.
Yes, for adjusters who try to “go it alone” and work their way into the industry by their own bootstraps, it can be a long and costly learning curve. 
Check out our eBook which details the difficulties our founder and many others have encountered when trying to “do it themselves”.  (Click the image)

How do I gain the required experience?

It doesn’t have to be this hard.  It is true that many Insurance Adjusting Firms will be hesitant to work with you if they cannot determine the quality of work that you put out. (Check out our recent post about being a Quality Adjuster HERE!) Most firms will require a minimum of 2 years experience in the industry to help them make sure that the work you have done will be satisfactory for their standards.  

Becoming a VAS Trained Adjuster means that you will have the weight and credibility of our name on your side.  We have a long list of Partner Adjusting Firms that have agreed to waive the experience requirements for our graduates because they know the quality of adjusters that we train.  This is a select group of professional adjusters that are committed to this industry as a career.  From the moment they leave our school doors VAS trained adjusters are already leaps and bounds beyond many adjusters who have already been working claims…And OUR PARTNER FIRMS KNOW IT!  That is why they are always calling us and asking if we have more graduates ready for work.  They only want well-trained adjusters, and we only train the best. 

Take a look at our Training Page to see why Adjuster Firms are partnering with Veteran Adjusting School. Take note of all the partnership letters at the bottom of the page.

If you are ready to start working and honest and rewarding career.  Get in touch with one of our enrollment specialists to start a discussion and find out of this career is right for you. 


By Guy Grand



What do our Partner Insurance Firms look for in a good adjuster?  What do they love about VAS trained adjusters? How can I become the type of adjuster that firms want to work with?

When you are considering starting a career as a CAT Adjuster, you should know that it is not all as simple as getting a license and getting to work.  Although you will be working independently, you are ultimately hired by a specific Insurance Adjusting Firm.  The firm is looking for the Adjuster that will be able to represent the insurance company in assessing damage and processing claims of damage.  So you have to be thinking about why they would want to pick you over someone else.

Here are a few things that you should be considering.


You might not realize that one of the important components of being a great adjuster is that you need to be somewhat personable.  Think about it.  You are the person that is on the front line as a representative of the Insurance Company.  The interaction you have with the insured will end up being a direct reflection of the Insurance Company.  They will want to be hiring adjusters that look and act professionally as well as one that can maintain a friendly conversation with the insured while you are interacting with them.


Being an efficient adjuster is going to work in your favor, both to meet your own goals, as well as to maintain a good rapport with the firms that you work with.  The more claims you can effectively handle in a given day, the more money you will be earning for yourself.  In addition, processing more claims per day tells the insurance company that you can help them attend to the needs of those they insure in a timely and efficient manner.

Attention to Detail

They will also want to see that you are attending to the details of the claims as you are working through them.  This isn’t just about how many claims you can push through in a day.  If everything you do is sloppy and needs to be redone or is incomplete, the firm is not going to be interested in working with you in the future.  You are going to end up costing them more money in the long run.


Most firms are looking for a minimum of 2 years of Field Qualified Experience.  For a lot of adjusters that are new to the industry, this can make for a rough start to finding work.  Many new adjusters start out doing some lighter day claims or work under a master adjuster to learn the ropes for a while before they break out to work on their own.  But there are other options…

Thankfully, due to the quality of the education at Veteran Adjusting School, all of our VAS Trained Graduates are able to find work with our partner firms right away.  Our partner firms often waive the 2-year experience requirement for our graduates because they know they are job-ready from day one. 

If you want to learn more about becoming a VAS Trained adjuster click the link below to see how you can become part of our elite team of adjusters and start earning the income you deserve right away.



By Guy Grand


5 Reasons Construction Professionals Like You Should Consider Catastrophic Insurance Adjusting as a New Career

There is a little-known niche market in the insurance adjusting business called catastrophic insurance adjusting. What many carpenters and construction professionals don’t know is how well suited they are to this rewarding career.


5 Reasons You Should Consider Catastrophic Insurance Adjusting

1. Let’s start with Six Figures in Six Months.

A Catastrophe (CAT) adjuster’s income is derived solely by their work product and the amount of natural catastrophes that happen per year. The national average for insurance adjusters in general, is $58,000 per year. However, Catastrophe Adjusters make much more in a shorter amount of time. Why? Because CAT adjusters are the first responders after a catastrophic event and as such are paid much more for their work product. Not everybody is cut out for CAT adjusting but with the proper training and mentorship almost anyone who wants this exciting career can have it.

2. Construction Professionals already possess much of the background knowledge and skills to be successful CAT adjusters.
You don’t need a college degree. All you need is your high school equivalent and your dedication and desire, to have a rewarding career. A good Insurance Claims Adjuster must know how to explain in writing, what damage they saw and why their estimate for repairs includes what it does. Anyone who can write a complete sentence can be taught the proper way to do that. But what construction proffessionals have that others don’t is an intimate knowledge of bulting and construction methods.  They require much less training to understand the terminology of the industry.
3. Working as a CAT adjuster gives you time to spend with your friends and family.
Storm season usually hits around the end of March and runs through October or November. Some years you can be out for that amount of time, other years you will go on a storm deployment for a few weeks then be home for a few weeks and then back out again. As an independent catastrophic insurance adjuster You Are Your Own Boss and you decide when and where you go and for how long. It’s typical that a CAT adjuster will have anywhere from five to seven months off per year, giving you plenty of time to enjoy whatever it is you enjoy most.
4. Catastrophic Insurance Adjusting is a challenging job, but the reward of helping others in need is priceless.
You will travel all over the country helping people get their lives back in order after a storm event. You will meet the richest of the rich and poorest of the poor in towns all over the country. And in every case you will be the person who is there to help.
5. With the mentorship and training offered by Veteran Adjusting School, you will be Job Ready from Day One!
Veteran Adjusting School is the first and only licensed post secondary vocational school specifically designed to take you from “What is a CAT adjuster” all the way through your first storm deployment. We have partnering adjusting firms willing to waive their 2-4 year work experience for our graduates.
If the economy has set you back and you are looking for additional in person or online vocational training you owe it to yourself to explore becoming a VAS-Trained adjuster. Our partners are waiting for you.
To learn more about getting into this industry and to find out if it would be a good fit for you Click the link below to hear from someone on our outreach team.

By Guy Grand



Have you been thinking about a career change?  Have you heard about CAT Adjusting but you don’t really know what it is all about?  Here is what you need to know about this rewarding career!


Individuals and businesses purchase insurance policies to protect against monetary losses. In the event of a loss, policyholders submit claims or requests for payment, seeking compensation for their loss. Claims Adjusters deal with those claims.


An Insurance Adjuster has 3 primary roles:


    By interviewing the policyholder and inspecting property damage the adjuster can determine how much money the company should pay for the loss.


    The information gathered—including photographs and statements, either written or recorded audio or video—is set down in a report that is then used to evaluate the claim.


    When the policyholder’s claim is approved, the claims adjuster negotiates with the policyholder and settles the claim.


A CAT Adjuster is a specialized type of Insurance Adjuster.  They typically focus on areas that have been hit by larger natural disasters and storms.  (Think Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Major Hail Damage, Wind and Water Damage, etc.)

If you are interested in learning more about what working as a CAT Adjuster is like you can download a copy of our FREE ebook here.

You will find that this is a career with Great Earning Potential that is well suited to:

  • Construction Professionals
  • Entrepreneurs
  • People that enjoy working Independently

If you are ready for a career move and you are looking for this type of rewarding career…

  • Offered in a flexible Online Training
  • With an Onsite, Hands-On component giving you the REAL WORLD Experience
  • With start to finish mentoring and support
  • And Job Placement Assistance

…Then you are ready to hear more about how to start your training to become an Independent Catastrophic Insurance Adjuster with Veteran Adjusting School.


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