Follow the steps below to help build your network and get noticed in the actuarial crowd!
Step 1: Perfect your Resume
Step 2: Update your LinkedIn Profile
If you have a few sentences summarizing your experience and what you can offer in the summary section, along with a few bullets for each position you've held, you're off to a great start. There are tons of recruiters who use LinkedIn daily to find potential candidates to interview - it starts with having an all-star LinkedIn profile!
Step 3: Network!
Join Industry Groups
I recommend joining the Entry-Level Actuary group and other actuarial or insurance related groups on LinkedIn. You don't have to jump in and create a discussion - start off small by contributing where possible or liking other comments. If you decide to post in these forums, keep in mind other people are viewing your posts, so make sure to keep it professional and proofread your posts prior to posting!!
Connect with Group Members
Take a look at the profiles of those who are posting in the groups mentioned above. If you see anyone who you think you can relate to or want to know more about, connect with them! If you are connecting with someone with the intent of messaging them in the future, you may want to personalize the message slightly - maybe add that you found them through their comments on a specific post and found their advice helpful. This method of networking isn't necessarily going to lead to an immediate interview, but it will definitely help build your network - the more people you are connected with in your industry, the more posts you will see in your feed, including potential positions that might open up.
Social Media Outreach - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Seek Out and Connect with Recruiters
Prior to hitting send, review your email/message. Make sure the name is correct. A few weeks ago, I received a message through LinkedIn addressed to the wrong person. Seconds later, the same message with the name changed. That's another reason why you shouldn't use a generic copy/paste email when cold emailing!
Attend a Networking Event or Career Fair
If you live near a big city, see if there are any actuarial networking or career events. If you live in NYC, you may want to attend Actuarial Society of Greater New York's annual actuarial career fair. The Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society also host networking events. Prior to attending a networking event or career fair, make sure to perfect your elevator pitch and have a few insurance related topics ready to discuss.