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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.

UKIP's Reckless wins Rochester seat
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:00:29 GMT

The UK Independence Party has its second elected MP at Westminster after Mark Reckless wins the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Labour's Thornberry quits over tweet
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:18:48 GMT

Labour's Emily Thornberry resigns from Labour's front bench after sending a tweet during the Rochester and Strood by-election which is branded "snobby".

Schools 'too focused on Islam'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:09:37 GMT

Damning Ofsted reports on seven east London schools, including six Muslim private schools, are published revealing an over-emphasis on Islamic themes.

Andy Coulson freed from prison
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:16:16 GMT

Ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson is released from prison after serving less than five months of his 18-month sentence for conspiracy to hack phones.

Parliament repairs 'could top 3bn'
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:31:54 GMT

Stopping Parliament becoming a "ruin" could cost more than 3bn, with the possibility of MPs and Lords moving out temporarily, Newsnight learns.

Sheffield United retract Evans offer
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:39:51 GMT

Sheffield United announce they have retracted their offer to let convicted rapist Ched Evans use their training facilities.

NHS 'should use cancer drug for eyes'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:13:15 GMT

A drug that prevents elderly people losing their sight should be routinely available on the NHS, says the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Sturgeon to reshuffle cabinet
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:25:48 GMT

Scotland's new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce a ministerial reshuffle later with a strong female presence expected.

Bus stops 'block wheelchair access'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:55:33 GMT

More than one third of bus stops used by the UK's main coach operator cannot accommodate wheelchair users, despite its fleet being able to carry them.

HMRC 'hasn't investigated tax scheme'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:06:17 GMT

HM Revenue and Customs has not properly investigated why a tax relief scheme has cost 2bn more than expected, according to the National Audit Office.

UK drops EU bankers' pay challenge
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:45:53 GMT

In a surprise move, the UK government has withdrawn its legal challenge to EU legislation that caps the level of bankers' bonuses.

Whelan sorry for 'offensive' comments
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:17:04 GMT

Wigan owner Dave Whelan apologises for comments about Jewish and Chinese people in a controversial newspaper interview.

Log theory for Nessie sightings
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:07:05 GMT

A conservation charity suggests an increase in sightings of the Loch Ness Monster was due to debris from woodland on the shores of the loch.

Cheshire sign world's tallest player
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:27:07 GMT

British Basketball League side Cheshire Phoenix sign the world's tallest basketball player Paul Sturgess.

Gunmen attack man in front of family
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:19:56 GMT

A 29-year-old man is being treated in hospital after he was shot in the leg at a house in Londonderry.

'Major security operation' now over
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:01:31 GMT

A security operation which caused part of a road near Belfast City Centre to be closed overnight is now over.

Rail electrification row settled
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:02:01 GMT

A deal is struck to electrify railway lines in the south Wales valleys after a row between the UK and Welsh governments over who should pay.

Inquest opens into cannibalism death
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:32:56 GMT

An inquest into the death of Cerys Yemm who was murdered in an act of cannibalism will be opened and adjourned on Friday.

Honour abuse group wins lottery cash
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:42:22 GMT

A project supporting victims of honour abuse in Edinburgh is been awarded almost 800,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Early Mackintosh artwork restored
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:46:12 GMT

One of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's earliest works is recreated on the walls of the Glasgow Art Club as part of a 1.2m refurbishment.

Letter clues in 1994 taxi shooting
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:00:05 GMT

Three pieces of evidence are revealed by police investigating the 1994 murder of a taxi driver.

Journalists challenge police files
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:00:05 GMT

The comedian and activist Mark Thomas and five others are launching legal action against the Metropolitan Police for keeping them under surveillance.

'Title bid has not been about luck'
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:45:47 GMT

Lewis Hamilton on his title fight with Nico Rosberg, inspirational people and how his form with Mercedes has not happened through luck.

How can Wales end their NZ hoodoo?
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:18:22 GMT

After 25 straight defeats in the past 61 years, how can Wales end the longest losing sequence against a fellow top-tier nation?

Friday's gossip column
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:20:08 GMT

Manchester United to sign Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Strootman, Chelsea give players time off, plus more.

Does free food make for a happier office?
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:54:01 GMT

Some companies are offering workers free meals, but does it make them happier and harder-working?

Where is the world's best billboard site?
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:01:06 GMT

Piccadilly Circus and Times Square are poised for a billboard overhaul. But where are the world's "best" billboard locations?

The ancient fortress city embracing the modern world
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:31:35 GMT

In recent years Malta has challenged its conservative image legalising divorce and same-sex partnerships - now the spirit or reform has also breached the imposing walls of the capital.

MPs to debate NHS 'privatisation'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:15:01 GMT

MPs will debate are to debate a bill which its supporters say will roll back what they see as the creeping privatisation of the NHS in England

Sturgeon in 'open' offer to rivals
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:40:16 GMT

Scotland's new first minister says she will consider any suggestions from political rivals to help her government do a better job.

Cameron on attack over English votes
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:17:28 GMT

David Cameron says he is the only leader offering English votes for English laws, in heated exchanges at the Commons Liaison Committee.

VIDEO: Liaison Committee
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:08:03 GMT

MPs question Prime Minister David Cameron.

VIDEO: 'Bed blockers face legal action'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:08:08 GMT

A hospital is to give so-called "bed blockers" seven days to leave or face possible legal action, saying that too many families are refusing to take elderly relatives home.

VIDEO: 'I could hear people crying for help'
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:01:59 GMT

One of the survivors of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombs, Robyn Tighe, who was 19 at the time, has spoken for the first time.

VIDEO: Town stands up to Islamic radicalism
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:26 GMT

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy reports from a conference in Slough, where members of the public from teachers to taxi drives have come together to take a stand against Islamic radicalism.

VIDEO: 3bn to fix crumbling Westminster
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:17:00 GMT

Taxpayers may have to spend more than 3bn to stop the Palace of Westminster turning into an unusable "ruin", the BBC has learned.

VIDEO: Domestic abuse victims 'turned away'
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:02:54 GMT

A leading charity is warning that refuge centres are having to turn a third of people away because of a lack of space.

VIDEO: The Bristol bus powered by poo
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:09:42 GMT

Britain's first Bio-Bus, nicknamed "the number two," powered by human and food waste has taken to the roads in Bristol.

VIDEO: Sturgeon becomes Scotland's first minister
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:49:56 GMT

The SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is sworn in as Scotland's first minister.

VIDEO: Stunt biker's loop on Thames barge
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:21:14 GMT

Bicycle stunt rider Danny MacAskill's latest challenge took place on the River Thames, as he performed a rarely seen loop-the-loop in front of the London Eye.

What's the future for Bagpuss?
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:32:01 GMT

What's the future for Children's TV favourite Bagpuss?

The day the entire German fleet surrendered
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:30:48 GMT

Why did 270 warships gather peacefully in one place?

'I was bullied because I'm disabled'
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:35:36 GMT

How young people tackled the problem

VIDEO: Will US snow head to the UK?
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:06:12 GMT

Will US snow head across the Atlantic to the UK?

Rochester vote and Thornberry's 'sneer' - papers
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:34:07 GMT

Papers on Rochester campaign and Thornberry's demise