Why Do Insurance Co's Like Me So Much?

Not two hours after adding my resume to CareerBuilder, I received two interview requests from two large insurance companies. In past times of unemployment, insurance companies have always been the first to hit me up. Hoping you all can shed some light.




Always Room For More?

It could be that this industry is just so large that there is always a position to be filled. Just about anybody can be an insurance salesperson as long as you can pass a few courses. Perhaps anyone with sales experience gets recruited by the insurance industry, or, I'm just blowing a small coincidence out of proportion.




It Is My Destiny?

When I called my girlfriend and told her about the quick responses from insurance companies, she made it sound like sooner or later I would have to accept my fate as a Bina. See, my Father and Brother both work in insurance and they have been trying to recruit me for years. It just doesn't spark me. But is there any way that these internal recruiters would have done a quick Google search and found my last name tied to Dad and Bro? Doesn't seem too far fetched based on a lot of things I've read here.




What The Hell

I called the recruiter from the first place to see what the position was all about. I am an experienced and proven sales professional, but I've discovered that I have a real passion for marketing, and I think I do okay. I shared this with the recruiter and he still wants me to come in, so I said what the hell. I may be a little jaded by sales from other experiences and maybe this could be a good fit. I'm trying to go in optimistic and open but something just feels like a mis-match. Besides, I'm not even sure I can pass their credit checks. But hey, I'm gonna go see what it's all about. If I've been rewarded by one trait of mine it's being open.

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Comment by Amy Ala Miller on September 27, 2011 at 5:52pm
I don't know... my husband is a tile setter and he gets them all the time.  The man couldn't sell ice in a desert but he can make your kitchen backsplash real pretty.  He also gets a lot of franchise opportunities.  :)  Let us know how it goes!
Comment by Louis Bina on September 27, 2011 at 5:54pm
Ha! Thanks Amy.
Comment by Amber on September 27, 2011 at 6:19pm

I got lots of those responses too, Louis. I have to say I did not respond back then, because I knew from other people's stories that most were likely commission only and pretty hard core cold call sales. I have done and been very successful with that type of sales, but wasn't interested at this point. So I decided to stick it out in this recruiting world, and 2 years later am so happy I did.

A lot of company's credit checks, etc., are a bit more relaxed over these last few years. Also, I would think some of the people I worked with who went the insurance route probably didn't have stellar credit so that may not be much of an issue.

Oh, one last thing - I have heard that a lot of insurance companies will recruit you for an adjuster position. There is a course you have to take, which is supposedly usually offered by an independent source, you pay for the classes and then see if you can get adjuster work from the insurance company. It's not guaranteed that you will get the work, and I heard it can o.k. financially if you really push hard to get as many assignments as you can.

Comment by Sandra McCartt on September 28, 2011 at 4:04pm

Don't take it personally Louis.  The Insurance recruiters and the call center recruiters work the boards like locusts.  Any resume that comes on there unless they are in the over 60 age group gets an interview request from them.  they are the reverse of throwing it against the wall to see if anything gets hired.  They scrape everything off the wall and see if they can get somebody to buy into selling on commission to their friends and family.  Particularly anyone who has the words sales or marketing on their resume.

They will also contact everyone who is working in the trades thinking that telling them this is a professional job will lure them away from a job that pays about twice what insurance sales ever does for all but a few who really like it.


Comment by Louis Bina on September 28, 2011 at 4:48pm
Thanks Sandra. It's nice to get attention but I seriously have 0 interest in insurance, financial advising or anything of the like. On a positive note, I have an interview tomorrow with a marketing firm! Sweet.
Comment by Sandra McCartt on September 28, 2011 at 4:52pm

It is always an uptick to get that email about your resume then a disappointment when you see it's from an insurance company.


Good luck with your interview.

Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on September 29, 2011 at 11:07am

They know recruiter know the ABC of the industry. That is why we get all the calls...


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