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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.


Police cautions 'to be scrapped'
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:43:24 GMT

The use of police cautions - where those who commit minor offences are given a formal warning - is set to be scrapped in England and Wales.

Labour 'to replace Lords with senate'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:58:53 GMT

Ed Miliband says that Labour would replace the House of Lords with an elected senate if the party won the general election in May 2015.

Firefighters strike over pensions
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:17:20 GMT

Firefighters across England begin a four-day strike in a row over pensions during one of the service's busiest weekends of the year.

Virgin spacecraft crash kills pilot
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:43:07 GMT

At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California.

Woolf steps down from abuse inquiry
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:58:06 GMT

Fiona Woolf is to step down as the head of an inquiry into historic child sex abuse, she has told the BBC.

Warmest UK Halloween on record
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:28:19 GMT

This year's Halloween is the warmest on record in the UK, with temperatures reaching as high as 23.5C, breaking the previous record of 20C.

Man killed in shooting at food store
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:46:59 GMT

A man dies after being shot at a food store in Manchester, prompting a murder investigation.

Bodies found after fireworks blaze
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:09:28 GMT

Two bodies are found in the wreckage of a blaze at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford.

Sturgeon renews TV debates attack
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:03:31 GMT

Recent opinion polls prove it is wrong to exclude the SNP from nationally-televised general election debates, the party's leader in waiting says.

Lawrence officer to return to role
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:48:19 GMT

A police officer under investigation over claims of "discreditable conduct" after the murder of Stephen Lawrence is to return to his job.

Life term for puppy farm murders
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:44:30 GMT

An 82-year-old man is jailed for life for murdering his partner and her daughter who he shot at close range at his puppy farm in Surrey.

Junior doctor admits child sex abuse
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:54:06 GMT

A junior doctor working in paediatrics admits sexually abusing boys as young as 12 and possessing images of abuse.

Labour win police commissioner poll
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:02:21 GMT

Labour's Alan Billings wins the by-election for the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, following the resignation of Shaun Wright.

Britain First leaflet dubbed illegal
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:53:56 GMT

Royal Mail says it will not deliver a leaflet for Britain First in the Rochester and Strood by-election because it believes it to be illegal.

Plane turns back after part falls off
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:07:03 GMT

A plane bound for Egypt with 237 passengers on board turns back to Gatwick after part of the aircraft falls off.

BBC refuses to make Top Gear apology
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:27:44 GMT

The BBC's Head of TV refuses to make a formal apology over a Top Gear special filmed in Argentina, after demands from the country's ambassador to the UK.

Charles and Camilla end Colombia tour
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:35:26 GMT

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall complete the final day of their tour of Colombia with a visit to the walled city of Cartagena.

'Poppy hijab' to mark Remembrance Day
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:36:29 GMT

A fashion designer from London creates a 'poppy hijab' to commemorate the centenary of the first Muslim soldier being awarded the Victoria Cross and to give Muslim women a new way to mark Remembrance Day.

Bend It Like Beckham set for stage
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:07:57 GMT

A musical version of the hit 2002 British comedy film Bend It Like Beckham is to open in the West End next year.

Dispute over IRA rape claim letter
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:34:01 GMT

A lawyer says Maria Cahill wrote to the IRA complaining her allegation of rape had not been investigated thoroughly enough. Ms Cahill says her letter has been misrepresented.

Man pleads guilty to pensioner death
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:17:13 GMT

A 41-year-old man pleads guilty to the unlawful killing of pensioner Bertie Acheson, 72, in his Coleraine home in April 2012.

Bid to halt chief's pay-off fails
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:32:37 GMT

A pay-off for Pembrokeshire council chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones is set to go ahead after an opposition bid to block it through the courts fails.

Three held on suspicion of murder
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:25:12 GMT

Three people are held on suspicion of murder after the unexplained death of a man in Pembroke Dock, say police.

Charity defends airport green tax
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:42:14 GMT

The conservation charity WWF Scotland cautions against moves to scrap Air Passenger Duty for departures from Scotland.

Fashion week's Sherlock cape crusade
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:47:26 GMT

Organisers of a Scottish fashion event wants to revamp a Harris Tweed cape made famous by Sherlock Holmes.

Trauma of man who found family dead
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:59:40 GMT

The neighbour of a family of four found dead in their Bradford home says he sees the father's body every time he tries to sleep.

Wheelchair drag driver handed ban
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:42:09 GMT

A woman who was caught on CCTV dragging a man in a wheelchair behind her car is handed a two-year driving ban.

Djokovic ends Murray's winning run
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:34:27 GMT

Andy Murray's 11-match winning run comes to an end with defeat by Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals.

Hamilton top in second US practice
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:13:45 GMT

Lewis Hamilton narrowly edges Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to fastest time in second practice at the US Grand Prix.

European strikers are soft - Wenger
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:30:27 GMT

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the decline of street football means Europe struggles to produce players like Alexis Sanchez.

The nuclear attack on the UK that never happened
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:50:46 GMT

In 1982, a secret Home Office exercise tested the UK's capacity to cope with a massive nuclear attack.

The channel that's spiced up French TV
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:06:31 GMT

For years the French media was set in its ways but a newcomer, BFMTV, has shaken things up - so what's the secret of its success?

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:26:40 GMT

Keyless systems are taking over in cars and hotels. Are we heading towards a keyless life?

'Family test' for policies outlined
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:41:31 GMT

All policies will be measured against the impact they have on the formation and support of stable families, ministers say.

Miliband in English buses pledge
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:56:12 GMT

Ed Miliband promises that a Labour government would grant cities and regions greater powers to improve bus services across England.

Government to 'retire' some WW1 debt
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:00:00 GMT

The UK Government has said that it will 'retire' 218m of the UK's 2bn First World War debt by refinancing bonds originally issued by Winston Churchill.

VIDEO: European Scrutiny Committee
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:03:44 GMT

The committee questions the UK Commissioner-designate Lord Hill

VIDEO: Is too much praise bad for children?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:53:57 GMT

A new report says teachers who give struggling pupils too much praise in the classroom could be doing them more harm than good.

VIDEO: A sea of red poppies from the air
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:53:46 GMT

Footage taken from the air above the Tower of London shows the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red made up of thousands of ceramic poppies to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.

VIDEO: One in five 'disillusioned' with politics
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:37:41 GMT

A poll for the BBC has found only one in five of those asked think the Westminster Parliament acts in their best interests, and as few as one in eight think the European Parliament does.

VIDEO: Policies face 'family-friendly 'checks
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:59:41 GMT

All new government policies in England now have to undergo a test to check whether they help families.

VIDEO: What happened to Remploy workers?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:35:50 GMT

A year after the last Remploy factory closed, Nikki Fox looks at what has happened to former workers - and what options are available to them

VIDEO: Junior doctor admits child sex abuse
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:32:00 GMT

A junior doctor working in paediatrics has admitted online child grooming and sexually abusing boys as young as 12.

AUDIO: UK benefits 'magnet' for migrants
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:47:21 GMT

Deputy mayor of Calais claims UK benefits are a "magnet" for migrants.

VIDEO: Poppy hijab for Remembrance
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:02:27 GMT

A young fashion designer from London has decided to mark Remembrance Day by creating a special "poppy hijab" for Muslim women.

The talented students denied funding
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:19:13 GMT

The students educated in British schools but denied student loans

Exploring the lure of dark tourism
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:36:28 GMT

The morbid attractions of dark tourism

What are Remploy workers doing now?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:13:29 GMT

How former Remploy workers struggle to find work

Moving house: Nightmare or life-affirming?
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:34:14 GMT

Is moving house a nightmare or life affirming?

Global tax rules 'need tightening'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:09:43 GMT

Global tax rules 'need tightening'

Timothy Spall: How I became Turner
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:59:56 GMT

How Timothy Spall created 400 artworks for his latest film

'It's business as usual in Austin'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:40:29 GMT

F1 star on turning up the pressure in his title fight

Spacecraft crash and Woolf resigns - papers
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:35:56 GMT

Test flight crash and Woolf resignation make headlines