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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.

Actress Lynda Bellingham dies aged 66
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:44:12 GMT

British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had cancer, has died aged 66, her agent has confirmed.

Downing Street rejects Barroso claims
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:12:48 GMT

A Downing Street source rejects claims made by Jose Manuel Barroso that the UK would be making an "historic mistake" if it leaves the EU.

Fire at power station investigated
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:52:06 GMT

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a major blaze at Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire.

Untested drugs bill a step closer
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:08:46 GMT

A new law that would allow terminally-ill patients in England and Wales to be given untested medicines moves a step closer after receiving government backing.

Concern over new mums' mental health
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:06:29 GMT

Society is paying a "shocking" price for poor mental health care for pregnant women and new mothers in the UK, a report says.

UK growth 'to fall to 2.4% in 2015'
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:04:23 GMT

The UK economy will grow by 2.4% next year, well below the 3.1% growth expected this year, forecasting group EY Item Club says.

Equal parental pay for Civil Service
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:57 GMT

Male and female civil servants will be entitled to full parental pay from April 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to announce.

Ebola nurse Pooley back in Africa
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:19:01 GMT

William Pooley, the British nurse who contracted Ebola while volunteering in West Africa, returns to Sierra Leone to work at a hospital.

Strong winds and rain expected in UK
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:59:58 GMT

Strong winds and rain are expected in many parts of UK on Tuesday as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo hit, forecasters warn.

Prison officer cuts 'cause crisis'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:41 GMT

Prison officer cuts have left the prison system in England and Wales "in crisis", says the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Carrier bag charge comes into effect
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:49:33 GMT

A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier bag charge which has come into force.

Trust in MPs 'at crisis point'
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:09:00 GMT

Less than a quarter of people trust their MP to represent them, but the overwhelming majority of politicians believe they are trusted, surveys suggest.

Switching sites 'hiding' best deals
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:51:59 GMT

Five of the UK's biggest price comparison sites are accused of "hiding" the best energy deals from consumers by one of their rivals

Brad Pitt's Fury closes festival
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:17:14 GMT

Brad Pitt says he hopes his new film Fury recognised the trauma suffered by soldiers in World War Two as it closes this year's BFI London Film Festival.

Scottish fish 'first to have sex'
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:17:58 GMT

The first animals to copulate were small fish that lived 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland, a study suggests.

Toddler in hospital after 'assault'
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:41:00 GMT

A two-year old girl is being treated in hospital after a suspected assault in Bessbrook, County Armagh.

Church leaders meet NI politicians
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:29:50 GMT

Leaders of Northern Ireland's four main churches are to meet political leaders at Stormont later.

Hundreds of IT jobs to be created
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:00:36 GMT

More than 800 jobs are being created in south Wales by a Canadian IT firm and a car parts business which is expanding.

Nine hospitals hit by scan strike
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:09:33 GMT

Over 400 scans and x-rays are cancelled across Wales as radiographers hold a four-hour strike on Monday.

Starting salaries 'rising strongly'
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:06:52 GMT

Starting pay for new recruits has been rising strongly, according to the latest data on Scotland's labour market.

Man tried to lure boy into car
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:05:08 GMT

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into his car in Stirlingshire.

Cutty Sark deck damaged in blaze
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:30:50 GMT

Famous 19th Century ship Cutty Sark is damaged in a fire in London.

Alan Henning balloon release tribute
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:39:30 GMT

More than 100 yellow balloons are released and a football match is held in memory of murdered British hostage Alan Henning.

Three-month judgement 'was stupid'
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:47:15 GMT

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says it was "stupid" to tell people to judge him on his first three months.

Leinster 25-20 Wasps
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:10:49 GMT

Christian Wade's dazzling solo try is not enough for Wasps as Leinster hit back to win their European Rugby Champions Cup match.

Murray beats Ferrer in Vienna final
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:44:45 GMT

Andy Murray comes from a set down to beat David Ferrer in the final of the Vienna Open and move up to eighth in world.

The fighter pilots who navigated war using a school atlas
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:09:32 GMT

Remarkable advances made in aviation during WW1 are still at the core of air power today.

Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:16:37 GMT

Hugh Schofield reveals the colourful history of the British ambassador's residence in Paris - courtesy of the butler.

Why are our obsessions never the things we're best at?
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:01:10 GMT

The English love football, but it doesn't love them back, says Adam Gopnik. Why are our obsessions never the things we're best at?

Paisley 'cast influential shadow'
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:57:33 GMT

Former first minister Ian Paisley "cast an influential shadow over three generations", guests at a memorial service in Belfast are told.

Internet trolls face longer sentences
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:22:17 GMT

People who post abusive messages online could face up to two years in jail under new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Tories reject UKIP poll call claims
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:54:38 GMT

The Conservatives deny they are behind "negative" phone calls about UKIP's Rochester and Strood by-election candidate.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:22:52 GMT

Prime Minister David Cameron takes questions from Ed Miliband and MPs.

VIDEO: Cutty Sark avoids major fire damage
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:51:19 GMT

Cutty Sark avoided major damage when a fire broke out onboard, London Fire Brigade says.

VIDEO: 'Do not resuscitate' controversy
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:27:44 GMT

BBC Inside Out looks at the High Court ruling that doctors must ask patients or their relatives whether they want to be resuscitated.

VIDEO: Plastic food packaging health fears
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:28:16 GMT

BBC Inside Out examines whether health fears over plastic food packaging are justified and asks if BPA should be banned in the UK.

VIDEO: Who could benefit from cheaper fuel?
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:22:55 GMT

Drivers could benefit if savings from a drop in petrol and diesel wholesale prices are passed on, but the Petrol Retailers' Association says smaller forecourts could suffer.

VIDEO: Balloons released for Alan Henning
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:11:07 GMT

A cabbie convoy, a balloon release and a celebrity football match marked a day of tributes for humanitarian aid worker Alan Henning who was murdered by Islamic State militants in Syria in October.

VIDEO: Belfast memorial for Ian Paisley
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:32:13 GMT

Family and colleagues paid tribute to the former first minister of Northern Ireland, Dr Ian Paisley at his memorial service which was held in Belfast's Ulster Hall on Sunday.

VIDEO: Major fire at Didcot power station
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:00:21 GMT

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a major blaze at Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire.

VIDEO: New research into body image fears
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:49:08 GMT

New research shows a majority of adults think body confidence issues affect people of all ages

My Sleeping Beauty syndrome nightmare
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:54:47 GMT

Why the 'Sleeping Beauty' illness is a such a nightmare

The king of discount voucher codes
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:26:34 GMT

The man who has made millions from money off vouchers

Mother helped son flee IS in Syria
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:23:48 GMT

The mother who helped her son flee IS in Syria

Life after university for disabled graduates
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:55:05 GMT

What's life like for disabled graduates?

Why firms don't want you to be brilliant
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:21:57 GMT

Why being brilliant is not enough at work

UK aid helping Ebola-affected areas
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:03:35 GMT

The UK football fans organising deliveries to West Africa

Honour for WW1 woman police officer
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:56:49 GMT

The female police pioneer who cleaned up a town

EU migration and child poverty - the papers
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:15:48 GMT

EU migration and child poverty make the headlines