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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.


Merkel: I'll work with UK on EU change
Fri, 29 May 2015 15:23:08 GMT

Angela Merkel says she does not rule out future treaty changes as she promises to work "constructively" with the UK on EU reform.

'Blatter will have suffered a shock'
Fri, 29 May 2015 21:02:39 GMT

FA chairman Greg Dyke does not expect Sepp Blatter to remain as Fifa president after the Swiss won a fifth term in charge.

Jewish sect female drive ban condemned
Fri, 29 May 2015 16:53:05 GMT

A ban on women driving their children to school issued by a Jewish education institution is "unacceptable", Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says.

Teenager jailed for 'terror grooming'
Fri, 29 May 2015 16:01:37 GMT

Teenager Kazi Islam is sentenced to eight years in a young offenders' institution for grooming a young man with learning difficulties to kill two soldiers.

Boy, 16, charged with knife murders
Fri, 29 May 2015 19:30:54 GMT

A 16-year-old boy is charged with the murders of two people in Colchester.

Officer guilty of Brady photo deal
Fri, 29 May 2015 16:28:17 GMT

A security officer is convicted of smuggling a camera into a high-security psychiatric hospital to try to sell photos of serial killer Ian Brady.

Sun reporter sentenced over tip-offs
Fri, 29 May 2015 13:19:37 GMT

A Sun newspaper reporter is given an 18-month suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of receiving story tip-offs from an anti-terror officer.

Tony Lloyd selected as interim mayor
Fri, 29 May 2015 20:54:36 GMT

Greater Manchester's police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd is selected as the region's interim mayor.

Legal bid to oust Carmichael as MP
Fri, 29 May 2015 14:43:58 GMT

Campaigners hoping to overturn the election of Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael launch a legal challenge at the Court of Session.

Man detained over council arson spree
Fri, 29 May 2015 16:57:27 GMT

A man is detained in a mental health unit after setting a series of fires across Oxfordshire.

Girl, 4, 'was stabbed by father'
Fri, 29 May 2015 15:55:47 GMT

A girl who was seriously injured in an incident that left a man dead was reportedly stabbed by her father, neighbours say.

Heysel disaster anniversary marked
Fri, 29 May 2015 18:58:59 GMT

Ceremonies are held to mark the 30th anniversary of the Heysel disaster which claimed the lives of 39 football fans.

Jack Vettriano 'unable to paint'
Fri, 29 May 2015 17:14:13 GMT

Scottish artist Jack Vettriano announces he is giving up painting for the foreseeable future due to a recent accident.

VIDEO: Badger filmed raiding kitchen fridge
Fri, 29 May 2015 09:10:57 GMT

A hungry badger which sneaked into a house in Midhurst, West Sussex, to help itself to a Bakewell tart has been caught on camera.

NI first minister leaves hospital
Fri, 29 May 2015 10:23:06 GMT

Northern Ireland's first minister Peter Robinson is discharged from hospital four days after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Funding row 'threat to racecourses'
Fri, 29 May 2015 10:05:09 GMT

Northern Ireland's two racecourses warn they could face closure in a dispute with bookmakers over funding.

'Perverted' man jailed for sex abuse
Fri, 29 May 2015 16:05:47 GMT

A "perverted" man is jailed for 22 years for abusing a boy he groomed for sex in the 1970s.

M4 junction trial closures to end
Fri, 29 May 2015 15:53:31 GMT

A slip road on the M4 at Port Talbot is to fully reopen after trial closures but its future remains in doubt.

Two OAPs critically injured by bus
Fri, 29 May 2015 19:05:58 GMT

A man and woman - believed to be in their 70s - are critically injured by a bus in central Glasgow.

New limit leads to drink-drive fall
Fri, 29 May 2015 21:15:24 GMT

Drink-driving offences have fallen in Scotland following the introduction of a lower alcohol limit, new figures show.

Death crash man's jail term reviewed
Fri, 29 May 2015 14:11:24 GMT

The sentence of a teenager who boasted of driving at 142mph the night before he killed a man in a high-speed crash is to be reviewed.

Road sinkhole 'could hold two buses'
Fri, 29 May 2015 17:02:00 GMT

A sinkhole caused by the collapse of a tunnel has the "volume of two London double-decker buses", a council says.

England prosper despite Ronchi rally
Fri, 29 May 2015 18:44:48 GMT

Late wickets drag England back into contention after a thrilling New Zealand fightback in the second Test at Headingley.

England & Scotland set for cup drama
Fri, 29 May 2015 18:03:13 GMT

The English FA and Scottish Cup finals on Saturday will see Arsenal face Aston Villa and Falkirk play Inverness CT.

Quiz: Test your FA Cup knowledge
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:10:36 GMT

Fifteen years since 2000, 15 questions on the FA Cup final. How much do you know?

Focus on future say Labour contenders
Fri, 29 May 2015 12:52:29 GMT

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall urge Labour to move on from the past as campaign to succeed Ed Miliband moves up a gear.

No senior black staff in the Lords
Fri, 29 May 2015 14:47:46 GMT

There are no black or ethnic minority members of staff in senior positions in the Lords, an FOI request reveals.

Jail terms under 'legal highs' law
Fri, 29 May 2015 02:03:48 GMT

A new "blanket ban" on so-called legal highs will carry prison sentences of up to seven years, the government says.

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:45:58 GMT

The Treasury Committee hears from the Chancellor, George Osborne.

VIDEO: Mother criticises ex-Thomas Cook boss
Fri, 29 May 2015 10:46:12 GMT

Sharon Wood, the mother of two children who were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu, has criticised Thomas Cook's former chief executive for associating a decision to donate some of her bonus to charity, with the children's deaths.

VIDEO: Migrants saved by British navy ship
Fri, 29 May 2015 08:32:07 GMT

A British navy ship has rescued hundreds of migrants in the central Mediterranean on Thursday.

VIDEO: 'I ended up in hospital from legal high'
Fri, 29 May 2015 17:03:35 GMT

A teenager from Wales has spoken out about the night he ended up in hospital after taking a "legal high".

VIDEO: US general urges UK to spend on forces
Thu, 28 May 2015 22:04:50 GMT

A senior US general has told the BBC it is imperative that Britain finds the money to spend on its armed forces, and that he is worried about the impact of recent defence cuts.

VIDEO: Lighting the sun 10 billion times
Thu, 28 May 2015 16:46:35 GMT

Scottish scientists are working at Diamond, the UK's synchrotron light source, with light that is 10 billion times brighter than the sun.

VIDEO: Party for Winnie, 100, after BBC appeal
Fri, 29 May 2015 20:21:02 GMT

A woman from Sheffield who was facing her 100th birthday alone because she had no surviving relatives, has celebrated the day in style at the local city hall.

VIDEO: Airfield hosts Wingsuit World Cup
Thu, 28 May 2015 07:12:10 GMT

The first ever Wingsuit World Cup has been taking place 12,000ft above Wiltshire.

VIDEO: Can art keep ex-prisoners out of jail?
Thu, 28 May 2015 23:19:09 GMT

Dean Stalham is a writer, visual artist and former prisoner who believes the arts help prevent ex-offenders from returning to jail.

Remembering the Heysel disaster
Fri, 29 May 2015 03:24:48 GMT

Is the Heysel disaster English football?s forgotten tragedy?

Quiz of the week's news
Fri, 29 May 2015 00:07:30 GMT

What's brought down crime by the seaside?

How do you pick up an oil platform?
Fri, 29 May 2015 00:47:31 GMT

How to remove a 24,000-tonne oil platform from the North Sea

England's Big Picture
Fri, 29 May 2015 09:28:22 GMT

Showcasing the best images sent to us by people from around England.

A symbol of holding out
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:26:43 GMT

Tiny buildings that stand in the way of big developments

The siblings who share a donor parent
Thu, 28 May 2015 11:41:14 GMT

The donor-conceived siblings connecting across the world