How to Succeed In Your First Year as an Adjuster

Is 2021 the year you will be starting your career as an insurance adjuster? If so, welcome! You have a fantastic year of learning, earning, and good, old fashioned hard work ahead of you. We believe that becoming an insurance adjuster is one of the best decisions you can make for your life and career. Because of the low barrier to entry, diverse types of work and claims, and demand, almost anyone can step into the role of an insurance adjuster and quickly find success. Your first year in the field is especially crucial. It can be an important time to lay a foundation that will set you up for success for the long haul. If you’re ready to hit the ground running, here are some tips for making your first year the best it can be.

Training and Exam

The first thing you will need to do is train for your licensing exam and pass it. You have many choices when it comes to training programs. There are courses that you can attend in person, and there are online courses. The format you choose depends on how you learn best, but we think the online option is a great fit for most people. You can take the courses at your own pace, rewatch, and slow down as needed. It’s incredibly convenient and flexible.

Whichever option you choose, it’s important to make sure that you choose a course from experienced teachers with a demonstrated track record of success. At 2021 Training, we were pioneers in online training. We have been working with students online since 2008. Our founder, who teaches most of our courses himself, is also an experienced and successful adjuster who can give you valuable insight from the field. We have been training and preparing adjusters for deployment for over 10 years, and we would be proud to set you on your way as well.


One of the most important steps in starting your career as an adjuster is networking. That can be challenging in 2021, with a pandemic limiting the time we can spend together in person. However, it’s far from impossible. The first way of networking is simply the job hunt. Once you have your license, you’ll want to start looking for work. Check out our list of companies that hire independent insurance adjusters, look for listings online, and make contact with as many insurance companies and adjusting firms as possible. Once you have done that, stay in touch. Just because you don’t get a specific job is no reason to terminate a relationship with recruiters. Follow up often. 

Another important way of networking is getting to know other adjusters. During typical times, there are networking events and industry training courses where you can meet other adjusters and make valuable connections. However, the best networking opportunities available now are online. There are many online forums, social networking groups, and websites dedicated to insurance adjusting where you can virtually meet, exchange ideas, and make friends. This actually opens you up to meeting new people outside your geographical area as well, which can help expand your network and lead to even more opportunities.


As you grow your network and begin working, you may find that there are certain types of claims or certain situations that you enjoy working more than others. Perhaps the rush of catastrophe claims excites you. Maybe you prefer adjusting for auto accidents locally. You may even find that specific events or disasters like fire damage, flooding, or environmental disasters are of particular interest. If so, work on getting to know others who work in those fields, agencies who specialize in it, and look to do that kind of work as much as possible. If you become the go-to person for these types of claims, you will grow your career faster and have greater earning potential.

Start Your Year Off Right with 2021 Training

If you’re ready to start the most transformative year of your career, we’re ready to help. We have all the online courses you need to prepare for your licensing exam. Our courses are taught by experienced professionals who can give you a unique look inside what it takes to be an adjuster. Get started today with our new adjuster bundles. Click here to learn more.