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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.

CCTV shows UK girls en route to Syria
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:47:43 GMT

CCTV pictures emerge of three UK schoolgirls on the Turkish leg of what is believed to have been their journey to join Islamic State in Syria.

Two arrests in missing girl search
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:32:36 GMT

Two people are arrested in connection with the disappearance of 16-year-old Becky Watts who is missing in Bristol.

Terror tactics 'flawed' - Davis
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:32:50 GMT

The intelligence agencies are accused of using flawed tactics after it emerged they were aware of the man dubbed 'Jihadi John' before he went to Syria.

Concern over online gonorrhoea care
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:30:43 GMT

Some websites offering treatment for gonorrhoea are putting patients at risk by failing to follow national guidelines, BBC 5 Live Investigates finds.

Cyclist, 15, killed in stab murder
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:26:34 GMT

A 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed when three men attacked him while he was cycling with friends, police say.

First-time buyers get 20% discount
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:46:02 GMT

First-time home buyers aged under 40 in England can now register to buy new homes at a discount of up to a fifth off the normal price.

UK 'must prepare for Russian threat'
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:35:11 GMT

Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says.

UKIP MP wants electoral reform
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:14:56 GMT

UKIP could call for electoral reform if it holds the balance of power in the next parliament, the party's first elected MP Douglas Carswell says.

Airport power failure investigated
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:43:30 GMT

An investigation is under way after a power failure left hundreds of passengers stranded at East Midlands Airport.

BBC's Robinson to have tumour removed
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:54:49 GMT

The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson is to have an operation to remove a tumour from his lung, the corporation says.

Girl and man found dead by police
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:49:42 GMT

A woman is arrested after a four-year-old girl and a man are found dead by police who forced entry at a property in Notting Hill.

WW1 letters posted 100 years on
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:58:21 GMT

Letters written by a World War One soldier to his family are being posted online exactly 100 years after each one was written.

'Mad chicken woman' sells round egg
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:35:29 GMT

A "perfectly spherical" chicken egg, thought to be "one-in-a-billion" sells online for 480 with the money going to charity.

Unionists deny pact talks breakdown
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:33:05 GMT

Unionists deny that talks have broken down over electoral pacts in the forthcoming general election on 7 May.

Frampton beats Avalos in round five
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:37:50 GMT

Carl Frampton retains his IBF super-bantamweight title with a fifth-round stoppage of Chris Avalos in Belfast.

Driver quizzed over boy's death
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:23:09 GMT

A 25-year-old man is still being questioned on suspicion of causing the death of a boy by dangerous driving.

Mountain rescue teams search for boy
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:53:22 GMT

Police determined to 'exhaust every possibility' in the search for missing 11-year-old schoolboy Cameron Comey.

Wind farm secures millions of pounds
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:08:42 GMT

A wind farm development near the village of Lesmahagow in South Lanarkshire receives more than 8m in funding.

Pedestrian dies in M8 accident
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:19:32 GMT

A man has died after being struck by a car on the M8 between Livingston and Bathgate, police confirm.

Pegida UK stages first demonstration
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:26:22 GMT

About 2,000 protesters demonstrate against the first rally in Britain by a group opposed to what it calls the "Islamisation of Europe".

Murder arrest after prisoner death
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:24:26 GMT

A 43-year-old prisoner dies following a suspected attack by another inmate at Doncaster Prison.

Spurs wanted me as boss - Mourinho
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:16:25 GMT

Jose Mourinho reveals ahead of Sunday's Capital One Cup final that Spurs approached him for the manager's job in 2007.

'No mistake' over Brown red card
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:00:11 GMT

Sunderland defender Wes Brown's red card at Manchester United was not a case of mistaken identity, says a referees' body.

Fury 'ready' to fight Klitschko
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:12:37 GMT

Tyson Fury easily beats Christian Hammer and turns his attention to Wladimir Klitschko and a world title showdown.

Why Iceland banned beer
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:02:38 GMT

A century ago, Iceland introduced full prohibition. Within a decade, red wine had been legalised, followed by spirits in the 1930s. But beer remained off-limits until 1989. Why?

Surviving Iwo Jima
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:33:24 GMT

A veteran of the US assault on the Japanese island Iwo Jima 70 years ago recalls a battle that came to define the war in the Pacific.

The truth about the Sound of Music family
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:04:03 GMT

The Sound of Music was released 50 years ago - but what did the real von Trapp family portrayed in the move think of it?

MPs call for energy switch 'refunds'
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:17:51 GMT

Energy price comparison sites should compensate customers who changed to tariffs that may not have been the cheapest deals, MPs say.

UKIP candidate drops out of race
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:03:15 GMT

UKIP's Diane James drops her bid to become an MP at the general election for "personal reasons", hours after speaking at the party's conference.

Sir Cliff's lawyers criticise MPs
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:55:54 GMT

Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers criticise a parliamentary committee for publishing a letter about the police inquiry into sex abuse allegations against the singer.

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:43:40 GMT

MPs take evidence on the Bank of England?s Inflation Report.

VIDEO: Samurai prince escapes wig ordeal
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:40:37 GMT

Prince William was transformed into a samurai warlord, but escaped the ordeal of wearing a wig, as he visited Japan's public broadcaster NHK.

VIDEO: Pegida and counter rally held in UK
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:57:48 GMT

Around 400 people are attending a rally in Newcastle organised by a group opposed to what it describes as the "Islamisation of Europe".

VIDEO: Farage: 'I've been busy, not ill'
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:00:01 GMT

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has insisted he is "fit as a flea" following rumours he was seriously ill.

VIDEO: May: Security services 'true heroes'
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:04:38 GMT

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has defended the security and intelligence agencies, describing them as "true heroes".

VIDEO: Teacher: 'Jihadi John' had therapy
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:19:28 GMT

The BBC has learned that Mohammed Emwazi, who has been identified as the Islamic State extremist 'Jihadi John', had anger management therapy at his secondary school in north-west London.

VIDEO: Campaign to restore ballroom of romance
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:24:04 GMT

Strictly Come Dancing has given momentum for a campaign to breathe new life into a derelict ballroom in Belfast.

VIDEO: Meet the men who went part-time
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:26:18 GMT

Close to one million men are now choosing to reduce their hours and take part-time employment. Emma Simpson reports.

AUDIO: Ex-MI6 chief on 'Jihadi John' claims
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:12:30 GMT

The former head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi - known as "Jihadi John'" - from joining Islamic State.

The prince and the Party: Five elephants in the room
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:11:24 GMT

The five elephants in the room during William's visit to China

A Welsh enclave in America
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:20:23 GMT

How St David's Day is marked in one community far from Wales

VIDEO: Photographing black Britain
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:11:24 GMT

Photographing the black British experience

Go Figure: The week in numbers
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:32:47 GMT

The week's big numbers, visualised

Weekend edition: The best of the week's reads
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:53:55 GMT

A chance to catch up on the best long reads from the past week

Has the world become too visual?
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:56:13 GMT

Has the world's addiction to images gone too far?

'Jihadi John': Emails and errors - front pages
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:34:57 GMT

One reporter's messages from 'Jihadi John' - in Sunday's papers