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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.


Ashya parents in extradition hearing
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:45:27 GMT

The parents of a five-year-old boy who was taken from hospital against medical advice arrive at Spain's High Court for an extradition hearing.

Cameron to set out anti-terror plans
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:07:32 GMT

Negotiations between Conservatives and Lib Dems are continuing ahead of the unveiling of a new plan to tackle the threat of Islamist extremists.

Pupils begin 'tough' new curriculum
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:14:03 GMT

Teaching of a "tough" new national curriculum begins in England as children return to school this week.

Man Utd agree to sign Falcao on loan
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:14:33 GMT

Manchester United agree to sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Airport expansion 'critical' for UK
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:45:58 GMT

A single, larger hub airport where passengers can transfer to a range of destinations - is "critical" to the UK's long-term economic growth, says the CBI.

High-powered hairdryers under threat
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:01:07 GMT

High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption.

Firework blast killed technicians
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:37:22 GMT

A man and a woman killed in an explosion in Cumbria on Saturday were fireworks technicians preparing a wedding party display, the fire brigade says.

Shot TV host was to face grand jury
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:33:16 GMT

A British talk show host who was shot dead in the United States was due to appear before a grand jury on the day he was killed, it is revealed.

130 child migrants sent to Australia
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:40:07 GMT

One hundred and thirty children from Northern Ireland, some as young as five, were sent to Australia as child migrants between 1922 and 1995, an inquiry hears.

MP to stand down at next election
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:46:43 GMT

Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry announces he will stand down at the next general election after 30 years representing North Oxfordshire.

Deadline looms for vote registration
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:06:17 GMT

Both independence referendum campaigns have urged people to register to vote if they have not already done so.

Greenhouse gas fear over meat eating
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:56:06 GMT

New research estimates greenhouse gases from food production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate.

Ride to commemorate WW1 cavalry role
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:40:41 GMT

The War Horse Ride - commemorating the part played by British and French cavalry during World War One - is due to end in the French town of Nery.

Charities urged to open own schools
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:00:09 GMT

Charities campaigning against child poverty should be encouraged to set up their own free schools, says a think tank report.

World Service boss Horrocks to leave
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:56:03 GMT

The director of the BBC World Service, Peter Horrocks, is to leave the corporation in the New Year, it is announced.

Tube bomb threat a 'hoax' say police
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:21:10 GMT

"Keep calm and carry on," is the advice from police, who say not to pay attention to rumours on social media of a specific London threat.

BBC begins push to help kids code
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:02:25 GMT

The BBC unveils plans to support England's computer coding curriculum with a new section of its Bitesize learning site and tech-themed TV shows.

Fireworks mark end of festival
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:35:35 GMT

The Edinburgh International Festival came to an end on Sunday night with the famous fireworks concert.

McGuinness urges dissident ceasefire
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:36:40 GMT

Sinn Fin's Martin McGuinness urges dissident republicans, on the IRA ceasefire 20th anniversary, to "take that same step into politics and away from conflict".

Security alert closes Westlink
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:02:41 GMT

The Westlink in Belfast is closed in both directions due to a security alert.

Nato 'massive opportunity' for Wales
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:07:59 GMT

The Nato summit in Newport is a "massive opportunity" for Wales', says the director of the Celtic Manor resort as armed police take to the streets of Cardiff.

Search continues for missing Isaac
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:40:08 GMT

Police and coastguard staff are spending a fourth day searching for missing Isaac Nash who was swept into the sea of Anglesey.

Food and drink jobs boost forecast
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:09:46 GMT

Nearly 10,000 jobs could be created in Scotland's food and drink sector over the next five years, according to a new report.

Skin cancer and survival rates rise
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:56:29 GMT

Skin cancer cases have increased two-and-a-half fold over the past 30 years but survival rates have also risen, according to researchers in Glasgow.

Girl's killer 'may never be caught'
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:48:24 GMT

A killer who stabbed a teenager to death in 1997 may escape justice after evidence was contaminated during forensic work, the BBC can reveal.

Cornwall being 'invaded' by housing
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:15:05 GMT

The speed and scale of house-building in Cornwall is being branded "an invasion" by rural activists.

Crunch time for Murray at US Open
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:24:43 GMT

Andy Murray faces a key few days in his bid to rejoin the title contenders, says tennis correspondent Russell Fuller.

Gallacher 'should be Ryder Cup pick'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:02:41 GMT

Former European captain Bernard Gallacher says his nephew Stephen should be named as a Ryder Cup wild card in this month's event.

Storey wins second Para-cycling gold
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:16:40 GMT

Dame Sarah Storey and Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall win golds for GB at the Para-Cycling Road World Championships.

How Britain and Poland came to be intertwined
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:13:31 GMT

The story of how the Polish became one of the UK's biggest ethnic minorities is one of war, exile and economic opportunity.

The millionaires who rescue people at sea
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:51:10 GMT

A couple in Malta have launched what they say is the world's first privately funded boat to help migrants in trouble at sea.

The fear of being seen as racist
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:05:09 GMT

A fear of being viewed as racist has been cited as one of the reasons why child sexual exploitation in Rotherham was allowed to proliferate for 16 years.

Umunna: Brown's denials hurt Labour
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:11:35 GMT

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna says Gordon Brown's refusal to use the word "cuts" in 2010 is still hurting Labour.

Conservative MP Kelly to stand down
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:41:11 GMT

Conservative MP for Dudley South Chris Kelly announces he will stand down at the 2015 general election after one term.

Baldry to end 32 year Commons career
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:06:51 GMT

Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry is to leave Parliament at the next election after more than three decades in the Commons.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:02:06 GMT

MPs approve the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill at second reading.

VIDEO: Greenhouse gas fear over meat production
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:41:26 GMT

Global consumption of meat needs to fall to ensure future demand for food can be met and to help protect the environment, a study says.

VIDEO: Lewis takes over as boss of Tesco
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:48:16 GMT

Dave Lewis is taking over as chief executive of Tesco a month earlier than planned. Retail analyst Steve Dresser considers what he needs to do for the company.

VIDEO: Plan to tackle returning UK Islamists
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:23:38 GMT

The government is due to unveil a new plan to tackle the threat posed by the potential return to the UK of British Islamists who are currently fighting in Iraq or Syria.

VIDEO: Pupils begin 'tough' new curriculum
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:09:41 GMT

Five-year-olds will be learning fractions and computer coding as part of a new national curriculum introduced in schools in England this week.

VIDEO: Urgent calls to tackle childhood obesity
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:49:35 GMT

Children condemned to 'lifetime of ill-health', warn doctors leaders, as calls are made for a government taskforce.

VIDEO: Pickleball: A sport for all ages
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:20:22 GMT

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines badminton, tennis and table tennis.

VIDEO: Tenants living with mice and cockroaches
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:52:39 GMT

Housing experts are calling for more effective regulation to tackle unscrupulous landlords across England.

VIDEO: Police admit Rotherham abuse failings
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:00:45 GMT

The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has acknowledged that his force was heavily criticised in a report published this week.

The girl with three biological parents
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:15:16 GMT

The girl with three biological parents

Under Milk Wood recording revisited
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:53:30 GMT

Behind the sound effects of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood

A computing revolution in schools
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:41:22 GMT

How schoolchildren are set to embrace coding

The stories behind five deadline-day panic buys
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:42:49 GMT

Stories behind five football panic buys

Northern Ireland then and now
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:50:23 GMT

How Northern Ireland has changed in 20 years since IRA ceasefire

What is proton beam therapy?
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:48:06 GMT

What is proton beam therapy and why is it so sought after?

Profile: Rona Fairhead
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:14:44 GMT

The woman expected to lead the BBC's governing body

Eurosceptic revolt, and gas "rip-off" - the papers
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:21:17 GMT

Tory eurosceptic revolt, and the gas "rip-off"