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Would working for an insurance company be helpful? Does the work you're currently doing matter heavily? Let's say you're a self employed clown who just passed his fifth exam, would you hire him or the guy with plenty of insurance experience and only 3 exams?
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No randomness. It's a sticky at the top of the forum, so it won't get buried after months of inactivity.
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Would working for an insurance company be helpful? Does the work you're currently doing matter heavily? Let's say you're a self employed clown who just passed his fifth exam, would you hire him or the guy with plenty of insurance experience and only 3 exams?
Self employed doing . . . what exactly?
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Would working for an insurance company be helpful? Does the work you're currently doing matter heavily? Let's say you're a self employed clown who just passed his fifth exam, would you hire him or the guy with plenty of insurance experience and only 3 exams?
Not enough information. So much more goes into deciding to whom to offer a job.

It all depends on how you can convey this to the interviewers.


Depends a lot on what the interviewer thinks of clowns, too. Clown might have hit the jackpot interviewing at Pennywise Insurance Company.
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Not enough information. So much more goes into deciding to whom to offer a job.

It all depends on how you can convey this to the interviewers.


Depends a lot on what the interviewer thinks of clowns, too. Clown might have hit the jackpot interviewing at Pennywise Insurance Company.
What I'm largely interested in is how much of a factor is previous experience in hiring decisions. In my current situation, I'm thinking of leaving a reinsurance company to work somewhere else until I find an actuarial job, if I ever find one. I'm planning to take another exam but in the meantime I don't make a lot of money and might have to start missing some meals(or eat beans and rice) pay for exams with my current paycheck. Who knows how long it might take before I'm hired, I could be an associate by then the way things are looking.

Just feeling a little depressed right now bc I have to work for an employer that I feel hasn't been forthcoming about actuarial opportunities available to me. I don't feel as if there's any benefit in staying here and it doesn't seem as if other insurance companies think my experience is valuable either and I don't have enough exams. (3)
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OK.

The factor is 0.

What you're referring to is on the resume, so it might affect whether to bring someone in for an interview or not. IMO, both seem acceptable to bring in for an interview, but do note that this depends HEAVILY n how many resumes there are are from which to choose.

Once in the interview, you need to convince them that you are the best person available for the job opening. Your five years as a clown has given you a perspective.... vs. your three years at Pennywise Insurance Company has taught you....

You should look for a new job. As soon as you are not happy with your job, you should look for a new job.
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I generally agree with DTNF in that the "background" won't be either a definitive "GO" or "NO GO" when looking at the resume in isolation.

However, when looking at two otherwise equally strong candidates, that background may provide some information in understanding what each brings to the table.

Someone with any sort of work experience will generally look better than someone with no work experience listed (again, ceteris paribus).

And someone with "direct, relevant" experience isn't necessarily the clear choice in that some hiring managers are looking for that "additional perspective" in bringing on someone new.

So bottom line: that line of thinking won't produce anything meaningful when trying to sell yourself. Spend more time selling what you have and convince an employer that you can do what they need you to do.
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