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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.


Cameron starts push for EU reforms
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:51:37 GMT

David Cameron is starting his push for EU reform as he meets other European leaders for the first time since winning the general election.

Police to pay rape victim 20,000
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:42:15 GMT

A rape victim will receive a 20,000 out-of-court settlement as Hampshire police apologise for failing to investigate her complaint properly and arresting her.

Wembley WW2 bomb poses 'risk to life'
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:05:15 GMT

A 110lb unexploded World War Two bomb found by builders near Wembley Stadium poses a "risk to life", the Army says.

Government borrowing falls to 6.8bn
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:26:59 GMT

UK government borrowing fell to 6.8bn in April, down from 9.3bn a year earlier, official figures show.

Cab driver jailed for Iraq bomb murder
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:55:26 GMT

A London cab driver is jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the murder of a US soldier in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2007.

Alternative to adoption on the rise
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:42:57 GMT

The number of babies subject to special guardianship orders in England has tripled in two years, according to data obtained by the BBC - while adoption rates have been falling.

Dunkirk veterans remember comrades
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:35:29 GMT

Veterans involved in the Dunkirk rescue mission during World War II are to gather to remember their comrades.

Police stop girl heading to Syria
Fri, 22 May 2015 01:38:39 GMT

A British schoolgirl's plan to travel to Syria to join Islamic State has been disrupted after an undercover newspaper investigation, police say.

Earthquake 'shakes homes' in Kent
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:55:22 GMT

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Kent, the British Geological Survey (BGS) says.

Knighthood for ex-minister Pickles
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:10:47 GMT

Conservative former cabinet minister Eric Pickles, who left the government at the recent reshuffle, is to be given a knighthood.

Welsh AMs receive 10,000 pay rise
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:22:21 GMT

The basic salary for assembly members in Wales will rise from 54,000 to 64,000 in 2016, it is confirmed.

Dugdale confirms leadership bid
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:25:39 GMT

Labour's Kezia Dugdale confirms she will stand for the leadership of her party in Scotland when Jim Murphy steps down next month.

Fearne Cotton broadcasts final show
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:15:32 GMT

Dave Grohl and Chris Martin are among the stars paying tribute to DJ Fearne Cotton as she broadcasts her final show on Radio 1.

Car-nesting birds 'driven 250 miles'
Thu, 21 May 2015 20:14:39 GMT

A pair of nesting robins and five chicks are driven for 250 miles after they set up home under the bonnet of a 4x4 vehicle.

Charles to visit NI peace centre
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:39:53 GMT

Prince Charles is to visit Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre on the final day of his visit to the island of Ireland.

Report into cover-up rape claims due
Fri, 22 May 2015 07:58:34 GMT

A review into how Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service handled allegations of rape and a cover-up will be published later.

'I thought I was going to die'
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:16:27 GMT

A woman with multiple sclerosis beaten by a 19-year-old drug user when he robbed her home says she bears no grudges.

Funeral takes place for rugby player
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:07:08 GMT

Two thousand people are expected to attend the funeral of rugby league player Danny Jones later.

Abuser jailed after Savile coverage
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:46:39 GMT

A pensioner is jailed for six years for sex crimes against children after a victim came forward following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

'Fire crash' man taken to hospital
Fri, 22 May 2015 08:49:15 GMT

A man aged 30 is taken to hospital after a serious crash on the A90 near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire.

Kim Jong-un brother 'seen in London'
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:43:02 GMT

Footage has emerged purporting to show North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un's brother in London - attending an Eric Clapton concert.

Train drivers suspend strike action
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:55:11 GMT

Southern Railway train drivers suspend their strike following a new pay offer from the rail operator.

Luiz dismisses 'virgin' reports
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:58:35 GMT

Paris St-Germain defender David Luiz accuses the media of a lack of respect after dismissing reports he is a virgin.

Rodgers expects Sterling to stay
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:21:13 GMT

Brendan Rodgers says he expects Raheem Sterling to see through the remaining two years of his contract.

Murray to face French Open qualifier
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:49:33 GMT

Britain's Andy Murray will play a qualifier at the French Open while Heather Watson will face France's Mathilde Johansson.

Will London's mayor put the brakes on Uber?
Fri, 22 May 2015 07:43:22 GMT

In a move likely to be popular with London's black cab drivers, Boris Johnson is backing laws which could restrict growth of the taxi app Uber.

Free school expansion plans launched
Fri, 22 May 2015 00:07:43 GMT

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan begins the process of creating more free schools, which she describes as "engines of social justice".

PM won't 'cave in' on migration target
Thu, 21 May 2015 19:45:54 GMT

David Cameron says he will not give up on his immigration target despite net migration to the UK reaching its highest level for a decade.

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:45:58 GMT

The Treasury Committee hears from the Chancellor, George Osborne.

VIDEO: Kent quake: 'The whole house shook'
Fri, 22 May 2015 05:49:27 GMT

Reporter Simon Jones talks about being woken up by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake which originated near Sandwich in Kent.

VIDEO: Cleared of murder after years in jail
Thu, 21 May 2015 16:24:42 GMT

A woman who spent five years in jail for murdering her friend's boyfriend has been cleared after a retrial.

VIDEO: Boyle warning on data gathering
Fri, 22 May 2015 03:52:31 GMT

Film director Danny Boyle expresses concern about the gathering of personal data by companies such as Facebook and Google.

VIDEO: 'Little ships' mark Dunkirk anniversary
Thu, 21 May 2015 17:22:36 GMT

Around 50 little ships have crossed the Channel as part of events to mark the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk.

VIDEO: Why did the Lib Dems lose?
Thu, 21 May 2015 21:49:48 GMT

In the second of a series looking behind the election result, the BBC's Vikki Young examines why former Liberal Democrat voters deserted their party.

VIDEO: Orphaned duck loving office life
Thu, 21 May 2015 16:11:53 GMT

When a duckling was orphaned and found in a neighbour's garden, businessman Austin Hutchinson came to the rescue and now they are inseparable.

VIDEO: 'Damages payout gives me closure'
Thu, 21 May 2015 11:27:13 GMT

Sadie Frost wins 260,000 in phone-hacking damages from Mirror Group Newspapers and speaks of her relief.

VIDEO: 'Time to look to the future'
Thu, 21 May 2015 17:11:32 GMT

The parents of two children poisoned by carbon monoxide in 2006 speak at a news conference after meeting the chief executive of Thomas Cook.

The dangerous alternative to cannabis
Fri, 22 May 2015 07:20:51 GMT

Why is legal high more dangerous than cannabis?

How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller
Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:49 GMT

How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller

Why measure feet with iPads?
Thu, 21 May 2015 23:01:50 GMT

Why a shoe company measures kids' feet with iPads

Potent symbolism
Thu, 21 May 2015 19:55:32 GMT

The significance of the latest royal visit

Proceeds of crime: Does crime pay?
Thu, 21 May 2015 15:05:23 GMT

How are the proceeds of crime recovered?