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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.


CPS withdraws Ashya parents warrant
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:31 GMT

The parents of Ashya King are to face no further action and should now be reunited with their son, say prosecutors.

New child abuse victims come forward
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:26:41 GMT

Twelve new victims have come forward since a report found at least 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham, South Yorkshire's chief constable tells MPs.

MPs quiz police chief over Sir Cliff
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:11:22 GMT

The chief constable of South Yorkshire says the BBC put his force in "a very difficult position" over a planned search of Sir Cliff Richard's home.

Troll guilty over MP 'rape' tweets
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:50:13 GMT

A man is found guilty of bombarding a Labour MP with abusive messages on Twitter after she supported a feminist campaign.

Glasgow woman 'promoting terrorism'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:36:19 GMT

It is understood that a young woman from Glasgow has travelled to Syria and has been promoting terrorism back home via her Twitter account.

FM: Independence 'closer than ever'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:37:16 GMT

Independence is "closer than it's ever been" claims First Minister Alex Salmond, as an opinion polling suggests gains for the "Yes" campaign.

Boris Island airport plan 'not dead'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:20:55 GMT

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", are not dead despite a commission looking into the UK's airport needs rejecting the idea.

December date for Autumn Statement
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:20:09 GMT

George Osborne is to deliver the Autumn Statement, an annual update on the state of the economy, on 3 December.

Clegg defends UK terror response
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:47:22 GMT

The UK can take action to stop British jihadists re-entering the country without flouting the law, Nick Clegg insists.

Clacton by-election set for October
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:26:50 GMT

The Clacton by-election, triggered by Douglas Carswell's defection to UKIP, is to be held on 9 October, the Conservative Party says.

'Extremist video' in Trojan school
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:52:46 GMT

A violent extremist video was shown in a Birmingham school, a committee of MPs investigating the the alleged "Trojan Horse" plot is told.

UK construction growth surges
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:36:54 GMT

The construction sector expanded at its fastest pace for seven months in August, despite supply shortages holding back growth, a survey suggests.

Ex-footballer in court over bribes
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:46:11 GMT

Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey appears in court charged with bribery offences as part of an investigation into alleged match fixing.

Officials begin arriving for Nato
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:28:30 GMT

Officials from around the world start arriving in Wales later for the Nato summit which starts in Newport on Thursday.

Council hires '10,000-a-day' chiefs
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:31:06 GMT

Plymouth City Council is paying temporary managers a total of more than 10,000 a day, a report says.

250m price tag for Scotland Yard
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:05:19 GMT

A 250m price tag is placed on New Scotland Yard as the Metropolitan Police prepares to move to a smaller headquarters.

WW1 warhorse awarded bravery medal
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:45:27 GMT

A World War One warhorse is awarded an "animal Victoria Cross" to mark the contribution of all animals that served with British forces.

Musician Watt makes non-fiction list
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:05:36 GMT

Everything But The Girl musician Ben Watt is announced as part of the 15-strong longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.

Child migrant 'abused in Australia'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:29:01 GMT

A 70-year-old former child migrant from a Catholic-run home in Londonderry says he was sexually abused after being shipped to Australia.

Neighbour dies as house fire spreads
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:26:06 GMT

A 91-year-old man dies after a fire at his neighbour's house spread to the pensioner's property in Carryduff, on the outskirts of Belfast

Missing boy's mother thanks crews
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:51:24 GMT

The mother of a 12-year-old boy swept out to sea while playing on Anglesey sends an emotional thank you to crews who are searching for her son.

'Bullied' teen will not walk again
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:56:38 GMT

A vulnerable teenager is told he will never walk again after he fell from a bridge trying to escape bullies.

Plea over missing woman and children
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:02:03 GMT

Police appeal for help in tracing a woman and three children who have gone missing from the Pollok area of Glasgow.

Glasgow bus gate fines top 800,000
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:34:37 GMT

A controversial new restriction on cars in Glasgow earns the city council at least 800,000 in just two months.

Kidnappers broke bones with hammers
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:55:22 GMT

Six men are jailed for up to 17 years after a man is kidnapped, stripped naked, beaten with hammers and stabbed.

Bronson time-added for prison attack
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:29:10 GMT

Charles Bronson has a further two year jail term added to his life sentence for holding a prison governor in a headlock and punching him several times.

India humble England to win series
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:45:30 GMT

India send England to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat to win the fourth one-day international at Edgbaston and the series 3-0.

Cleverley joins Aston Villa on loan
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:25:59 GMT

Aston Villa receive Premier League approval to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on a season-long loan.

England v Norway
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:28:22 GMT

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck is doubtful for England's friendly against Norway, while Newcastle's Jack Colback will not play.

How much has the ice bucket challenge achieved?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:31:21 GMT

The media is reaching saturation point in its coverage of the ice bucket challenge. But what has actually been achieved?

Why Paris is forgetting Ernest Hemingway
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:04:29 GMT

Memories of Ernest Hemingway are starting to fade in Paris, despite the American author's celebrated connection with the city.

How Britain and Poland came to be intertwined
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:13:31 GMT

The story of how the Polish became one of the UK's biggest ethnic minorities is one of war, exile and economic opportunity.

Abuse case council faces inspection
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:00:15 GMT

The government is considering conducting an inspection of Rotherham Council in the wake of the child abuse scandal in the town, Home Secretary Theresa May says.

Free meals served for infant pupils
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:48:58 GMT

Pupils up to the age of seven in England will be entitled to a free hot school lunch from this week, as schools re-open for the new term.

Referendum campaign focus on jobs
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:39:24 GMT

Both sides in the Scottish referendum debate focus on jobs, just a few weeks ahead of the vote on the nation's future.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:59:43 GMT

Labour MP Jim Cunningham is leading a debate on Coventry FC.

VIDEO: Free hot meals for primary pupils
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:40:47 GMT

Pupils up to the age of seven in England will be entitled to a free hot school lunch from this week, when most schools re-open for the new term.

VIDEO: 'I was the baddest girl in Brixton'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:49:38 GMT

Newsbeat meets Tracey Miller, a former gang leader, who is now trying to put children off gang life.

VIDEO: Andy Murray's dress sense questioned
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:21:13 GMT

Will Ferrell has a playful jibe at Andy Murray's fashion sense during the US Open in New York

VIDEO: Can new powers stop UK jihadists?
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:54:54 GMT

David Cameron says tougher measures are needed to prevent people from travelling abroad to fight for extremist groups like Islamic State.

VIDEO: Rotherham experts 'faced threats'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:38:06 GMT

An expert who wrote a report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham says she faced "hostility" from the council.

VIDEO: 'Boris Island' airport plan rejected
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:29:49 GMT

A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", is rejected by the commission looking into the UK's airport needs.

VIDEO: Solar farm plan for Somerset Levels
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:29:57 GMT

Plans have been unveiled for one of the South West's biggest solar farms on the Somerset Levels.

VIDEO: Ashya King parents fight extradition
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:33:02 GMT

A High Court judge at an extradition hearing in Spain has ruled the parents of Ashya King are to be kept in police custody for a maximum of 72 hours.

Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:27:27 GMT

Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes?

Estuary airport rejection no surprise
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:23:17 GMT

Assessing the fallout after a Thames estuary airport is rejected

Does the rest of UK care if Scotland goes?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:43:03 GMT

Does the rest of the UK care if the Scots become independent?

Have some football clubs overpaid for players?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:31:52 GMT

Have some football clubs overpaid for their new players?

What about Scotland's pensioners?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:07:18 GMT

What does the future hold for Scotland's pensioners?

Singing Kettle served unique blend
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:32:12 GMT

Laura Pettigrew remembers the Singing Kettle's unique blend

UK airstrikes and mass celebrity hack - the papers
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:27:42 GMT

UK airstrikes question and the mass celebrity hack