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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.


Child abuse inquiry overhaul urged
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:04:01 GMT

Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.

Tesco accounts face fresh inquiry
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:27:07 GMT

The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014 following the 250m mis-statement of its profits.

Man dies in police Taser shooting
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:21:42 GMT

A man dies after being shot by police with a Taser during a suspected burglary in Staffordshire.

Dozens rescued from flooded Asda
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:12:23 GMT

Firefighters rescue 42 people who were stranded by floodwater at a supermarket in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

Planned airport strike suspended
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:54:35 GMT

Planned two-day strike by ground handling staff at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports is suspended after a new pay offer.

Councils 'dim lights to save cash'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:13:11 GMT

Street lights are being switched off or dimmed to save money in three quarters of England's council areas, according to Labour Party research.

Parents jailed over toddler's death
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:45:30 GMT

A mother and father convicted of causing or allowing the death of their young son are each sentenced to nine years.

Sainsbury's suffers website glitch
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:13:38 GMT

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the latest victim of website difficulties amid the rush for Christmas orders.

Villiers hopeful of '11th hour' deal
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:22:30 GMT

The Northern Ireland secretary says she believes a deal is "still possible" in the cross-party talks, as negotiations enter a final day.

Man bailed over Avon Gorge death
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:24:12 GMT

A man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man who fell from the Avon Gorge is released on bail, police say.

Two arrested over McConville murder
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:17:35 GMT

Police investigating the 1972 murder of Belfast mother-of-ten Jean McConville arrest two men in counties Antrim and Armagh.

NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:22:04 GMT

A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.

Higher pay awards 'on the way'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:29:24 GMT

Bigger pay rises may be on offer in the coming year, according to Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee.

Man shot dead while sitting in car
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:50:33 GMT

A man is shot dead and another is injured when a gunman opens fire at their stationary car in Sheffield city centre.

Grieving mother's laptop returned
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:38:31 GMT

A stolen laptop containing the last photographs of an ill child before she died is returned to her family.

Williams meant no offence - Davies
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:05:40 GMT

Wales rugby star Liam Williams meant no offence posting a photo of himself 'blacked-up' as Swansea City's Wilfried Bony says Phil Davies.

'Injured parrot' was Christmas hat
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:00:17 GMT

A woman is left "mortified" after calling in the Scottish SPCA to rescue an injured parrot that turned out to be a Christmas hat.

Seal found in the middle of a field
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:13:46 GMT

A seal is found by a dog walker in the middle of a field in St Helens, Merseyside.

550 pensioners lose their home help
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:35:43 GMT

Hundreds of elderly people across Belfast are to lose home help services because of cuts to the health trust's budget.

Crash barrier 'removed before death'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:36:10 GMT

The father of a County Tyrone teenager who died after being knocked down asks questions about the removal of a crash barrier at the scene of his son's death.

Boy admits lying about baby's death
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:12:39 GMT

A teenager admits lying to police about the death of a six-week-old girl.

Probe starts into factory fire
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:53:32 GMT

A fire at a Swansea factory forces some production to be switched to a sister site in the US, say bosses.

Passenger hurt as train hits flood
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:07:42 GMT

A passenger was hurt when a train came to a halt after striking flood water on a rail line in East Ayrshire.

McCoist leaves Rangers manager post
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:25:44 GMT

Ally McCoist leaves his position as Rangers manager and is put on gardening leave, with Kenny McDowall taking charge.

Tour de Yorkshire reveals host sites
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:27:33 GMT

The start and finish locations of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire are announced.

Frozen chicken drugs man in court
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:22:23 GMT

A man appears in court charged in connection with a plot to smuggle 90kg (198lb) of MDMA into the UK hidden inside pallets of frozen chicken.

Fans voice anger at Rangers' AGM
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:21:58 GMT

Rangers' board are greeted with chants of "out, out, out" as they take their seats at the club's AGM on Monday at Ibrox.

Reds starting to recover - Lawrenson
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:02:19 GMT

Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson, who had described the Reds as "rudderless", says there are now signs of recovery.

VIDEO: Advent calendar: Security stop Hamilton
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:33:12 GMT

Day 22 of BBC Sport's advent calendar looks back at when Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was stopped by a security guard.

The mystery of Chopin's death
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:13:35 GMT

Chopin's death certificate said he died of tuberculosis, but there have always been doubts - and an examination of his heart this year has failed to put them to rest.

Why do mornings get darker after 21 December?
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:22:24 GMT

Today is the shortest day of the year, but it doesn't follow that mornings will start getting brighter from now on.

The family with 34 children - and counting
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:04:40 GMT

There are 34 children in the Briggs family - 29 of those have been adopted from all over the world and the family is about to get even bigger.

Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:21:24 GMT

Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.

May targets student visa 'abuse'
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:37:11 GMT

Home Secretary Theresa May backs a plan that would force foreign students to leave the UK after their university courses, in a bid to curb illegal immigration.

Ambulance wait times 'may increase'
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:45:11 GMT

Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.

VIDEO: Transport Committee
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:18:30 GMT

MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.

VIDEO: 2m raised after dogs' home fire
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:00:19 GMT

Almost 2 million has now been raised for Manchester Dogs' Home after a fire in September that saw 50 animals die.

VIDEO: Floods spark retail park chaos
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:59:23 GMT

Firefighters have rescued 42 people who were stranded by floodwater at a supermarket in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

VIDEO: 'My brother died in dark street'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:46:04 GMT

Matilda Wellbelove talks about the death of her brother, Archie, who was hit by a taxi on a road where the street lighting had been switched off to save money.

VIDEO: Panto 'most difficult of all' acting
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:15:55 GMT

York Theatre Royal's long-serving panto dame, Berwick Kaler, tells BBC Breakfast what it takes to excel in the role of Widow Twanky or Mother Goose.

AUDIO: 'I never thought I'd see laptop again'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:34:44 GMT

Stolen laptop containing the last photographs of a terminally ill child before she died has been returned to her family.

VIDEO: Actress Billie Whitelaw dies at 82
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:33:50 GMT

Actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her interpretations of the works of Samuel Beckett, has died at the age of 82, her son confirms.

VIDEO: CBI predicts jobs growth in 2015
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:02:38 GMT

The CBI says half of businesses will take on more staff next year but a lack of skills could still hold back the economy.

VIDEO: Who won The Apprentice final?
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:02:00 GMT

Lord Sugar picks his winner in The Apprentice final on BBC One - with Mark Wright and Bianca Miller vying to be his business partner.

Learning lessons from a drugs death
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:45:13 GMT

Learning lessons to help prevent other narcotic tragedies

Obituary: Billie Whitelaw
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:01:38 GMT

Obituary of Billie Whitelaw, renowned interpreter of Beckett

VIDEO: Who wants to send the Christmas mail?
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:12:53 GMT

Meet the temporary Christmas posties

Good Omens: How Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:20:01 GMT

How Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book

Remembering the InterCity 125
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:47:44 GMT

Interactive video remembering the InterCity 125

Quiz of the year part pt 2: The year gone viral
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:24:17 GMT

Who, and what, went viral in 2014?

DNA revolution, and 'the great light switch-off'
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:40:00 GMT

DNA revolution, and 'the great light switch-off'