Applying for a Pensions Administrator role? We’ve identified some key points to include in your CV to help your application stand out from the crowd.

Hints & Tips

1. It’s important to include the type of scheme that you work on in your CV, whether it is Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, CARE, Hybrid, GPP, SIPP or SSAS. That way, when searching for your new role, a recruiter and employer can quickly identify which role you would be best suited to.

2. An extension of this is to include the size of the scheme that you work on; is it small, medium or large? Is it your own portfolio or is it shared within the team? How many schemes do you look after? This information helps to establish your abilities and progression.

3. When writing your CV, it’s key to remember to include your primary responsibilities; Do you work on new joiners, leavers, deaths, retirals and/or transfers?  Including this shows the CV reader the range of administration tasks that you are competent with.

4. Do you do any additional project work? If you do, add this to your CV! Any additional work is a great way to quickly show your competency in managing extra projects. Do you work on GMP Reconciliation, renewals, pension increases? Or do you help with staff training and management duties? Although these details may seem minor or lesser in comparison to other responsibilities, it shows prospective employers you are willing to take on extra tasks outside the norm and can manage an increased workload.

5. Who are your main points of contact? If you talk with IFA’s, employers, trustees or scheme members, include this information. It highlights your ability to communicate with a range of different third parties and create and cultivate important relationships.

6. Which tools and systems do you use? Is Profund the main software or something in-house? Your understanding of how to use the systems can show prospective employers what you currently utilise and what you may need to be trained on. Not all pension firms use the same, so it’s useful to know. Please also consider what level you would consider your Excel skills to be at and include some detail on the functions you may use on a regular basis.

Final thoughts

We’ve identified some ideas for your CV when applying for pension administrator roles, all of which are easy to fix and improve before submitting your application! Though don’t forget the basics such as start and end dates for employment history, full contact details including location and remember to get it proofread – by a human!