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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.


Referendum campaigns make final push
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:36:39 GMT

Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign make their final pitches to voters as the latest polls suggest the result remains too close to call.

Academy regulation 'too weak'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:01:04 GMT

Checks and balances on how academy chains in England spend large amounts of public money are "too weak", according to research.

Richard III death injuries revealed
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:05:12 GMT

King Richard III was likely to have been killed by two blows to the head and one to his pelvis, according to new research.

MPs criticise 'lax' waste schemes
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:21:56 GMT

Grants worth 213.5m were paid to councils for waste projects even though key facilities have yet to be built, MPs say.

Murder arrest in 'one punch' killing
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:15:00 GMT

A man is arrested on suspicion of murder over the "one-punch" killing of a man in Manchester.

PCC resigns over child abuse scandal
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:14:17 GMT

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright resigns over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

CCTV released in Thai murder hunt
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:23:25 GMT

Police hunting for suspects of the murder of two Britons in Thailand release CCTV images as the victims' families pay tribute.

'Sweet theft' estate agent sacked
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:44:51 GMT

An estate agent is sacked after apparently being caught on camera stealing a bar of chocolate while showing a client around a flat.

Two dead in helicopter sea crash
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:39:08 GMT

Two men die as a helicopter on its way to Humberside Airport crashes into the sea off the East Yorkshire coast.

Anguish of UK hostage's friends
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:20:59 GMT

Friend of British hostage Alan Henning say they have been 'hit hard' by his kidnapping by Islamic State militants.

Tiger walked through 'open' door
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:58:34 GMT

A tiger which killed a zoo keeper in Cumbria got to her by walking through an "open" door, an inquest hears.

Files reveal WW2 secret 'Agent Fifi'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:18:54 GMT

World War Two records reveal the existence of a glamorous female secret agent whose job was to see if other agents could keep their mouths shut.

Sound piece wins 8,000 drawing prize
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:09:20 GMT

A sound piece, a 75-second description of a Roman pot, wins a prestigious prize for drawing for the first time in its 20-year history.

'Damaged' child removed from mother
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:07:05 GMT

A 13-year-old girl effectively shut off from the outside world can be separated from her mother and moved from Northern Ireland, a High Court judge has ruled.

Clinic harassment claim 'ridiculous'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:52:12 GMT

An anti-abortion campaigner dismisses as "ridiculous" allegations that she harassed a Marie Stopes clinic director, a court in Belfast hears.

Man 'forced to work without pay'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:11:43 GMT

A father and son forced a vulnerable man to work 15-hour-days unpaid at their farm every day for 13 years, a court hears.

Labour to 'address under-funding'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:42:23 GMT

Labour will address "under-funding" of the Welsh government if it wins next year's general election, First Minister Carwyn Jones assures AMs.

Campaigns seize on Scotland pledge
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:49:30 GMT

Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.

Tidal turbine firm signs power deal
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:54:54 GMT

The developers of a tidal energy scheme in the Pentland Firth sign a deal to sell electricity generated by the project.

Council says 6,000 jobs to go
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:56:16 GMT

A further 6,000 jobs will be cut at Birmingham City Council in the next four years, making the workforce about a third of the size it was in 2010.

Hillsborough 'caused by late fans'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:46:38 GMT

Ticketless fans who arrived "too late" caused the crush at Hillsborough which led to 96 supporters dying, a turnstile operator tells the inquests.

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:51:49 GMT

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:48:21 GMT

A late Steven Gerrard penalty gives Liverpool a dramatic victory after Mario Balotelli scores his first goal for the club.

Ospreys and Blues monitor Halfpenny
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:10:26 GMT

Ospreys join Cardiff Blues in monitoring Leigh Halfpenny after Toulon president raises questions over the player's contract.

The tricky business of policing sex in public
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:55:03 GMT

Police are taking a new approach to the policing of outdoor sex - for both straight and gay people.

The church described as a 'symbol of evil'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:15:00 GMT

Plans to rebuild a church that is linked to Hitler have divided Germany and sparked a row about how the country deals with its past.

How 250,000 Belgians didn't leave a trace
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:45:25 GMT

Britain was home to 250,000 Belgian refugees in WW1 so why is their story forgotten today?

UK inflation rate falls to 1.5%
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:10:38 GMT

Cheaper food and fuel prices helped to push down the UK consumer price inflation rate to 1.5% in August, official figures show.

Passport delay victims 'need refund'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:24:06 GMT

Passport applicants who paid 30 extra to avoid missing travel because of processing delays should get refunds, MPs say.

PM hints at plan for English powers
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:02:25 GMT

David Cameron rules out an English Parliament but hints that English MPs could get the final say on England-only laws.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:49:55 GMT

Tory MP John Baron asks an urgent question on the government's response to Islamic State.

AUDIO: Blinded in one eye 'for being gay'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:56:35 GMT

A photographer says he will continue his career despite being blinded in one eye in a homophobic attack.

VIDEO: Why are London pavements exploding?
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:43:13 GMT

Two van drivers had a lucky escape after a pavement explosion in central London which was caught on CCTV.

VIDEO: Crimewatch marks 30th anniversary
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:55:54 GMT

Television show Crimewatch is marking 30 years of helping to solve crimes by appealing to the public for information.

VIDEO: Cancer teen's mum: 'He touched so many'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:08:42 GMT

Stephen Sutton's mother Jane pays tribute to her son as someone who ''lived life to the full'', as plans are revealed for spending the money he raised in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

VIDEO: 'Number of suspects' in Thai deaths
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:50:30 GMT

Police investigating the deaths of two Britons in Thailand say they are focussing on the Burmese migrant community, reports Jonathan Head on Koh Tao.

VIDEO: S Yorks PCC Shaun Wright quits
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:37:42 GMT

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has resigned over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

VIDEO: 'I just couldn't bear it anymore'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:58:00 GMT

Almost one in six mental health patients in England have attempted suicide because of long waiting lists for therapy, according to new research.

VIDEO: UK party leaders sign No vote pledge
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:01:44 GMT

The three main UK party leaders - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - have signed a pledge promising "extensive new powers" for the Scottish Parliament.

The parliament that never was
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:10:23 GMT

The Scottish parliament that never was

Golding Flies classic marks 60 years
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:19:30 GMT

Why Lord of the Flies holds true 60 years on

'I loved/loathed my 1960s high-rise block'
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:52:16 GMT

'Why I loved/loathed my 1960s tower block'

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:25:06 GMT

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

How do jobs fit into the referendum debate?
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:11:37 GMT

How do jobs fit into the referendum debate?

'Waiting in dark for killers to come'
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:40:43 GMT

Hiding in the dark during Algerian gas plant attack

Was there a time British people couldn't buy olive oil?
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:20:37 GMT

Was there a time when British people couldn't buy olive oil?

'Nation divided against itself' - front pages
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:14:47 GMT

How papers view build-up to Scottish poll