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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.


Cameron wants Lloyds shares sell-off
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:56:26 GMT

Up to 4bn worth of Lloyds Bank shares would be offered to the public if the Conservatives win the election, David Cameron says.

Police appeal to 'Syria-bound' family
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:06:42 GMT

A family of six who have been reported missing could already be in Syria, police say, as they call on the parents to get in touch.

Murder suspect 'travelled to London'
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:04:15 GMT

A man police want to question over the deaths of his mother and sister in Merseyside was seen on CCTV at London Euston station, detectives say.

UKIP accuses PM over migrant deaths
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:31:47 GMT

David Cameron's bombing of Libya has "directly caused" migrant disasters in the Mediterranean Sea, UKIP leader Nigel Farage says.

Hamilton cruises to Bahrain win
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:57:30 GMT

Lewis Hamilton takes a controlled win in the Bahrain GP as team-mate Nico Rosberg was beaten to second by Kimi Raikkonen.

Fourth arrest over preacher murder
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:15:27 GMT

A fourth person is arrested in connection with the murder of a Syrian-born preacher who was found shot dead in his car.

Former MSP Tom McCabe dies aged 60
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:34:33 GMT

Former Member of the Scottish Parliament and Labour minister Tom McCabe has died at the age of 60.

Woman hurt in Trafalgar lion fall
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:15:01 GMT

A woman is seriously hurt when she falls up to 11ft from one of the bronze lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square.

Victim's daughter killed by train
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:00:52 GMT

The 16-year-old daughter of a woman killed in an alleged attack two months ago dies after being hit by a train.

Body found in missing kayaker search
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:16:52 GMT

A body is found in the search for a kayaker who went missing in the Solent.

Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:45:43 GMT

Aston Villa reach a first FA Cup final since 2000 as Fabian Delph's second-half winner condemns Liverpool to a trophyless season.

Wiz Khalifa tops UK singles chart
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:00:57 GMT

US rapper Wiz Khalifa tops the UK singles chart with his track See You Again, which features on the Fast & Furious 7 soundtrack.

Delight at runaway tortoise's return
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:37:34 GMT

A woman speaks of her "absolute delight" at being reunited with her 109-year-old pet tortoise, 11 months after he disappears.

Lost lion returned after 'adventure'
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:21:02 GMT

A three-year-old boy is reunited with his favourite toy lion, which was photographed having an "adventure" at a stately home after being lost.

13 dogs are killed in fire at shed
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:39:10 GMT

A fire at a shed in Clabby, County Fermanagh, that resulted in the death of seven dogs and six pups is being investigated by police.

Second transport strike to go ahead
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:13:09 GMT

Public transport workers are to take part in a second strike that will affect all bus and rail services in Northern Ireland, the union Unite says.

Wood 'may withhold Labour support'
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:51:56 GMT

Plaid Cymru might withhold its support from Ed Miliband if he leads a minority Labour government, Leanne Wood says.

Boy, 15, held in McDonald's incident
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:17:43 GMT

A 15-year-old boy is arrested after a young girl was sexually assaulted at a McDonald's in Carmarthen.

SNP rejects Tory and Labour attacks
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:09:21 GMT

Nicola Sturgeon rejects David Cameron's claim her party would seek to "break up our country" at Westminster - and Labour says the Tories and SNP are "in bed with each other".

Man found dead after house fire
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:30:04 GMT

A man has been found dead by firefighters who were tackling a blaze at a house in Peterhead.

Twitter abuse after UKIP assault
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:24:21 GMT

A campaigner who was assaulted by a UKIP councillor receives homophobic abuse on Twitter.

Fire sends smoke across Heathrow
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:55:35 GMT

A fire in a storage unit near Heathrow sent large plumes of smoke across the west London airport.

Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:56:13 GMT

Man City firm up their grip on a top-four place as they beat West Ham to claim a first win in three Premier League games.

F1 is too expensive, says Ecclestone
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:27:36 GMT

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says the sport is too expensive and claims that it has many problems that need to be resolved.

Livingstone smashes world record 350
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:46:27 GMT

All-rounder Liam Livingstone hits a world record 350 from just 138 balls for Nantwich in a National Club Championship match against Caldy.

Labour warns of fewer nurses in NHS
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:54:33 GMT

There will be 2,000 fewer NHS nurses in England over the next four years according to projections, Labour says, but the Conservatives say the figures are old.

Davey warns of right-to-buy 'fraud'
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:39:24 GMT

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey claims the "huge discounts" offered in right-to-buy schemes have led to fraud.

Farage warns of referendum 'stitch up'
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:50:08 GMT

UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he believes there will be "a complete stitch-up" on a referendum over Europe if David Cameron wins a majority.

VIDEO: Finance Bill second reading
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:08:15 GMT

MPs pass the Finance Bill at second reading.

VIDEO: Missing family 'bound for Syria'
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:10:18 GMT

A family of six who have been reported missing may be travelling to a part of Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, police have said.

VIDEO: Police release CCTV footage of Peter Fox
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:07:37 GMT

Police have released CCTV footage of Peter Fox, the man they want to speak to in connection with the murders of his mother and sister in Bootle, Merseyside.

VIDEO: Prince Harry visits Australian outback
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:40:36 GMT

Prince Harry trains in bush survival and plays wheelchair AFL as part of his time with the Australian Army.

VIDEO: London actors headline in Star Wars
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:35:07 GMT

Two young Londoners will share the limelight with Harrison Ford when the hotly anticipated new Star Wars film opens.

VIDEO: Zayn Malik collects Asian Award
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:13:47 GMT

Zayn Malik makes his first solo appearance since quitting One Direction at the annual Asian Awards.

VIDEO: Will climate change hit fish and chip shops?
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:31:25 GMT

Global warming could mean a change to Britain's traditional fish and chips, reports Esyllt Carr.

VIDEO: My son 'paid the ultimate price'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:17:39 GMT

A woman who lost her son after he crashed his car moments after sending a text message implores people not to make the same mistake.

VIDEO: BBC election debate in two minutes
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:52:41 GMT

A two minute summary of the 2015 General Election debate.

The mystery of the East German writer who moved to the English coast
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:59:42 GMT

Why did an East German writer move to an English coastal town?

The photographers who refuse to abandon traditional film cameras
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:24:08 GMT

The photographers staying loyal to traditional film cameras

Weekend edition: The best of the week's reads
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:53:54 GMT

A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week

Art v politics
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:08:38 GMT

Why it's better to look to artists than politicians for life's answers

Is the Phantom Framer an artist?
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 03:11:31 GMT

Can frames transform mundane signs into art?

Go Figure: The week in numbers
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:01:03 GMT

The week's big numbers, visualised