As a Salesperson, what exactly is in my job description?

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I will soon begin my salesperson course and afterward I will be sponsored by a local agency. My question for all the agents out there is what exactly is in my job description in NY? Will I have much freedom to go out and network and such? Or will I be the assistant of another agent? I know in the beginning I will be with them to get comfortable with the routine of things but I know you have to have a certain amoutn of hours and experince so will I alaways have to be with another agent? Thanks in advance to anyone who can help answer some of these for me!! 

Amber 

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Congratulations on just starting out! How are you liking the buisness so far? I have a meeting to speak with the broker of a local realty companty (RealtyUSA) tomrrow about my options once i've compleated my course. Do you have any suggestions on questions to ask them? 

Amber @William M.

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@William M. I'm just jumping in regarding your question regarding the P&C license. Essentially anybody can get their P&C license if they take and pass the tests for their respective states. 

Regarding work, there are numerous positions a person can get by having their P&C license; however, your friend would need to determine what type of job they want, i.e, do they want to work as a Producer/Agent for a retail captive agency like State Farm or Allstate, or do they want to work as a Producer/Agent for an independent agency that has access to multiple markets. 

Do they want to work as an underwriter, csr, etc. Numerous options, but they would need to make that determination. I'm barely scratching the surface, but just a few thoughts. Further, I don't know if they have any background in the insurance industry, but I can tell you that it's not for everybody; however, if they like that field, there is a position for whatever may interest them. 

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@William M. As with anything, it's good to learn and grow, but if they are just starting out in one area of insurance, they might want to get comfortable in that space before they add to it. Trust me, it will make their life easier, as there is SO much to know and learn in insurance, and when you throw in P&C, it's a whole 'nother beast.

I have a P&C license and could "technically" sell personal lines insurance too, but guess what? I only sell Commercial/Business insurance. It just makes sense to get in a space and really, really know it and be comfortable with it before you expand to other areas. Being a generalist is fine, but specializing can sometimes separate you from the masses, because you get a reputation for being the specialist in that niche market, and if you are good, your reputation/referrals/business will (positively) expand because of your expertise.

Good luck to them!

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