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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.


Abuse victims 'want Woolf to quit'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:35:34 GMT

Victims' groups are expected to tell child abuse inquiry officials that Fiona Woolf should step down as its head as concerns about her suitability persist.

'Do more' to tackle aid corruption
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:19:42 GMT

The UK government is not doing enough to tackle "petty corruption" in countries to which it gives aid, a report by a scrutiny body says.

Alcohol 'should have calorie labels'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:10:00 GMT

Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

Person missing after fireworks blaze
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:34:52 GMT

One person remains missing after a major blaze in a Stafford fireworks factory that left two people needing hospital treatment.

Double contest for Scottish Labour
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:11:37 GMT

The Scottish Labour party is now seeking both a new leader and a new deputy leader following the resignation of Anas Sarwar.

RBS reserves 400m for currency probe
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:09:33 GMT

Royal Bank of Scotland sets aside 400m to cover potential costs from an investigation into possible manipulation of the foreign exchange market.

ChildLine seeing more suicidal children
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:10:50 GMT

More children who have talked about killing themselves are contacting ChildLine for help, the counselling service says.

Lavish praise 'does not help pupils'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:46:01 GMT

Teachers who try to encourage low-achieving students with lots of praise could harm their learning, claims research into classroom tactics.

Independent review of Ofsted urged
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:57:53 GMT

Ofsted is in urgent need of an independent review in light of concerns about its objectivity and reliability, say local government leaders.

Labour pledge to boost English buses
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:59:46 GMT

Ed Miliband will promise that a Labour government would grant cities and regions greater powers to improve bus services across England.

Ebola aid ship docks in Sierra Leone
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:25:58 GMT

UK ship RFA Argus, which is carrying medical supplies, equipment and vehicles, arrives in Sierra Leone to help deal with the Ebola outbreak.

Farmer fined over dead cattle on land
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:40:38 GMT

A farmer who was fined last year for unlawfully slaughtering animals is fined again after dead cattle are found on his land.

Two arrested in care home probe
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:50:08 GMT

Two people are arrested as part of a police investigation into a care home in Oxfordshire.

National videogame museum to open
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:38:40 GMT

A new centre dedicated to the heritage and culture of gaming in the UK is to open its doors next year.

Gormley's new cliff top sculpture
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:39:09 GMT

An Antony Gormley statue described as a "robotic Angel of the North" will be installed on a cliff top in Dorset.

Ulster Bank to be retained by RBS
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:49:41 GMT

RBS will retain control of Ulster Bank and says it has a good market position that can deliver attractive returns.

Man charged with Gibson murder
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:39:17 GMT

A man is charged with the murder of Edward Gibson in west Belfast.

Cuts 'will undo' apprenticeship work
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:04:06 GMT

The main body providing apprenticeships in Wales is warning that budget cuts by the Welsh government will have a "massively de-stabilising effect" on such programmes.

Japan snack maker to create 100 jobs
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:41:10 GMT

A Japanese savoury snacks manufacturer is creating 100 new jobs at Deeside Enterprise Zone, opening its first factory in Europe.

Botanist's family renew appeal
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:16:07 GMT

The father of a botanist from Argyll who went missing in Vietnam a year ago asks anyone with any information to come forward.

Scottish Paranormal Festival begins
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:18:19 GMT

The first Scottish Paranormal Festival, a weekend celebrating UFOs, ghosts and aliens, is under way in Stirling.

Last day for coastguard station
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:15:42 GMT

The coastguard station at Brixham in Devon is closing later in a shake-up of rescue services.

Agency failures over murder victim
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:16:50 GMT

A review criticises police and other agencies for failing to talk to each other about a 19-year-old mother was killed by her partner.

'It's business as usual in Austin'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:40:29 GMT

Lewis Hamilton on turning up the pressure in his title fight with Nico Rosberg and the buzz of being back in America.

Murray seals World Tour Finals place
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:47:54 GMT

Andy Murray books his place at the World Tour Finals with an emphatic victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters.

Celtic's Tonev hit with racism ban
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:30 GMT

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev is banned for seven matches for "using abusive language of a racist nature".

The nuclear attack on the UK that never happened
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:50:46 GMT

In 1982, a secret Home Office exercise tested the UK's capacity to cope with a massive nuclear attack.

The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:29:32 GMT

A self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci is going on display in Turin - some believe it has mystical powers.

Unexpected ways to wake up your brain
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:35:46 GMT

Tea or coffee is often the favoured brew for those who are tired and in need of a caffeine boost. But is this really the best way to make ourselves more alert?

End 'robotic' drugs policy - MPs
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:45:37 GMT

MPs back calls for a review of 40-year old legislation on drug misuse - as a row breaks out at the top of the coalition over drugs laws.

UK migrant rescue stance criticised
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:51:10 GMT

A Home Office minister insists a change of policy on Mediterranean search-and-rescue operations would save lives - after MPs call it "shameful" and "a new low".

Labour 'must be bold on immigration'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:10:06 GMT

Former Home Office minister Liam Byrne says Labour must talk about immigration, saying it is not an "argument Labour needs to be afraid of".

VIDEO: European Scrutiny Committee
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:03:44 GMT

The committee questions the UK Commissioner-designate Lord Hill

VIDEO: Poppy hijab for Remembrance
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:02:27 GMT

A young fashion designer from London has decided to mark Remembrance Day by creating a special "poppy hijab" for Muslim women.

VIDEO: Lab for world?s worst animal viruses
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:10:15 GMT

A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world?s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

VIDEO: Where people openly smoke marijuana
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:14:37 GMT

The BBC's Anna Holligan visited a cafe in Amsterdam where people smoke as much marijuana as they like, and the government gets a share of the proceeds.

VIDEO: Tower poppies artist hails volunteers
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:09:22 GMT

The artist behind a project to place almost 900,000 ceramic poppies around the Tower of London says he is surprised and happy that so many people have "taken it to heart".

VIDEO: UK national sperm bank starts work
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:34:47 GMT

A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm - has started work in Birmingham.

AUDIO: Punk poet's praise for Michael Gove
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:20:25 GMT

John Cooper Clarke says Michael Gove was "right" to support the learning of poetry by rote.

VIDEO: Stars lend voices to poppy appeal
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:11:25 GMT

Celebrities such as Joanna Lumley and Arsene Wenger lend their voices to a fundraising campaign for London Poppy Day.

VIDEO: Murphy: 'I'll bring Labour together'
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:07:27 GMT

Jim Murphy MP says he is running to be Scottish Labour leader and first minister of Scotland to end the party's period of "self-harm".

What are Remploy workers doing now?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:13:29 GMT

How former Remploy workers struggle to find work

Moving house: Nightmare or life-affirming?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:34:14 GMT

Is moving house a nightmare or life affirming?

Quiz of the week's news
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:05:44 GMT

What did Robbie's wife tell him to stop singing during labour?

VIDEO: Meet the accidental stormtrooper
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:08:53 GMT

How one man's luck landed him a place in cinema history

Timothy Spall: How I became Turner
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:59:56 GMT

How Timothy Spall created 400 artworks for his latest film

Murphy talks unity as leader battle begins
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:31:53 GMT

James Cook on Jim Murphy's chances of leadership success

Caerphilly Cohort: What we learned
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:24:08 GMT

How 2,500 Caerphilly men helped shape expert thinking

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:26:40 GMT

Are the days of the humble key numbered?

UK rubbish heats Danish homes
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:47:26 GMT

Denmark burns UK waste for heating

Labour 'wipeout' and Ebola threat
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:18:38 GMT

Labour 'wipeout' and Ebola threat make the headlines