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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.


Six released in Syria 'terror' probe
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:40:37 GMT

Six people arrested by UK police over alleged terror offences after a group was stopped at the Turkey-Syria border are released without charge.

Son sought over double family murder
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:14:26 GMT

Police investigating the murders of a mother and her daughter in Merseyside urgently want to trace one of their relatives.

Miliband plans wage abuse task force
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:23:09 GMT

A Labour government would set up a task force to target firms who encourage low skilled migration and undermine the minimum wage, Ed Miliband says.

I will miss Top Gear, says Clarkson
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:05:50 GMT

Jeremy Clarkson says he will miss hosting Top Gear, in his first comment since he was dropped from the BBC show.

Prince Harry airborne in Australia
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:23:02 GMT

Prince Harry takes to the skies during his first two weeks of a secondment with the Australian Defence Force.

CPS chief 'not told' of Janner claims
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:38:01 GMT

The former director of public prosecutions, Lord Macdonald QC, expresses "great regret" that he was not told of historical child abuse allegations against former Labour MP Lord Janner.

Deepcut inquest 'stalled by police'
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:00:13 GMT

The family of a soldier found dead at a Surrey army barracks says police are stalling a new inquest into her death.

UK monitoring French nuclear issue
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:01:30 GMT

Britain's nuclear safety regulator says it expects lessons to be learned from problems with a French reactor that is very similar to one planned in the UK.

UKIP councillor in 'assault' arrest
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:03:54 GMT

A UKIP councillor is arrested after an alleged altercation with a campaigner.

Prison criticised over teenage death
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:11:46 GMT

A coroner criticises a young offenders' institution for failing to identify the risk to an 18-year-old remand prisoner who hanged himself.

Boy 'did not intend to kill himself'
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:28:49 GMT

A schoolboy found hanged in his bedroom by father did not intend to kill himself, a coroner rules.

Zayn Malik pays tribute to bandmates
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:12:59 GMT

Zayn Malik pays tribute to his former bandmates at an award ceremony, where he made his first solo appearance since leaving One Direction.

Lego replica for Chester Cathedral
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:30:31 GMT

Chester Cathedral embarks on a four-year project to build a scale model of the landmark in Lego.

Funeral for car boot murder victim
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:39:06 GMT

The funeral of Kyle Neil whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast takes place.

Man in 70s robbed by armed man
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:56:57 GMT

A man in his 70s is robbed by an armed man in west Belfast.

Four held as murder probe launched
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:14:48 GMT

Four people are arrested after man, 42, dies following a serious assault in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Miliband rules out Plaid coalition
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:10:14 GMT

Labour leader Ed Miliband says he is not interested in a coalition with Plaid Cymru as he made his first general election campaign visit to Wales.

Second vigil for Karen Buckley
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:04:17 GMT

More than 150 people gather in Glasgow to hold a second vigil to remember murdered Irish student Karen Buckley.

Scots parties on campaign trail
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:15:06 GMT

The political parties take to the streets of Scotland for a weekend of general election campaigning.

Teenager stabbed to death in street
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:53:38 GMT

A murder investigation is under way in Birmingham after a teenager was stabbed to death in the street.

Hunt continues for murder suspect
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:57:25 GMT

The search continues for a suspected killer following an unsuccessful raid on a house by armed police in Wolverhampton.

Everton 1-0 Burnley
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:39:41 GMT

Kevin Mirallas scores the winner and Ross Barkley misses a penalty as Everton beat Burnley, who have Ashley Barnes sent off.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:23:09 GMT

Chelsea will be Premier League champions if they win their next two matches after victory over Manchester United.

Hamilton on pole position in Bahrain
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:21:29 GMT

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took his fourth straight pole position in 2015 as he beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain.

Farage compares himself to Gandhi
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:55:41 GMT

UKIP leader Nigel Farage quotes Mahatma Gandhi as he describes his battle with the political establishment.

The story behind classic election images
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:12:15 GMT

Through the stories behind five iconic images, BBC Radio 4 reveals how running for office at a general election has changed in the UK since 1945.

Cameron joins Vaisakhi procession
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:49:56 GMT

David and Samantha Cameron join thousands of people celebrating the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi in Kent.

VIDEO: Finance Bill second reading
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:08:15 GMT

MPs pass the Finance Bill at second reading.

VIDEO: London actors headline in Star Wars
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:35:07 GMT

Two young Londoners will share the limelight with Harrison Ford when the hotly anticipated new Star Wars film opens.

VIDEO: Zayn Malik collects Asian Award
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:13:47 GMT

Zayn Malik makes his first solo appearance since quitting One Direction at the annual Asian Awards.

VIDEO: Will climate change hit fish and chip shops?
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:31:25 GMT

Global warming could mean a change to Britain's traditional fish and chips, reports Esyllt Carr.

VIDEO: My son 'paid the ultimate price'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:17:39 GMT

A woman who lost her son after he crashed his car moments after sending a text message implores people not to make the same mistake.

VIDEO: BBC election debate in two minutes
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:52:41 GMT

A two minute summary of the 2015 General Election debate.

VIDEO: Opposition leaders in debate clash
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:24:40 GMT

The leaders of Labour, SNP, UKIP, Greens and Plaid Cymru take part in a pre-election debate.

VIDEO: Harewood's support for black vote push
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:30:17 GMT

Actor David Harewood tells the BBC why he has been part of the Operation Black Vote campaign.

VIDEO: Sole-d: Why Northampton shoes are big in Japan
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:10:23 GMT

Around a third of all shoes made in the UK end up in Japan.

The death and rebirth of Y264 TKP
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:02:33 GMT

There's no such thing as the scrapheap

Six things the SNP, Greens and Plaid have in common
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:24:06 GMT

Six things the SNP, Greens and Plaid have in common

Led Zeppelin's inspirational cottage
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:20:48 GMT

The mid Wales hideaway that inspired Led Zeppelin

Election 2015: Why vote?
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:46:13 GMT

Your comments on whether you will cast your vote next month

Anderson: Story of a record-breaker
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:20:28 GMT

Swing bowling master James Anderson's journey to the top

Why you should watch FA Cup semi-finals
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:37:41 GMT

Liverpool v Arsenal FA Cup final? Think again