At first glance, a job candidate from another profession or a different type of insurance job may not have all of the skills you are looking for when trying to fill an open position.
But don’t be too quick to dismiss the person because he or she may have transferable skills from his current job.
What transferable skills should you be looking for? There are several that are highly valued within the insurance industry because they are needed for many different types of jobs. Here are a few.
1. Communication skills
As with most jobs, being able to communicate well both verbally and in writing is essential. For insurance agents especially, these skills are essential because much of the insurance business still occurs over the phone. When you are talking with a prospective customer, the person is listening to you very closely, trying to determine if he or she should go with you as his insurance provider.
They are listening to the tone of your voice, its cadence, and pitch, all of which are elements of speaking effectively.
2. Time management
Different people use different methods to manage their time. The important thing is to do it well so that you can get your tasks accomplished.
Some use apps to help them, while others are still wedded to tools like date books. Whatever is used, it should enable you to block out time for your most important tasks. If you don’t block out the time, you won’t get these vital tasks done, and you will run into trouble.
There may be times when you may need advice from an agency principal or certified insurance counselor. But for the most part, you are going to have to solve problems on your own. That is one of the main functions of an insurance agent. Your customers are looking to you to help them solve their problems.
This is an important skill in many professions, and it is one you should look for when filling an insurance position.
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