We talked to employers of actuaries about what they look for when they review the resumes of job candidates. Here are the top tips we got from those conversations.
- Highlight internships with insurance or actuarial firms.
- List other past work experience and relate it to actuarial work as appropriate.
- Keep it short—one or two pages at the most.
- While most resumes are now sent electronically, if you print your resume for distribution at a career fair or similar event, try using off-white, beige, or gray paper to separate your resume from others in the stack.
- Be 100% sure that your resume is free of typos and misspellings.
- Provide a summary of communication and organizational skills, and jobs that demonstrate your leadership abilities.
- List campus activities like actuarial clubs, honors societies or fraternities, university sports, and any other clubs where you took on a responsible role.
- Include your military background.
- Highlight your computer skills that will be used in actuarial work, such as SQL.