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Old 07-22-2017, 09:29 AM
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Congratulations, Gasparin! Perseverance and the willingness and ability to improve are keys to success.
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Come on JMO, not every corporate person is a heartless calculating opportunist.
I didn't say not to mention these things. Just not on the resume. Put it in the cover letter (like OP) or present your case in the interview if you think it is appropriate.
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OP, congrats man! You're a strong, determined person. I wish you all the best!


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A few months ago, I went through a battery of neuropsychological tests and was diagnosed with autism, along with major deficits in visual memory and in the ability to ignore irrelevant information. I then came across information about programs to help autistic adults find employment. I began sending cover letters to companies that really appealed to me, mentioning my struggles, my diagnosis, and my respect for their organizations.

After a few weeks, one of those companies responded. The head of HR had called the manager of their SF actuarial office telling her that he knew that she didn't have any open positions or internships, but that my cover letter was the best he had ever read and that he wanted to see if there was any arrangement that they could make to give me an opportunity. They ended up communicating with the company's main actuarial office and decided to create a shared pseudo-internship (only students can be interns there) for me, which would be based in the SF office for 12 weeks. The first 6 weeks would be dedicated to working on SF projects and the second 6 weeks to remotely working on projects for the main office.

Needless to say, I accepted. Today, I finished my first week! I'm working to take full advantage of this unbelievable opportunity.
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A few months ago, I went through a battery of neuropsychological tests and was diagnosed with autism, along with major deficits in visual memory and in the ability to ignore irrelevant information. I then came across information about programs to help autistic adults find employment. I began sending cover letters to companies that really appealed to me, mentioning my struggles, my diagnosis, and my respect for their organizations.

After a few weeks, one of those companies responded. The head of HR had called the manager of their SF actuarial office telling her that he knew that she didn't have any open positions or internships, but that my cover letter was the best he had ever read and that he wanted to see if there was any arrangement that they could make to give me an opportunity. They ended up communicating with the company's main actuarial office and decided to create a shared pseudo-internship (only students can be interns there) for me, which would be based in the SF office for 12 weeks. The first 6 weeks would be dedicated to working on SF projects and the second 6 weeks to remotely working on projects for the main office.

Needless to say, I accepted. Today, I finished my first week! I'm working to take full advantage of this unbelievable opportunity.
Congratulations! Perseverance and hard work pays off!
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Congrats! I'm also in the Bay Area, and I am unemployed at the moment for personal reasons as well (although I don't have autism) and trying to get back into the field after some time off. This gives me hope and lets me know that maybe I should be more brutally honest with my cover letters.
Thank you. I'm glad that you feel more hopeful. My "strategy" ended up paying off and bringing me closer to having a stable job and career. But my "strategy" was really just writing sincerely about what makes me a unique candidate and why I have a personal desire to work for their individual firm. Those specifics clicked for someone at one of those few firms where I really wanted to work. On the one hand, anyone can write honestly. On the other hand, it’s hard to give honest reasons for wanting to work at a large number of specific firms. I can’t vouch for what will be the best strategy for anyone else. I only know that my cover letter worked for me in this instance.

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Thank you to everyone for your positive feedback. I've already made some really great connections and am learning more and more every day. I'm even going to get to go on a company actuarial conference and I may be able to visit the main office for a few days. For a three month contract, I'm getting some exceptional opportunities to develop and prove myself. I'm incredibly grateful and I hope every one of you who is looking for work finds an opportunity just like mine.
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OP I had not been following this thread. I'm drunk and I read this and it makes me genuinely happy. Glad to know that someone made it through the employment process by being true to themself.

U R My hero.

Sincerely, semi sorta not really experienced semi sort of tipsy actuary person.

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