Best Practice Insurance CV
Best practice Insurance CV
When it comes to applying for a new insurance job, your CV could be just the ticket to get you that initial foot in the door and secure an interview – but how do you ensure your CV is added to the interview pile rather than thrown straight in the bin?
Barker Munro have been helping insurance professionals find new roles in the south east insurance market for many years and putting together a successful CV is easy once you know how. It’s a case of taking all your skills and experience and tailoring them to the job you’re applying for. But what if you don’t meet the right criteria? Well, we’ve put together the following tips to help you get started in creating a successful insurance CV and securing your first (or next) insurance job.
When creating your CV you need to follow all the usual steps which we have outlined below.
- Keep it precise – try to keep the CV to 2 pages to highlight your most relevant skills and experience.
- Put your name, address, email address and contact number on the top of your CV and list your education with your most recent professional qualifications first. There is no need to list the full address of each school, but the location helps.
- Your exam grades are of interest. Remember, employers can check these so don’t bend the truth when it comes to your GCSE’s/O ‘levels/A ‘level results.
- It is a good idea to write a Personal Profile. We would suggest about five bullet points highlighting your skills and experience in the insurance market as this is the best chance to promote yourself to the agency or future employer.
- List your employment history with the most recent first, giving a description of all your responsibilities and duties. The more distant the job was, the less you need to write about it.
When you work in the Insurance industry, it is recommended that you add some additional detail.
- Always list the classes of Insurance risks you handle. It may seem obvious to you but it is useful to specifically highlight them as an HR team may be short-listing for interview and they may not necessarily have a good grasp or understanding of insurance or the requirement.
- If you are Underwriting, list your Underwriting authority levels.
- If you are a claims handler, list the classes of business you deal with and the level of settlement authority you hold and have been exposed to.
- Brokers should list the average premium size of the accounts they handle and the size of the book they are responsible for.
- When applying for Sales/Development roles, you should list your achievements and sales figures.
Remember – your CV only has a few seconds to grab the employers’ attention so be p
recise and place all the important information up-front. The insurance market is competitive and due to the volumes of applicants in the market employers can find reasons not to interview, so give yourself the best chance.
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