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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.


Three 'murders' part of abuse inquiry
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:10:29 GMT

Detectives are investigating three alleged murders as part of an inquiry into historical child abuse involving politicians and establishment figures, as they appeal for information about an apartment block in London.

Record 500,000 started university
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:47:55 GMT

Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures.

Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:04:28 GMT

Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

Staff 'bussed in to plug jail gaps'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:34:37 GMT

Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

'Support vulnerable doctors' call
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:43:24 GMT

Up to 28 doctors took their own lives between 2005 and 2013 while being investigated by the General Medical Council, an independent review of cases has found.

Disability scheme helping 'minority'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:05:16 GMT

The government's Access to Work scheme is only helping a "minority" of disabled people stay in, or gain, employment, a group of MPs says.

Brain's 'internal compass' found
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:46:58 GMT

The precise part of the brain that gives people a sense of direction has been pinpointed by scientists.

Fugitive in light aircraft arrest
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:52:30 GMT

One of the UK's most wanted fugitives is arrested while attempting to return to Britain in a light aircraft.

Cost of MPs' advisers hits 8.4m
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:49:43 GMT

The cost of ministers' special advisers increases more than 1m in the past year, taking it to 8.4m, official figures show.

New claim to shortest double yellows
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:15:15 GMT

A street claiming to be home to the shortest set of double yellow lines in England is "beaten" by an even shorter set in a nearby road.

Chef eats humble pie for mix-up
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:21:08 GMT

The World Pie Eating Championships are thrown into turmoil after a work experience chef sends the wrong pies to the Wigan event.

Hint of breakthrough in NI talks
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:57:48 GMT

There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.

Man shot by Army is to be exhumed
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:08:56 GMT

The body of a man shot dead by soldiers in Belfast more than 40 years ago is to be exhumed, a coroner has ruled.

5m mortgage fraudsters jailed
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:25:32 GMT

Members of a gang who applied for bogus mortgages worth 5m are given jail sentences.

Boost for mobile phone coverage
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:37:59 GMT

Mobile phone coverage in Wales is set to be boosted from 63% to 83% as part of a 5bn UK-wide deal with the four mobile networks.

Infection investigated after two die
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:18:12 GMT

Infection control experts start an investigation into a cluster of C. difficile cases at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

North Sea oil sector near 'collapse'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:40:38 GMT

The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".

Cling film 'sex death' man jailed
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:46:03 GMT

A man is jailed for five years for causing the death of a man covered in cling film during a sex game.

Man held over armed police stand-off
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:39:02 GMT

A 43-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was injured during a five-hour stand-off with police at a flat in Lancashire.

Balotelli gets one-match ban & fine
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:52:35 GMT

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli gets a one-match ban and 25,000 fine from the FA as punishment for his Super Mario post.

Garcia quitting 'new low for Fifa'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:12:51 GMT

Fifa's reputation has been hurt by the resignation of ethics investigator Michael Garcia, says vice president Jim Boyce.

Cook not the way forward - Hughes
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:05:23 GMT

Alastair Cook should be relieved of the one-day captaincy if England are to prosper at the ICC World Cup, says Simon Hughes.

The buildings that would have been impossible
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:11:52 GMT

How computers helped build some of the world's most distinct buildings.

The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:27:16 GMT

The Kremlin denies sending Russian troops to Ukraine, but Russian volunteers there are proud to talk about their crusade to revive an Orthodox empire.

How much was 1989 like 1919?
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:43:38 GMT

Many of today's global problems are hangovers from bad, ungenerous decisions at the end of previous conflicts, writes Jeffrey Sachs.

English council funds 'cut by 1.8%'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:50:24 GMT

English councils will face an average cut of 1.8% in their overall spending power, the government says.

Friday marks election campaign start
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:30:21 GMT

The 2015 general election campaign officially begins on Friday, meaning candidates' spending will be subject to strict rules and limits.

Women bishops fast-tracked to Lords
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:44:15 GMT

A temporary change to the way the 26 "spiritual" seats in the Lords are allocated will allow women bishops to be represented as soon as possible, the government says.

VIDEO: Transport Committee
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:18:30 GMT

MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.

VIDEO: Jail staff 'sent miles to fill gaps'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:04:57 GMT

Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

VIDEO: Punch-up at parish meeting
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:24:10 GMT

Pictures have emerged of a brawl at at Lancashire parish council committee meeting over a waiting list for grazing land.

VIDEO: 'Ice pancakes' form on River Dee
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:46:17 GMT

Ice pancake formations, more commonly seen in the Antarctic, have been photographed on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.

VIDEO: New lights give hope to stargazers
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:45:03 GMT

New streetlights could reduce the orange glare of older sodium lights meaning clearer conditions for drivers and stargazers.

VIDEO: Have free school meals meant less cash?
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:45:43 GMT

The BBC's Alex Forsyth investigates whether free school meals for infant pupils in England has had an impact on the pupil premium funding.

VIDEO: Has the high street got worse?
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:17:09 GMT

Three years ago retails expert, Mary Portas, carried out a review of the high street for the government and the BBC takes her back to one of those towns, Stockport, to find out if anything has changed.

VIDEO: Grayling defends probation contracts
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:11:14 GMT

New probation contracts worth 450m will be signed off by the government as 21 private companies take over the management of low and medium-risk offenders.

VIDEO: Festive park shuts permanently
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:32:04 GMT

A much-criticised Christmas attraction near Sutton Coldfield has closed down permanently.

Booze calculator: What's your drinking nationality?
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:03:47 GMT

Find the country that matches your drinking habits

Quiz of the year pt 1: Who said that?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:14:06 GMT

Do you remember who said what from 2014?

Council cuts: Who will lose out most?
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:07:10 GMT

How is your local authority affected?

VIDEO: A night on the SOS bus
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:31 GMT

The bus that deals with drunk people on the worst days of the year

Exhibition marks 1914 football truce
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:51:32 GMT

Exhibition marks the 1914 Christmas football truce

TTIP: The EU-US trade deal explained
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:09:05 GMT

Why are the EU-US trade talks proving to be so controversial?

'Teen terror' and 'Xmas costs less' - the papers
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:11:52 GMT

The West's struggle against Islamic State on front pages