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How to Become a Nationwide Insurance Agent

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Nationwide Insurance is a large company that offers many insurance policies such as medical, life and dental, as well as financial products like retirement plans, or other types of insurance such as auto and homeowner policies. Located throughout the country, this company has many work locations to choose from if you are hired for a position. However, to become an insurance agent with Nationwide, you will need to meet its criteria, such as having a license to sell.

Take the required course work in your state to obtain an insurance agent license. Many insurance agencies offer the classes that are required, as do community colleges. Hours needed to complete the course work vary by state. Classes require a fee, which also varies by state. You can ask a local insurance company about the required classes and where you can take them, or contact your state's Department of Insurance. Find the Department of Insurance for your state online, or contact your State Department for the phone number.

Take the insurance agent exam required in your state. Seek out assistance in signing up for the exam from the location where you took your classes. There is a fee for the exam, which varies by state.

Obtain notification that you passed the exam.

Go to a Nationwide Insurance agency and apply for a position if you want to work for an established agency somewhere in the country. This is best for new agents, and allows you to get a feel for the job before considering starting your own Nationwide agency. There is a job search page that lists positions available all over the country. Follow the provided link to access the job search page. Locate the position you are interested in and click on it to find out more about the qualifications for the job. There is an "Apply" button at the bottom of the job description page that will take you to an online application.

Submit your resume to Nationwide Insurance if you would like to set up your own agency. Nationwide has programs that will assist you in starting your own branch if you prefer to work for yourself. There are various levels that offer financial assistance, business training, the opportunity to gain needed experience and time to build a client list before undertaking the responsibility of owning and running your own agency. The program that you need will depend on your capital, experience and need for additional clients. As a result, the more experience and clients you already have, the less time it will take to achieve the goal of owning your own agency. There is also a program that allows you to buy out an existing agency, so you don't have to build a clientele. The provided link will take you to the resume submission page.


Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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