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Forum: Careers - Employment 12-03-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,142
Posted By Kalium
No. Provided you understand that salary is based...

No. Provided you understand that salary is based on a combination of both factors - so if you have a lot of exams but little experience you won't necessarily be paid as much as others who have the...
Forum: Careers - Employment 11-28-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,142
Posted By Kalium
This. You have to look at the whole package:...

This. You have to look at the whole package: salary + benefits + exam support, and compare it with what you could get elsewhere. If there is no local competition, they can probably get away with...
Forum: Careers - Employment 11-26-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By Kalium
You don't say how many applications you have...

You don't say how many applications you have made; 3 interviews from say 12 applications is ok, 3 from 100 not so good. But the fact that you are getting some interviews suggests your...
Forum: Resume & Cover Letter Advice Forum 11-21-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Posted By Kalium
Clearly people don't read the feedback given to...

Clearly people don't read the feedback given to others posting resumes here. :shake2:

For the second time in 24 hours, there is no point in making your resume anonymous if you are going to leave...
Forum: Resume & Cover Letter Advice Forum 11-21-2018, 05:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By Kalium
I've said this a few times recently: someone who...

I've said this a few times recently: someone who is really proficient in Office wouldn't leave their name in the document properties if wanting to remain anonymous. (If the latter is true, have...
Forum: Resume & Cover Letter Advice Forum 11-20-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 200
Posted By Kalium
On your specific question, perhaps say something...

On your specific question, perhaps say something like "Familiarity with MG-Alfa as a user". For a company using that software it will be a plus, and you don't lose anything with those that don't.
...
Forum: Careers - Employment 11-14-2018, 08:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,812
Posted By Kalium
You said last year that you were in your...

You said last year that you were in your thirties. What have you been doing since college? Has it been in jobs that might make employers think twice about whether you are suitable for an actuarial...
Forum: General Actuarial 11-13-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 180,620
Posted By Kalium
It really should be possible to sit down now and...

It really should be possible to sit down now and agree a common position on more elements of a ideal joint syllabus for earlier exams. No other country offering actuarial education finds it a...
Forum: Careers - Employment 11-10-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,577
Posted By Kalium
For a huge company, picking someone at random...

For a huge company, picking someone at random will be less effective. Try to narrow it down to someone you are fairly confident works in the area where the vacancy is. Or where you can see from...
Forum: Resume & Cover Letter Advice Forum 11-09-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 425
Posted By Kalium
vjvj has given a lot of good advice. I'll just...

vjvj has given a lot of good advice. I'll just add a couple of points.

If you really want to be anonymous (which isn't essential, but it looks like you want to be) then:
- don't leave your name...
Forum: General Actuarial 11-07-2018, 01:01 PM
Replies: 524
Views: 56,663
Posted By Kalium
:iatp: Ditto. I thought she worked in...

:iatp:

Ditto. I thought she worked in pensions, so could understand there might be issues around ACOPA/CCA or ASOP4 etc. But then on the asbcoqsunshine website I read that she also asked NAIC to...
Forum: General Actuarial 11-02-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 180,620
Posted By Kalium
Well one way around it might be for NAIC to...

Well one way around it might be for NAIC to insist on a Fellowship qualification going forward, with perhaps some grandfathering for existing Associates either indefinitely or for a limited period.
...
Forum: Careers - Employment 10-22-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,832
Posted By Kalium
Depends on: your relationship with your employer;...

Depends on: your relationship with your employer; whether they have a specific need for FCAS in your home country (and if there are alternative candidates); whether you have specialist skills that...
Forum: Careers - Employment 10-17-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,439
Posted By Kalium
If there were a number of layoffs, either in your...

If there were a number of layoffs, either in your division or across the whole company, you should have no issues - and potentially some advantages over candidates with similar experience. Other...
Forum: Software & Technology 10-15-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By Kalium
You don't need to do either of these. Just plot...

You don't need to do either of these. Just plot longitude on the x-axis, latitude on the y-axis (both with a simple linear adjustment), with the data point as the written premium. To get different...
Forum: Software & Technology 10-14-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By Kalium
For a one-off application, you can do it in...

For a one-off application, you can do it in Excel. Insert a map picture, that just covers your whole area, as a picture background to a chart. You then need some location data (say...
Forum: Careers - Employment 10-14-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,553
Posted By Kalium
It is fine to self-fund a few exams if when...

It is fine to self-fund a few exams if when looking for a first job, or when let go in a cut back to demonstrate continuing commitment, or if your employer only funds a few attempts for each exam.
...
Forum: General Actuarial 10-09-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 180,620
Posted By Kalium
Another possible risk to CAS if the merger...

Another possible risk to CAS if the merger doesn't go through is that at some point the early exams diverge between SOA and CAS. Then unless college students already know they want to specialise in...
Forum: General Actuarial 10-03-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 180,620
Posted By Kalium
This whole discussion reminds me of the Institute...

This whole discussion reminds me of the Institute and Faculty merger in the UK around 10(?) years ago. Not quite the same issues, but that was also two bodies, each with a significant...
Forum: General Actuarial 10-03-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 180,620
Posted By Kalium
I can't see this happening, because if the merger...

I can't see this happening, because if the merger is rejected SoA may want to continue with it. But a promise to immediately drop it if the merger is approved (with appropriate transitional...
Forum: General Actuarial 10-02-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 180,620
Posted By Kalium
Unless you lose a legal case with damages that...

Unless you lose a legal case with damages that exceed your insurance coverage. :( When bigger is much better!

And it seems like CAS doesn't have enough volunteers to do all it would like to do,...
Forum: General Actuarial 10-02-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,847
Posted By Kalium
The two routes are sufficiently similar that I...

The two routes are sufficiently similar that I would base the decision primarily on your long-term career plans, rather than which gets you over the line first. SOA if planning to return to...
Forum: General Actuarial 10-01-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 17,639
Posted By Kalium
To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I wouldn't want to...

To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I wouldn't want to work for anyone who hired me purely on the basis of letters. :lol:

Do you really think companies do this?
Forum: General Actuarial 10-01-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 180,620
Posted By Kalium
:iatp: The profession really isn't large...

:iatp:

The profession really isn't large enough that it needs two (or three) administrative overheads. (The logical next step might be some sort of merger with the Academy, although there are...
Forum: General Actuarial 09-22-2018, 02:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,161
Posted By Kalium
When setting your hourly rates (or pricing a...

When setting your hourly rates (or pricing a fixed price job), don't forget to allow for all the time when you won't be doing client work directly: admin relating to your business (premises,...
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