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Property and Casualty Insurance Agents can look forward to stable, fulfilling careers. To help you on your first step, we have broken down a resume that highlights some of the common areas available for improvement. Follow these suggestions and you can be one step closer to landing the insurance agent job you deserve.
Experience listings should be bulleted
The experience section is usually the meat and potatoes of a resume. There is often a large amount of information for hiring managers to handle, so making that information easy to digest is the best way to ensure they take note of your skills and experience. Using bullets will clean up the presentation and help your experience pop out of the page. Wrong: Work Experience Fiser Insurance Agency February 2001 to Current Property and Casualty Insurance Agent and Customer Service Representative Clarksdale, MS Manage a large portion of insurance clients in a very large volume and stable insurance agency. Duties contain but are not limited to managing risks, soliciting and writing new business, problem solving, assisting with claims, taking payments, participating in telephone rotation, and searching for new insurance markets for the agency. Herring Lawn Care July 2004 to Current Bookkeeper Batesville, MS Bookkeeping managing accounts receivable and accounts payable, issue invoices and statements, as well as preparing 1099s and preparing tax documents for the accountant. Herring Pivot Services LLC February 2008 to Current Bookkeeper Batesville, MS Manage accounts receivable and accounts payable, issuing invoices and statements, as well as prepare 1099s and prepare tax documents for the accountant. Queen City Furniture January 1998 to February 2001 Secretary/Sales Associate Clarksdale, MS Taking payments, helping the customers pick out the perfect furniture for their home and taste, making deposits, managing charge accounts, some collections by phone to assist route personnel, and processing finance agreements. Right: Fiser Insurance Agency February 2001 to Current Property and Casualty Insurance Agent and Customer Service Representative Clarksdale, MS
Herring Lawn Care July 2004 to Current Bookkeeper Batesville, MS
Queen City Furniture January 1998 to February 2001 Secretary/Sales Associate Clarksdale, MS
The second example is significantly easier to read, or in the cases of many hirers, scan. This is why bullets are the best way to highlight the multitude of strengths you have acquired through your experience.
The summary section should be in paragraph format
A strong summary is the most surefire method to get a prospect to read the rest of your resume. Using paragraph form lets you introduce yourself and tease a few highlights they should want to read in full detail further down. Wrong: Reliable and personable Customer Service Representative with over 15 years of experience. Right: Customer Service Representative with over 15 years of experience developing active listening skills and a professional demeanor. Well-practiced in risk management and processing. Has a passion for people, and is eager to grow and develop skills in another customer service related role.
Education should be separated from experience
While this is not a hard rule, it is generally a good idea to put clear markers in the different section of a resume. Most employers will distinguish between education and hands on experience, so creating a heading with these distinctions makes your resume more open to them. If you want to personalize and optimize your resume, then look to QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. It can fast track you to landing interviews with employers you desire.