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Thread: Pleaseeee critique my resume and cover letter

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    Pleaseeee critique my resume and cover letter

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    Last edited by PrinceKohli; June 4th 2010 at 05:52 PM.

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    At some point I was told by an FSA, when I was applying for my first job, that no resume at my level should over a page long. Anything that you need to go into detail about, you will do during your interview. Also, you are only interested in pricing, UW and reserving? You wouldn't do any other actuarial work? Other than that your resume looks fairly good. You have 2 exams, good GPA, have done some work using SAS, etc. Just my first glance at it.

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    One thing I noticed, on your cover letter, first paragraph:

    "The position is a good match with my career interests and I believe that I have the necessary technical education and analytical skills to a suitable candidate for such a position."

    just grammar - "...analytical skills to BE a suitable candidate for such a position."
    I also don't know if I would use the word suitable, makes it sound like you are an average Joe. Make them think you are above average, not par.

    I don't necessarily agree with the above poster that it should only be 1 page. You have both education and experience, and if you can't make it under 1 page, then that's fine.

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    Thank you guys!! I appreciate your help!!

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    keep firing away guys. Thanks.

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    the resume is too long. keep it to 1 page. Someone told me you dont need a objective. try changing your name, i dont think they can effort to hire Tom Cruise. also google "Actuary resume" might be a good start.

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    Overall, I think your cover letter is well done. You do a good job of stating
    your strengths and providing support for them. I do have 3 quibbles:

    1. I think the first paragraph is weak, and underplays your abilities. Given
    your background, something more powerful is appropriate.

    2. In the next-to-last paragraph ("An opportunity ..."), the first sentence
    is poorly written (they call it "lack of parallelism" on the SAT).

    3. In that same paragraph, I'd eliminate most or all of the first 2 sentences.
    This is the time to reiterate what you can do for the company, not the
    other way around.

    Good luck.

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    As for your resume, I think the length and content are both appropriate.
    Just be sure that you can justify ALL of your technical proficiencies in
    an interview situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceKohli View Post
    Thank you guys!! I appreciate your help!!

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    keep firing away guys. Thanks.
    Keep your resume to 1 page only. Unless you have 10+ years of experience and have some serious responsibilities + results, don't let it go beyond a page.

    I don't think you need to say "at my own expense" regarding relocation. It sounds desperate and undermines your ability to negotiate later. Also, employers are unlikely to give you preferential treatment just because you said that.

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    Cov let & resume

    Overall both cov let and resume are appropriate. Only a few problems.

    1. Resume is too long as evry one else said try to get it on 1 page

    2. As stated b4 by Act2 weak intro para.

    3. third para is redundant as you already stated that in you resume.

    4. fourth para first line last 6 words not necessary as " challenging nad fast-paced" would imply "rapid changing ".

    5. In the same para third sentence should come out as this is not for you to decide but ur employer/supervisor.

    6 And finally the second to last para dont say at you own expense as stated by Act2

    with that said good luck to you.

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    resume

    It is probably late for you, but any others with intern experience should consider including it higher up on the resume. The top 1/2 of the 1st page may be all someone reads.

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