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New Feature - Featured Job
Date: 02/17/2012

We have pleasure in letting you know about a small but important enhancement on our sites.

With effect frm today we now offer a "Featured Job" listing.

Featured Jobs appear on the homepage is rotation and will give you added exposure for your job listing.

We will be offering this service to existing and new companies with effect from today 17th February 2012.

In addition to this, set up an account with us during the month of February 2012 and we will GIVE YOU 5 FREE Featured Job listings to say "Welcome"

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The Actuary Career Path
Date: 11/29/2011

The Actuary Career Path

Actuaries are experts in assessment of risk, and utilise technology and tried and true methods of analysis. Traditionally, most actuaries have found positions at insurance companies and pension programs, assessing plan solvency and fitness. Non-traditional employment among actuaries is on the rise, especially in specialisms such as professional trustees, finance and consulting.

Finance Actuary

Actuaries working in this field use tables, predicitve models, theories and statistical methods to predict financial and economic outcomes of future events, including insolvency and operational risk

Professional Trustee

After many years of experience in the finance industry, an actuary may specialise to become a “professional trustee” which involves sitting on pension scheme boards and ensuring the fund is run appropriately. Professional trustees are sometimes referred to as “independent trustees” as they are not related to either the trust grantor or its beneficiaries.

Casualty Actuary

Actuaries working in the specialism of casualty analyse catastrophic risks that can happen to people or tangible property. These include insurance for auto, homes, commercial properties, medical malpractise, deeds and titles, product liability, work related injury, terrorism and acts of war.

Life, Health and Pension Actuary

Actuaries specialising in pensions deal with the risk of mortality and morbidity of individuals. These actuaries produce and sell products including life insurance, mortgage and credit insurance, annuities and pensions, short and longterm disability insurance, long term care insurance for old age and medcal, dental and health care savings accounts. Actuaries in this specialism determine what rate a person will pay for any of these insurance programs based on the individual's answers to a set of questions that quantify their level of morbidity or mortality.

Consulting Actuary

Actuaries with significant knowledge of specialised industries such as health, technology or finance often take a position consulting in these fields. Work in these non-traditional areas includes assisting a corporation when it offers stocks or securities, when it releases a new product or service or when it takes over another company.

Expert Witness

Actuaries who have spent time in a finance career path may utilise their years of experience to become a professional witness in the courts. Here, actuaries apply their analytic skills to determine the amount of lost wages or lost profits due to criminal actions against an individual or corporation. Their findings are used by a jury to award damages to victims or families.

 

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Finding a job in advertising
Date: 10/31/2011

Finding a job in advertising

Advertising is a field that a large number of people want to make their way in to; it’s creative and strategic, logical and quirky. However, its popularity means it’s becoming more and more difficult to find a job in advertising – particularly if you’re looking for an entry level position. Whilst there’s no guarantee that any of the following tips will definitely ensure you find your idea role – here are some great ways to find those elusive jobs in advertising!

Work out what position you’re interested in: within the advertising industry, jobs titles include designer, strategist, planner, account handler, market researcher, and project manager – amongst others. Do your research; work out where your skills would be best utilised and what positions you’re most interested in before you begin to apply. Knowing your desired job role not only shows you’ve looked into all the options, it also illustrates that you have a passion for the industry.

Do some work experience. This doesn’t just look great on your CV, it will also confirm to yourself that you really do want a job in advertising. Rather than applying to the big, multinational companies first, see if there are any local agencies who would offer work experience. The more work experience you do, the more skills you’ll gain – but remember, it’s important to be able to show how each placement has helped your development.

Find out what tools are used in your chosen job role – and familiarise yourself with them! Some computer software used in advertising is free – like Google Analytics – whilst other tools, like PhotoShop, may be costly but will be worthwhile mastering. Find out what’s being used in your ideal job, and once you feel comfortable with it, add a line to your CV, stating your level of proficiency.

Set up a LinkedIn profile, and join some advertising related groups. LinkedIn is the online equivalent of a CV, where employers can take a look at the skills of a potential employee, and individuals can network to find others in similar roles to their own. Groups on LinkedIn allow users to chat about current trends – and with new advertising campaigns launching ever day, this is particularly useful for keeping up with industry news!

Make sure that your CV and any correspondence you have with an advertising agency or potential employer is triple-checked. You’re looking for a job in advertising, where attention to detail is key, regardless of what position you’re interested in. Things like typos, poor grammar or hard to read font are all reasons that your CV may end up at the bottom of the pile – so check, check and check again.

A first advertising job can be hard to find – and if you are offered a job, be aware that it may be a very junior role – so be prepared to work your way up from the bottom! However, if you’re creative, bright and have a real interest in influencing people – maybe advertising is for you!

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News From The BBC

BBC News - UK

The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.


Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:56:31 GMT

A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.

Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:13:13 GMT

David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.

Royals visit Sydney Easter show
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:53:40 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Sydney Royal Easter Show on their third day in Australia.

Foreign doctors 'need tougher test'
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:08:35 GMT

Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.

Easter funeral for Peaches Geldof
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:04:22 GMT

Peaches Geldof's funeral is to be held on Easter Monday at the church where she was married and her mother's funeral held, her family says.

Second earthquake hits East Midlands
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:39:37 GMT

Experts confirm the Rutland town of Oakham has had its second earthquake in two days.

CBI registers as UK campaign backer
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:41:20 GMT

The CBI registers with the Electoral Commission as a backer of the campaign against Scottish independence.

British teenager killed in Syria
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:34:00 GMT

An 18-year-old British man has died in Syria, the Foreign Office says.

Independent MLA David McClarty dies
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:24:36 GMT

The independent unionist Northern Ireland Assembly member David McClarty has died after an illness.

Teachers' unions meet amid disputes
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:00:24 GMT

Calls for more action over pay and pensions are expected this weekend when the two biggest teachers' unions meet for their annual conferences.

Channel Tunnel trains back to normal
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:00:17 GMT

Channel Tunnel rail services have returned to normal on Good Friday morning after being hit by severe disruption.

Rape accused boy, 14, due in court
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:39:07 GMT

A boy of 14 accused of raping a 10-year-old girl on disused land in Shrewsbury, is due to appear in court later.

Passion event goes ahead after error
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:50:26 GMT

A Good Friday service and procession is to replace a Passion play which was cancelled after a council official did not realise it was a religious event.

Chick knit plea response 'fantastic'
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:23:08 GMT

An online appeal by a Manchester children's hospice for knitted chicks boosts its flock to an "unexpected" more than 6,300.

Festival 'lucky' to welcome stars
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:50:41 GMT

Organisers of the Hay Festival of literature say they are "incredibly lucky" to welcome big names such as Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher as part of the line-up for this years event.

Car destroyed in petrol bomb attack
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:28:53 GMT

A 4x4 vehicle is destroyed in a petrol bomb attack in County Antrim.

'Horrific' sheep attacks on increase
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:10:13 GMT

New figures show that attacks on sheep by dogs across Northern Ireland have almost doubled over the last year.

Breakthrough in leukaemia treatment
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:56:27 GMT

Scientists at Cardiff University say they have made a significant breakthrough in the treatment of the most common form of leukaemia.

Easter visitors urged to take care
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:21:19 GMT

Holidaymakers are urged to take care over the holiday weekend, as good weather is expected to attract crowds to resorts and attractions in Wales.

'Nothing to hide' over bird deaths
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:08:47 GMT

A farmer whose properties were raided by police investigating the deaths of 20 birds of prey, calls for more resources to be directed at the investigation.

Kelpies lit up for launch event
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:41:52 GMT

The Kelpies, a massive new art installation overlooking the M9 near Falkirk, are lit up as part of a pyrotechnic launch event.

Missing prisoner alert took 20 hours
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:05:22 GMT

Police admit they were "slow off the mark" in alerting the public that a convicted robber serving eight years, had failed to return to an open prison in Suffolk.

Lorry driver bailed over M26 crash
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:44:59 GMT

A lorry driver who was arrested following a five-vehicle pile up on the M26 in Kent is released on bail.

Pulis happy to discuss Cardiff row
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:44:50 GMT

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is willing to talk to the Premier League over Cardiff's claims of team-sheet leaking.

Trott to take break from cricket
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:01:47 GMT

Jonathan Trott is to take a break from cricket because of a recurrence of the anxiety issues that forced him to leave England's Ashes tour.

Hamilton top in second practice
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:39:59 GMT

Lewis Hamilton heads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as the Mercedes driver sets the pace in Friday practice at the Chinese GP.

How 420 became code for marijuana
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:22:46 GMT

The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis.

The level crossing wars
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:01:41 GMT

Battles to save level crossings are being waged across the UK, despite many considering them dangerous anachronisms.

The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT

This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.

Female MPs shunning PMQs - Bercow
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:53:22 GMT

Some female MPs have stopped attending Prime Minister's Questions because it is so "bad", says Speaker John Bercow.

Lucas cleared over fracking protest
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:17:31 GMT

Green MP Caroline Lucas and four co-defendants are cleared of obstructing a public highway during an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, West Sussex.

French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:57:25 GMT

The leader of the right-wing Front National party in France says she would welcome collaboration with UKIP in fighting against the EU "with open arms".

VIDEO: House of Commons
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:55:29 GMT

The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.

VIDEO: Royals watch sheep shearing at show
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:37:34 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made an appearance at Sydney's Royal Easter Show, during their tour of Australia.

VIDEO: Travel tips for the Easter weekend
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:32:50 GMT

The BBC's Ben Bland gives some tips for travelling during the long weekend.

VIDEO: Row over Irish dancing make-up ban
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:32:18 GMT

The Irish Dancing Commission has recently stopped children under the age of 10 from wearing make-up during competitions.

VIDEO: Easter story in a shipping container
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:54:03 GMT

The North East town of South Shields is commemorating the Passion of Christ on Good Friday in a different way.

AUDIO: NHS Trust 'blackened' doctor's name
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:36:32 GMT

A senior cardiologist, who exposed concerns about patient safety at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, has won an unfair dismissal case.

VIDEO: Warning over foreign doctor training
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:59:34 GMT

There are calls for stricter assessments of foreign-trained doctors before they practise in the UK.

VIDEO: Babylab studies development of ADHD
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:22:51 GMT

Scientists at a London laboratory carry out tests to try to discover how and why some people develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

VIDEO: Eisteddfod crown found on eBay
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:48:49 GMT

A crown awarded to a poet at a Welsh cultural festival in Blaenau Ffestiniog 116 years ago is being returned to the town after being spotted for sale on auction website eBay.

Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:03:18 GMT

What exactly is 'good' about Good Friday?

10 sartorial moments that tell us a lot about politics
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:33:31 GMT

10 sartorial moments that reveal the superficiality of politics

Ballet and business: A perfect match
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:02:04 GMT

How the arts rely on sponsorship to survive

Quiz of the week's news
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:42:52 GMT

Sir Alex Ferguson's 3m wine cellar has most bottles from where?

VIDEO: The book shop on a boat
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:27:08 GMT

The bookshop on a barge that travels the canal system

Celebrating Easter in Spring
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:06:00 GMT

Australia's Bishop Kay at Westminster Abbey for Easter

Foreign doctor 'safety fears' - front pages
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:40:21 GMT

Papers examine concerns over foreign-trained doctors