Here are the questions to ask to make sure your submission is at the top of the underwriter's pack. (Photo: areebarbar/Shutterstock) Here are the questions to ask to make sure your submission is at the top of the underwriter’s pack. (Photo: areebarbar/Shutterstock)

A production underwriter must develop a number of skills to be successful. These include strong interpersonal, organizational and technical skills, as well as the wherewithal to tackle complex risks. And yet, even after they have all of these pieces in place, underwriters still have another key skill to learn: How to prioritize which submissions to review first.

Ideally, underwriters would be able to look at every submission we receive. Underwriters receive hundreds of submissions each month, which means fully vetting every opportunity that hits our desks is not always feasible. That is why understanding what makes a standout submission is essential not only for underwriters but also for the brokers seeking to place business.

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