A good curriculum vitae (CV) is a vital tool for getting any job and that’s no different when you’re applying for jobs in the insurance sector. In any job you apply for you should tailor your CV to suit the industry and the position you’re applying for, highlighting the most relevant aspects of your qualifications and experience to make you the best possible candidate you can be.
To help you polish your CV to apply for a job in the insurance industry, we’ve compiled a list of tips to follow to help you craft a CV which follows the best practice rules for the industry.
Before you can tailor your CV to fit the insurance industry, you’ll need a good basis for your standard CV as well. There are many unspoken rules to follow when it comes to writing CVs so we’ve summarised some of the most important points. Make sure that you can tick off these points for your CV before you move on to adapt it for the insurance role you’re applying for:
- Keep it concise – don’t ramble about things that are irrelevant and try to keep your CV to 2 pages, maximum.
- Be easy to reach – put your name and all relevant contact details such as your email address at the top of each page in bold so that the interviewer can see whose CV it is at a glance.
- List in reverse order – when listing your experience and qualifications, write it in reverse order so that your most recent qualifications and roles show first at the top of the page.
- Specify grades – however far in your career you are, your exam grades are still noteworthy so always include them, no matter how long it’s been since you left school.
- Include a personal statement – write a short paragraph about yourself and include your key skills, personality traits that could help you in the role and try to describe your working style (ie: good team member, hard worker, proactive thinker, positive influence, etc.)
- Be relevant – write more about your most recent roles and don’t include all of the details about your first job as a teenager. Think about what the employer will want to know and include that; anything else is just extra.
Once you’ve got a CV that follows the above rules, you can adapt it for the job you’re applying for. If you’re looking for a role in insurance, try to fix your CV so that it includes the following relevant information:
- Be sure to always specify the class of insurance risks you handle. Don’t make the mistake of assuming it’s too obvious and miss it out.
- If you are underwriting, list your underwriting authority levels.
- When discussing any previous roles which involved handling claims, be sure to include the classes of businesses you have dealt with in the past and especially the level of settlement authority you have had before.
- Don’t beat about the bush – if you’ve dealt with accounts with large premiums in the past, try to be as precise as you can and even include the exact value of the claims you’ve settled, if possible.
- If you’re applying for a sales role, you should be specific when outlining previous sales successes. Try to include detail and figures where possible to avoid vague claims and exaggerations.
- Be sure to include any extra training, certificates or qualifications that you’ve obtained during previous insurance jobs and which professional bodies they came from.