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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.


New drive for 'paperless' NHS
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 03:02:40 GMT

The latest government attempt to improve the use of technology in the NHS in England is launched, with the aim of making services faster and more convenient.

Vatican abuse critic refuses to quit
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 21:49:44 GMT

An outspoken British member of a Roman Catholic commission on sexual abuse refuses to quit, denouncing his treatment by the Vatican as "outrageous".

Rise in online dating rape reports
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:23:30 GMT

The number of people reporting being raped by someone they met on a dating app or website has risen six-fold in five years to 184, official figures show.

North Sea could lose 150 platforms
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:21 GMT

Nearly 150 oil platforms in the UK North Sea are expected to be scrapped over the next 10 years, according to industry analysts.

New rules 'will silence' charities
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:07:00 GMT

Charities say new rules on how they spend government grants are tantamount to making them take a vow of silence by preventing them from lobbying ministers.

Channel rescue for migrants in dinghy
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:34:37 GMT

French coastguards rescue four migrants who were found trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable dinghy.

Fishing port faces dangerous flooding
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 18:06:09 GMT

The highest level of flood warning, indicating a danger to life, is issued for a fishing port in Cornwall, following heavy rainfall across the South West.

Topshop store evacuated amid fire fears
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 18:51:57 GMT

Hundreds of shoppers were evacuated from a busy central London store because of fears of a fire.

Swinney vows fiscal framework scrutiny
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:02:28 GMT

The Scottish finance secretary says that key documents used to agree any new funding deal for Scotland will be published for scrutiny.

State schools 'gaining on fee-paying'
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:13:38 GMT

The UK's state schools have improved so much that some private schools may be put out of business, the editor of the Good Schools Guide says.

Teen murder charge over park stabbing
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:35:38 GMT

A teenager is charged with the murder of a 27-year-old man in an east London park.

Scotland 9-15 England
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:50:41 GMT

Scotland's wait to regain the Calcutta Cup goes on after England open the Eddie Jones era with victory at Murrayfield.

Oxford fellowship for Cumberbatch
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:56:51 GMT

Screen stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson become visiting fellows at Oxford University.

Flying Scotsman's mainline return
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:26:50 GMT

One of the world's most famous locomotives, Flying Scotsman, returns to the West Coast mainline

Jones was convinced of England win
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:14:07 GMT

England head coach Eddie Jones says he fully expected his side to beat Scotland in their Six Nations opener.

Can Leicester handle title pressure?
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:23:36 GMT

Leicester have gone from rank outsiders to title favourites after beating Manchester City - can they cope with the expectation?

Five things we already knew
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 22:30:18 GMT

The Calcutta Cup was supposed to be a new chapter for both England and Scotland, but chief sports writer Tom Fordyce saw a familiar tale unfold.

Councils should run services - Corbyn
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:07:28 GMT

Councils should be able to run utilities in their areas as part of moves to reverse privatisation, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says.

Scots 'Better In EU' chairwoman named
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:05:30 GMT

A Scottish-based campaign to keep the UK in the EU names Prof Mona Siddiqui as the chairwoman of its advisory group.

Muslim women 'stopped in Labour bids'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:05:04 GMT

A Muslim women's group writes to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claiming some women have been stopped from becoming councillors by Muslim men in their local party.

Thatcher's 'EU view' among Sunday's front pages
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:00:00 GMT

Among a series of front-page stories on the upcoming EU referendum is one from the Sunday Times suggesting that the late prime minister Margaret Thatcher would vote to stay in the EU were she still alive to cast her vote.

VIDEO: Leicester were better than City - Pellegrini
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:37:41 GMT

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Leicester City played better than his side and insists he has "no complaints" after the Foxes' 3-1 victory at Etihad Stadium.

VIDEO: Rare vinyl album gets another spin
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:42:09 GMT

An album made by a Scottish Christian rock band is being re-released more than 40 years after it was recorded in a garage in Paisley.

VIDEO: Evacuation of sports centre filmed
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:50:28 GMT

Customers had to walk through water to leave a Blaenau Gwent sports centre after heavy rain collapsed the ceiling and they were evacuated.

VIDEO: More storms for the week ahead?
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:20:46 GMT

Heavy rain and strong winds prevail over the weekend, will the stormy conditions continue through the coming week?

VIDEO: High street shop sells gold bars
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:40 GMT

The first high street shop in the UK to sell gold bars has opened in central London.

VIDEO: Unlucky mouse caught in Victorian trap
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:33:45 GMT

A 155-year-old Victorian mouse trap on display at a museum springs into action once again to claim its latest victim.

VIDEO: Peter Gibbs: Touring the Ice Station
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:09:48 GMT

Peter Gibbs speaks to BBC News live from the Antarctic, and gives a tour of the British Antarctic research station, Halley

VIDEO: Conservation call to protect sea life
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:26:29 GMT

Marine experts say any new coastal conservation areas must be managed properly, to protect sea birds and harbour porpoises.

George Orwell and the 21st Century pub
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:30:48 GMT

George Orwell and the 21st Century pub

The places where it's rather hard to get a bus
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:24:33 GMT

The places where you wait a very long time at a stop

'You don't have to pay full price'
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:22:31 GMT

'I learned to be frugal after my dad left'

What happened to Neville's homeless?
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 03:44:22 GMT

What happened to the Stock Exchange squatters?

Could John McDonnell ever be Labour leader?
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:05:46 GMT

Why John McDonnell never ran for Labour leader - and is unlikely to in the future

Winning photos from beautiful gardens
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:11:15 GMT

What is the most beautiful garden photo of the year?

The real-life wars of Dad's Army actor
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:32:30 GMT

The Dad's Army star who fought in both world wars