The Career Search Part II – The Nuts and Bolts and an Insurance Resume

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We’re back with practical tips for writing a resume that will help you get noticed by employers in the insurance industry and give you a great chance to be invited for an interview.

Equipped with the understanding of the goal of a resume, information on how to get started, and some do’s and don’ts… it’s time to get writing.  Here are the nuts and bolts of how to compose each section of your insurance resume.

Writing a Summary or Personal Branding Statement

A summary or personal branding statement in your résumé tells the potential employer that you know what you want, and that it is relevant to the role they are hiring for.

It should clearly state your job goal or objective, and should be short and simple. You can include your attributes, and the type of work you are looking for (ie. part time, full time, etc).

Writing a Professional Profile:

Your professional profile showcases who you are and what you bring to the table. It should include four to six points that include:

  • A synopsis or summary statement outlining your career thus far
  • Your educational highlights, including relevant post secondary courses, credentials, and certificates that you have earned
  • Top Three Skills and Accomplishments as they relate to the job you are applying for
  • Language skills
  • Technological proficiencies  (it may seem odd in 2019, but virtually every insurance job description references familiarity with technology and current software. So, including your proficiency in this area  can also help with your keyword density to improve your matches in applicant tracking systems used by employers).

Educational Background and Professional Designations

While this section of your résumé can be located wherever you deem it to be the best fit, there are a few sections that you should emphasize. Be sure to showcase specific classes and courses that relate to the position you are applying for, or to the industry in general. As a student or new graduate with little or no industry experience, it’s important to show the employer that your experience thus far, particularly in school, is relevant to the insurance industry. You can also include any academic awards or certifications you have achieved in this section as well!  To help you get started, check out the ‘Your Education’ section on the Career Connections website. It can help you make connections between what you’ve studied and various roles in the industry.

Work and Volunteer Experience

You may have once thought it was important to list every job and volunteer position you’ve held, but that is not necessarily the case. You only need to include the work and volunteer experience that is most relevant to the insurance industry and the position you want to be hired for and show the employer that your skills relate.

You will also want to include at least 2 – 3 statements about each experience.  Shape these to show how they are relevant to your career goals and the employers needs. Be sure to highlight how you achieved the results, and quantify your accomplishments.

Try and answer these questions when creating your work and volunteer experience statements:

  • What goals were you able to achieve during your time with the employer/organization?
  • How were you able to achieve those goals?
  • Were there any specific programs that were used, and that you have now become proficient in?
  • Was your employer satisfied with the outcome? Were you satisfied in your own work?

Putting it all together…

The last, and one of the most crucial steps to writing a résumé, is the proofreading process. It’s important to have another set of eyes to glance over your work and pick up any of the minor errors you may have made. If possible, have a career counsellor look over your résumé to fine tune and polish everything before submitting.

If you’re looking for more tips and tricks for writing a great insurance résumé, visit the Resume Tips and Tools page on the Career Connections website! Stay tuned for the next part of this series for tips on networking and making connections!

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