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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.

Ex-DJ Travis guilty of sex assault
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:00 GMT

Ex-BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis is convicted of one count of indecent assault in 1995 but cleared of a second charge.

Miliband: We'll build a better life
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:56:34 GMT

Labour leader Ed Miliband says the general election will be decided by who can "build a better life for working people".

Woman and child killed by train
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:53:14 GMT

A woman and young child die after being hit by a train in Slough, Berkshire, in "suspicious circumstances", say police.

Cameron in UN talks over IS action
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:26:46 GMT

David Cameron is holding talks at the UN to see "what more the UK can do" to help international efforts "to tackle the threat we all face" from Islamic State.

Second video of UK hostage released
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:03:35 GMT

A second video is released showing British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Barclays hit by record 38m fine
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:17:19 GMT

Barclays Bank has been fined a record 38m by UK regulators for failing to keep its clients' assets separate from its own.

Tesco fast-tracks new finance chief
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:49:48 GMT

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco says its new chief financial officer, Alan Stewart, is joining the company immediately, more than two months earlier than originally planned.

Scotland 'the winner' after vote
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:53:30 GMT

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says "all of Scotland will emerge as the winner" following the vote against independence.

Man arrested over 'Iraq explosives'
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:40:57 GMT

A man is arrested in north-west London on suspicion of involvement in production of improvised explosive devices in Iraq.

Two aircraft collide in mid-air
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:54:33 GMT

Two single-seater light aircraft collide in mid-air over Bedfordshire and one crashes to the ground.

Andy Murray regrets tweet fallout
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:19:33 GMT

Andy Murray says he does not "regret giving an opinion" but was "disappointed" with the way he tweeted his support for Scottish independence.

Holiday booze fuels rejected claims
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:54:00 GMT

Insurers have been criticised for turning down claims from holidaymakers who had been drinking alcohol before having an accident.

VIDEO: Radio query reveals garden cannabis
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:40:01 GMT

Patricia Hewitson from Exmouth, Devon, unwittingly grew a 5ft (1,5m) tall cannabis plant from a pack of bird seeds - but her error was only revealed when she contacted a radio phone-in show.

Call Ghostbusters, council advises
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:47:29 GMT

A council refers a request for information about "zombie invasion" plans to experts from Ghostbusters, The X Files and Shaun of the Dead.

Rapist is sentenced to 18 years
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:02:22 GMT

A man who raped a woman in Lurgan, County Armagh, and beat her boyfriend into unconsciousness is jailed for 18 years.

MLA concerned by A&E pressures
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:24:24 GMT

A Sinn Fin MLA says she is "very concerned" about pressure on the emergency department at the Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday night.

104k public cash lost in bank fraud
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:39:50 GMT

Public funds totalling 104,000 were paid into a fraudulent bank account and are "highly unlikely" to be recovered, a Welsh assembly committee hears.

Tax collection plans to be unveiled
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:29:40 GMT

Plans for how Wales will collect and manage its own taxes will be revealed by Finance Minister Jane Hutt on Tuesday.

Clydeport admits tug deaths failures
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:54:23 GMT

Port operator Clydeport Operations Limited admits health and safety failures over a tug boat which sank in the River Clyde killing three crew.

Agreement on new powers 'not easy'
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:44:14 GMT

The head of the new commission on delivering more powers to Scotland has warned it will "not be easy" to get agreement from the Scottish parties.

Mothers stage homes sit-in protest
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:45:29 GMT

Members of a women's group in east London are staging a week-long occupation of a housing estate next to the Olympic Park, in protest at the number of empty properties.

Alice suspect 'made weapon to kill'
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:00:00 GMT

The prime suspect in the investigation to find Alice Gross murdered his wife with homemade weapons, court documents reveal.

Anfield stadium expansion approved
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:39:36 GMT

Liverpool FC is given permission to increase Anfield stadium's capacity from 45,000 to about 59,000 as part of a 100m expansion plan.

Hooker Youngs out for three months
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:25:52 GMT

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs will miss England's autumn internationals after being ruled out with a shoulder injury.

McIlroy has outgrown me - McDowell
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:54:23 GMT

Graeme McDowell admits Rory McIlroy's four majors and world number one status may mean the end for their Ryder Cup partnership.

How lasers revealed a lost city in the jungle
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:14:49 GMT

Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city - new archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets.

'I lost a job because of my tattoos'
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:55:11 GMT

Readers' stories of losing their jobs, missing out on promotions and being rejected in interviews because of their tattoos.

'Why I bet 900k on the Scottish referendum'
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:17:15 GMT

An anonymous man bet 900,000 on a "No" vote in the Scottish Referendum. He won. Here he talks through his thought process.

Labour: Put rail passengers first
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:21:04 GMT

Labour pledges to put "passengers before profit" in the railways amid calls for the network to be renationalised.

Cameron to hold talks with Iran
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:53:32 GMT

David Cameron is to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani - the first time a UK prime minister has met an Iranian president since the Iran's revolution in 1979.

Hague urges 'English votes' action
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:17:18 GMT

William Hague says the case for English devolution "cannot be avoided" any longer and suggested it could become a major issue at next year's election.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:49:55 GMT

Tory MP John Baron asks an urgent question on the government's response to Islamic State.

VIDEO: NHS staff to help in Ebola areas
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:55:51 GMT

The World Health Organization has warned the number of people with the Ebola virus could reach 20,000 by November if swift action is not taken now.

VIDEO: Turtle back home in sea life centre
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:41:04 GMT

Ernie the green sea turtle and other creatures including penguins, sharks and tropical fish are returning to Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary in Norfolk.

VIDEO: Boats and ladders after Oxford flood
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:46:51 GMT

Fire and rescue crews helped 25 people leave their homes after a burst water main flooded homes in Cowley in Oxford.

VIDEO: Labour's dilemma over MP vote rights
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:28:37 GMT

The three main parties at Westminster have promised to devolve more powers to Holyrood following last week's referendum in Scotland.

AUDIO: Space inflation and a physics bet
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:45:59 GMT

One of the biggest scientific claims of the year has received another set-back, putting the result of a bet between two significant physicists in jeopardy.

VIDEO: Teenagers shy to talk about cancer
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:02:18 GMT

A leading cancer charity says it is concerned the disease is not being spotted early enough in young people because many are too embarrassed to talk to their GP.

VIDEO: WW1 bus retraces Ypres battle routes
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:15:11 GMT

A London bus used in the Allied war effort of 1914 is retracing its route in Belgium.

Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic?
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:54:13 GMT

Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic?

A brief history of the UK Parliament
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:54:46 GMT

The 900-year-story behind the creation of a UK parliament

Actor battles to overturn jail term
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:23:48 GMT

Ricky Tomlinson hopes jail-time play will help clear his name

First Aid Kit harmonise with pupils
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:37:43 GMT

Swedish band inspires state school girls at Albert Hall

VIDEO: Who's afraid of video for theatre?
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:05:45 GMT

Are trailer videos on social media spoiling theatre?

Tesco turns stale as market moves on
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:15:44 GMT

Has Tesco passed its sell-by date, asks Richard Anderson

Tesco turmoil and 'Breaking Bad' plot - papers
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:04:00 GMT

Supermarket's woes make front-page headlines