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6 Smart Resume Writing Tips

If you haven’t done a resume recently, it’s time to brush up on the most current trends. We know many candidates who would rather attempt to write the sequel to War and Peace then to write their own resume’. We help our candidates, but we encourage them to understand what is important in presenting themselves to a prospective company. Here are some of the tips we offer our candidates to help them launch the process of representing their experience and talents on paper. 1. Start by thinking about what you want to convey to a prospective...

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How strong are you at strengths?

You can expect every job interviewer to ask you what you feel are your strengths. When you think about it, your strengths are the things you do within the scope of your position that make you stand out from others who do the same thing. It can be difficult sometimes to identify our own strengths. Most of us tend to minimize them because they are natural and easy for us, so they don’t feel special. What you may discover is that others recognize them before you do, which is why you might find that some responsibilities get delegated to you more...

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The Job Offer: Negotiating Salary

Most people find “the money” conversation difficult to address when interviewing. If you aren’t working with a recruiter, you may not even know what the salary range of the position is. If you do, you likely have no way of knowing where your experience fits into the company’s compensation scale. This is one of the many advantages of working with a reputable recruiter. There are many reasons for actuarial job seekers to work with a recruiter, but one of the most compelling is that they know the industry and all about salary and negotiation....

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Time management at work

Most of us have more To-do than day. If it seems that there simply isn’t enough time in your workday, it could be that you aren’t using yours wisely. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, yet some people accomplish so much and others barely move the productivity needle. The biggest impediments to success are procrastination and wasted time. We all give in to these productivity eaters from time to time. The best way to overcome time-wasting habits is to embrace a plan that helps you focus. Here are some ways you can harness concentration,...

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Are your salary requirements realistic?

It can be difficult to get perspective on your value in the workplace. Often candidates’ ideas of what they think they should be earning are mis-aligned with what employers are willing to pay or what the marketplace will bear. Wanting to earn more can be a reason to change jobs, but if that’s the only reason, it might mean you need to take a closer and more educated look at the marketplace, your value in it, and your value to your existing employer. Before you begin, realize that your financial needs are not justification for earning more....

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Remember when Sony Pictures got hacked?

When Sony Pictures’ email system was hacked? Actors’ salaries became public knowledge. That was when some actors discovered the discrepancies in pay scales. Fortunately, the actuarial community has real information and great tools to find out what the marketplace is paying for actuarial positions throughout the country, and for nearly every field and specialization. We at Actuarial Careers, Inc. realize how important it is to your life and your career path to compare where you are now, where you are going and what the next step should...

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A Point of Reference

If you are job hunting, you have to anticipate that at some point in the process you will be asked to supply professional and even a few personal references. These references are usually contacted by a hiring manager, human resources person, or third party as part of your background check. Our recruiters may also call your references, and can help you choose which ones you want to pass on to the hiring company. Plan to supply at least three professional references. All of them should be individuals you worked closely with, and at least one of...

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Good Questions

In our other posts we’ve talked a lot about how to prepare for an interview and how to answer specific questions about yourself, your experience or interest in the position. We don’t want you to forget about the other part of the process … asking questions. So what kind of questions should you ask of the interviewer? Many actuarial candidates think about the most obvious questions first- salary, bonus, vacation time, benefits etc. These are exactly the questions you should not ask. At Actuarial Careers, Inc., we tell our candidates to hold...

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TIP of the Week

Let Them Know You Are Interested Before you leave the interview, express you interest in the position. Make sure they know how enthusiastic you are about working with them in the future.

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Don’t Risk It – Why accurate information is important.

With today’s increased emphasis on security and identity verification, employment background checks are a common pre-hiring practice. Prospective employers often require candidates to undergo background checks as a standard policy. Employers use checks as one way to mitigate the costly risk of a bad hiring decision. Current estimates suggest that the incidences of erroneous or inaccurate applicant information are near 40 percent. Of course, errors may not be intentional. Sometimes updating or revising your resume can lead to inaccuracies, so...

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