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Title: Meet the Firms Tips


1
Meet the Firms Tips
  • Actuarial Science Club
  • Fall 2009

2
Meet the Firms
  • Date Thursday, September 24th
  • Time 600 900 pm
  • Location Illini Union Ballroom A,B,C

3
Why Go?
  • For students of all grades interested in pursuing
    a career as an actuary
  • Learn about companies/ potential employers
  • Learn more about the company in detail
  • Learn about the career as an actuary
  • Make an impression
  • One-on-one contact
  • If your resume doesnt stand out
  • For On-Campus Interviewing or Recruitment
    Conference

4
Before Meet the Firms
  • Research Preparation
  • Resume Preparation
  • 30-second Introduction
  • Develop Questions
  • Dress Code

5
Research Preparation
  • Research Booklet
  • Highlight companies of interest
  • Browse their websites
  • Research background (i.g websites)
  • Prioritize companies
  • Need to target
  • Limited amt of time

6
Prepare resumes
  • Make sure resumes are perfect career center,
    peer-review, club officers
  • Make sure to submit it on I-Link
  • Tailor resumes to intended position
  • Make sure its relevant to the position your are
    looking for
  • Print resumes on resume paper
  • Print at least 25 copies
  • Bring professional portfolio
  • Know your resume!

7
30-Second Introduction
  • Spark conversation
  • Direct and brief
  • Example
  • Hello. My name is _name__ and Im a _year_ in
    _major_ with a minor in _minor. I am interested
    in your full time/internship/shadow position in
    the _field_ department this _time_ at the
    _location_ office.

8
Develop Questions
  • Ask a short question after introduction
  • Questions need to be thoughtful
  • YES
  • What is the companys employment rate of
    retention?
  • What activities does your company have to
    encourage comradery?
  • What kind of mentor/study program does your
    company to help employees adjust?
  • What made you choose this company?
  • Why did you choose to be an Life/PC/consulting
    actuary?
  • NO
  • What is your starting salary? too shallow
  • What is your current salary? too intrusive
  • Whats up? too casual
  • What goals does your company have for the next
    ten years and beyond? too much
  • Is your company offering consulting positions
    (when the company is an insurance company)? too
    unprepared

9
Dress Code
  • Business Casual/Professional
  • Guys
  • Black or dark-colored suit and matching dress
    pants/slacks
  • Conservative colored shirt
  • Conservative tie and belt
  • Black or dark-colored dress shoes (belt match
    shoe color)
  • Press suits, iron shirts, and polish shoes
  • No earrings or tattoos showing
  • Shave facial hair or neatly trim

10
Dress Code
  • Business Professional
  • Girls
  • Matching suit (skirt or pants)
  • Pantyhose if wearing a skirt
  • Length of skirt at knees
  • Heels (no open toes)
  • Avoid excessive
  • Make-up
  • Jewelry (maximum of 3 pieces)
  • No tattoos, cleavage, or irregular piercings
    showing
  • AVOID too tight, too loose, or too colorful
  • Neat hair (tied or loose)

11
During the Meet the Firms
  • Arrive early
  • Be first impression of the day
  • Less crowded more focus on you
  • Scope
  • Practice
  • Introduce
  • Have manners freebies, gum, etc.
  • Question
  • Say thank you
  • Ask for contact information

12
After Meet the Firms
  • Apply/sign up on I-Link for interviews
  • Apply on respective websites
  • Follow-up
  • Thank-you emails (within 24 hours)
  • Brief yet mention specifics
  • Optional
  • Attend upcoming presentations and workshops by
    prospective companies
  • Face recognition

13
REMEMBER!
  • Rest up
  • Smile, Smile, Smile
  • Eye contact
  • Firm handshake (wedge to wedge)
  • Show interest
  • Be confident
  • Be honest
  • Be yourself

14
Announcements
  • CNA Resume Interview Tips
  • TOMORROW _at_ 1320 DCL - 600 pm
  • Meet the Firms/Resume/Interview Tips
  • Sep. 14th and 15th at the Union Courtyard café
  • 700 900 pm
  • Submit Resumes on I-Link
  • Meet the Firms
  • September 24th _at_ Illini Union A,B,C 600 pm
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