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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.


NHS funds rise 'tough but possible'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:03:13 GMT

Increasing NHS spending in England by the 8bn health bosses warn will be needed by 2020 will be tough but possible, the health secretary says.

'Scandalous' release of police killer
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:56:06 GMT

A notorious police killer is to be released after 48 years in prison in a decision described as "scandalous" and "sickening"

Singer Alvin Stardust dies aged 72
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:47:03 GMT

Singer Alvin Stardust, best known for his hit My Coo Ca Choo, dies aged 72 after recently being diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.

Everton fans targeted with tear gas
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:41:07 GMT

Everton fans are targeted with tear gas fired by police during clashes ahead of their Europa League match with Lille.

Vicar sham weddings trial collapses
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:48:49 GMT

The trial collapses of a vicar accused of carrying out hundreds of sham weddings - after the judge says immigration officers lied on oath.

Miranda Hart calls time on BBC sitcom
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:27:09 GMT

TV star Miranda Hart announces there will be no more episodes of her hit BBC sitcom after this Christmas.

Royal officer held over ammunition
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:56:45 GMT

A Royal Protection officer is arrested after ammunition is found in personal lockers in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the Metropolitan Police says.

MPs reject bid to scrap fixed terms
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:34:23 GMT

MPs reject a plan to repeal the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act that would have brought back the PM's right to choose an election date.

Employers condemn student visa rules
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:21:44 GMT

Universities and business leaders call for changes in student visa rules, but the immigration minister says their criticisms are based on "myths".

Madeley rape threats complaint filed
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:37:16 GMT

A formal police complaint has been made by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan after online rape threats were made against their daughter, the TV presenters say.

Tesco shares slump on profits error
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:11:44 GMT

Tesco shares close 6.5% down after the retailer announced that profits were overstated by 263m, 13m more than the original estimate.

Father and son killed in house fire
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:46:58 GMT

A nine-year-old boy and his father are killed in a suspicious house fire in South Yorkshire.

Egypt Brotherhood 'no UK terror link'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:19:37 GMT

A review of the Muslim Brotherhood's activity in the UK has cleared it of links to terrorism, the group's lawyers say.

Alice Gross funeral takes place
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:04:41 GMT

The funeral for murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross has taken place in west London.

Dog shot in skull with crossbow bolt
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:14:37 GMT

A dog is shot through the skull with a bolt from a crossbow which "narrowly" missed his brain and eyes.

Sunrise vigil opens Poppy Appeal
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:30:26 GMT

A sunrise vigil at the Cenotaph that will last until sunset marks the start of the 2014 Poppy Appeal.

Schofield faces 24-hour TV challenge
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:31:28 GMT

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield is to broadcast non-stop on the ITV network for 24 hours to raise cash for charity.

Don't make me support them daddy
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:06:58 GMT

A dad auctions his son's football allegiance with the winning bidder to choose between Manchester United or Manchester City.

Man accused of child murder attempt
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:30:50 GMT

A man is charged with attempted murder after a two-year-old child is discovered with a fractured skull in County Armagh.

Arrest as couple in 70s found dead
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:40:37 GMT

A man is arrested after a married couple were found dead in a house in Carndonagh in County Donegal.

228 firefighter jobs under threat
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:31 GMT

More than 220 firefighters' jobs could be lost in north Wales if funding is not increased over the next five years, bosses warn.

Questions over student Nida's death
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:46:07 GMT

Questions still surround the death of a teenager who went missing after leaving her home barefoot in the middle of the winter, an inquest hears.

New North Sea oil field discovered
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:18:39 GMT

Oil firms BP and GDF Suez announce they have discovered a new field in the UK Central North Sea.

Man jailed for murdering brother
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:02:37 GMT

A man is jailed for life after being convicted of murdering his brother at their mother's home in Govan, Glasgow

Deaf blind man was thrown on track
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:09:57 GMT

Two men are sent to prison for attacking and throwing a deaf blind man and his brother on to railway tracks.

Caterham F1 site staff locked out
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:26:35 GMT

Staff working at the Caterham F1 team site in Oxfordshire have been locked out of the firm's premises, the administrator confirms to the BBC.

Lille 0-0 Everton
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:25:14 GMT

A well-organised Everton stay top of Group H ahead of Wolfsburg after claiming a deserved Europa League point at Lille.

Police called to 'Balotelli car row'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:45:46 GMT

Police investigate a claim that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli "threatened" a woman who was taking pictures of his Ferrari.

How taekwondo saved me from bullying
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:27:07 GMT

After a tough childhood in West Africa and exile in France, Mahama Cho could win Olympic gold for Britain in Rio.

Tales from the India Office
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:04:32 GMT

Millions of documents recording Britain's 350-year presence in the sub-continent reveal some exotic stories.

How safe is mouldy food to eat?
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:07:17 GMT

British families throw away millions of tonnes of food every year, enough to fill Wembley stadium, to the brim. How much could be safely eaten?

The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:37:48 GMT

Today, the "free" in free school stands for the freedom to found a school outside council control. But back in the 1970s young idealists created a very different type of free school.

Labour promises new immigration laws
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:25:14 GMT

Ed Miliband promises to bring in an immigration bill creating "clear, credible and concrete changes" within months if Labour wins next year's general election.

Dog show prompts MPs' Gove questions
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:12:21 GMT

William Hague defends Michael Gove against claims he is not working hard enough - before being told he was at a dog show.

Hammond: UK analysing Canada attack
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:37:52 GMT

British agencies are examining the attack on the Canadian parliament for possible implications on the UK, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

VIDEO: Intelligence and Security Committee
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:05:11 GMT

Former GCHQ chief gives evidence on privacy and security.

VIDEO: Farmland birds show rapid decline
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:57:19 GMT

Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.

VIDEO: Who is the top dog at Westminster?
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:44:36 GMT

The Daily Politics meets some of the contestants, and their political owners, in the Westminster dog of the year contest.

VIDEO: Can technology plug NHS funding gap?
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:09:54 GMT

The NHS is under pressure to close a huge projected funding gap - Dominic Hughes reports on how the NHS has addressed this in West Yorkshire.

AUDIO: Brian O'Driscoll: A life in rugby
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:03:37 GMT

Brian O'Driscoll is the most capped player in rugby union history. He spoke to the Today programme's James Naughtie about his illustrious career.

VIDEO: Will EU back UK's immigration plans?
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:07:22 GMT

As European leaders gather for a summit in Brussels, Ben Wright asks if David Cameron use the opportunity to push for limits on the freedom of movement within the Union.

VIDEO: Rapist Evans in video statement
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:13:04 GMT

Footballer Ched Evans has released a video statement in which he says he is "determined to continue the fight" to clear his name.

VIDEO: Taxi boss: 'Users want white drivers'
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:02:09 GMT

The manager of a cab firm in Rochdale has said that a small number of the company's customers are requesting white drivers, following the rise of the so-called Islamic State in the Middle East.

VIDEO: More powers 'would boost UK cities'
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:21:08 GMT

Allowing UK cities to make their own decisions on tax and spending could boost economic growth by 79bn a year by 2030, a year-long study has concluded.

The crime that shocked a nation
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:30:42 GMT

Harry Roberts and the crime that shocked a nation

Do people know where their chicken comes from?
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:03:57 GMT

How much do you know about the life of the chicken you eat?

Quiz time
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:41:21 GMT

Which of these wild mushrooms are safe to eat?

Search for world's smartest city
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:51:46 GMT

Two very different paths to smarter cities

Lunch with Len McCluskey, union baron (and Downton fan)
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:15:58 GMT

Unite chief on his life, Miliband and why he likes Downton Abbey

Nirvana: 25 years since first UK gig
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:25:34 GMT

Fans recall Nirvana's first UK gig 25 years on

Tesco's next move: Expert views
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:12:28 GMT

How can the supermarket turn its fortunes around?

Art power list
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:17:32 GMT

Why the Tate's director is the art world's most powerful figure

NHS 'revamp' and Canada attacks - the papers
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:26:20 GMT

Shootings in Canada dominate Thursday's newspapers