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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.


UK to accept 'thousands' more refugees
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:09:24 GMT

David Cameron says the UK will fulfil its "moral responsibility" by giving sanctuary to "thousands" more Syrian refugees and providing 100m more in aid to the region.

Scotland 'ready to take refugees'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:21:39 GMT

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland should accept 1,000 refugees "as a starting point for a meaningful discussion".

Four admit role in Hatton Garden raid
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:31:59 GMT

Four men plead guilty to conspiracy to burgle in connection with the Hatton Garden safety deposit box raid at Easter.

Radical preacher Choudary given bail
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:28:14 GMT

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary is granted conditional bail as he awaits trial for allegedly encouraging support for the Islamic State group.

Ex-partner killed over 'four affairs'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:08:43 GMT

A builder who strangled his ex-partner and scrawled "that's the price you pay for having four affairs" on the wall of her flat is jailed for her murder.

UKIP campaign to reach 'real people'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:58:26 GMT

UKIP's campaign for Britain to leave the EU will "get outside the confines of Westminster" and "reach real people", party leader Nigel Farage says.

Extra screen time 'hits GCSE grades'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:20:56 GMT

An extra hour of television, internet or computer game time in Year 10 is linked with poorer grades at GCSE, Cambridge University research suggests.

Intruder arrested on Gatwick flight
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:59:21 GMT

Gatwick Airport police arrest an intruder who got on to an plane without a passport, ticket or boarding pass.

Hillsborough PC denies bin bag claim
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:42:03 GMT

A police officer denies using a bin bag to cover the face of a victim of the Hillsborough disaster.

Hinkley Point nuclear plant delayed
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:48:44 GMT

Energy giant EDF has admitted that construction of Britain's first new nuclear power plant in decades has been delayed.

Man admits So Solid Crew gig death
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:36:02 GMT

A man is jailed for life for killing a teenager outside a So Solid Crew gig 14 years ago.

Nearly one million 'face mortgage woe'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:23:32 GMT

Nearly a million homeowners have no way of paying off their mortgages because they opted for interest-only loans, Citizens Advice warns.

Harry Styles corrects fan's bad grammar
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:05:28 GMT

One Direction fan gets a grammar lesson from Harry Styles at a US gig.

Fatboy Slim to play at Dismaland
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:49:40 GMT

Fatboy Slim is to play at Banksy's seaside Dismaland exhibition later, organisers announce.

IMC's return 'would not solve crisis'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:17:54 GMT

The former chair of a body set up to monitor paramilitary groups says it would not be appropriate for such a commission to return now.

Two questioned over 'hook beating'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:11:46 GMT

A 25-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man are being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder in County Armagh.

Teen strip search police disciplined
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:30:49 GMT

Two North Wales Police officers are disciplined for carrying out a strip search on a teenage boy without an appropriate adult present.

Councils call for refugee cash help
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:57:17 GMT

Local authorities are playing their part in the refugee crisis but need cash help from central government, a Welsh council leader says.

Mother and partner deny toddler murder
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:27:19 GMT

A mother and her partner deny murdering her two-year-old son at a house in Fife and blaming his death on a seven-year-old boy.

Body find 'may be Lachlan Simpson'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:20:40 GMT

Relatives of missing man Lachlan Simpson are told a body found at a harbour in Aberdeenshire could be his.

Find a room for refugees, says mayor
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:06:06 GMT

Bristol's mayor urges residents with space in their homes to follow his lead and consider taking in refugees.

Market tent set up around parked car
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:07:43 GMT

A market trader set up his tent around a car after it was illegally parked in the middle of his plot.

Man Utd 'lack transfer experience'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:57:14 GMT

Man Utd's "inexperience" in the transfer market led to the collapse of David De Gea's move, says Real Madrid's president.

Fans can get carried away - Coleman
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:31:59 GMT

Manager Chris Coleman urges Wales fans to get excited, but says he and his players will not until they qualify for Euro 2016.

Hamilton pips Rosberg in Italy
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:49:03 GMT

Lewis Hamilton pips team-mate Nico Rosberg in second practice at the Italian Grand Prix as Mercedes leave their rivals trailing.

Kendall warns of Tory 'wipeout' bid
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:46:47 GMT

The Conservatives will launch a drive to "wipe out" Labour as soon as the party chooses its new leader, candidate Liz Kendall warns during a TV debate.

Ex-UKIP candidate apologises for tweet
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:44:01 GMT

An former UKIP parliamentary candidate apologises after saying a Syrian boy found drowned in Turkey died because his parents were "greedy for the good life in Europe".

Blunkett: UK must take 25,000 refugees
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:06:08 GMT

The UK should take in 25,000 refugees over the next six months, former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett tells the BBC's Newsnight.

VIDEO: Health Committee
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:40:51 GMT

The Health Committee heard from key figures in NHS England.

VIDEO: Farage: EU needs offshore refugee centres
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:01:41 GMT

UKIP leader Nigel Farage says we must not "allow our compassion to imperil our safety" and urges Europe to use "offshore" centres to process asylum claims.

VIDEO: Radicals: 'MI5 tried to recruit me'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:51:19 GMT

Radicals are considered useful to the security services, they have unique access to groups considered potentially dangerous and can inform on them. One 25-year-old British Muslim told Catrin Nye that MI5 had tried to recruit him.

VIDEO: 'Coming to the UK saved our lives'
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:57:57 GMT

David Cameron has said the UK will fulfil its "moral responsibilities" over refugees fleeing to Europe from Syria.

VIDEO: Blind climber conquers Swiss Eiger
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:37:43 GMT

A partially-sighted Shropshire man with less than 5% vision has successfully ascended the Eiger's west flank.

VIDEO: Boy 'humiliated' over naked selfie
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:09:43 GMT

A teenager who sent a naked photo of himself to a girl at school has been added to a police database for making and distributing indecent images.

VIDEO: Badger cull resumes for third year
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 05:50:03 GMT

Badger culling resumes in parts of south-west England, which ministers say will help tackle bovine TB, with Dorset included for the first time.

VIDEO: High speed broadband targets rural areas
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:28:22 GMT

In rural Britain, access to the internet remains a struggle so locals are finding other means of improving its broadband

VIDEO: Naked rambler: To me, it makes sense
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:41:00 GMT

Stephen Gough, a former Royal Marine who is better know as the naked rambler, explains his views to the BBC's Clive Coleman.

Lives of Syrian refugees already in UK
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:15:45 GMT

Stories of Syrian refugees who are already in the UK

What is the UK doing to help refugees?
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:05:55 GMT

What is the UK currently doing to help?

The war over tipping
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:43:14 GMT

The battle over where waiters' tips go

Quiz of the week's news
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 01:30:08 GMT

What made more money for Bono than U2?

Strictly stars and leotard struggles
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 01:28:12 GMT

Strictly stars reveal hopes, fears and leotard struggles

What should we do about radicals?
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 01:33:05 GMT

Key approaches to tackling those with radicalised views

Who, What, Why: Can a bang on the head cause a bald spot?
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:18:36 GMT

Can you get a bald spot from a bang on the head?