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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.

PM urges 'prompt' Russian sanctions
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:57:36 GMT

David Cameron says he and fellow European leaders agree that "strong" economic sanctions should be imposed on Russia as soon as possible.

Ministers plan student loan overhaul
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:06:56 GMT

Ministers have been working on a policy that could bring major changes to England's student loan system, and possibly higher university fees, Newsnight learns.

Gold medal record for Scotland
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:20:23 GMT

Scotland have 13 gold medals after earlier eclipsing their record haul for Commonwealth Games.

Man admits Help for Heroes fraud
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:36:30 GMT

A man admits stealing 300,000 intended for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

Tory MP David Ruffley to stand down
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:13:03 GMT

Conservative MP David Ruffley, who had been criticised after receiving a police caution for common assault, is to retire from Parliament at the next election.

Chicken factories given all-clear
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:20:10 GMT

Poultry processing plants in Llangefni and Scunthorpe alleged to have committed hygiene breaches are rated "good" and "generally satisfactory".

Moeen Ali supported over wristbands
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:17:17 GMT

England claim Moeen Ali has done "nothing wrong" after wearing pro-Gaza wristbands during the third Test against India.

Rain, hail and lightning cause chaos
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:47:29 GMT

Lightning strikes, hail, torrential rain and flash flooding cause homes to be evacuated and bring road and rail transport to a standstill.

Lloyds fined 218m over Libor
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:22:32 GMT

Lloyds Banking Group is fined 218m for "serious misconduct" relating to key interest rates including Libor.

Adoption films for would-be parents
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:57:35 GMT

Videos of children in care are to be made available to people approved for adoption as part of plans to speed up the process.

Teacher banned for ice punishment
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:20:59 GMT

A teacher who punished pupils by making them put ice cubes in their underwear is banned from teaching.

Domestic murder negligence claim
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:16:13 GMT

The family of a woman who made 999 calls for help before she was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, seeks a negligence claim against two police forces in the Supreme Court.

Murder police seek Facebook woman
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:30:17 GMT

Police investigating the murder of a man found dead in an Essex park with 102 knife wounds want to talk to a woman mentioned on his Facebook page.

Games athlete on sex attack charge
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:08:04 GMT

A Papua New Guinea weightlifter competing at the Commonwealth Games is to stand trial over an alleged sex attack on a man in Glasgow.

Fall in people buying books as gifts
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:29:48 GMT

A UK survey of book buying habits finds the fall in people buying books as gifts is a 'concerning trend' for the industry.

Parents' joy as 13-year-old wins bronze
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:33:51 GMT

The parents of 13-year-old swimmer Erraid Davies speak of their pride after her Commonwealth Games bronze.

Man drowns in lake flag incident
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:58:06 GMT

A man loses his life during a flag incident at a lake in County Armagh.

Review after NI ambulance shortage
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:56:41 GMT

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) is reviewing its operations after staff shortages led to delays in its 999 response times over the weekend.

Gaza march violence footage plea
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:25:33 GMT

Police are seeking video footage of violence which broke out during a protest march in Cardiff opposing Israel's military action in Gaza.

Swimming gold caps fine day for Wales
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:09:49 GMT

Swimmer Jazz Carlin claims Team Wales' third gold on a day when they added four medals to their tally at Glasgow 2014.

Rape reports marked as 'no crime'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:44:20 GMT

New figures obtained by the BBC show that in the past four years almost 1,000 reported rapes have been dropped and marked "no crime".

Driver guilty over cyclist's death
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:25:52 GMT

James Sneddon is found guilty of causing Alasdair Dudgeon's death after knocking him off his bike near Kincardine Bridge.

Driver dies at classic car race
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:15:31 GMT

A driver dies after an accident during a classic car race at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire.

Evacuation for WW2 'bomb' removal
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:40:13 GMT

Residents of 100 homes in a Somerset town are warned they must evacuate them to allow a suspected WW2 incendiary device to be removed from a garden on 6 August.

Bell & Buttler put England on top
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:48:11 GMT

Ian Bell stars with a superb 167 as England take control of the third Test against India on day two, declaring on 569-7.

Spurs close in on Southampton pair
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:52:10 GMT

Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez are close to joining former boss Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

Carlin earns Wales 800m freestyle gold
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:15:53 GMT

Jazz Carlin is the first female Welsh swimmer to win a Commonwealth title in 40 years as England's Sophie Taylor and Oliver Hynd also win gold.

The people who want to be near a tornado
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:58:37 GMT

In the US, the number of people who chase tornados is growing - why do they put themselves in danger?

Germany's super-shy super-rich
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:31:29 GMT

Why do some of Germany's wealthiest families dodge the limelight and avoid conspicuous consumption?

What does it mean to be a modern patriot?
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:47:32 GMT

What does patriotism mean any more, asks the novelist Will Self.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:15:09 GMT

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

SNP considers Scottish minimum wage
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:58:08 GMT

An independent Scotland would consider introducing a minimum wage that would rise in line with the cost of living, the SNP says.

'Community banks' to avert debt trap
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:05:34 GMT

The best credit unions should be empowered to offer short-term loans that are cheaper than those offered by payday lenders, according to a report from a think tank.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:41:42 GMT

Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.

VIDEO: Car crashes into crowd at cruise event
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:03:06 GMT

A 16-year-old girl has been released from hospital following an incident at a "car cruising" event in which a vehicle ploughed into a crowd, injuring 17 people.

VIDEO: 'Prince Harry said no to selfie'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:04:54 GMT

Two Australian Commonwealth Games hockey players who found the Queen had 'photo-bombed' their selfie have tried to have their photo taken with Prince Harry.

VIDEO: Rain, hail and lightning cause chaos
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:38 GMT

Lightning strikes, hail, torrential rain and flash flooding cause severe travel problems across large areas of south-east England.

VIDEO: Dolphin filmed in the River Severn
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:46:29 GMT

Marine experts have said a dolphin spotted in the River Severn in Gloucestershire will make its own way back to the sea.

VIDEO: 'Training' issue over smoke scare Tube
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:25:59 GMT

A Tube driver who took four minutes to open the doors of a train filling with smoke lacked training, an accident investigation report has found.

VIDEO: Airshow attracts '500,000 visitors'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:19 GMT

Around 500,000 visitors are estimated to have descended on Sunderland for its 26th airshow.

VIDEO: Help for Heroes fraudster 'humbled'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:46:36 GMT

A man who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds form the Help for Heroes charity is facing a lengthy jail sentence after pleading guilty in court

VIDEO: 'I've never been involved in drugs'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:35:55 GMT

The singer and former X Factor judge, Tulisa Contostavlos has told the BBC she has never been involved in drugs and she has never taken cocaine.

What happens when lightning hits the sea?
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:44:04 GMT

What you should do if you are in the water

Perils of the English countryside
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:53:14 GMT

Which animals are dangerous and why do they attack?

Meet Judd and Williams - the next generation
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:52:10 GMT

The young British athletes determined to make their mark

When gin was full of sulphuric acid and turpentine
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:45:05 GMT

When gin was full of sulphuric acid and turpentine

The rise of the parking vigilantes
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:05:34 GMT

The rise of the parking vigilantes

Getting stuck on things or in things
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:28:26 GMT

Heads stuck in banisters - the official statistics

Poetry show pulls audience of one
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:12:37 GMT

Poetry and ViewMaster show targets audience of one

NHS 'at breaking point', and the 'parking cowboys' - the papers
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:15:43 GMT

NHS 'at breaking point', and the 'parking cowboys'