Data Scientist – 2016 Best Job in America

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The Data Science juggernaut continues. Glassdoor ranked Data Scientist as the best job in America for 2016. Yes, that’s right. It is #1. Glassdoor based their ranking on the number of job openings on their site, median base salary and a career opportunities rating. Interestingly Data Scientist didn’t get the #1 spot by having the… Read more »

Actuarial Hiring Trends for 2016

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As long as companies continue to focus on offsetting financial risk, job security and career growth for actuaries is assured. Innovation is creating more and different opportunities for candidates who are open to change and willing to expand their statistical knowledge to new applications. The increasing competition between insurance companies and consulting firms will continue… Read more »

Credit Industry Hiring

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The US credit market saw a large shift in the leaders of the financial industry in 2015. The GE Capital conglomerate announced the sale or spin off of their Retail Credit, Healthcare Financial and Mortgage Portfolio divisions. The fate of their commercial finance division remains to be seen. Large European banks like RBS, Barclays and… Read more »

Data Science Trends 2015 to 2016

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Never before has business analytics led worldwide discussion as it did in 2015. Data Science and the amount and depth of data being analyzed captured interest from Wall Street to John Q Public’s concern about privacy. Here are some of the trends we saw in 2015 and how they will impact hiring in 2016. The… Read more »

Predictive Modeling Contest!

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      The Analytic Community of the Direct Marketing Association is putting on a predictive modeling challenge (i.e. contest) for all of you statisticians, data scientists and business analytic’s professionals interested in a test with your peers.     Here is their invitation: What model will best predict the likelihood of new customers making… Read more »

Savvy Actuaries Embrace Predictive Modeling

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Stuart Rose, Global Insurance Marketing Director at SAS, said insurance companies can increase profits by utilizing analytics across five business areas: Actuarial, Claims, Customer, Channel and Risk. Actuarial The Society of Actuaries has recently posted a number of interesting articles on the use of predictive modeling in life underwriting and quantifying mortality risk. Towers Watson… Read more »

Hadoop: 7 Elementary Questions Answered

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Q: Where did the crazy Hadoop name come from? A: It is the name of a pet elephant belonging to one of the Founder’s sons. In 2002 Doug Cutting (the one with the son and the elephant) was working at Internet Archive (a non-profit digital library with a mission of universal access to all knowledge)… Read more »

Job Hoppers – To Hire or Not to Hire?

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A 2014 CareerBuilder study found that 43% of employers won’t consider a candidate who’s had short tenures with several employers. Why? 74% of those candidates won’t stay with a firm longer than two years. But a firm policy of ruling out all job hoppers isn’t keeping pace with the times. The American workforce was 36%… Read more »

Consumer Credit Trends for 2015

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Smith Hanley Associates Consumer and Commercial Credit Executive Recruiter, Paul Chatlos, discusses the 2014 trends that are going to carryover into 2015. Model risk/validation experience is where the new jobs were created in the consumer credit industry for 2014. Candidates with economic capital modeling experience including CCAR, DFAST, PPNR, even BASEL II/III saw multiple opportunities… Read more »

Direct and Digital Marketing Trends for 2015

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Deb Ryan, Executive Recruiter, in Direct and Digital Marketing at Smith Hanley Associates talks about some of the latest trends in her specialty recruiting niche. The hottest two words in direct and digital marketing: mobile marketing. Mobile payments are on the verge of exploding. If you are actively managing your career, try to get experience… Read more »