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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.


Churchill's funeral anniversary marked
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:06:45 GMT

Events are held to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's funeral, with the boat that carried his coffin repeating its Thames journey.

Body found in missing mum search
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:15:11 GMT

A body is found in a lake by police searching for a mother-of-four who has been missing for more than a week.

Burglars jailed for lecturer attack
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:35:21 GMT

Four burglars who took part in a raid which left a lecturer "unrecognisable" are given lengthy jail sentences.

Mitchell 'turned down' libel deal
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:30:28 GMT

Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell refused an offer to settle his "Plebgate" libel case just two months before he lost, court papers show.

Churches oppose three-person babies
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:26:06 GMT

Senior church figures call on the government to block the creation of so-called three-person babies, but scientists urge MPs to back a law change.

MP Murphy to stand down at election
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:28:28 GMT

Paul Murphy is to stand down as Labour MP for Torfaen after 28 years in parliament.

Secret 80s 'sex file' named diplomat
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:24:46 GMT

A top British diplomat engaged in "sexual perversion" in the 1960s and was vulnerable to blackmail by foreign powers, previously secret papers reveal.

M4 lanes reopen after oil spill
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:46:11 GMT

Two lanes of the M4 which were closed because of a hydraulic oil spill around Newport reopened.

Teen isolated over cancer hair shave
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:03:42 GMT

A teenager who shaved his head to raise money for a cancer charity is put into isolation for breaking school rules.

Men's pay falls 'more than women's'
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:02:45 GMT

Men have seen the real value of their pay fall far more than women in the past few years, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Teacher cleared of child sex charges
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:42:17 GMT

A primary school teacher is cleared by a court of having sex with two under-age girls.

Funeral for escapee D-Day veteran
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:37:01 GMT

The funeral is held of the Sussex war veteran who made headlines when he left his care home to attend D-Day commemorations in France.

Easyjet backs Heathrow expansion
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:59:23 GMT

Budget airline Easyjet says it is in favour of expanding Heathrow airport in a submission to the Airports Commission

Cruise cancelled after engine fire
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:18:35 GMT

A cruise liner flies home nearly 800 holidaymakers - most of them British - after a fire left their ship listing and without power off Morocco.

Attack victim appeal raises 40k
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:06:02 GMT

Well-wishers donate more than 40,000 to help a disabled pensioner who was mugged outside his Gateshead home.

Brian Blessed pulls out of King Lear
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:56:13 GMT

Actor Brian Blessed pulls out of Guildford Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear on doctor's advice, after collapsing with heart trouble during a performance last week.

Nokia name row with London start-up
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:59:13 GMT

Nokia has threatened legal action against a UK start-up over the use of the word "HERE".

Club grows grass with cannabis lamps
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:15:56 GMT

Cannabis factory lamps seized by police are put to use by Leeds Rhinos to grow some grass of their own - on the pitch.

Man critical after Belfast shooting
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:18:00 GMT

A man who was shot in the head in north Belfast is in a critical condition in hospital, police say.

Machines seized in gambling probe
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:25:35 GMT

Detectives investigating money laundering and illegal gambling seize machines and cash worth more than 500,000 in Belfast and Lisburn.

Ice and snow warning for weekend
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:59:50 GMT

A yellow "be aware" alert for snow and ice in Wales has been extended across the weekend by forecasters.

Plea for kidnapped daughter's return
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:37:43 GMT

A mother is appealing for the return of her daughter after she was kidnapped and taken to Libya two years ago.

Man guilty of raping boy at nursery
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:05:20 GMT

A man is found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of raping a young boy and of sexually abusing a girl from when she was 12 to 15 years old.

Baby ashes family settlement offers
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:41:46 GMT

Families affected by the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium are to be offered settlements of up to 4,000.

Police probe Roy Keane 'incident'
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:00:18 GMT

Police are investigating an alleged road rage incident in Greater Manchester involving former footballer Roy Keane.

Mother denies exploiting abduction
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:50:11 GMT

The mother of a girl who was abducted and taken to France by teacher Jeremy Forrest denies she is exploiting her daughter by writing a book on the case.

Woods shoots worst round of career
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:01:51 GMT

Tiger Woods records the worst round of his professional career with an 11-over-par 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open.

Sharapova aims to end 11-year run
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:13 GMT

World number two Maria Sharapova aims to end a losing streak against Serena Williams in the Australian Open final.

England confidence growing - Morgan
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:57:56 GMT

Captain Eoin Morgan says England are growing in confidence, having reached the final of the tri-series in Australia.

How deadly was the poison gas of WW1?
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:04:14 GMT

Gas terrified soldiers in WW1, but it killed comparatively few of them, at least on the Western Front. So why was it the one WW1 weapon to be banned?

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:21:00 GMT

A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

Quiz of the week's news
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:24:25 GMT

The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

Bombers 'porn-driven losers' - Boris
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:29:30 GMT

Violent religious extremists are often tortured men with a history of using pornography, London Mayor Boris Johnson says.

Migrant voters 'key' in election
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:50:56 GMT

Migrant voters could have a decisive impact in key marginal seats at the general election, a study suggests.

University applications at record high
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:43:34 GMT

University applications have reached record levels, according to the Ucas admissions service.

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:29:39 GMT

MPs hear evidence on broadband in rural areas and the Charity Commission.

VIDEO: More snow forecast for parts of UK
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:07:27 GMT

Wintry weather continues to cause travel disruption in parts of England.

VIDEO: No apology for IS comments
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:08:37 GMT

Boris Johnson spoke to the BBC about earlier comments he made on those who join extremist groups

VIDEO: Escapee D-Day veteran's funeral
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:33:45 GMT

The funeral is held of Sussex war veteran Bernard Jordan, who left his care home to attend D-Day commemorations in France.

VIDEO: Murray on Kim's colourful outburst
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:41:02 GMT

Andy Murray admits he and his entourage were pushed to the limit in his Australian Open semi-final win over Tomas Berdych.

VIDEO: Close-up: Churchill funeral train restored
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:17:57 GMT

The National Railway Museum in York has refurbished Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train, to mark the 50th anniversary of the event.

VIDEO: Crossrail breaks through under City
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:54:24 GMT

Crossrail workers have made their latest breakthrough by tunnelling under the City of London.

VIDEO: Restoring 'Britain's Sistine Chapel'
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:42:41 GMT

Work to give the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College its first major restoration in over half a century is due to begin.

VIDEO: Rantzen: 'Lipman comments insulting'
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:10:05 GMT

Esther Rantzen says Maureen Lipman's comments over a rise in anti-Semitism are "incredibly insulting to Britain".

Whatever you say, say nothin'!
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:47:08 GMT

The words to avoid for a politician visiting Northern Ireland

A day in the life of a care home
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:50:10 GMT

What really goes on in a care home?

UKIP's youth challenge
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:56:25 GMT

UKIP's battle to attract more young members

The tennis entourage can pay its way
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:23:50 GMT

Why it pays for players like Murray to have an entourage

In pictures: Playwrights at work
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:14:47 GMT

Playwrights in inspirational places

#SaveDippy - but why do we care?
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:42:51 GMT

Why do so many people care about a fake dinosaur?

The information the government won't free
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:02:30 GMT

The reaction when 13 departments were sent the same FOI request

Gas 'rip-off' and the rise of 'religious' slaughter
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:48:28 GMT

Gas 'rip-off' and the rise of 'religious' slaughter