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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.


Fire rips through Eastbourne Pier
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:07:36 GMT

A huge blaze is ripping through Eastbourne Pier, leaving the structure an "absolute red, molten, mess of flame and smoke".

NHS 'can deal with' UK Ebola threat
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:44:37 GMT

The Ebola virus poses a threat to the UK but health services here have the experience to deal with it, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

No appeal over Rolf Harris sentence
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:52:24 GMT

Rolf Harris's five-year-and-nine-month jail sentence over sex offences will not be referred to the appeal court, despite 150 complaints over its "leniency".

UK to allow driverless cars on roads
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:29:39 GMT

The UK government says it plans to allow driverless cars on public roads in January, and asks cities to compete to host one of three trials.

PM pledges 3m in extra aid for Gaza
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:12:19 GMT

An additional 3m in UK aid is to be made available to help the humanitarian situation in Gaza, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Ex-policeman on Rodney murder charge
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:10:03 GMT

A former policeman is to be charged with murdering a man who was shot dead after a car was stopped by officers in north London nine years ago.

Nine years for baby-killer boyfriend
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:53:26 GMT

A man who killed his girlfriend's six-week-old baby by battering him with a shoe and plastic bottle is jailed for nine years for manslaughter.

New banker rules 'could hurt London'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:39:58 GMT

Bank of England plans to penalise badly-performing bankers could put London at a disadvantage as a financial centre, says banking industry body BBA.

We'll keep tightening sanctions - PM
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:03:17 GMT

UK Prime Minister David Cameron warns of increasingly tough sanctions unless Russian President Vladimir Putin "changes his approach".

HSBC closes some Muslims' accounts
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:50:51 GMT

HSBC bank writes to Finsbury Park Mosque and other Muslim organisations around the UK giving them notice their accounts will be closed.

Ex-NoW editors charged over hacking
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:02:39 GMT

Two former News of the World journalists have been charged with conspiring to hack phones, the Crown Prosecution Service says.

Life for road rage killer trucker
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:22:11 GMT

A lorry driver is jailed for life for using his 17-tonne truck to murder another motorist by deliberately driving over him.

Savile charity to challenge payouts
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:33:20 GMT

A charity set up by Jimmy Savile is challenging any payouts of compensation to victims of the sex attacker, victims' lawyers say.

Student 'set up' over Syria cash
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:39:47 GMT

A student accused of trying to smuggle 20,000 euros (16,000) to aid fighters in Syria tells a court she was "set up" by her friend.

Bolt: Games slur reports 'nonsense'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:02:28 GMT

Usain Bolt denies newspaper claims that he made disparaging comments about the Commonwealth Games.

Moyes bar 'scuffle' case dropped
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:28:25 GMT

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is no longer being investigated over an alleged scuffle in a bar in Lancashire, police say.

Star Wars name passport rejected
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:19:46 GMT

A woman who added "Skywalker" as a middle name is told by passport officials that her signature infringes a trademark.

Man pushing sprout up mountain
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:40:53 GMT

A man starts his attempt to push a Brussels sprout up Snowdon with his nose.

Gun attack on police patrol car
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:37:50 GMT

Police are blaming dissident republicans for a gun attack on one of their patrols in Londonderry

Woman 'sought witness information'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:48:13 GMT

A woman is charged with terrorism offences for allegedly trying to identify people currently under the PSNI Witness Protection Scheme.

Lessons to be learned over killings
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:18:48 GMT

Lessons need to be learned from the case of a man who killed his wife and young son at their home near Porthmadog, an official review finds.

Path led man to his death on Snowdon
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:47:37 GMT

A coroner demands Snowdon park officials address the dangers of paths that leave "people in peril" after a man fell about 600ft (180m) to his death.

Suspension at baby ashes crematorium
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:08:08 GMT

Aberdeen crematorium superintendent Derek Snow is suspended amid an investigation into the handling of baby ashes.

Man charged with raping 90-year-old
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:17 GMT

A teenager appears in court charged with raping a 90-year-old woman at her home in North Lanarkshire.

Man guilty of shooting policewoman
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:49:30 GMT

A man who shot a police officer on his doorstep and laughed while cycling off is convicted of attempted murder.

Dog walker and runner help stop rape
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:57:29 GMT

A dog walker and a runner help a woman fight off a man who was trying to rape her.

How many men are paedophiles?
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:34:41 GMT

The Pope was reported to have said that about 2% of Catholic clergy are paedophiles - but how does this compare to society as a whole?

The pre-nup that can end a happy marriage
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:40:09 GMT

In parts of Yemen when a brother and sister from one family marry siblings from another, the couples' fates can be locked together regardless of how happy they are.

The mini version of Britain in WW1 Berlin
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:44 GMT

In World War One, thousands of British men interned in the German camp Ruhleben took to gardening to feed themselves and improve their living conditions.

Peers query 'right to be forgotten'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:02:22 GMT

Demands for web firms to remove personal data to respect people's "right to be forgotten" are unreasonable, peers say.

Balls attacks 'never so good' PM
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:56:37 GMT

Ed Balls accuses David Cameron of trying to ape one of his predecessors by pretending people have "never had it so good".

Government ends prison guitar ban
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:21:56 GMT

A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales is reversed after a campaign by rock stars including Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:41:42 GMT

Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.

VIDEO: Broads-view opens up Norfolk waterways
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:22:14 GMT

The Norfolk Broads will soon be available for virtual navigation thanks to a novel aquatic equivalent of Google's Streetview technology

VIDEO: Five brothers killed in WW1
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:18:49 GMT

World War One had a devastating impact on many communities around the UK and in the Lincolnshire village of Friesthorpe one mother and father lost five of their eight sons.

VIDEO: Cable 'felt safe' in driverless car
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:28:56 GMT

Driverless cars are set to take to the roads in the UK from next January, they will guided by a system of sensors and cameras.

VIDEO: 'Dalek' cleaner cutting infection
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:07:41 GMT

How remote robot cleaners are helping cut hospital infection rates in north Wales.

VIDEO: HSBC closes Muslim groups' accounts
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:39:59 GMT

HSBC bank has told three Muslim organisations that they are to have their accounts closed.

VIDEO: Confetti harvest time in Shropshire
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:51:51 GMT

A natural confetti farm is harvesting and drying its crop, in a harvest that lasts only ten days.

VIDEO: Road rage driver used lorry to kill
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:00:48 GMT

A lorry driver is convicted of using his 17-tonne truck to murder another motorist by deliberately driving over him.

VIDEO: PC 'lied' over Hillsborough evidence
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:49:49 GMT

A police officer on duty on the day of the Hillsborough football disaster has been accused of lying, the inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans has heard.

The dead dog that changed colour twice
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:19:20 GMT

The dead dog that changed colour twice

When politicians 'think aloud'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:14:09 GMT

Why do politicians keep on falling foul of secret recordings?

The reindeer herders battling a mine
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:39:28 GMT

The reindeer herders fighting a British mining company

Astronomers weigh up Milky Way
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:11:55 GMT

Our galaxy is only about half the mass of one nearby

Shakespeare's Globe: Theatrical laboratory
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:13:18 GMT

Turning Shakespeare's theatre into a living laboratory

VIDEO: The teetotaller's hospital
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:22:33 GMT

London's abandoned Victorian Temperance Hospital

A peculiar sort of debt
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:45:55 GMT

What are the true costs of running the student loan scheme?

Ebola fears and 'fat' doctors - the papers
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:48:58 GMT

Fears the deadly virus could reach the UK make front-page headlines