Allstate Insurance plans to expand in Florida, adding nearly 50 new agency offices including roughly a dozen in the Tampa Bay region.
The company has scheduled an informational session on April 21 in St. Petersburg for those interested in becoming a local Allstate agent or applying for additional new administrative positions.
"The larger number of jobs will be support staff," says Justin Herndon of Allstate
. "With every new agency that opens, we require each office to have three licensed staff in addition to the agent themselves, so each new office that opens creates an additional three new jobs in the Tampa Bay area."
Potential agents, Herndon says, should come prepared to the informational session. "I encourage people who are interested in being an agent, contact us before attending the session to ask questions, and make sure this is something they are definitely interested in," Herndon says. "An insurance background isn't necessary, but sales training or experience is helpful as this is a sales-driven job."
Herndon says that for potential agents this is a great time to think about investing in your own business.
"We are at the turning point where we had the down economy, now is the time to expand for future growth," Herndon says. "While our competitors are not expanding, we are expanding 10 percent of our agency workforce, which is pretty significant. "
The April 21 informational session will be at Allstate's Florida regional office, 780 Carillon Parkway in St. Petersburg,
from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Justin Herndon, Allstate Insurance