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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.


NHS 'needs extra cash and overhaul'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:09:55 GMT

The NHS in England needs extra money and drastic changes to the way services are organised if patient care is not to suffer, health bosses say.

Police killer Roberts to be freed
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:22:41 GMT

Police killer Harry Roberts is to be released after more than 45 years - a Parole Board decision described as "scandalous".

Tesco boss to quit over profits error
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:30:21 GMT

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent will leave the firm after the company announced a bigger-than-forecast hole in its profits.

Lloyds expected to cut 9,000 jobs
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:04:03 GMT

Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs - around a tenth of its entire workforce - over the next three years, the BBC understands.

'Anti-extremism' school code shelved
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:56:22 GMT

The Department for Education has shelved plans for a code of practice for some religious schools which operate outside of mainstream education, the BBC learns.

Military heads admit Afghan mistakes
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:40:51 GMT

Military leaders failed to calculate the magnitude of the conflict in Afghanistan, the former head of the British army, Gen Sir Peter Wall, tells the BBC.

Fresh questions for abuse inquiry head
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:53:14 GMT

Fiona Woolf, head of the public inquiry into historical sex abuse, faces more questions from MPs over her suitability for the post.

Alice Gross funeral to take place
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:18:17 GMT

The funeral for murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross is taking place in west London.

'More to do' on disabled hate crimes
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:45:15 GMT

Hate crime convictions are at an all-time high, but disability hate crime convictions have dropped, according to a new report.

Fears over city drone flight dangers
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:56:02 GMT

Drones which could seriously injure or kill are being flown over cities and towns across England, despite laws designed to protect the public.

Sunrise vigil opens Poppy Appeal
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:03:18 GMT

A sunrise vigil at the Cenotaph that will last until sunset marks the start of the 2014 Poppy Appeal.

Nearly 200 inmates wrongly released
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:07:31 GMT

Nearly 200 prisoners have been mistakenly freed since 2010, including four sex offenders and 24 burglars, official figures confirm.

Warning to wild mushroom pickers
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:44:44 GMT

Wild food foragers are being warned to be particularly careful when picking mushrooms because of a rise in cases of mushroom poisoning.

Pre-Python TV episodes rediscovered
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:53:12 GMT

Two episodes of 1960s TV comedy At Last The 1948 Show, which starred John Cleese and Graham Chapman before they formed Monty Python, are found.

Adorkable new words make dictionary
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:27:31 GMT

The latest print edition of the Collins English dictionary contains 50,000 newly-added words, including selfie, onesie and adorkable.

Man charged over baby girl attack
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:59:54 GMT

A 24-year-old man is charged with the attempted murder of a two-year-old girl in County Armagh.

Big rise in number of NI new homes
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:28:25 GMT

New figures show a big increase in the number of new homes being built in Northern Ireland.

'No quick fix' for ambulance targets
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:01:07 GMT

Missed target times for ambulance emergency calls can be turned around but there is "no imminent fix", warns the new head of the service in Wales.

MP duped by 'quadriplegic' conman
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:29:08 GMT

An MP admits being taken in by a conman who pretended to be quadriplegic claiming police were abusing him.

Grangemouth revamp 'on schedule'
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:23:10 GMT

The owners of the Grangemouth plant say radical changes are on track a year after the site was closed by an industrial dispute.

Kelpies site wins engineering award
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:24:40 GMT

The development of the site containing Scotland's newest cultural landmark, The Kelpies, wins a national engineering award.

Boy, 9, and man killed in house fire
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:32:42 GMT

A nine-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man had died after a house fire in Penistone, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire Police say.

Tube contract 80m payout criticised
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:15:49 GMT

Transport for London is criticised for paying a company 80m after it failed to deliver a contract.

Balotelli shirt swap angers Rodgers
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:29:29 GMT

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is unhappy Mario Balotelli swapped shirts with a Real Madrid player at half-time.

Flintoff signs for Brisbane Heat
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:07:13 GMT

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff joins Brisbane Heat for the Australian Big Bash T20.

Gamble paid off for Arsenal - Wenger
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:40:05 GMT

Arsene Wenger says his tactical 'gamble' paid off after Arsenal earned a dramatic Champions League win at Anderlecht.

Tales from the India Office
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:04:32 GMT

Millions of documents recording Britain's 350-year presence in the sub-continent reveal some exotic stories.

How safe is mouldy food to eat?
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:07:17 GMT

British families throw away millions of tonnes of food every year, enough to fill Wembley stadium, to the brim. How much could be safely eaten?

The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:37:48 GMT

Today, the "free" in free school stands for the freedom to found a school outside council control. But back in the 1970s young idealists created a very different type of free school.

MEPs back Juncker EU Commission team
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:48:05 GMT

The new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker gets strong backing from MEPs after some tough questioning.

PM: Buck stops with me on criminals
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:35:18 GMT

Prime Minister David Cameron tells MPs the "buck stops with me" when it comes to deporting foreign criminals from the UK.

Legal challenge over abuse inquiry
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:16:35 GMT

A legal challenge is launched into the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating historical child abuse as political pressure grows.

VIDEO: Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:01:09 GMT

MPs take evidence on the future of the BBC.

VIDEO: Can technology plug NHS funding gap?
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:09:54 GMT

The NHS is under pressure to close a huge projected funding gap - Dominic Hughes reports on how the NHS has addressed this in West Yorkshire.

VIDEO: Rapist Evans in video statement
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:13:04 GMT

Footballer Ched Evans has released a video statement in which he says he is "determined to continue the fight" to clear his name.

VIDEO: Taxi boss: 'Users want white drivers'
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:02:09 GMT

The manager of a cab firm in Rochdale has said that a small number of the company's customers are requesting white drivers, following the rise of the so-called Islamic State in the Middle East.

VIDEO: More powers 'would boost UK cities'
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:21:08 GMT

Allowing UK cities to make their own decisions on tax and spending could boost economic growth by 79bn a year by 2030, a year-long study has concluded.

VIDEO: MP duped by Swansea conman
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:29:00 GMT

An MP has admitted being duped by a conman who pretended to be quadriplegic and claimed police were abusing him.

VIDEO: Lions picture wins photography prize
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:04:17 GMT

Michael Nichols wins Wildlife photographer of the year for his photograph of a pride of snoozing lions

VIDEO: 'Dean abused me in childhood'
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:45:28 GMT

A man who was abused by the late Dean of Manchester speaks about his childhood ordeal, as an inquiry criticises the Church of England's handling of allegations of sexual abuse.

VIDEO: Call for traffic-free Oxford Street
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:55:22 GMT

London's Oxford Street is "doomed to decline" unless it is pedestrianised by 2020, a report suggests.

Do people know where their chicken comes from?
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:03:57 GMT

Do you care where your chicken comes from?

Nirvana: 25 years since first UK gig
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:25:34 GMT

Fans recall Nirvana's first UK gig 25 years on

Tesco's next move: Expert views
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:12:28 GMT

How can the supermarket turn its fortunes around?

Disabled students: Fran goes to university
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:08:02 GMT

Getting to university after spinal surgery

Why Scotland is the last word in dictionaries
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:28:58 GMT

Why Scotland is the last word in dictionaries

NHS 'revamp' and Canada attacks - the papers
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:26:20 GMT

Shootings in Canada dominate Thursday's newspapers