REAL-LIFE work EXPERIENCE and resume EXAMPLES FOR LANDING A GREAT JOB IN DATA ANALYTICS WITHOUT A MASTERS DEGREE
Keywords: actuary, actuarial analyst, property and casualty, general liability, insurance, advanced Excel, probability and statistics, financial mathematics, SOA, CAS
After working in a couple of Decision Support Analyst roles, I decided I wanted to try to pass some actuary exams for the sake of career advancement and learning something new.
I want to point out that I had no actuarial experience, and I hadn't even sat for my second exam when I sent out the first resume. I had more than one year of experience as a data analyst with SQL and Excel reporting.
I passed SOA Exam P/1 (Probability) on my first sitting with a 6 and started applying for jobs while studying for SOA Exam FM/2 (Financial Mathematics). I failed FM/2 with a 5 in June 2012, and had to sit for it again in August. I passed with a 6.
I used the first resume (PDF) to get interviews at both AIG and a very large P&C Consulting Firm with only one exam and little analyst experience. I was offered the AIG position and declined. I was offered the P&C Consulting Firm position and accepted.
The second resume posted below is an updated resume of my experience at the time I was offered the P&C Consulting Firm position, a few months after I originally applied.
Entry Level Actuarial Analyst Resume (no actuarial experience) - 1+ yrs. data analyst experience + 1 exam passed
Entry Level Actuarial Analyst Resume (no actuarial experience) - 2 yrs. data analyst experience + 2 exams passed