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Have you ever wondered if you should use a recruiter for you next position? If you haven’t considered it, you should. When you do, make sure the recruiter is reputable and not one who just takes your resume and adds it to the stack they email blast out to anyone who will take it. Your recruiter should always get your approval before the send out your resume. Here are some strong reasons in favor of working with a recruiter. They don’t include the reasons that make us so different and special, because we only place actuaries. If you are one,...read more
When submitting your resume, avoiding The Big Black Hole is really difficult. The Big Black Hole (TBBH), is the place your resume goes when you respond to a position listed on one of the job posting websites. You have about the same chance of it getting fished out as you would had you stuffed it into a bottle and threw it in the ocean. How frustrating is it to address your cover letter to “To Whom It May Interest”, or whatever creative greeting you may invent? How comforting is it to get the autoresponder, “Thank you for submitting . . .”...read more
Whether writing or speaking, especially in a business environment, good communication is essential to productivity and professional success. Just like a good story, communication has to have a point; and like a good story, communication has a beginning a middle and an end. Stories start by either grabbing the reader or setting the stage for what is to come, and so should your communication. You want to make it easy for the reader to be attentive. Setting the stage means taking a moment to remember who you are speaking to and about how what...read more
The adage that what you put “out there” comes back to you is true. In this case, we are talking about the simplicity of sharing your input (totally confidentially) in our 2016 Annual Salary Survey. The more information we collect, the more valuable and complete the information we will be able to share with you about salary trends in the actuarial community. Our 2016 survey form just went live on our website. Time is limited to contribute. When you do, you earn a chance to win one of our prizes. Each year you contribute increases the number of...read more
Plato said, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Office Politics are a fact of life. While they are often thought of negatively as a power struggle, objectively, they are strategies to achieve some desired outcome. When viewed as such, it’s good to have your own strategy for dealing with them. Successful office politics rely on relationships. First, learn who the influencers are, who has the authority and the structure of the social networks that...read more
It used to be a prevailing notion that changing jobs made you seem unstable to a prospective employer. Today, however, it is more common to change jobs every few years. Life is too short to stay in a job you hate, but that also indicates that it’s time to evaluate what would make you happy. Staying stuck in a job you don’t like doesn’t help you or your employer. You may want to consider some career path counseling before you make a move. These days most people have a keen eye on advancement. If you remain in the employ of a company for...read more
So you just got your first actuarial job offer from Company A- congratulations! You are ready to accept what you think is a terrific offer, and boom – you receive a call from Company B. They are also offering you a job! Now what was going to be a day for you to relax and enjoy a little downtime before you get to work, has become a stressful day of decision making. Here are some important things to consider when deciding between two jobs – I call them the Four C’s. Compensation – What are they offering financially? The...read more
Everyone wants to know if they are earning what they are worth. Part of earning is learning, so you might be wondering if you should you go for another certification. Will it help you earn more in the future? Should you change specialties, or maybe move to another part of the country? A top notch recruiter who specializes in your industry is a great resource for these questions. We help actuaries evaluate these variables when they are considering a job change or planning their career path. Of all the professions, actuaries are among the most...read more
Who doesn’t have stress? It is a part of our daily lives, and we know that constant or excessive stress can truly endanger health. Reacting negatively while under stress can threaten our relationships, both personal and professional. There are many reasons to be stressed, and many strategies for minimizing stress in our lives. It isn’t likely that you can eliminate stress, but it’s always good to have some coping and relief strategies at hand during your work day. Here are two of our favorites. Breathe Sure, you breathe all the time, but...read more
If you haven’t done a resume recently, it’s time to brush up on the most current trends. You may have heard of Search Engine Optimization for websites, but it may not strike a chord when you think about your resume. Once you have written your basic resume, you should pump it up with keywords that align your qualifications with the positions you are seeking. If you do, computerized and human search engines are more likely to find a match in you! Here’s how to go about it. 1. Review the job posting Pay attention to the title of the position,...read more