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Illinois State University. Presentation to Future Redbird Actuaries. August 26, 2013. Bloomington, IL Office. Agenda. ISU Connection Overview of Pinnacle Your Job Search Resume Cover Letter References Interview Conclusion and Questions. ISU Connections. ISU Connections.

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illinois state university

Illinois State University

Presentation to

Future Redbird Actuaries

August 26, 2013

Bloomington, IL Office



  • ISU Connection
  • Overview of Pinnacle
  • Your Job Search
    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • References
    • Interview
  • Conclusion and Questions
isu connections

ISU Connections

  • Luann Anderson
    • ISU Graduate, BS Business, Minor Economics
  • Pinnacle
    • Actuarial Scholarship Sponsor 2009-2013
    • Joint Research Projects
    • Webinars
    • Presentations
    • Minority High School Scholars Actuarial Academy (MHSSM)
    • Financial Regulators Training
    • Insurance Advisory Board
    • Data Sharing
    • Pinnacle U
    • Trade Shows and Career Fairs
    • Internship Program
    • ISU Actuarial Program Advisory Board
    • Teaching at ISU: Aaron Hillebrandt, MAT 383
    • Career and Interview Coaching
pinnacle actuarial resources inc

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.

  • Owned by our professional staff, Pinnacle ranks among the largest property-casualty actuarial firms in North America.
  • Pinnacle’s reputation for uncompromising professionalism, expertise and outstanding service is embodied in our brand Commitment Beyond Numbers
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Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.

Commitment Beyond Numbers

  • Our commitment to education manifests itself not only in basic and continuing education for our employees, but partnering with institutions of higher education and in advancing the body of knowledge in the property/casualty insurance industry through scholarly thought pieces and thought provoking presentations at various educational forums.
  • Our commitment to our clients is visible every day as we provide empathetic customer service that strives to exceed our customers’ expectations. And we do it in such a manner that is clear, understandable and transparent to the users of our work products.
  • Our commitment to our employees is manifest in structured development activities and proactive career planning. And we are supportive of the charitable causes important to our staff.
  • Pinnacle’s commitment to the actuarial profession not only guides the manner in which we do our work, but is evident in the volunteerism culture within the firm. Not only do we seek out opportunities to give back to the profession, but we seek leadership opportunities so our voices are heard in professional forums.
  • Commitment to our strategic partners is a key to our success; multi-disciplinary approaches to problems and opportunities lead to superior solutions.
  • Pinnacle is committed to supporting our communities through participation with local, regional and national not-for-profit organizations.
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Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.

San Francisco | De Moines | Chicago | Bloomington | Indianapolis | Atlanta | New York

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Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.


  • Pricing/Product Management
  • Funding Studies
    • Pro Forma Financials
  • Loss Reserving
    • Statements of Actuarial Opinion
  • Cost Allocation Studies
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Retention Studies
    • Risk Optimization
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Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.


  • Capital Adequacy Reviews
  • Risk Management Services
    • ERM Reviews
  • Regulatory Support
    • Legislative Costing
    • Financial Examinations
  • Litigation Support/Expert Witness
  • Audit Support
  • Risk Transfer Analyses


  • Accountants/Auditors
  • Agents/Brokers/MGAs
  • Captive Managers
  • Industry Associations
  • Insurers
  • Law Firms
  • Public Entities
    • Government Insurers
  • Regulators
  • Self Insureds
your resume

Your Resume

  • A factual, written representation of you
  • Formatted and branded, it doesn’t change for each opportunity
  • Four major sections:
    • Professional profile outlining your areas of expertise and strengths
    • Professional experience outlining your most recent and relevant work experience
    • Educational experience outlining your scholastic accomplishments
    • Volunteer and related experience outlining your contributions outside the normal channels
your cover letter

Your Cover Letter

  • A customized, written reason why you should be considered for the position
  • Branded exactly like your resume it includes:
    • Basic introduction
    • Why you’re applying (referred, job posting, interest…)
    • Reasons you feel you should be considered for the position
    • Bulleted examples of your strengths
    • How you can overcome any obstacles
    • Follow-up, next steps
your references

Your References

  • An informational list of 3-5 professional references to be presented after a job offer
  • Branded exactly like your resume it includes:
    • Name of the reference
    • Contact phone number
    • Contact e-mail
    • Contact relationship to you
your interview

Your Interview

  • Research
    • Company: know about the company
    • Location: know exactly where you’re going
    • Interviewers: know who you’re meeting with
  • Prepare
    • Bring copies of your cover letter, resume and references
    • Dress professionally: dress one level higher than expected
    • Arrive 15 minutes early
  • Practice
    • Your “elevator” speech
    • Your “stories”
    • Your strengths and weaknesses
questions comments

Questions / Comments

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thank you for your attention

Thank You for Your Attention

Luann Anderson

Director of Operations