Actuarial Jobs For Dummies: Part Duex
August 31, 2009 10:17 AM   Subscribe

Follow up to this question from last year. She has now passed both P and FM! However, she has not been able to get her foot in the door for an interview anywhere, be it phone or in-person. She constantly applies for jobs at actuarial firms and insurance companies, but always gets rejected.

She also has two recruiters, one being D.W. Simpson, however neither has provided a single lead on a job. Maybe it's the bad economy, maybe its something else.

Little more details from last year's post:
1. Currently studying for part one of M
2. Passed the VEE's in college
3. 3.6 GPA
4. Always been a smart and bright individual, always considered one of the smartest people at the couple of non-actuary jobs she has held
5. Has been applying for both full-time and interships; interships always are looking for college students.

Since she has two tests under her belt, is there anything else that she could do? Any out of the box thinking that could help?

Thanks for the help,
posted by dyno04 to Work & Money (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Merely being smart won't get anyone an interview. Especially in this economy. Networking is the name of the game.

Appearance and comportment count for a lot too, even if we're not willing to admit it.
posted by dfriedman at 10:34 AM on August 31, 2009 [1 favorite]

I got my current job because I met all of the qualifications, but more importantly, one of the board members making the decision was a longtime friend of the family. I applied for about 80 other jobs that I fully qualified for and didn't even get an interview.

dfriedman has it. She not only needs connections to people that make the decisions to hire, she needs to convince those people that she is the top candidate for the job. Sorry, I wish there was an easier way.
posted by futureisunwritten at 11:25 AM on August 31, 2009

The same thing happened to a brilliant and highly-qualified friend of mine, before the current economic situation. He had nothing positive to say about his recruiter.

Having observed the lengthy interview and selection process for actuaries, I conclude the best thing is to network with peers and mentors, ask for informational interviews with as many professionals as you can find, and amuse oneself with some interview math while you wait for your job to find you.
posted by Sallyfur at 2:13 AM on September 5, 2009

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