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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.


Most UK profit warnings since 2008
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:03:57 GMT

Profit warnings by UK-listed firms rise to the their highest summer level for six years, according to forecaster EY.

Police in central Edinburgh incident
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:17:29 GMT

An area in central Edinburgh has been cordoned off as police officers deal with an incident.

Labour row: Salmond blames Miliband
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:10:14 GMT

Ed Miliband is to blame for Johann Lamont quitting as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Alex Salmond has claims.

'Record number' of low-paid Britons
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:00:43 GMT

A record five million UK workers are now in low-paid jobs, a rise of 250,000 in the last year, research from a left-of-centre think tank suggests.

IT issues cause Heathrow disruption
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:21:39 GMT

An IT problem at Heathrow airport causes baggage handling problems, with some passengers reporting "huge delays".

Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies, aged 71
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:22:55 GMT

Scottish musician Jack Bruce, the bassist and singer with 1960s supergroup Cream, dies aged 71, his publicist confirms.

Fourth Portsmouth man killed in Syria
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:52:12 GMT

A fourth man from Portsmouth who went to fight in Syria for Islamic State is believed to have been killed.

Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:05:03 GMT

The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a 1.7bn EU budget demand "and that's that", a vice president of the European Parliament has said.

New John Cantlie video posted online
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:15:15 GMT

British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held captive by Islamic State militants, is shown reading a message in a new propaganda video published online.

Man 'raped by priest 65 years ago'
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:33:01 GMT

A 72-year-old man says he was raped by a priest in a Bedfordshire boys' home 65 years ago.

Tindall settles with Sunday Express
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:42:50 GMT

The former England rugby player Mike Tindall agrees a settlement with Express Newspapers over the reporting of a story about his marriage to Zara Phillips.

Teenager arrested over bus stabbing
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:09:41 GMT

A 15-year-old boy is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a teenage boy was stabbed on a bus in south London.

Police hunt missing sex offender
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:21:05 GMT

Police are searching for a convicted sex offender who has breached the conditions of her release from prison.

Protest over police custody deaths
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:25:27 GMT

Family and friends of people killed in police custody hold a march in central London to demand justice for their loved ones.

Man killed in west Belfast shooting
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:19:49 GMT

A man dies in hospital after he was shot in a west Belfast alleyway 30 minutes after a serious brawl broke out in a nearby street.

Antelopes win best wildlife photo
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:34:57 GMT

A picture of stampeding antelopes captured on the plains of South Africa?s Kariega Game Reserve wins the overall best European Wildlife photograph.

Memorial to 1,100 lost Fusiliers
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:44:36 GMT

A memorial is being dedicated to the hundreds of soldiers from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers who died in one of World War One's bloodiest battles.

Case unfairly politicised says Adams
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:48:19 GMT

The case of Belfast woman Maria Cahill has been unfairly politicised, says Sinn Fin President Gerry Adams.

Masked gang with iron bars hit man
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:47:35 GMT

A man is attacked in his County Down home by masked men carrying iron bars.

RAF pilot training boost welcomed
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:21:54 GMT

The move to bring basic pilot training for the RAF and Royal Navy to Anglesey is warmly welcomed by island economic development portfolio holder.

Peer condemns 'chronic underfunding'
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:32:37 GMT

Successive UK governments are responsible for the "deliberate" and "chronic underfunding" of Welsh public services, says former Plaid Cymru leader Lord Wigley.

Planning fee increase criticised
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:07:22 GMT

Four leading Scottish business groups speak out against an increase in fees for planning applications due to come into effect later this week.

Weather warning over heavy rain
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:30:01 GMT

An amber weather warning is issued for the west Highlands and the Western Isles for Sunday and Monday.

Man, 23, dies after Newquay swim
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:37:31 GMT

A 23-year-old man dies after going missing and being found in the sea off Newquay.

Man killed in house party row named
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:08:07 GMT

A Slovakian man who died after being stabbed during a row at a house party in Bradford is named by police.

Northampton 34-6 Ospreys
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:04:51 GMT

Four tries from Wales wing George North see Northampton end Ospreys' unbeaten start to the season with a big Champions Cup win.

West Ham United 2-1 Manchester City
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:25:21 GMT

Manchester City's title ambitions suffer a setback as Diafra Sakho scores to help earn West Ham earn a 2-1 victory.

Have Jedis created a new 'religion'?
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:04:02 GMT

Followers of Jediism have tried to create a belief system that goes beyond the Star Wars films. Does it amount to a new 'religion'?

Should love be symbolised by a lock?
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:46:29 GMT

The "love locks" on a Parisian bridge are meant to symbolise lovers' undying devotion to each other, but is a padlock an appropriate symbol for love?

The day UFOs stopped play
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:31:00 GMT

In 1954, a football game in Florence was interrupted by UFOs flying over the stadium. The spectacle was witnessed by more than 10,000 people ? but what was it?

Jones 'not afraid' of NHS scrutiny
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:27:06 GMT

First Minister Carwyn Jones tells Radio 4's Any Questions he is not afraid of scrutiny of the NHS in Wales.

Stormont dismissed as 'lads' club'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:06:01 GMT

The Northern Ireland Assembly is dismissed as misogynistic and a "lads' club", according to Sinn Fin MLA Catriona Ruane.

GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:22:26 GMT

The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:34:32 GMT

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt responds to an urgent question on the five-year plan for the NHS.

VIDEO: Learning how to leap around a city
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:56:25 GMT

The UK's first specialised Parkour, or freerunning, academies have opened to encourage people to learn how to do it in a safe environment.

VIDEO: Dangers of doping in rugby union
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT

A year ago, rugby player Sam Chalmers' world collapsed after he admitted using prohibited substances.

VIDEO: Crossbow bolt shot dog recovering
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:04:17 GMT

A Staffordshire bull terrier shot through the skull with a crossbow bolt is making a "miraculous" recovery following surgery.

VIDEO: Russia turns back clocks for good
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:48:49 GMT

Russia prepares to turn back the clocks, moving the country on to "permanent winter time" - a move which has divided opinion

VIDEO: Motor racing on Coventry's ring road
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:02:38 GMT

Motor sports hit Coventry's ring road in May as the council seizes upon a change in the law to boost the local economy.

VIDEO: 'Do you think I lack imagination?'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:41:09 GMT

Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".

VIDEO: Ashya King 'has really come along'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:07:17 GMT

Ashya King's father said his son "has really come along" while under going proton beam therapy in Prague.

VIDEO: The Queen sends her first tweet
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:05:08 GMT

The Queen's has sent her first tweet - sent through the @BritishMonarchy account - heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London's Science Museum.

How to reduce your Inheritance Tax
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:26:27 GMT

How to keep the tax man at bay when you pass it on

Top 10 tips for being a comedian
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:07:29 GMT

Paul Merton advises how to make it as a comedian

Lost football grounds - part II
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:57:39 GMT

England's lost football grounds - part II

In pictures: Grayson Perry exhibition
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:24:10 GMT

Grayson Perry captures the state of the nation

Thousands enjoy Diwali celebrations
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:17:54 GMT

City lights up as thousands gather for Diwali celebrations

'Edging toward the EU exit?'
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:08:46 GMT

How the papers look at the European budget row