You’ve landed your first insurance job, and you’re not quite sure what to expect. Sure, you know it’s a rewarding field with opportunities for growth and other benefits, but let’s be realistic: It’s going to take hard work and commitment to reap those benefits! Have no fear – here are three insights that will surely help you to find success in that first year as an insurance agent:
1. Success doesn’t happen overnight
Actually, your rookie period will likely last up to two years. Starting out, as an insurance agent, will be all about forming effective habits that will carve the path to success. Be prepared to devote time – beyond the long days and late nights – to finding your way and bettering yourself professionally.
2. Stay focused on your clients
Effective insurance agents keep their clients top of mind. Yes, a successful insurance career will be a lucrative one, but money shouldn’t be your main focus. Helping your clients should be. One way to tailor your work to better serve your clients is to develop a client profile. If you routinely work with a similar group of people, you will become the expert in their area. Whatever profile you choose, take referral gathering seriously. Set weekly goals for yourself, and stay focused on helping as many clients as is feasible each week.
3. Every opportunity is a learning opportunity
Your first year as an insurance agent should be about developing the qualities and skills you’ll need to achieve success. To put it in the words of Albert Einstein, “Failure is success in progress.” Embrace the mistakes as opportunities to adapt and learn. Pick yourself up and remain persistent in the pursuit of success. Beyond that first year, you’ll be able to refine your skills until you’ve achieved the success you’ve worked so hard for.
In addition, to broaden your knowledge, find like-minded individuals, especially other insurance professionals, who are headed in the direction you want to go. Associate yourself with them, then each of you will be able to learn from one another’s experiences.
With these tips in mind, and an entrepreneurial mindset, you can have a rewarding profession as an insurance professional.