Some of these are discussed in more detail in point 10 below.
6. What to look for in your actuarial recruitment consultant?
Service standards vary dramatically and it is important to find actuarial recruitment (actuarial recruiters) agency that you can trust. We suggest that you ask around for personal recommendations or call a few actuarial recruitment agencies up. You should quickly get a good feel for how much knowledge the consultant has, their level of experience, and whether they have your best interests at heart.
“My requirements were driven by previous bad experiences with actuarial recruitment agencies.
The number one thing was that I wanted to speak to a trustworthy recruiter – having a friend’s recommendation led to me contacting Acumen Resources.
The key reason was that last time I contacted 4 actuarial recruitment agencies, all promised not to send my CV out and yet 3 copies turned up on a friend’s desk at my current employer the next day. I didn’t want the same to happen again, particularly because any CV in a company gets widely circulated and the actuarial world is too gossipy. So number one was to speak to an actuarial recruitment consultant who would not circulate my CV without my permission.
My second requirement was to speak to someone who understood actuarial work – again last time I got frustr
ated at speaking to recruiters who clearly had absolutely no idea of the role or experience necessary.
My third requirement was a recruiter who could speak knowledgeably about the various companies and the differences between them is valuable e.g. what the difference is between a consulting role in Willis Towers Watsons and EY for example including culture, hours, what the manager is like etc. ?
My fourth requirement was an actuarial recruitment consultant with good knowledge on salaries. Some recruiters suggested I would struggle to match my current package but actually it was relatively easy to beat it.
My fifth requirement was regular feedback and follow up calls after interviews to check how they have gone. A previous actuarial recruitment agent hadn’t suggested any changes to my CV, did not really know what role I was being interviewed for, did not phone me afterwards and was no help whatsoever in negotiating package, I felt they had not added any value.”
7. Describe the special skills and experience you have that can help actuarial recruiter candidates find their dream job
Honesty. Apart from the obvious skills and experience, our whole firm has (see the preceding paragraphs), there’s nothing more valuable than honesty. A huge percentage of our business comes from personal recommendations. That speaks volumes about how we operate, and the success we’ve had in ensuring people secure their ideal role.
We also follow the old maxim “God gave us two ears and one mouth, we should use them in that proportion” – the skill of listening. We listen and understand what the person wants. Then deliver on it.
8. What are actuarial employers looking for on a CV?
Apart from the obvious relevant skills and experience, some important features are: