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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.


Heath investigated by five forces
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:04:05 GMT

Former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath is being investigated by five police forces as part of their inquiries into allegations of historical child abuse.

Cilla died after stroke, says coroner
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:46:01 GMT

Cilla Black died of natural causes after falling and having a stroke on the balcony of her Spanish home, a coroner confirms.

Airport to be emergency lorry park
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:05:56 GMT

A former airport in Kent is to be used as an emergency lorry park as cross-Channel disruption continues, the government announces.

Burnham 'would nationalise railways'
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:00:20 GMT

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham promises to renationalise Britain's railways "line by line" if he becomes prime minister.

Police teen searches 'unsustainable'
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:42:00 GMT

One of the UK's most senior chief constables says tracing runaway teenagers takes up too much police time and is a job for social workers.

Parents tagged over IS travel fear
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:43:13 GMT

The adult members of two families will have electronic tags fitted because of fears they could take children to areas controlled by Islamic State militants, a court rules.

Kids Company in closure warning
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:09:50 GMT

The Kids Company charity, which received 3m from ministers a week ago, tells the government it will close its services on Wednesday evening.

Farmers continue milk price protests
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:30:17 GMT

Dairy farmers are continuing to protest at supermarkets in parts of the UK over the price they are paid for their milk.

Bin lorry driver 'no blackout' claim
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:07:46 GMT

The driver of a bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow denied having a history of blackouts after the incident which claimed six lives.

Treasury sells RBS stake at 1bn loss
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:17:46 GMT

The government begins its sell-off of shares in part-nationalised lender Royal Bank of Scotland, raising 2.1bn, a third below the price it paid.

Woman shot in head in seagulls row
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:58:28 GMT

A woman was shot in the head with an air rifle after challenging another woman about her shooting seagulls in a village square, a court hears.

Higher Maths pass mark set at 34%
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:58:16 GMT

The pass mark for the new Higher Maths exam was adjusted to 34% amid concerns it was "too difficult", it emerges.

Pair become youngest to row Atlantic
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:24:48 GMT

Two British men become the world's youngest to row across the Atlantic Ocean, from the US to the UK.

1D's Louis finally speaks about baby
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:22:04 GMT

The One Direction singer was asked on Good Morning America.

Man killed as lorry and car collide
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:19:42 GMT

A man is killed in a crash on the Killowen Road in County Down.

Agency nurse held over assault claim
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:19:39 GMT

An agency nurse is arrested following an alleged assault at a care home in County Tyrone.

Guards sacked over Facebook posts
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:45:52 GMT

Two prison guards are sacked for posting offensive messages about a Welsh prisoner who died in jail.

Bus hits man on Kingsway, Swansea
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:09:42 GMT

Man, 35, suffers non life-threatening injuries after being hit by a bus on The Kingsway in Swansea city centre.

Man jailed for brother-in-law murder
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:27:52 GMT

A man who murdered his brother-in-law with a sledgehammer and axe is jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years in prison.

'Human remains' are found in park
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:52:58 GMT

Police are investigating the discovery of what appears to be human remains in a park in Fife.

More abuse victims join legal action
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:39:24 GMT

Twenty-one victims of a teacher convicted of physically and sexually assaulting them come forward to bring legal action against Birmingham City Council.

Six in court over Becky Watts' death
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:03:50 GMT

Six people have appeared in court in connection with the death of Bristol teenager Becky Watts, ahead of a trial set for 6 October.

Di Maria 'very happy to join PSG'
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:20:22 GMT

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria says he is "very happy" to be joining Paris St-Germain, a year after moving to Old Trafford.

Guy claims gold in 200m freestyle
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:54:49 GMT

Britain's James Guy wins 200m freestyle gold at the World Swimming Championships while Adam Peaty sets new 50m breaststroke record.

Glasgow set to stage Davis Cup semi
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:06:35 GMT

LTA fails to persuade Florence and the Machine to move their show so Manchester Arena could host GB's tie with Australia.

Labour urged to end 'Corbyn madness'
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:36:30 GMT

Labour must "end the madness" of recent weeks over Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy and choose Yvette Cooper as its next leader, Alan Johnson says.

UK to extend Tornado strikes in Iraq
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:28:00 GMT

The RAF Tornado mission against Islamic State militants in Iraq is to be extended until at least 2017, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says.

Corbyn: I'll reindustrialise the North
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:29:21 GMT

Jeremy Corbyn is calling for the "re-industrialisation" of northern England through higher spending on transport, housing and broadband while Andy Burnham pledges help for part-time workers.

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

The Health Committee heard from key figures in NHS England.

VIDEO: Blair 'must explain illegal Iraq war'
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:44:38 GMT

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has suggested Tony Blair could be made to stand trial for war crimes over the invasion of Iraq.

VIDEO: 3D printing: A disability revolution?
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:08:54 GMT

Nikki Fox looks at how 3D printing could potentially revolutionise the lives of disabled people.

VIDEO: 'I thought I was safe as a runaway'
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:54:01 GMT

Sarah used to runaway from home, but now says she did not understand the dangers.

VIDEO: Fear of illness drove partner to suicide
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:26:00 GMT

John Southall, the partner of Gill Pharaoh, who ended her life in a Swiss suicide clinic, explains how she reached her decision.

VIDEO: Waves batter cars prompting 'sea ban'
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:10:46 GMT

Cars are moved by large waves and people are advised not to enter the sea at a number of beaches as bad weather hits the south-west of England.

VIDEO: Farmers clear milk shelves in protest
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:50:51 GMT

Dairy farmers stage protests over fears that they could go out of business because of poor prices they are paid for supplying supermarkets.

VIDEO: Wing-walk fundraiser for 90-year-old
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:53:57 GMT

A Leicestershire man celebrates his 90th birthday by raising money for charity with a wing walk.

VIDEO: Bollywood horror filmed in UK
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:23:52 GMT

Bollywood is not normally associated with the suspense genre but now it is biting back with a home counties horror film - and the BBC has been granted exclusive access.

Who was Ted Heath?
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:59:42 GMT

Former PM in the spotlight over child abuse claims

Why might women feel temperature differently to men?
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:48:01 GMT

Why might women feel temperature differently to men?

Calais and the UK's lack of ID cards
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:41:06 GMT

Calais and the story of UK identity cards

RBS sale: Value for money?
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:52:04 GMT

Why sell RBS shares now? And is it good for taxpayers?

Would Chinese-style education work on British kids?
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:37:51 GMT

Would Chinese-style education work on British kids?

Can Tube strike dispute be resolved?
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 06:21:10 GMT

Can Tube strike dispute be resolved?

When did 'buccaneering' become a good word?
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:48:11 GMT

When did 'buccaneering' become a good word?