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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.

Corbyn faces threat of resignations
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:57:11 GMT

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing the threat of resignations from his shadow cabinet amid a split over his opposition to UK air strikes in Syria.

Gun attack 'was attempt to kill police'
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:33:46 GMT

A gun attack on a police patrol car in west Belfast, in which up to eight shots were fired, is being treated as attempted murder.

Jack Garratt wins Brits Critics' Choice
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:03:47 GMT

Jack Garratt wins the Brits Critics' Choice prize, awarded to music newcomers due to release their first album in the coming year.

A&E waiting times 'getting worse'
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:20:41 GMT

Waiting times in A&E departments across the UK are worsening as pressures grow in hospitals, figures suggest.

Shops hope for record Black Friday
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:03:49 GMT

UK retailers are embarking on the Black Friday shopping phenomenon, with analysts predicting record online sales.

Abuse inquiry 'to name institutions'
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:37:04 GMT

Justice Lowell Goddard is set to name the first institutions to be investigated as part of the independent inquiry into child abuse in England and Wales.

Commonwealth unit to tackle terrorism
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:53:03 GMT

A Commonwealth unit to target the "scourge" of extremism is being set up, with Prime Minister David Cameron pledging 5m to help fund it.

London Ambulance Service 'inadequate'
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:06:54 GMT

London's ambulance service is rated as inadequate and should be placed in special measures, England's chief inspector of hospitals says.

Police CCTV of murdered man released
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:11:37 GMT

CCTV showing how officers dealt with a disabled man days before he was brutally murdered, is released.

Multiple-birth care 'postcode lottery'
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:23:32 GMT

Women expecting twins or triplets are experiencing poor antenatal care in some areas of England, a report suggests.

Religious education 'needs overhaul'
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:24:35 GMT

Religious education in England's schools needs a total overhaul to bring the subject into the 21st Century, argues a report.

Toss to be scrapped in county cricket
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:49:58 GMT

The mandatory coin toss is to be scrapped in both divisions of the County Championship next season.

Murray and Edmund lead Davis Cup bid
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:54:34 GMT

Great Britain hope Kyle Edmund can spring a surprise in Belgium and set the visitors up for a first Davis Cup victory since 1936.

Lord Coe ends association with Nike
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:30:30 GMT

IAAF president Lord Coe ends his 38-year ambassadorial role with American sportswear giant Nike.

Celtic 1-2 Ajax
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:54:54 GMT

Celtic are eliminated from the Europa League after losing to Ajax, while group leaders Molde go down to Fenerbahce.

'Very significant' cuts still to come
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:26:16 GMT

"Very significant" government spending cuts will be imposed before the next general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank warns.

Syria air strikes 'will make us safer'
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:51:05 GMT

David Cameron puts the case for air strikes against IS in Syria - with Jeremy Corbyn at odds with half his shadow cabinet on the issue.

Watch: MPs debate Syria air strikes
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:39:37 GMT

A selection of clips from the House of Commons where MPs debated David Cameron's case for air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria.

Labour 'at war' and migration fears
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:34:11 GMT

Labour's internal "war" over whether to support air strikes in Syria features on several front pages, while other papers focus on record migration figures.

VIDEO: Does UK action in Syria make military sense?
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:33:51 GMT

As David Cameron says launching UK air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will make Britain safer, the BBC's John Simpson reports on the arguments for and against the stance.

VIDEO: Drone used to monitor food waste gases
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:50:26 GMT

An experimental drone fitted with sensors is being deployed to monitor gases rising from rubbish dumps.

VIDEO: Redmayne becomes The Danish Girl
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:27:07 GMT

The Danish Girl, a film about a transgender pioneer, is the movie no-one would fund as the topic was not seen to be commercially viable.

VIDEO: Celebrities grill Murray brothers
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:40:05 GMT

Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray tackle questions from sporting celebrities before the Davis Cup final against Belgium.

VIDEO: Students protest at Hopkins debate
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:18:14 GMT

Students angry that former TV Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins was speaking at a Brunel University debate have walked out in protest.

VIDEO: McDonnell: Red Book point 'was a joke'
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:43:52 GMT

The shadow chancellor said throwing a copy of the Chinese Communist leader's Little Red Book at the chancellor made a serious point.

VIDEO: What is life like inside prison?
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:50:03 GMT

The Victoria Derbyshire programme asked people involved in the prison system in England and Wales to write anonymous letters about their experiences of life inside.

VIDEO: What has Bristol achieved as 'green capital'
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:37:12 GMT

John Maguire visited Bristol, which has been serving as Europe's official Green Capital, to see what the city has achieved in 2015.

Why do people act the way they do on Black Friday?
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:07:28 GMT

The psychological secret of Black Friday

Online chatting at work gets the thumbs up from bosses
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:28:05 GMT

Do social media apps spell the end for work emails?

What is the UK doing about Syria?
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:51:01 GMT

What is the UK doing about Syria?

What is the Little Red Book?
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:48:14 GMT

What exactly is the Little Red Book?

'I went blind and feel partly to blame'
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:46:55 GMT

'I went blind after neglecting my diabetes'

Does the UK have a problem with whiplash?
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:18:05 GMT

Does the UK have a 'whiplash culture'?

Leaving the UK and going 'home' to Ghana
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:17:13 GMT

Why young professionals are moving from London to Accra