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Building Your Resume

Make your resume stand out!

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.