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If you’re an actuary, and you’re applying to jobs, writing a great resume might be the most important part of the whole process. That’s why we created this guide. It ‘s full of data, tips, and best practices to help you craft the best possible actuary resume. Let’s dive in.

Methodology

The goal of this guide is to give you real data what the “must haves” of actuary resumes are.

To do that, we compiled and analyzed data from actuary resumes and 23 actuary job listings to get the data used for this our actuary resume guide. 

In addition to actuary-specific resume data, we built a database of nearly 1 million resumes and job listings, and we use a propriety machine learning model to understand the anatomy of the best resumes in general.

Quick note: using the data below can help you build a competitive resume, but it’s always important to be creative, unique, and personal to stand out.

If you want more info on our methodology, you can check it out here.

Actuary resume objective data + actuary objective examples

Pop quiz: do actuary’s really need to use an objective? 

In general, whether or not you need an objective or professional summary can depend a lot on your personal career level (check out our article on resume objectives), but this is what our analysis found for actuary’s specifically:

  • 33% of actuary’s included an objective section
  • 27% of actuary’s included a professional summary
  • 47% of actuary’s included neither an objective nor a summary

Actuary objective examples

A highly creative actuary , and a resourceful individual looking for a responsible position to gain practical experience.

A highly motivated actuary who aims to make use of their interpersonal skills to achieve goals of a company that focuses on customer satisfaction and customer experience.

Looking for an actuary role that leverages my expertise in statistical analysis, financial modeling, and problem-solving to support the development and implementation of innovative insurance products and drive profitable growth for the company.

Actively seeking an actuary role in a dynamic organization where my experience in pricing, reserving, and forecasting, as well as my ability to communicate complex concepts effectively, can contribute to the development and implementation of effective risk management strategies.

Seeking a challenging actuary position in a reputable company where my strong analytical and mathematical skills, as well as my experience in actuarial modeling and risk management, can be utilized to support strategic decision-making and drive business growth.


Skills for actuary resumes

These are the skills that occurred most frequently in in actuary resumes, which means they tend to be core competencies or highly desired skills. 

Of course, you should only list skills that you actually have, and you should prioritize skills most relevant to the job you're applying for. But these are good core skills to include on your resume.

To get more detail on building a powerful skills section, take a peek at our article on resume skills.

*Note: to find skills our machine learning model basically looks for common words, so take these with a grain of salt and use your best judgment. 

Most common actuary resume skills

Most common hard skills for actuary resumes: Oracle, data analysis, SAS, MS Excel, and attention to detail.


Most common soft skills for actuary resumes: punctual, project management, time management, listening skills, and reliable


Other good actuary resume skills

  • Microsoft Office
  • SAS
  • Project management
  • Data analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Finance
  • Business knowledge
  • Corporate governance
  • Requirements gathering
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Statistics
  • Accounting
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Financial analysis

Actuary skills section examples

Note: these examples are formatted the same here just because it’s simple, but we have more detailed formatting advice (and examples) in our guide to resume formatting.

Actuary skills example 1

Microsoft Office | management | project management | data analysis | sales | leadership | data analysis

Actuary skills example 2

SAS | communication skills | finance | customer-service skills | business knowledge | interpersonal skills | corporate governance

Actuary skills example 3

Time management | requirements gathering | patience | listening skills | statistics | customer-service skills | accounting

Work experience for actuary resumes

Your work experience section is almost always the most important part of your resume. Because it’s difficult to pull trends from this kind of section, this section is mostly just examples. 

For some advanced strategies for writing about work experience on a resume, refer to our article on building a strong work experience resume section. We also have a guide on writing a resume with no experience if you’re just starting your career.

For now, it’s good to remember that the most important experience for any actuary resume is the most relevant experience.

A couple examples for you:

Actuary work experience examples

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Actuary

The Frail Group, 2021-2022

Responsibilities

  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment, and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service

WORK EXPERIENCE

Associate Actuary

Don’t Break a Bill, 2015-2022

Responsibilities

  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Provided data support for various billing information, including data organization, and process simplification
  • Evaluated the data and provided the customer buying power analysis
  • Compile statistical data and other information for further analysis

WORK EXPERIENCE

Actuary Intern

Storm Solutions, 2007-2012

Responsibilities

  • Explain their findings and proposals to company executives, government officials, shareholders, and clients
  • Consulting for the small client pension sector
  • Prepare required government forms and notices
  • Estimate the probability and likely economic cost of an event such as death, sickness, an accident, or a natural disaster
  • Compliance testing for non-safe harbor pension plans

Education for actuary resumes

For most positions, work experience is more important than education, although it can be important for new grads or for fields in which specific classes are industry-standard. 

So it’s not a big section, but it’s still important, and often, actuary job postings list a minimum education requirement. 

Check out our blueprint for education on resumes for our full playbook on education sections.

Data from our sample of 948 actuary resumes

  • 9% actuary resumes listed an associate’s degree
  • 59% actuary resumes listed a bachelor’s degree
  • 28% actuary resumes included a masters degree
  • 1% actuary resumes mentioned a doctoral degree

Actuary resume education examples

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts

Mount St. Joseph University, 2021

Awards & Honors

  • Salutatorian
  • Salutatorian
  • Phi Beta Kappa

EDUCATION

Associate of Science

FLS International – Las Vegas, 2015

Certifications for actuary resumes

Certifications aren’t a strict requirement for every job, but there are almost always certifications you can get to boost your chances of success. 

If you want to see how to build these sections, we have a guide about certifications on resumes.

We did a little research and found certifications can help actuary’s specifically, according to CareerOneStop.

Actuary certification examples

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Management Accountant

The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business, 2021

Tax Certification

National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers, 2015

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Funds Specialist, Tax Certification, Certified Securities Operations Professional

Actuary resume action verbs

Using our database of nearly 1,000,000 publicly available resumes, we compiled an index of action verbs and cross-referenced it with our sample of 948 actuary resumes and job postings to uncover which action verbs are most commonly used by actuary’s and actuary employers.

The most common action verbs on actuary resumes are: program, process, assist, prepare, and manage.

The most common action verbs on actuary job postings are: lead, plan, review, handle, and perform.

Other action verbs for actuary resumes: 

  • Field
  • Develop
  • Design
  • Test
  • Direct
  • Create
  • Monitor
  • Track
  • Organize
  • Resolve

Full actuary resume example

Lastly, we wanted to give you a couple full actuary resume examples.. 

Please note: you can write a better resume than this. This is just a quick illustration to show you how these pieces might fit together. 

If you’d like to see “perfect” resumes, we have a showcase of resume examples.


Actuary resume example

Michael Fletcher
Actuary

2779 Valley Lane, Austin, TX


Actively seeking an actuary role in a dynamic organization where my experience in pricing, reserving, and forecasting, as well as my ability to communicate complex concepts effectively, can contribute to the development and implementation of effective risk management strategies.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Actuary

The Frail Group, 2021-2022

Responsibilities

  • Computed and reviewed benefit calculation requests for multiple clients
  • Reconciled and analyzed data for pension valuation purposes
  • Design, test, and administer insurance policies, investments, pension plans, and other business strategies to minimize risk and maximize profitability
  • Valued pension plan liabilities for both IRS funding and financial statements

Associate Actuary

Don’t Break a Bill, 2015-2022

Responsibilities

  • Implemented and tested a benefit calculation program for a company
  • Performed static and dynamic validations; Developed a platform for economic and redundant reserves calculation
  • Worked with external consultants to develop best estimate assumptions; Performed sensitivity analysis
  • Executed the process to produce forecasted financial reports

Actuary Intern

Storm Solutions, 2007-2016

Responsibilities

  • Evaluated risks and developed risk metrics using sensitivity tests and stress scenario analysis
  • Maintained documentation of model assumptions, data sources and considerations
  • Performed data analysis and long-term projections of actuarial valuations and financial reporting using Excel functions and pivot tables
  • Produce charts, tables, and reports that explain calculations and proposals

CERTIFICATIONS

Associate in the Casualty Actuarial Society

Casualty Actuarial Society, 2021

Certified Pension Consultant

American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, 2015


SKILLS

Microsoft Office | data analysis | leadership | interpersonal skills | communication skills | planning | requirements gathering


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts

Mount St. Joseph University, 2021

Associate of Science

FLS International – Las Vegas, 2015

What experts say about actuary resumes

Before we wrap it up, we want to leave you with some advice from other experts we admire.

“Better if you can talk about the results that you accomplished in your previous positions.” – Actuary Resume Tips That’ll Get You Interviews!


“Putting an objective statement at the top of your resume isn’t the best thing to do and usually that’s the first thing employers see at that objective statement, instead what you should do is you should put a career profile.” – Boost Your Actuarial Resume! (3 Tips)


“Say which exams you’ve passed.” – Best ways to make your actuarial resume stand out!

Want help with your actuary resume?

Thanks for giving our guide a read. We put a lot of love into it, so we hope you found it useful. Hopefully, this will help you craft a top-notch actuary resume. If you see anything we missed or anything that could be improved on (we know there’s always room for improvement), let us know!

Methodology

In addition to our own expertise as professional resume consultants, for every resume guide we write, we curate dozens of recent job postings and resumes to make sure all our recommendations align with current trends for each specific industry and career path. Learn more about our methodology here. 

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Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle has worked in recruiting & HR for 10 years and has taught resume writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has helped build teams at two large startups (Wyzant and, currently, Brilliant) in the last decade, which means she views hundreds of resumes per day. Michelle guides our overall resume value system, ensuring our recommendations are high-quality and effective in the current job market.

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