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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.


Trident 'lets UK punch above weight'
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:21:39 GMT

Britain must keep its Trident nuclear weapons system if it wants to play a significant role in the world, the US defence secretary tells the BBC.

US wants 'strong UK in strong EU'
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:47:33 GMT

The US has a "profound interest in a very strong UK staying in a strong EU", US Secretary of State John Kerry says.

Doctors' dispute 'could become a war'
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:08:29 GMT

The dispute over the imposition of a new contract for junior doctors "could become a war" between NHS staff, employers and the government, a union warns.

Arrest over warehouse fatal shooting
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:36:28 GMT

A 26-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was killed during a raid at his warehouse.

Tweddle takes first unaided steps
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:02:31 GMT

Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle takes her first unaided steps since neck surgery following her fall on The Jump.

UK player claims EuroMillions jackpot
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:05:13 GMT

A UK ticket holder claims Friday's 24m EuroMillions jackpot, National Lottery operator Camelot said.

Witness appeal over crash near school
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:59:22 GMT

Specialist road investigators remain at the scene of a crash near a Liverpool school in which eight girls, aged between 11 and 16, were hurt.

NHS watchdog to 'use Facebook comments'
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:41:24 GMT

Comments on social media will be used by England's health regulator to gather information on possible NHS failings, it is reported.

Husband charged with teacher murder
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:45:10 GMT

A man is charged with the murder of his wife who was strangled to death at their home in Kent.

Indy editor writes to 'treasured' readers
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:32:46 GMT

The decision to cease print editions of the Independent would have been a shock to readers, its editor writes in a letter in the paper.

Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:20:45 GMT

Sunderland boost their Premier League survival hopes with a deserved victory over an uninspired Manchester United.

France 10-9 Ireland
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:25:06 GMT

Maxime Medard's late try snatches victory for France over Ireland in an attritional Six Nations contest in Paris.

Surgery to end Smith's Paralympic dream
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:39:33 GMT

Paralympic cycling hopeful David Smith needs more surgery on a spinal tumour, ending his chances of competing in Rio.

Police examine Tory by-election claims
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:53:44 GMT

Nottinghamshire Police is looking at evidence relating to accusations of overspending by the Conservative Party during the 2014 Newark by-election.

GCHQ computer hacking ruled lawful
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:51:57 GMT

Britain's spies are not breaking the law when they secretly hack into computers and smart phones, a tribunal rules.

RBS boss supports EU membership
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:10:37 GMT

The chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland tells BBC Newsnight he believes the UK financial sector would be better off inside the European Union.

VIDEO: Families 'priced out of housing market'
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:03:31 GMT

Many younger families in the UK are being priced out of the property market.

VIDEO: Life on board a nuclear submarine
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:39:49 GMT

The BBC's Scotland editor Sarah Smith is granted rare access onboard one of Britain's Trident nuclear submarines.

VIDEO: Helpline launched for abuse whistle-blowers
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:01:08 GMT

A new whistleblowers' helpline is being launched, aimed at employees unhappy about the way their organisation has responded to child protection concerns.

VIDEO: School support staff 'taken for granted'
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:04:37 GMT

The majority of classroom support staff claim they have done the work of a fully-qualified teacher, according to a survey.

VIDEO: 'Disgrace to humanity' game still going strong
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:07:44 GMT

It was described as a "disgrace to humanity", but the Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne in Derbyshire is still going strong.

VIDEO: Blind pianist takes centre stage
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:22:33 GMT

Despite being blind from birth, Rachel Starritt recently took centre stage in a festival on Beethoven's music.

The blind boy who learned to see with sound
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:18:24 GMT

The blind boy who learned to find his way around using echoes

Why is St Valentine's finger in Coventry?
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:49:59 GMT

Why was St Valentine's finger sent to Coventry?

'Sea monster' taking shape at museum
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:44:56 GMT

Plesiosaur 'sea monster' bones put back together

Why can't teams stop Leicester?
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:33:13 GMT

Why the Premier League leaders' seemingly simple tactics work

The city that funded the Pre-Raphaelites
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:58:16 GMT

How Liverpool's nouveau riche funded the Pre-Raphaelites

Rowena Kincaid: My letter to cancer
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:02:05 GMT

Rowena Kincaid tells the disease determined to take her life she will not go down without a fight

Was a doctors' contract deal ever possible?
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:40:05 GMT

Was a doctors' contract deal ever possible?