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How to write a resume for a project management position

by ceojem 10/01/2017 0 comments

Writing your CV as a Project Manager can be almost as complex as the projects you manage. With a role that involves the coordination of many people and activities, it can be tricky to squeeze of all your knowledge and experience into 2 pages.

Although every project managers’ CV will be unique to them, there are certain skills that all project managers need to include if they want to get shortlisted for interviews.

From scheduling and cost control to leadership and risk management, check out CV writing service StandOut CV’s infographic showing the 7 most essential project management CV skills.

Project manager CV writing

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10 New Year’s Resolutions to Supercharge Your Career

by ceojem 04/01/2017 0 comments

January is the perfect time to give your professional life a boost and set career goals for the coming year. Here are 10 of the best career resolutions to make, along with a few actionable tips on how to achieve them:

1. Perform an annual career checkup

Before you can set any career resolutions, the first step is to give your past year a detailed review. Use this time to assess whether you want to grow in your current role or hunt for a new one. If you’re thinking of using your talents elsewhere, these questions will help you assess what is working and what to look for in your next company. Here are some good questions to ask:

  • What is my proudest professional accomplishment from the past year?
  • Did I receive the support and resources needed to effectively do my job in 2016? What could help me hit my goals?
  • Have I learned something new from my manager? Is there a team within the organization where I would feel more supported and/or challenged?
  • Are there any new skills I acquired this year? Does my resume need an update?
  • Is this a positive and motivating environment? Do I enjoy the dynamics and office politics?
  • Am I excited about coming to work each day? Do I feel fulfilled in this role?
  • What is the most important constructive feedback I received this year? How can I carry that with me into 2017 and improve?

 2. Give your online profile a makeover

In 2017, the first thing a potential client, employer or collaborator will do is type your name into Google. Do a quick check and see what pages come up in search results. Then if you can, go in and fix up those links. Here are a few things to check:

  • Photos – For everywhere that a profile photo shows, such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, make sure you have a bright photo that actually looks like you. No pets, partners or costumes should be in this photo. Keep it simple, clean and professional.
  • Accomplishments – For anywhere a bio or resume is listed, add one or two key accomplishments from 2016. Did you run a major campaign, increase profitability of the business by XX percent or speak at a known conference? Freshen up your brag bullets.
  • Personal site – Consider putting together a personal site to showcase your work that will come up high in search results. Weebly, Squarespace and WordPress all have easy to use, affordable (and often free!) templates to quickly build a portfolio.

3. Build your professional network

70% of jobs come through networking. If the idea of going to boring industry events night after night sounds draining, here’s a few fresh ways to build your professional network in 2017:

  • Ask colleagues from other departments to lunch. Take the time to learn more about their backgrounds, goals and hobbies.
  • Host a networking brunch. Invite professional contacts to each bring one guest. You will meet new people and also be remembered as a connector.
  • Remember to strengthen your existing relationships in addition to meeting new people! Dig up old contacts you met once or twice and reach out to grab happy hour cocktails.
  • Try Shapr, a free networking app that introduces you to nearby professionals with common interests. Skip events and awkward icebreakers and just head straight to coffee for meaningful conversations.

4. Learn new skills

Sharpen your professional skills and learn a few shortcuts for getting faster and better at your job. Here are a few options:

  • Let your supervisor know you’d like to get better a specific skill and be proactive in asking for advice. A good manager will help map out a plan such as mentoring you on a related project or giving you opportunities to learn that skill on the job.
  • Take an evening class. Some companies offer tuition reimbursement for professional development – explore if your company offers this policy.
  • Browse Coursera for a free online course or use your lunch break to check out YouTube tutorials.

5. Become an expert in your field

Get informed about the industry mavens, trends and changes within your field using these steps:

  • Identify the top blogs in your industry and subscribe to those newsletters.
  • Get a Twitter account and follow industry leaders. Be active in retweeting and sending out your own tweets sharing industry news.
  • Volunteer to speak a conference. One of the best ways to absorb a subject is by preparing to teach others! See if there is a local event where you may be able to discuss some aspect of your industry and learn from others.

6. Volunteer to lead a big project

Ask for more responsibility on a project that will help you grow and look great on your resume. If there are no current projects available, come up with a new idea to boldly present at your weekly staff meeting.

7. Get better at receiving constructive feedback

It’s incredibly valuable to get better at accepting and learning from critiques. This year, take these steps to grow from your reviews:

  • Take a breath. If you find yourself getting anxious or worked up, write down all feedback during reviews, take a walk and then read through the feedback with fresh eyes.
  • Say thank you. Offer your appreciation for people taking the time to help you improve.
  • Schedule a follow up. Once you have processed the feedback, try to make adjustments or come up with solutions. Then offer a time to present your ideas and get clarity that you’re moving in the right direction.

8. Organize your files and desk

Clear the clutter. See if you can feng shui your coffee cups, pens, books and papers. Once your physical space is in good shape, do a cleanup of your digital files. Sort through your documents and get rid of those that are no longer needed. Then create a clean archive so you can easily find any files for reference in the New Year.

9. Be more productive

Make 2017 the year you work fewer hours and get more done. Here are a few tips for staying focused:

  • Take Facebook off your phone or at least turn off notifications. Unless you run your company’s social media, you can wait a few hours to see photos from the weekend.
  • Use a project management tool like Redbooth to organize and prioritize your tasks. Track due dates and visit this check list every morning to make sure you’re focused on the high priority projects.
  • Instead of 20 minutes trying to fumble in the break room, start bringing your coffee to work. Pre caffeinate on the way and be ready to start when you sit down at your desk.

10. Improve your work-life balance

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. A terrific resolution is to get better at leaving work when you leave the office. Here’s some ideas:

  • Take work email off your phone so you’re not tempted to respond to emails in the evenings.
  • Plan a real vacation. Just ask for the time off and book a plane ticket.
  • Find a hobby that helps you unplug. Join a book club, sign up for guitar classes or become a regular at a gym.
  • Schedule more quality time the people and pets that matter! Take your pooch to a dog park, work on an art project with your kid or share cooking duties with your partner a few times a week.

By Mandy Menaker is the Head of PR and Brand Development at Shapr, a networking app for meeting inspiring professionals near you. When not writing about networking, fitness, and travel (three very awesome things) she can be found cycling through Manhattan with her 6 lb Maltipoo catching a ride. Connect with her @mandymenaker on Twitter or visit http://mandymenaker.com.

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CV Template

by ceojem 16/12/2016 0 comments

Getting your CV ready is an important aspect to enable you apply for a job. CV’s are usually personal, and, it’s important that the format and  layout meet certain expectations in other to be a lot more effective when applying for a job. Considering that employers often have many CVs to view for a lot of the jobs, it will be helpful that yours is clear and easy to read. Our CV template can enable you achieve that, why you also have much freedom to express yourself while writing your CV

Free CV template from Skillsrecruitment

Help employers to find you faster by uploading your CV with skillsrecruitment. This is a faster way for employers and recruiters to find you without you even applying for a role.  Employers post jobs with Skillsrecruitment.co.uk regularly when they have a role to recruit for. Besides this, employers can also choose to find CVs of suitable candidates who have registered their CV with Skillsrecruitment without advertising the job role, hence, an employer can find the right candidate for the job before anyone ever gets the opportunity to apply for such role.

Download CV-template  Click to download

Using our CV Template

Our free CV template is simple to use and easy to understand. Here are some helpful tips so you can create a job winning CV to apply for that role you love.

  1. Fill in all your own details. Doing this will help employers assess your suitability for a job based on your skills, your work experience within the sector or base on other factors. Also  your CV is no doubt assigned a relevancy score so include everything that is applicable to keep your score as high as possible.
  2. Ensure your dates are accurate. Make sure the dates of your former and current jobs are lined up with the related job title in your employment history section.
  3. Include skills information. Make sure to describe all of your skills in the experience sections for each job you listed. Also add skills used as well as those gained. Skills listed outside the experience sections often have fewer relevancy score with potential employers.
  4. Two jobs role with one employer. For individuals who have changed roles within an organisation, it is better to list these roles as two or more individual job roles. List each job title with its corresponding start and end date.
  5. File naming. In saving your CV, it is preferred to name it by profession or job description rather than a generic ‘Charles David CV’ which have less importance to a potential employer or recruiter. It’s rather preferred you name your CV as ”, ‘Account Manager’ or ‘Software Engineer’ etc.

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7 Facts Recruiters Look for in Your CV

by ceojem 14/12/2016 0 comments

Most business decisions are based on hard cold facts, and hiring decisions are no different. If an organisation is going to invest time and money into employing you; they will need to see evidence that you can perform.

By now we all know that clichés and buzzwords do nothing to impress recruiters, but many candidates still do not fully understand which facts are sought in a CV. When writing your role descriptions in particular; you should put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes and think about the evidence you would require to make an informed hiring decision. Including the following details in your CV’s role descriptions will provide clarity to recruiters and support the case for interviewing and eventually hiring you.

1. Your position in the hierarchy

If a hiring manager is going to bring you on board, then it’s crucial for them to understand where they can place you within their team. Whether you are sitting at the top of the pile and overseeing largescale operations; leading a small team or working independently with nobody under your management; you need to make your position clear. Be sure to describe who you report to, whether you manage anybody and which people are dependent on you.

2. Who you interact with

Human interaction plays a vital role in the running of any organisation, so hiring managers will need to be satisfied that you are comfortable dealing with people. Most jobs will require you to interact with a wide range of individuals, so your CV should demonstrate you are capable of this. Show exactly who you interact with from customers and suppliers to management and external regulators; to prove your business-social abilities. Evidence that you can build strong working relationships, and use them to create beneficial outcomes for your employers.

3. Technology expertise

Technology is used in every line of work; from computer based tools like programming languages and accountancy software, through to hardware such as production machinery and vehicles. Most roles will require some working knowledge of one or more tools, so employers will be keen to understand your ability to use their core systems and hardware. So whether you’re an expert coder or a sports car technician, it’s essential to detail the tools you are able to use and how you apply them within your roles.

4. Work Produced

The work that you produce will vary greatly depending on your industry.  It could be anything from Excel reports or website pages, to physical products like mobile phones or even buildings. Whatever tangible work you produce within your own roles, include it within your CV and be clear on the volumes you have produced, quality of the work, and how valuable they are to your customers or internal dependents.

5. What your employer actually does

This may seem obvious, but a surprisingly few candidates include a sufficient explanation of their employers. Before you delve into the specifics of your roles, it’s important that the recruiter understands who you work for and what they do. Without building context around your role, it will be difficult for readers to fully understand your work. However the level of detail you need to include will vary depending on the organisation.

If you work for relatively small business, it’s less likely that recruiters will have heard of them; so you will need to provide a full explanation of the services they offer and markets they operate in. However if you work for a household brand then you will need to place more focus on describing the department you work in, and how it’s function contributes to the success of the wider business.

6. The objective of your roles

The most important aspect that recruiters will want to know about your previous jobs, is what were you hired to do? It’s all well and good writing a detailed list of your daily activities, meetings and presentations; but without outlining the high level purpose of your role, nobody will understand what all your hard work was for. Every role should start with a clear objective statement so that readers can comprehend the bigger picture of your duties.

7. Numbers

Recruiters will look for numbers in your CV as a means of quantifying your value to an employer. Figures can provide strong evidence of the return on investment that an employer can expect after hiring you. For example, if you can provide some statistics around revenue that you’ve generated for a firm, or the value of a project you have supported, they are a great way to demonstrate your value. But the figures do not always have to be monetary; you can include figures such as; percentages of targets achieved or time taken to deliver a piece of work.

By including some of the facts above in your own CV role descriptions, you will prove your worth to recruiters and greatly increase your chances of landing job interviews.

About the author: Andrew Fennell is an experienced recruiter and founder of CV writing service StandOut CV.

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5 Tips For Working On A Group Project At Work

by ceojem 08/12/2016 0 comments

Group projects are and have always been, a part of work for most organizations. For some, they may be an irregular feature. For others, they are a day-to-day part of the job. And in today’s workplace, the complex dynamics of successfully integrating the skills needed demands even more group projects. Therefore, for career success, understanding how to be a successful part of a group project is critical. It’s also important for job seekers to understand how to effectively present their group or team accomplishments during an interview or on a resume.

#1 – Knowledge of Group Stages

The success of almost every group project begins, not just with understanding the assignment, but understanding the dynamics of any group or team project. The classic model of group stages, originally formulated by Bruce Tuckman, is something that anyone assigned to be part of a group project must understand. It is almost guaranteed that a successful group will advance through all the stages: forming, storming, norming, and performing. If a group is not successful, it might have been doomed by mistakes at one of the early stages of the process.

Briefly, at the “forming” stage, expectations should be clarified, and leadership needs to provide directions. Members of the group need an opportunity to become familiar with both the project and each other. The “storming” stage is perhaps the most important to understand. For some groups, it may last only a few minutes; for others, it may end only with the failure of the project. But it’s normal as the group struggles to clarify responsibilities, perhaps leadership roles, or dealing with the frustrations of slow progress. At the “norming” stage, members of the group more clearly determine their roles and protocols for success. At the final stage, “performing,” the primary work of the group is the focus – and the work simply gets done.

#2 – The Dynamics of the Group Stages

Understanding the real dynamics of the group stages can be extremely powerful. It’s not just knowing the stages. It’s recognizing some key dynamics. The first is that there’s no set time frame for each stage.  A group may progress rapidly through the stages or get stalled at any stage. A group composed of members with a lot of experience – and success – may move very quickly through the early stages. A second key dynamic is that a change in the group’s composition, e.g., a major change in the project or a new member of the group, may spark multiple cycles for the stages. A third important dynamic is the value of training. It’s a perfect situation where experiential learning, “gamification,” can increase the skills of group members.

#3 – Leadership

It’s part of the stages, but leadership is so important that understanding its role in the success of a group project is critical. Group projects may have a clearly designated leader, or there may be an explicit or implicit assumption that the group will be self-directing. If you are placed in a leadership role on a project, you must understand that additional responsibility, including the possibility that some in the group may not like your leadership style. On the flip side, you may not like the leadership style if you’re not the leader. But you cannot let that interfere with your performance in helping your group achieve success on the project. As the group begins work, in that forming stage noted above, it is very helpful to clarify leadership concerns and expectations. Understanding the dynamics of different leadership styles is critical.

#4 – Strengths

Awareness of the value of focusing on strengths has increased over the last several years, with much credit due to Gallup, Marcus Buckingham, and Martin Seligman. The awareness of strengths can guide a group into focusing on what makes each member feel those strengths as they carry out the work. It can lead to the better assignment of tasks based on strengths not necessarily skills. It can lead to addressing weaknesses more effectively because, almost naturally, teams are better prepared to address them. If a person on the team has a particular weakness, e.g., presentation skills, the team can focus on assigning presentations to the member whose presentation skills are a strength.

#5 – Interpersonal Style

Most group projects involve meetings, frequently too many with their own set of complications and inefficiencies. One guarantee: team members will have different personalities, different styles for both receiving and presenting information. A simple example would be the extroverts who are likely to speak up quickly and often versus the introverts to might spend more time listening before speaking. It only takes a few minutes for team members to share information about personal styles. This openness will clearly enhance the effectiveness of the group.

Conclusion

If there’s an overriding message for successful group projects, it’s awareness and flexibility. The awareness is the importance of focus on the goals of the group and its process. The flexibility is the willingness of the group members to adjust to the interpersonal dynamics of the group.

 

By JIM SCHREIER Jim Schreier is a management consultant with a focus on management, leadership, including performance-based hiring and interviewing skills. Visit his website at www.farcliffs.com.

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The Ultimate Guide to a Successful Interview

by ceojem 02/12/2016 0 comments

If you haven’t attended an interview for a little while, things have changed while you were away. It’s now the equivalent of going out on a blind date and expecting that gorgeous person from the ad, but finding a multi-headed hydra answering the door to you. As you’re lured into the room, you have no idea what will attempt to savage you. Today, you need to raise your whole game by going in equipped with a strategy and tooled up tactically.

What can bite you?

Things used to be so easy. “Tell me about yourself” was the work-horse question from the traditional ‘standard’ interview stable. This allowed everyone to settle down and, for the interviewee, things were very easy to handle in advance – imagine questions, practice answers, calm the nerves. Unfortunately, only about four in ten hires proved fully successful.

Competency-based interviews were born when employers began to match a candidate’s experience to the capabilities required for the role.  “Tell me about a situation / time when you …” is a characteristic question, and thankfully recognisable in an interview.

Whereas competency based questions look back, scenario questions were then designed to get candidates to project forwards into situations they’ve not yet encountered, but might do. “What would you do in a situation where …” is typical.

It was harder for candidates to rehearse for interviews, but by no means impossible so, to up the game further, strengths-based interviews were born. Questions are often shorter, sharper and can be more random. They’re designed to gain an insight into a candidate’s genuine likes and dislikes, on the grounds that they’ll perform and deliver at their strongest if they work on things they enjoy.

Next up were values-based interviews. Employers realised that candidates who actually care at a deep level about the ethics and morals surrounding their job, and see the worth, will be far more effective.

Assessment days raise the game further. A whole range of tasks, interviews and tests are used whilst candidates are pitched head to head en masse, to identify the stand-out ones. Sub-optimal candidates are quietly bayoneted during the day and buried at the end.

Sprinkle in ‘creativity’ questions, presentations, testing, off-the-cuff summaries, profiling, round-the-table intros and the best question category of all – the literally unanswerable question – “Pink is bigger than dark blue?” – and you’ve got a monster even Baron von Frankenstein couldn’t stitch together.

The armoury of the average interviewer is now well stocked but the latest research from Robert Half UK confirms that hiring times have become longer, to the detriment of everyone. Faced with such complexity, how can you be sure of doing well on the day?

Plan a strategy, execute your tactics

It’s obvious that, to be selected for the role, you need to be the stand-out candidate. Nothing new there, but just that’s an aspiration. Strategically, you need to show that whilst every interviewee is in the frame, you deliver in spades on three separate fronts: you tick all of the boxes; you’re the one bringing more to the party by way of added value and you’re demonstrably the lowest risk. Your tactics then become the specific actions you can prepare and take.

Get hard information

Ring up and ask who’ll be present and the style of interview that will be used. Knowing will strongly increase your chances of hitting the mark on the day. If other candidates aren’t as well informed, you’re set to shine.

Use all your experience

Dig deep through your wider experience to cover any odd weakness. The fact you have an interview booked means that this isn’t yet a show-stopper, but if you’re pressed on a weakness at interview and you can plug the hole, you take away an easy cause for rejection.

Re-research…

… to a much deeper level. Take in the people you’ll meet, new developments, the economic climate, competitors and the prospects for the whole sector. Develop an insight into the challenges the department or organisation faces and use that to inform your preparation.

Prepare for the style of interview

Draw up and rehearse a range of questions which link into the competencies, strengths and values required for the role. Whilst those exact questions won’t arise, recognising the style of a question, knowing a technique to deal with it and being familiar with relevant areas of your own experience will enable you perform at the very highest level.

Determine your added-value

This is very hard to do, but that’s the point and therein lies the value. The deeper the insight you gain about the organisation, the more opportunity you’ll have to show something about your background, qualifications or personality that offers a valuable bonus. Remember, better meeting the listed role or person specification is not added value, look beyond.

Demonstrate capability

Aim at being the no-risk candidate. In your preparation, don’t just find one example of a competency, strength or value, dredge up every example you can. Distil down for the best and, on the day, keep the backups in reserve so that you can seamlessly show depth, if probed.

Win before you arrive

Look at that hydra, smile confidently and know that you have the weapons to deal with it. You can’t control what comes at you, but you can control how you react to it. No one expects you to know everything, be everything and deliver utter perfection, (if they do, I suggest you don’t want to work for them), but if you’ve planned and prepared to the point where you can deal with the unexpected in the right way, you will get the recognition you deserve and that job offer you want.

About the author: Jon Gregory is an author, editor, blogger & trainer on all things job hunting, interview prep & career development.

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How to guarantee your first job in engineering

by ceojem 30/10/2016 0 comments

The UK is suffering from a shortage of engineers. Employers are clamoring to find people with the right skills and experience for their companies. But that doesn’t mean that getting your first job in engineering will be easy. Companies aren’t willing to take on just anybody. They want to find the best people possible to fill much-needed roles and proving that you’re the right person for the job can be tricky. But with these simple steps you can be sure to stand out from the crowd and land your first job in engineering.

Do your research

You’re not going to stand out to your potential boss if your application is identical to the dozens of others they receive every day. A surefire way to ensure that yours stands out is to tailor it to each employer. Make sure that you know who you’re applying for and that you show that in your application. What the history of the company? What are their core values? And how can you fit into that while bringing your unique skills to the table?  Show them that you’re not just a great engineer. Show them that you’re exactly the kind of person they need on their staff.

Be ambitious

It might feel like you’re starting at the bottom but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t aim high. Find companies that you genuinely want to work for. One’s that you can see yourself being a fantastic and integral part of. It can be intimidating but don’t be afraid to go after those dream positions, as long as you can make it clear on your application that you deserve their consideration. Remember: fortune favours the bold!

Gain some experience

This might be the single most important thing an employer is looking for in a candidate. The most well-written application in the world won’t help if you can show real, tangible engineering skills and experience. Most university courses offer placement years and work experience. While an engineering management masters can provide the kinds of training and experience employers are aching to see. You really can never have too much experience!

Have a long term goal

Employers aren’t interested in hiring people who are going to lose interest after six months. They want motivated, engaged employees who want to dedicate their time to their passion. Being able to show an employer that you have an idea of what you want to achieve sets you out as that kind of person.  Especially if you can show them how that goal links into the job that you’re applying for.

Don’t give up!

Job hunting can be tough. Sometimes it can feel like a bit of an uphill climb. But the key to finding that first job is perseverance. Did you miss out on an opportunity? Treat it as a learning experience. Request feedback from the employer and use the experience to make your next application even stronger!

How to secure your first job in engineering by:

Margaret Buj

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How to tailor your CV/resume to get more interviews

by ceojem 30/10/2016 0 comments

Tailoring your resume for each job you’re applying for might sound like a time-consuming task, but it can significantly increase your chances of securing an interview.

A big mistake I see many job seekers make is using the same resume for every job vacancy regardless of the industry or job title. It’s a strategy that will get you nowhere fast.

As a senior recruiter at Expedia and an interview coach, I see lots of job seekers who keep sending the same resume for various jobs they’re not entirely qualified for, and they have no idea why they’re getting few to no interviews.

What they don’t understand is that if their resume is cluttered with information that’s irrelevant to the position they‘re applying for, it won’t get a lot of attention. Yes, tailoring every application is a lot of work. But it’s worth the work when you get noticed by the right employer.

If you apply the strategies outlined below, I guarantee you will get more interviews. Let’s get started…

1. Understand What the Company Is Looking For

When you’re looking at lots of job descriptions on a daily basis, it’s easy assume the positions you’re applying to are similar enough that you can just send off your resume without really looking into what that particular job entails.

In reality, this is a major mistake. What one company defines as “Account Manager,” for instance, may be entirely different from what another company thinks the role encompasses.

No matter how certain you are that you know what the company is looking for, before submitting anything, you must actually read the job description. So many people who apply for my jobs clearly don’t — the last time I was recruiting for a fluent German-speaking marketer (which was one of the first requirements listed on the job description), less than 20% of the people who applied actually spoke German.

2. Fine-Tune Your Keywords

A lot of companies use tracking systems, which mine data from your resume by looking for relevant keywords or phrases. You will have to make small modifications to your resume to ensure the applicant tracking system identifies your resume for further inspection.

Highlight the key words in a job description that interests you. If you look at the job posting and say to yourself, “I’ve done these things,” you want to make sure those skills are actually reflected in the same language in your resume.

Next, tweak your resume so it contains keywords that correspond with the description in the job posting, especially if they’re industry jargon. Examples of keywords might include specific computer programs or words like “social media strategist,” “management” or “accounts payable.”

For example, I was recently looking for someone with online partner marketing experience, search engine marketing, e-commerce and travel experience. The profile that attracted my attention had a relevant job title (Senior Search Engine Marketing Specialist), the candidate worked for an online travel company, and they mentioned all relevant keywords (e.g. analyzing bid performance, testing new strategies such as ad copy templates, working on new SEM bidding strategies).

Bear in mind, though, that a personal profile that just contains a load of buzzwords is completely useless and a waste of space on your resume; you should avoid the “team player with great communication skills” clichés. If this is all you have to write in your personal profile or summary, then leave this section off as it will not add anything to your resume.

3. Tailor Your Summary to Match the Job Description

Your summary of qualifications or skills should be different for each job you apply for. Look at the job description, find the most important qualification the employer is looking for and write your summary showing that you have the skills and experience needed.

Here’s an example of a summary paragraph for an administrative professional:

Efficient and reliable administrative professional with 8+ years of experience supporting executives and salespeople to improve internal operations for small businesses. Proficient in all of the standard office desktop software, CRM applications and design programs. Diversified skill sets covering administrative support, client relations, report writing, account management and project management. Excellent interpersonal, phone and digital communication skills.

If you have included an objective in your resume, be sure that objective also matches the position you’re applying for. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen an objective on a resume that’s in no way relevant to the position the candidate is applying for!

If you’re applying for a technical role, your technical skills (software, databases, programming languages, etc.) should appear in this section of your resume.

4. Highlight Your Relevant Accomplishments

Experienced professionals should avoid punishing recruiters with very long resumes unless you’re applying for an academic job where you need to provide details of research projects and publications.

List specific achievements that point to the value you bring to an organization and place them right on the first page of your resume.For maximum results, choose strong resume action verbs that show what you’ve done.

Did you hit your quota for a certain number of months? Make that known. Do you know an important computer program? State that. Your resume is not the place to try to minimize your accomplishments. You only have a few minutes to impress an employer, so make sure you do it.

For example, if a recruiter requires someone with “effective leadership and interpersonal skills,” don’t just say,”I have effective leadership abilities.” Instead, give evidence of your leadership skills with concrete examples, such as:

  • Directed a sales team to achieve 20% profit.
  • Coached staff to improve employee retention by 30%.
  • Supervised a work team to deliver X project that saved $X in travel costs.

Make sure the achievements you choose are relevant to the jobs you’re applying for.Sometimes, I see resumes with some impressive accomplishments, but if they have zero relevance to what I’m looking for, I won’t be able to consider the candidate.

Tailoring your resume is one of the best ways to show prospective employers that not only do you have the skills and experience they’re seeking; you’re the right candidate for the job. They’re likely to see you as more qualified when everything on your resume is relevant and, in my experience, many hiring managers are impressed that you took the time to tailor your resume, which bodes well for your interview prospects.

Good luck!

Margaret Buj is an interview and career acceleration coach who specializes in helping professionals get any job they want at their best ever salary. If you want to find out how recruiters read resumes, why you’re not getting hired, how to sell yourself successfully in a job interview and how to negotiate your best salary yet, you can download her free “You’re HIRED!” video course.

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How to become an Archaeologist

by ceojem 17/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Archaeologist? What they do

Do you like digging as part of a career? then you should become an Archaeologist

Archaeologists work by exploring ancient sites, discovering and analyzing or examining old objects to learn about various eras in history. Archaeologist may specialise in particular time periods, geographical areas or types of objects.

However,  many Archaeologists spend a great deal of their time taking part in excavations and analysing their findings, and Archaeologists work can also be based in a variety of other settings, which could vary from local authorities and museums to universities or research organisations.

Their working hours will usually varies depending on the job or project the Archaeologist is working on and, temporary contract work is common in this profession.

Typical duties of an Archaeologist depend on specialism, however, an Archaeologist’s duties generally include:

  • To survey potential excavation sites using aerial photography or field walking
  • Planning and working on excavations as part of a team or managing the team
  • Using photography, drawings, and written reports to record and categorise findings
  • Cleaning, invexamining and preserving historic artefacts and buildings
  • Evaluating planning applications and assessing any archaeological impact
  • To conduct laboratory tests, such as radiocarbon dating, and research and desk-based assessments of sites to analyse findings
  • Invove in arranging, displaying, and taking care of artefacts in the museum
  • Giving educational talks, lectures and presentations about archaeology

Is this perfect for me?

Having a natural curiosity and keen interest in history are vital attributes for anybody seeking to become an Archaeologist.

Also, you need to be very organised with a meticulous attention to detail, to enable you to pick up on concealed discoveries and appropriately categorise them. Being that a lot of your work will involve a great amount of care and intricacy, patience and dexterity are equally valuable qualities.

Archaeologist should also have:

  • Dedication and perseverance
  • Methodical approach to their work
  • Very good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team or head a group
  • An analytical mind
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Self-motivation

Career progression

  1. Archaeologist
  2. Site Director
  3. Academic Archaeologist

Become qualified as an Archaeologist

Having a degree in archaeology or a related field is usually essential to become an Archaeologist and, some employers will also request for postgraduate qualifications. Practical work experience with archaeological associations could be an additional work in your favour to help you stand out from the crowd. Your knowledge of languages but modern or historical  and relevant IT skills may also increase your chances.

Archaeologist Salary (United Kingdom)

An Archaeologist earns an average salary of £18,853 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years’ experience in this career.

£17K
£19K
£48K
Median: £18,853
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £17K £34K £51K
Salary

£16,692 – £48,177
Bonus

£0.00
Total Pay (?)

£16,638 – £49,665
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23

Years of Experience

1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

How experience Affects Archaeologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow2%
National Average
₤19,000
Entry-Level
up arrow7%

Job Satisfaction

Somewhat satisfied

Rated 2 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

 

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How to become an Animator

by ceojem 17/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Animator? What they do

Animator’s work involve creating collections of images in order to make them into moving, animated series. The work of Animators is used for a variety of purposes such as adverts, animation movies / films, TV, and computer games, to websites and music videos.

Animator’s duty may include using a variety of creative techniques to reach the end product, including drawing using digital software or by hand to create computer generated animations, along with models or puppets.

The duties of an Animator may include:

  • Liaising with clients or a director, gathering concept and developing animation for their concept
  • Creating storyboards to depict the script and narrative
  • Producing aesthetically pleasing sketches and illustrations
  • Animating images with the appropriate timing, pace, and movement in mind
  • Using technical software such as Flash, 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave, Softimage and Cinema 4D to assist with the animation
  • Working with other members of the team to compose layers such as backgrounds, FX
  • Presenting designs and communicating ideas
  • Working to production deadlines and clients’ commercial requirements
  • Work as part of a broader production team, which may include liaising with printers, copywriters, designers, photographers, account executives, website designers, or marketing expert.

Can I become an Animator?

To become an Animator, you will often need creativity and an imaginative mind, be artistic, and good at drawing with digital software and by hand.

Being that animating will be part of your every day duty, you will also need to have interest in animation and its aesthetics, be it collecting every single Pixar film or using your Saturdays in watching back to back episodes of Pokemon or another as an animation maker / animation creator.

Do remember that, if you know every single line to Finding Nemo off by heart is a good place to begin, also becoming a great Animator relies on your technical ability and your communication skills too.

Additional key skills and attributes to become an animator include:

  • Accuracy and excellent eye for detail
  • Acting skills to bring characters to life
  • Good team working ability
  • Patience and concentration
  • An aptitude for good storytelling
  • Flexibility
  • Patience and commitment
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Able to take direction

Become qualified as an Animator

A proven experience in animation jobs is usually required to become an Animator. Your experience could come in the form of a degree, other relevant and similar qualifications, or a previous work experience. Although it is possible to start from the bottom as an Animation Studio Runner to enable you acquire the skills you need to progress upwards in this career.

Career Progression

  1. Junior Animator
  2. Animator
  3. Senior Animator

Animator Salary (United Kingdom)

An Animator earns an average salary of £24,105 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.

£17K
£24K
£34K
Median: £24,104
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £13K £26K £39K
Salary £17,479 – £34,187
Bonus £0.00 – £2,775
Total Pay (?) £15,048 – £36,563
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121

Popular Skills for Animator

3D Animation – median salary £25,000

2D Animation – median salary £23,000

Adobe after effects – median salary £17,000

Related Jobs

  • 3d Artist
  • Animator, 3D
  • Digital Designer
  • Film / Video Editor
  • Graphic Artist / Animator
  • Graphic Artist / Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Multi-Media Artist or Animator
  • Senior Graphic Designer

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%
3D Animation
up arrow2%
National Average
₤24,000
2D Animation
up arrow7%
Adobe After Effects
up arrow29%
Experienced
up arrow27%
Mid-Career
up arrow13%
National Average
₤24,000
Entry-Level
up arrow3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied

Rated 4 out of 5
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How to become an Architect

by ceojem 16/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Architect? What they do

When ever you see a ground design, do you frequently think you could have designed it better? If yes, this might be the perfect career for you

Architects can be self employed by working for themselves or they can work for an employer. Architects are tasked with designing new buildings, adding extra structure to existing ones, or restoring very old constructions to look very clean and to their former glory.  As an architect, you will work with clients and a lot of construction professionals to design and implement a project in order to see it through to finishing.

A typical responsibility of an Architecture include:

  • Meeting with clients to discuss their goals for a project – and their budget
  • preparing and presenting design proposals to clients
  • Advising clients
  • To liaise with professionals including Joiners to assess the feasibility of the work
  • Use computers to create a detailed plan for implementation
  • Overseeing the project and making site visits to check on progress
  • Making alterations should things not go according to plan

A very important attribute you need if you want to become an Architect is creativity. As architect, you will often need to think outside the box, and be able to apply your knowledge and own initiative to overcome any problem.

Also, you should be ready for variation as an Architect, because when completing a job, both regular site visits and working in the office are necessary.

An architect should also be:

  •  Very good in analytising
  • Great at problem solving and visualisation
  • An effective communicator to ensure clients get what they want
  • Excellent at drawing and using relevant computer softwares
  • Able to dream big but should also be realistic in plans

Become qualified as an Architect

In addition to at least five GCSEs, two A-levels and a portfolio of work experience, you will also need to have five years’ training at university and at minimum two years of experience to accompany your studies. Upon completion of this, you can register as an Architect with the Architects Registration Board to become a chartered member of the RIBA.

Project Architect Salary (United Kingdom)

A Project Architect earns an average salary of £35,122 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

£27K
£35K
£48K
Median: £35,122
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £18K £36K £54K
Salary £27,056 – £48,116
Bonus £0.00 – £4,966
Profit Sharing £10,650
Total Pay (?) £27,456 – £52,267
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 182

Popular Skills for Project Architect

This list show the most popular skills for project Architect and the effect each skill has on pay.

  1. Design – median salary £35,000
  2. Project management – median salary £35,000
  3. Computer aided design – median salary £35,000

Related Jobs

  • Architect (but not Landscape or Naval)
  • Assistant Fashion Designer
  • Building Surveyor
  • Design Engineer
  • Design Manager
  • Designer, Kitchen
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Interior Designer
  • Senior Interior Designer
  • Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Years of Experience

1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
5%

Skills That Affect Project Architect Salaries

National Average
₤36,000
Design
up arrow1%
Project Management
up arrow1%
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow2%

Experience Affects Project Architect Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow41%
Experienced
up arrow13%
Mid-Career
up arrow1%
National Average
₤36,000
Entry-Level
up arrow9%

Become an Architect – Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied

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based on 36 votes.
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How to become an Aerospace Engineer

by ceojem 15/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Aerospace Engineer? What they do

Do you pay a lot of attention on your own ideas and always have great ideas ? Career as an Aerospace Engineer might just be your best bet

Aerospace Engineers are responsible for designing, building and testing aircraft, from passenger jets and commercial planes to different types of military aircraft and weapons systems.

The job of an Aerospace Engineer in it’s widest sense may also include the design, manufacturing and maintenance of specific satellites and spacecraft.

The daily responsibilities could vary depending on specialism, though typical duties for an Aerospace Engineer may include:

Duties for an Accountant include:

  • Supervise the design and manufacture of aircraft
  • Test prototypes to check they function correctly and safely
  • Analyse testing data
  • Develop new technologies for use in defence systems or satellites
  • Ensure that all projects meet the pre-determined quality, and health and safety guidelines

Can I become an Aerospace Engineer

Having interest and expertise in aircraft and flight technology and also,  a natural bent for science are essential for anyone looking to become Aerospace Engineers.

Some key skills include:

  • Excellent mathematical skills
  • A methodical approach to your work, with focus and attention to detail
  • Problem-solving
  • A high regard for health and safety
  • Great interpersonal communication skills

Become qualified as an Aerospace Engineer

Degree in Aeronautics would be preferential, though, is not essential and a variety of other degree subjects with a background in science or mathematics is acceptable.

Aerospace Engineer Salary ( United Kingdom )

An Aerospace Engineer earns an average salary of £31,073 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Controls is associated with high pay for this job.

 £23K
£31K
£51K
Median: £31,073
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £19K £38K £57K
Salary £23,139 – £51,036
Bonus £0.00 – £7,864
Profit Sharing £359.39 – £3,614
Total Pay (?) £22,732 – £54,873
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 320

Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer

This list show the most popular skills for Aerospace engineer and the effect each skill has on pay.

  • Project management – median salary £33,000
  • Engineering design – median salary £32,000
  • Microsoft office – median salary £31,000
  • Microsoft excel – median salary £31,000
  • Microsoft word – median salary £31,00

Related Jobs

  • Civil Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager, Construction
  • Senior Electrical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer

Skills That Affect Aerospace Engineer Salaries

Controls
up arrow13%
Project Management
up arrow4%
Engineering Design
up arrow2%
National Average
₤31,000
Avionics
up arrow1%
Microsoft Office
up arrow2%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow2%
Microsoft Word
up arrow2%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow2%
Project
up arrow2%
Test Engineering
up arrow3%
Aeros
up arrow5%
Matlab
up arrow9%
AutoCAD
up arrow9%
CATIA
up arrow18%

How experience Affects Aerospace Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow36%
Late-Career
up arrow36%
Mid-Career
up arrow19%
National Average
₤31,000
Entry-Level
up arrow7%

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

 

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How to become an Air Traffic Controller

by ceojem 15/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Air Traffic Controller?  What They Do

Do you have the believe that the sky is no limit? Then a career as an Air Traffic Controller might be just the right career path for you

An Air Traffic Controllers uses advanced radar systems and sophisticated communication equipment to enable pilots take off and land planes safely and  also, making sure arrivals and departures are just as planned.  Air Traffic Controllers co ordinate all air traffic effectively and, they ensure planes are at all times safe and apart from one another.

Air Traffic Controllers work from control towers, and approach control facilities, or en-route centres, base on the particular air traffic control specialism they are involved in. Which could include: area control, aerodrome control, and approach.

The specific duties of an Air Traffic Controller may include:

  • Giving the airline pilots take-off and landing instructions
  • To track and monitor the movement of aircrafts
  • Arranging aircrafts into the best possible order of landing
  • Ensures all ground traffic is under control
  • Providing pilots up to date with important information / news updates on: weather, runway closures, …
  • Effectively manage communications throughout all areas of traffic control

Can I become An Air Traffic Controller?

You need to be able to communicate effectively and work as part of a team,  and also exhibit a high level of concentration which are all very important to becoming a successful Air Traffic Controller. For someone whom may be easily distracted, this job is probably not for you.

Being that a huge part of the job is based around making quick decisions, you will need to be able to think quick in unforeseen situations, and have the ability to alter the schedule last minute to make sure the plane is safe.

You should be able to calculate speed, time, and distance correctly, meaning advanced skills in maths are essential.

As an Air Traffic Controller, you will also need to be:

  • Great at solving problems
  • Able to stay calm even under pressure
  • Skilled at using technology
  • Spatially aware
  • Physically dexterous
  • Able to work flexibly

Become qualified as An Air Traffic Controller

You have to be over 18 years of age, have at least five GCSEs (grade A-C), with Maths and English for  you to be accepted onto an approved training course, this will allow you to gain an air traffic control license and begin your training.

Air Traffic Controller Salary (United Kingdom)

An Air Traffic Controller earns an average salary of £52,947 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years’ experience.

£32K
£53K
£100K
Median: £52,947
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £50K £100K £150K
Salary £32,062 – £99,630
Bonus £0.00 – £8,243
Profit Sharing £725
Total Pay (?) £30,744 – £103,143
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83

Experience Affects Air Traffic Controller Salaries

Experienced
up arrow31%
Mid-Career
up arrow13%
Late-Career
up arrow3%
National Average
₤53,000
Entry-Level
up arrow19%

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied

Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

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How to become an analyst

How to become an Analyst

by ceojem 15/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Analyst? What Analyst Do

As an Analysts, you use will use  your expert skills in critical thinking to study and analyse different types of information, from complex numerical data and business reports to IT systems, marketing strategies, and surveys.

The work of an analyst helps to support an organisation to fulfil its overall business goals, and base on the outcome of their analysis eventually help to improve the quality of their services and product.

Likely area of specialisms for an Analyst include market research, data analysis, business analysis, investment analysis, and systems analysis.

The duties of an analyst vary from one job to another, however,  typical job description of an Analyst may include:

  • Carry out market research and liaising with clients to understand their goals
  • Storing and monitoring data using efficient database systems
  • Research and study information and figures
  • Studying IT systems, finding bugs, and drawing up plans for software improvements
  • Analysing data using statistical programmes, spreadsheets, and computer models
  • Use data to recognise areas for improvement and propose new processes
  • Writing reports and presenting findings to the business

Can I become an Analyst?

Apart from an analytical mind, as a good Analyst, you should also have excellent research and interpretation skills as well as, the ability to report and communicate complex information clearly to clients.

Also, your expert knowledge within your chosen specialism is usually required, as it will help you to come up with the best possible business solutions for the field you’re working in for example in finance or programming

And an excellent knowledge of Excel is essential .. and to become an analyst, you will need to be:

  • Excellent at solving problems
  • A tactful negotiator
  • Able to focus on small details
  • Very good at multitasking and prioritising
  • Able to focus on meeting deadline
  • Able to effectively manage time

Become qualified as an Analyst

The entry requirements may vary depending on the type of analysis you want to work in, though employers will in most cases look for candidates with a degree covering maths, statistics, economics or business studies, or computer based subjects for systems analyst jobs. Having relevant work experience will also be advantageous,  some companies may ask for specific qualifications in analysis or additional postgraduate qualifications.

Business Analyst (Unspecified Type) Salary  (United Kingdom)

A Business Analyst (Unspecified Type) earns an average salary of £32,397 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years’ experience in this career. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years’ experience.

£23K
£32K
£51K
Median: £32,396
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £19K £38K £57K
Salary £23,056 – £50,561
Bonus £0.00 – £7,089
Profit Sharing £1.01 – £3,973
Total Pay (?) £23,536 – £54,119
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,097

Common Career Paths for Business Analyst (Unspecified Type)

Business Analyst (Unspecified Type), Business Analyst, IT Project Manager, Information Technology (IT), Senior Business AnalystSr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems), Management Consultant, Senior Project Manager IT, Senior Strategy Manager, Business Development Manager, Project Manager Information Technology (IT), Program Manager IT , Project Manager Software Development, Program Project Manager

Popular Skills for Business Analyst (Unspecified Type)

This list show the most popular skills for Business analyst and the effect each skill has on pay.

  1. Business analysis – median salary £35,000
  2. Project management – median salary £35,000
  3. Data analysis – median salary £33,000
  4. Microsoft office – median salary £33,000
  5. Microsoft excel – median salary £ 32,000

Related Jobs

Business Analyst, Finance/Banking
Business Analyst, IT
Business Development Manager
Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst
Business Manager
Information Technology (IT) Consultant
Management Consultant
Operations Manager
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
Senior Business Analyst

Skills That Affect Business Analyst (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Change Management
up arrow6%
Project Management
up arrow4%
Business Analysis
up arrow2%
Requirements Analysis
up arrow2%
Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow1%
SQL
0%
National Average
₤34,000
Data Analysis
up arrow2%
Financial Analysis
up arrow2%
Process Improvement
up arrow3%
Microsoft Word
up arrow3%
Microsoft Office
up arrow4%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow4%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow5%
Business Process Engineering
up arrow5%
Database Management & Reporting
up arrow25%

Experience Affects Business Analyst (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow36%
Late-Career
up arrow28%
Mid-Career
up arrow16%
National Average
₤34,000
Entry-Level
up arrow6%

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied

Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

 

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How to become an Actuary

by ceojem 14/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Actuary? What Actuaries do

Do look forward to a career you can actually  have confidence in? then a career in actuary might just be the right career you looking for

Actuaries make use their knowledge of business and economics, will use math, statistics, and financial theory, alongside tools like databases and statistical software and theories, to analyse data and evaluate financial risks in an  organisation. This therefore enables them to predict the financial impact and probability of particular events, and provide strategic advice to non-specialists to help them in their decision making.

Insurance companies and other businesses employs actuaries to help and  support  them in making informed financial decisions in other to  minimize their risk.

Actuaries usually work within the banking, pensions, public and governmental corporations, or in various types of insurance companies. however,  Actuaries to can also branch out into less conventional areas like energy, genetics or climate change

The particular duties of an actuary will vary depending on the field they’re based in,  and may include tasks such as assessing pension scheme liabilities in relation to insurance pricing, or they can also be involve in researching and analysing data based on specific groups

General Job roles  for an Actuary  may include:

  • Building statistical models using computers
  • Analysing statistical data to calculate, for example, accident rates for particular groups of people
  • Monitoring and mitigating risk
  • Ensuring systems comply with regulations
  • Keeping up-to-date with current events in business and economics
  • Simplifying complex information to share with clients
  • Preparing and presenting periodic reports and presentations on findings
  • Simplifying complex information to share with clients
  • Supervising staff
  • Presenting reports, explaining their implications to managers and directors and advising on risk limitation

Can I become an Actuary?

To become an Actuary you require advanced knowledge of maths, as well as excellent statistical analysis skills, this is absolutely essential for anyone looking forward  to become an Actuary. Also, you will need to be able to combine your mathematical mind with an in depth understanding of business and economics.

You may find yourself using complex technical terms without explanation,but you will have to change this  because without the ability to simplify complex terms and make them clearer and easy to understand for non-specialists like yourself, you’ll struggle to effectively get your recommendations across to those whom you need to.

As an Actuary, you will need to be:

  • Logical
  • Computer literate
  • Confident
  • Good at solving problems
  • An excellent communicator
  • Technically minded
  • Responsible
  • Meticulous

Become qualified as an Actuary

You require a relevant degree  such as actuarial science or actuarial mathematics, business or finance,  economics, engineering, mathematics or statistics or risk management to be accepted onto an actuarial training programme, which usually will involve working as a trainee alongside studying for three to six years.

Actuary Salary ( United Kingdom )

An Actuary earns an average salary of £52,308 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

£30K
£52K
£82K
MEDIAN: £52,308
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £33K £66K £99K
Salary £29,586 – £82,245
Bonus £1,001 – £15,441
Profit Sharing £0.00 – £6,983
Total Pay (?) £30,048 – £96,013
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 538

Popular Skills for Actuary

This list show the most popular skills for Actuary and the effect each skill has on pay.
  1. Pricing – median salary £62,000
  2. Insurance  – median salary £61,000
  3. Risk management / control – £61,000
  4. Financial modeling – median salary £58,000
  5. Pensions – median salary £51,000

Related Jobs

  • Commercial Finance Manager
  • Credit Manager
  • Credit Risk Analyst
  • Economist
  • Equity Analyst
  • Finance Director
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • General / Operations Manager
  • Underwriter

Skills That Affect Actuary Salaries

Pricing
up arrow8%
Insurance
up arrow7%
Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow6%
Financial Modeling
up arrow1%
National Average
₤57,000
Financial Reporting
up arrow3%
pensions
up arrow11%
Financial Analysis
up arrow13%

How Experience Affects Actuary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow70%
Experienced
up arrow42%
Mid-Career
up arrow13%
National Average
₤57,000
Entry-Level
up arrow24%

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied

Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
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