Up there with “what’s your greatest strength and an area for development?” and “Almost any behavioral interview question” is “So why do you want to work for company XYZ?”
It’s probably not gonna cut it to say you were desperate and that’s all the recruiter was still placing for. So you do additional homework on the company, at a minimum look at their website, maybe a press release if they have it.
But this get me thinking, how could one be more targeting in their career search. There’s certainly recruiters who can present what they have or maybe reach out to candidates they’ve placed to see if they’re hiring. There’s reaching out to your networks on linked in and perhaps stealthily admitting you’re looking for you next opportunity.
But I was trying to think of what the other main resources are.
Other resources for finding open opportunities
There’s individual company website careers’ sections
There’s indeed as a generic job search portal
The CAS job board is sparsely populated.
There’s your university job search board.
But the best question to be able to answer is “where should I be looking?” To that end I’d really appreciate the ideas of the go actuary community.
Resources for tailoring your search
Annual statements. Now, this is much, much easier if you have bestlink or S&P’s access to annual statement data, so you don’t have to tediously try to pull this data yourself. I don’t know if the NAIC has any data aggregators. The reason for this is a few fold. If you know you like large company appeal, you can go straight to either Annual WP or policyholders surplus, and assume the top 10% of companies are “large”. that metric is flexible, but can let you know who is big. IT also lets you know who is not big, if you think a mid-sized or smaller carrier would be a better fit for you. The other benefits of reviewing annual statements, are you can see if they write lines you’re interested in, or at least get a sense of what they write, and what they probably need to support those writings. Like if the company writes a lot of homeowners, dwelling fire, or commercial property they may have in-house CAT-modelers. Another benefit to reviewing annual statements is “How is this company doing?” Like, you can restrict your search to companies with positive net income on each year over the past few years. At a minimum this can tell you if they are profitable and more likely to pay bonuses, which I strongly prefer to receive.
The Great Place to work website?
Are there other resources to help find companies? I’m afraid worth of mouth and individual websites may be best for consulting, intermediaries, reinsurers, or other niche employment.
How else can you be targeted in your career search?
Till all are one,