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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.

British teenager killed in Syria
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:53:57 GMT

An 18-year-old British man who was killed in Syria "died in battle" and was not a terrorist, his father tells the BBC.

Boy in hospital with severe burns
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:48:09 GMT

A seven-year-old boy is taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after an incident involving petrol left him with severe burns.

Teachers to debate summer strike
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:32:04 GMT

The NUT conference is to hear calls for a one-day strike on 23 June and a campaign of industrial action over pay and workload.

Man killed as pleasure boat capsizes
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:06 GMT

One man dies and another is in hospital after a boat capsizes in a river estuary in Devon.

Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:30:11 GMT

David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.

Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests'
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT

Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.

Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:56:31 GMT

A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.

One killed in microlight crash
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:39:30 GMT

A person has died in a microlight crash in Devon, police say.

Kate tells of warm Australia welcome
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:42:43 GMT

The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked Australia for its warm welcome of her and baby George.

Image released following sex attacks
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:32:58 GMT

Police investigating two sexual assaults in St Andrews release a CCTV image of a man they want to question.

CBI registers as UK campaign backer
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:54:40 GMT

The CBI registers with the Electoral Commission as a backer of the campaign against Scottish independence.

Easter funeral for Peaches Geldof
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:04:22 GMT

Peaches Geldof's funeral is to be held on Easter Monday at the church where she was married and her mother's funeral held, her family says.

A fifth of gardeners 'throw snails'
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:10:11 GMT

A survey finds one-fifth of gardeners admit to throwing snails over their neighbour's fence, with Londoners the worst culprits.

VIDEO: World's toughest canoe race begins
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:38:35 GMT

Hundreds of people are taking part in the world's toughest canoe race, which has begun in Devizes.

Independent MLA David McClarty dies
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:32:32 GMT

The independent unionist Northern Ireland Assembly member David McClarty has died after an illness.

Man suffers head and face injuries
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:40:11 GMT

A 46-year-old man is being treated in hospital after suffering serious face and head injuries during assault in Belfast city centre.

Redundancy threat at building firm
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:11:17 GMT

Workers at a Newport building firm face redundancy after the company warned it was going into administration, union leaders claim.

One dead and one hurt after crashes
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:02:31 GMT

A motorcyclist dies after being involved in a collision with a parked vehicle in Neath and a woman is seriously hurt after a crash in Swansea.

'Nothing to hide' over bird deaths
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:08:47 GMT

A farmer whose properties were raided by police investigating the deaths of 20 birds of prey, calls for more resources to be directed at the investigation.

Crews battle large woodland fire
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:10 GMT

Police advise local residents stay indoors after emergency services are called to a large woodland fire in the Milton of Lea area of Inverness.

Second earthquake hits East Midlands
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:25:58 GMT

Experts confirm the Rutland town of Oakham has had its second earthquake in two days.

Pickles in charge of 'vermin' site
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:31:03 GMT

Nottingham City Council is taking action against a "vermin" infested site, owned by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles' department.

Man Utd have failed - coach Neville
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:28:26 GMT

Manchester United have not lived up to expectations this season, coach and former player Phil Neville tells the BBC.

Liverpool trio on PFA award list
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:01:30 GMT

Liverpool's Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are among six nominees for the PFA's player of the year award.

How 420 became code for marijuana
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:22:46 GMT

The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis.

The level crossing wars
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:01:41 GMT

Battles to save level crossings are being waged across the UK, despite many considering them dangerous anachronisms.

The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT

This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.

Female MPs shunning PMQs - Bercow
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:53:22 GMT

Some female MPs have stopped attending Prime Minister's Questions because it is so "bad", says Speaker John Bercow.

Lucas cleared over fracking protest
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:17:31 GMT

Green MP Caroline Lucas and four co-defendants are cleared of obstructing a public highway during an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, West Sussex.

French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:57:25 GMT

The leader of the right-wing Front National party in France says she would welcome collaboration with UKIP in fighting against the EU "with open arms".

VIDEO: House of Commons
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:55:29 GMT

The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.

VIDEO: Kate meets Manly Beach life-savers
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:50:18 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made an appearance at Sydney's Royal Easter Show, during their tour of Australia.

VIDEO: First for Good Friday horse racing
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:47:17 GMT

History will be made as horse racing takes place for the first time in the UK on Good Friday - at Lingfield in Surrey and Scottish track Musselburgh.

VIDEO: Row over Irish dancing make-up ban
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:32:18 GMT

The Irish Dancing Commission has recently stopped children under the age of 10 from wearing make-up during competitions.

VIDEO: Travel tips for the Easter weekend
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:32:50 GMT

The BBC's Ben Bland gives some tips for travelling during the long weekend.

VIDEO: Vinyl fights back against downloads
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:17:00 GMT

New research suggests that physical formats for music, like CDs, cassettes and vinyl are experiencing a revival, particularly among younger buyers, despite digital downloads.

VIDEO: Easter story in a shipping container
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:54:03 GMT

The North East town of South Shields is commemorating the Passion of Christ on Good Friday in a different way.

VIDEO: French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:42:39 GMT

The leader of the French far right-wing Front National party has said that she would welcome collaboration with UKIP with "open arms".

AUDIO: NHS Trust 'blackened' doctor's name
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:36:32 GMT

A senior cardiologist, who exposed concerns about patient safety at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, has won an unfair dismissal case.

Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:03:18 GMT

What exactly is 'good' about Good Friday?

Freeman 'welcomed' Fargo freeze
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:42:48 GMT

Sherlock star braves the cold for Fargo TV series

Speaker fights 'boring' stereotype
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:07:26 GMT

John Bercow attempts to engage people with politics

10 sartorial moments that tell us a lot about politics
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:33:31 GMT

10 sartorial moments that reveal the superficiality of politics

Ballet and business: A perfect match
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:02:04 GMT

How the arts rely on sponsorship to survive

Quiz of the week's news
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:42:52 GMT

Sir Alex Ferguson's wine cellar has most bottles from where?

VIDEO: The book shop on a boat
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:27:08 GMT

The bookshop on a barge that travels the canal system

Foreign doctor 'safety fears' - front pages
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:40:21 GMT

Papers examine concerns over foreign-trained doctors