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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.

League tables branded a 'nonsense'
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:41:04 GMT

Scores of England's top private schools are expecting to be at the bottom of the secondary school league tables, following confusion over International GCSEs.

Too many women in jail says minister
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:57:33 GMT

The number of women being sent to prison should be halved, says Justice Minister Simon Hughes.

Earthquake recorded in East Midlands
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:15:50 GMT

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 has been recorded in the East Midlands, the US Geological Survey reports.

'No interest' in care insurance
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:00:02 GMT

There are no plans for any insurance products to help people plan ahead for their care needs in old age, leading firms tell the BBC.

Ex-MI5 head warns of anti-terror plan
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:09:11 GMT

Government plans to give universities a legal duty to prevent people being radicalised could impact upon freedom of speech, a former MI5 head says.

MPs to quiz Chilcot over Iraq delays
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:16:45 GMT

The head of the Iraq Inquiry is to be questioned by MPs next month about why its report is to be delayed until after the election.

NHS satisfaction 'risen significantly'
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:39:10 GMT

Satisfaction with the NHS has "risen significantly", according to analysis of the influential British Social Attitudes survey.

Fishing boat missing in Channel
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:12:08 GMT

Two lifeboats and two helicopters are searching the English Channel for a boat reported missing in the Strait of Dover.

DfID criticised for agency oversight
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:07:27 GMT

The Department for International Development has been accused of "unacceptably poor" oversight of a UK-funded development agency.

'Coalition talks role' for Tory MPs
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:20:29 GMT

Backbench Conservative MPs expect to be given a key role in any coalition talks involving their party after the next election, BBC Newsnight understands.

Miliband in Scots 'Home Rule' pledge
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:24:18 GMT

A "Home Rule Bill for Scotland" would be introduced within the first 100 days of a Labour government, according to the party's leader.

McDonald's boss steps down
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:18:51 GMT

McDonald's boss Don Thompson steps down after two and a half years in the job, as the company struggles with a declining customer base in its home market.

Tesco recalls 'foul smelling' drink
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:33:04 GMT

Tesco recalls its blackcurrant and apple squash drink after accidentally adding a flavouring with a "strong odour" similar to garlic.

'Dippy' makes way for blue whale
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:15:01 GMT

London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.

Star Wars toy sells for 18,000
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:01:58 GMT

A Star Wars fan sells a collection of Star Wars figures - including one item for 18,000 - to raise the cash to buy a house.

Police warning to drivers over snow
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:35:05 GMT

Police advise motorists to take extra care due to heavy snow in some parts of Northern Ireland.

Tweet taunts Labour over Sinn Fin
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:20:25 GMT

The Conservative Party taunts Labour over claims that the party had discussed a post election coalition with Sinn Fin.

Rapist Evans claims 'fresh evidence'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:37:03 GMT

Rapist Ched Evans says he has "fresh evidence" which he hopes will get his conviction overturned.

Pembs chief dispute 'cost 150,000'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:01:10 GMT

Pembrokeshire council spent more than 150,000 in legal fees over Bryn Parry-Jones dispute, claims councillor.

Snow causing 'hazardous conditions'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:25:29 GMT

Wintry weather is causing hazardous conditions across many roads in Scotland after the evening rush hour escaped major disruption.

Inactivity 'as serious as smoking'
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:27:01 GMT

Fifteen medical organisations have jointly called for radical action to improve levels of physical activity in Scotland.

Bill 'for millions' over rail chaos
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:39:41 GMT

Network Rail issues Thames Water with a "multi-million pound bill" after leaks and a burst water main forced the cancellation of 1,000 trains.

Asda van crashes into bus stop queue
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:02:13 GMT

A supermarket delivery van ploughs into a bus stop injuring three people, one of them seriously.

Vallverdu expected Murray reunion
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:12:27 GMT

Andy Murray's former coach Dani Vallverdu says he expected to face the Briton for the first time at the Australian Open.

Seattle star repeats himself again
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:25:13 GMT

Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch answered every reporters' question on Wednesday with, "You know why I'm here".

Sheff Utd 2-2 Tottenham (agg 2-3)
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:30:13 GMT

Tottenham set up a Capital One Cup final date with Chelsea at Wembley on 1 March with Christian Eriksen's late goal.

The twins of Auschwitz
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:04:40 GMT

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, survivors of experiments on twins recall their treatment at the hands of SS doctor Josef Mengele.

?We nearly dropped Churchill?s coffin?
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:24:16 GMT

On 30 January 1965, millions of people watched the funeral of Winston Churchill, but what was it like for the soldiers who carried his coffin?

Future of News: News v Noise
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:48:55 GMT

A vision of how we might get our news in the future, from the BBC's director of news James Harding.

NHS 'crisis guidelines' spark row
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:41:13 GMT

David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash in the Commons over the NHS amid a row about new guidance to hospitals about declaring "major incidents".

BBC rejects DUP's TV debates demand
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:49:32 GMT

The BBC has rejected the DUP's demands to be included in the TV election debates.

Peer sorry for 'Auschwitz' comment
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:18:20 GMT

Ex-Plaid Cymru leader Lord Wigley apologises after comparing the Trident base in Scotland to Auschwitz concentration camp.

VIDEO: Public Administration Committee
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:31:54 GMT

MPs hear about the civil service's ability to respond to future challenges.

VIDEO: Warnings as snow hits parts of UK
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:26:36 GMT

BBC correspondents report from the areas of the UK which are worst hit by the snow.

VIDEO: Beavers allowed to stay in wild
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:50:49 GMT

Beavers living on the River Otter in Devon will be allowed to remain living in the wild, if free of disease.

VIDEO: Post-war blocks get listed status
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:29:22 GMT

Fourteen office blocks, including one nicknamed the hanging gardens of Basingstoke, have been given protected Grade II* listed status.

VIDEO: Doubt over serial killer conviction
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:03:04 GMT

The foreman of a jury which convicted a serial killer tells the BBC he now believes the Colin Norris is innocent.

VIDEO: Search for a care home: Video diary
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:13:11 GMT

Mary Pike records a video diary about finding her mother a new care home after a fee rise forced her to move.

VIDEO: Widower reunited with wife's voicemail
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:30:13 GMT

Stan Beaton hears a voicemail greeting from his wife, who died of cancer more than 10 years ago, which he thought had been deleted and lost forever.

VIDEO: Female jihadists 'drawn in online'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:07:13 GMT

The BBC's Frank Gardner speaks to a woman who works with the UK government to tackle the growing problem of women from western Europe going to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

VIDEO: Glitter cries in court over images
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:00:36 GMT

Gary Glitter has broken down in tears while giving evidence at his trial for alleged historical sex offences, as Daniela Relph reports.

Will the UK's gas holders be missed?
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:46:38 GMT

Will the UK's iconic gas holders be missed?

Rae Morris: The pop star who wanted to be a waitress
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:54:12 GMT

Meet Rae Morris, the pop star who wanted to be a waitress

Care in the UK: The costs you face
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:17 GMT

Use our calculator to find out the costs you may face

What does your fridge reveal about you?
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:00:26 GMT

What the contents of your fridge say about you

Lasers reveal clues to lost treasure
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:36:18 GMT

Seeking clues to King John's lost treasure

The new banks you cannot speak to
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:02:00 GMT

The new banks you cannot speak to

New rules for rape cases - papers
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:10:54 GMT

New rules for rape cases feature on front pages