If you are not looking for a new job, then please continue reading this article…
As an Actuary, it is likely that you receive calls from recruiters several times a year. More often than not, you probably do not feel it is necessary to respond to these calls… which makes sense, especially given you are likely happy in your current position. However, there are many benefits to speaking with a recruiter regardless of your current situation.
While the ultimate goal of a recruiter may be to help you find your next position, you should also view recruiters as a resource for helping you stay current with the Actuarial employment market.
Depending on your tenure in the industry, you probably have a solid grasp of the insurance employment market, particularly with regard to the companies for which you have worked. While that knowledge is invaluable, understanding the job market from a broader perspective can also benefit you and your career.
Just as part of your job is to maintain an in-depth understanding of your day-to-day responsibilities, including future trends that might affect your job, our role as recruiters is to understand all aspects of the Actuarial employment market. By taking a recruiter’s call, you can stay educated and up-to-date on job market trends within your industry. The information you gather in an initial (or resumed) conversation with a recruiter also can be used to educate you regarding new options that can affect your career trajectory. Perhaps, through these discussions you may encounter a career path that you heretofore had not thought of as a possibility? Just ask a former life Actuary who now works on a trading desk on Wall Street.
Please also remember that recruiters are calling you for a reason. In DW Simpson’s case, we have been in the industry for more than two decades, so it is likely we know you, or are quite familiar with your background and/or the group in which you are working. When potential employers come to our firm with open positions, they look to us to contact the most qualified individual. That very well might be you!
Again, you very well may be content with your current position. As such, this puts you in a position of strength. You may not need a job today; however, in speaking with a recruiter you’ll become an Actuary with an increased knowledge of the industry… which just might translate into you becoming a stronger candidate when it comes time to make a move.