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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.

Major warns of Labour-SNP 'mayhem'
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:56:23 GMT

Ex-prime minister Sir John Major is to claim that a Labour government backed by the SNP would be a "recipe for mayhem".

Chilcot report release date uncertain
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:25:51 GMT

The official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War may not publish its long-awaited report this year, BBC Newsnight has learned.

Action call over grocery pricing
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:00:44 GMT

Consumer body Which? demands action from regulator over "confusing and misleading" supermarket pricing.

Labour plans nurses recruitment drive
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:19:18 GMT

Labour would launch an emergency recruitment drive to get 1,000 more nurses into training this year if they win the election, Ed Miliband will say.

Christian medic 'made to look crazy'
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:21:33 GMT

A Christian health worker claims the NHS made her look "a bit crazy" by disciplining her for allegedly trying to convert a Muslim colleague.

Student dies taking 'online diet pills'
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:39:54 GMT

A student dies after taking suspected diet pills bought online, police reveal.

UKIP wants BBC fee cut by two thirds
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:48:11 GMT

The BBC should be 'cut back to the bone' and the licence fee reduced by two thirds, according to UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Clegg's tax rise vow on second homes
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:05:56 GMT

Nick Clegg says owners of second homes in rural beauty spots could face paying double the rate of council tax under Liberal Democrat plans.

UK sailors on Canada sex charge bailed
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:32:28 GMT

Four members of the Royal Navy charged with sexual assault in Nova Scotia have been released on bail, court officials say.

'Syria-bound' family held in Turkey
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:38:09 GMT

A British couple believed to have been en route to Syria with their four children are being held in Turkey, a government official tells the BBC.

Mindfulness 'option for depression'
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:16:32 GMT

A mindfulness-based therapy could provide a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a study in the Lancet says.

Groundhog Day set for London stage
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:29:56 GMT

A stage musical adaptation of classic comedy film Groundhog Day is to have its world premiere at the Old Vic in 2016.

Google help for Nessie hunters
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:20:22 GMT

Fans of the Loch Ness Monster are being offered a chance to explore its "habitat" using Google Street View.

Lamb with five legs born on farm
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:44:08 GMT

A lamb with five legs is born at a farm in mid Wales.

Windsor Park stand to be demolished
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:52:14 GMT

The damaged West Stand at Windsor Park is to be demolished but Northern Ireland's crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania will go ahead there in June.

Veteran Labour politician dies
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:24:02 GMT

Former Labour MP Lord Mason of Barnsley dies at the age of 91, it is announced.

Stab victim closes police station
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:32:08 GMT

Swansea central police station is closed after the victim of a stabbing sought shelter from his attackers inside.

Army supplies fall from helicopter
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:15:47 GMT

Army supplies including hot sauce and chewing gum fall from a Chinook helicopter into a Cardiff field.

Lib Dems 'to deliver opportunity'
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:10:33 GMT

The Scottish Liberal Democrats are to launch their manifesto, setting out plans to deliver a "decade of opportunity".

Digital health project misses target
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:16:22 GMT

A 10m online health project has reached less than a third of the people it set out to, the BBC has learned.

Man injured as building collapses
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:47:27 GMT

A man is injured after a building in central London collapses.

Night-stalker rapist jailed for life
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:38:22 GMT

A night-stalker rapist who hunted down vulnerable women walking alone is jailed for life.

England should pick Rashid - Vaughan
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:05:10 GMT

Adil Rashid should make his Test debut for England in the second match of the series in West Indies, says Michael Vaughan.

Bingham repels Williams challenge
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:55:29 GMT

Stuart Bingham holds off a gutsy challenge from Robbie Williams to earn a place in the second round of the World Championship.

'Hamilton now has a different aura'
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:28:57 GMT

A relaxed Lewis Hamilton remains dominant but Kimi Raikkonen & McLaren have upped their games, says the BBC's David Coulthard.

Migrant deaths a dark day - Cameron
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:14:45 GMT

David Cameron has described the boat disaster in the Mediterranean as a "dark day" and called for a "comprehensive" approach to the problem.

Register to vote, urges ex-Doctor Who
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:35:59 GMT

Actor Christopher Eccleston joins politicians and celebrities urging people to sign up to vote ahead of the midnight deadline to register.

Sinn Fin seeking 1.5bn for NI
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:10:02 GMT

Sinn Fin is to seek an extra 1.5bn for Northern Ireland in negotiations with an incoming government following the general election.

VIDEO: Finance Bill second reading
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:08:15 GMT

MPs pass the Finance Bill at second reading.

VIDEO: Man hurt in London building collapse
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:48:44 GMT

A 56-year-old man is injured after a building in the Holborn area of London collapses.

VIDEO: Meet the royal baby 'superfans'
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:02:54 GMT

Ardent royal fans have begun gathering outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington ahead of the birth of the Duchess of Cambridge's second baby.

VIDEO: Drawing a true Victorian superhero
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:10:39 GMT

Ada Lovelace, arguably the first computer programmer, is being brought to life in a graphic novel.

VIDEO: Drawing the election campaign
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:22:08 GMT

The BBC's Arif Ansari caught up Adam Dant, the official election artist as he follows the leaders out campaigning.

VIDEO: Parkinson's mistaken for drunkenness
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:15:44 GMT

According to a new study, a quarter of people with Parkinson's say they have had their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness. Jayne McCubbin reports.

VIDEO: Welby: 'Islamic State is deeply evil'
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:58:46 GMT

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has spoken out against what he called ''atrocious pressure'' on Christians and other minority communities across the Middle East.

VIDEO: Arran diver wins environmental award
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:41:15 GMT

A diver, from the Isle of Arran, receives one of the world's most prestigious environmental awards.

VIDEO: England's Scott sent off for headbutt
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:39:44 GMT

England international Jill Scott headbutts Arsenal defender Jade Bailey as her Manchester City side lose 1-0 at home to the Gunners.

The constituency that is much closer to Oslo than Westminster
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:12:28 GMT

The seat that's much closer to Oslo than Westminster

'My body is now worthless to me'
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:05:50 GMT

Woman preyed on by 'night-stalker' rapist talks of ordeal

VIDEO: Manifesto moments in 90 seconds
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:52:12 GMT

Summary of all seven main party montages in under two minutes

The tech that rocks the cradle
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:54:31 GMT

The tech that rocks the cradle

The teenagers who raced bicycles on WW2 bomb sites
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:43:46 GMT

The teenagers who raced bicycles on WW2 bomb sites

Asylum seeker: Why I chose the UK
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:46:18 GMT

Why one asylum seeker chose the UK