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Old 02-12-2018, 03:22 PM
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If you aren't in NYC or a really large metro area, even really broad terms like "data analyst" shouldn't yield so many posting that a daily email alert isn't useful. "Statistics" may be a better search term that helps narrow the results down, and if you are really interested in more stats heavy analyst roles, this is likely to be in the job description, either as a required skill or preferred college major. I find indeed to be the best job search site. You'll get a lot of irrelevant results but you can at least casually scroll through and just click on the more interesting ones. Or find a recruiter to do this for you (presumably there are some non actuarial recruiters, similar to most actuarial recruiters, willing to occasionally send you job descriptions even if you aren't super actively searching).

I'm not looking and I still always have actuarial job alert emails from indeed just to know what's out there.
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Practice your elevator pitch on what an actuary is/does and why that would be relevant to the role you are pursuing. You will have to explain it almost every time.
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Why not? It's still considered the best way to get opportunities, regardless of the field of work.
Sure, it is important.

Being skilled is important as well.

The rank of the two above will be determined by the specific role.

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Sure, it is important.

Being skilled is important as well.

The rank of the two above will be determined by the specific role.

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Being skilled at what? The scope of networking skills and social skills can be broad.
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Being skilled at what? The scope of networking skills and social skills can be broad.
I understand. I'm suggesting there are positions where top notch social skills/networking skills will not get the position alone. :P For example, they most certainly won't pass actuarial exams for you.

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I understand. I'm suggesting there are positions where top notch social skills/networking skills will not get the position alone. :P For example, they most certainly won't pass actuarial exams for you.

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She said it was the best way to get opportunities, not that you didn't need other things to get hired.
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I'm pretty sure a non-actuarial financial or data job would want to pay me half of my current salary.
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I'm pretty sure a non-actuarial financial or data job would want to pay me half of my current salary.
Surely you have more confidence in your abilities in a non-credential world than that. Don't attribute all your value to the credential, that feels sad.

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She said it was the best way to get opportunities, not that you didn't need other things to get hired.
So let's be clear. We don't disagree we're just nitpicking?

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Because it's getting a job through personal connections, instead of merit. Which is obviously somewhat of a skewed perception, because if your connections know you, then they probably know about the quality of your work better than a stranger interviewing you but...
It really isn't. It's learning about an opening/getting an interview via personal connections. From the interview to the job, it's all on you and your qualifications and presentation skills. People with openings tend to appreciate having someone vouch that a candidate is really interested in the job and is not an axe murderer. But they are highly unlikely to actually HIRE you based on such a recommendation unless the recommending person is in the same field and has worked with you extensively, which is rarely the case.
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