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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.


UK gives 5m to help Nepal victims
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:31:51 GMT

The UK government is giving 5m to help those affected by the Nepal earthquake, which has killed more than 2,500 people.

No 'lack of drive' in campaign - PM
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:35:42 GMT

Having a strong economy "matters more than anything", David Cameron says as he insists there is "no lack of drive" in the Conservative campaign.

Magic of London helped - Radcliffe
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:21:30 GMT

Paula Radcliffe says running the London Marathon competitively for a final time was an "amazing" experience.

Man charged with woman's murder
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:43:17 GMT

A man is charged with the murder of Tracey Woodford, whose body was found dismembered in a flat in Pontypridd.

Miliband plans 'to curb rip-off rent'
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:14:15 GMT

Rent increases would be capped at inflation under Labour plans to stop tenants being "ripped off", Ed Miliband says.

Vault owner 'not contacted by police'
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:03:47 GMT

The director of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit vault tells the BBC he has not been contacted by police investigating the heist.

Britain has 'moral duty' for migrants
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:26:24 GMT

Britain has a "moral responsibility" to help refugees from conflicts in which it has participated, the Bishop of Manchester says.

Music boss tops Britain's rich list
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:22:33 GMT

Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik is Britain's richest man with a 13.17bn fortune, but the Queen has dropped out of the top 300 for the first time, according to the Sunday Times.

Clegg 'wants to stay' Lib Dem leader
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:19:40 GMT

Nick Clegg says he wants to remain Liberal Democrat leader "in all circumstances" after the election.

Profit warnings rise on low oil price
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:55:01 GMT

Profit warnings from UK-listed companies rose in the first three months of the year despite the improved economic outlook, a report says.

Funding should be rebalanced - Plaid
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:45:34 GMT

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says she will use the election to push for a "rebalancing of power and wealth" across the UK.

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:45:10 GMT

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho extends his unbeaten run against Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to 13 games as his team close in on the title.

Fellowes to adapt Trollope novel
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:31:28 GMT

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is to adapt Anthony Trollope's Doctor Thorne - one of his favourite novels - for TV.

MasterChef 2015 winner crowned
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:57:28 GMT

A data manager from Oldham has been crowned champion of MasterChef 2015.

Police investigate Wells incident
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:53:50 GMT

Police confirm they are investigating after an incident during an election canvas in County Down was reported to them.

Murdered student's body brought home
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:09:29 GMT

The body of Irish student Karen Buckley, who was murdered in Glasgow earlier this month, is brought home to County Cork.

Climber caught up in Nepal disaster
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:55:21 GMT

A man aiming to be the oldest Welsh person to reach the summit of Mount Everest is caught up in the Nepal earthquake.

Three billionaires on rich list
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:54:37 GMT

Wales has three billionaires, with Cardiff-born investor Sir Michael Moritz the wealthiest, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Scots caught up in Nepal earthquake
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:30:08 GMT

A number of Scots are known to be caught up in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit the Everest region on Saturday.

Snow and freezing conditions return
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:59:01 GMT

Snow and freezing temperatures return to parts of Scotland after people across the country enjoy sunny spells.

Record numbers run London Marathon
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:48:09 GMT

More than 38,000 people take part in the London Marathon, making it the biggest in the event's 35-year history.

Britons caught up in Nepal disaster
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:37:27 GMT

A UK couple on their honeymoon, who are among Britons caught up in the Nepal quake, tell of seeing an "avalanche coming straight" for them on Everest.

Hazard named Player of the Year
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:21:00 GMT

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard wins the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.

O'Sullivan one frame from last eight
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:30:29 GMT

Ronnie O'Sullivan needs one frame to beat Matthew Stevens and move into the World Championship last eight.

Mourinho hits back at 'boring' jibes
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:32:18 GMT

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his team are not boring but suggests Arsenal are after failing to win the title since 2003-04.

Election Live - 26 April
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:30:32 GMT

Rolling political coverage - including reaction to Ed Miliband, Boris Johnson and Leanne Wood's Andrew Marr Show interviews.

Sturgeon: Miliband 'will change tune'
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:00:12 GMT

Nicola Sturgeon says Ed Miliband "will have to change his tune" on 8 May after saying Labour would not do a deal with the SNP.

Clegg: No 'unstable' coalition deals
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:31:04 GMT

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says he would not join any coalition government after the election that was "held hostage" by UKIP or the SNP.

VIDEO: Press regulation debate
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:43:10 GMT

David Cameron hails the cross-party agreement on press regulation as a "deliverable solution".

VIDEO: Johnson and Miliband clash on Marr
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:16:02 GMT

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, and Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, go head-to-head on The Andrew Marr Show.

VIDEO: Button on 'emotional' marathon
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:57:33 GMT

F1 driver Jenson Button speaks about the "emotional" experience of running his second marathon.

VIDEO: Marathon: Best fancy dress costumes
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:29:23 GMT

From dinosaurs to bananas, BBC Sport picks out some of the best fancy dress costumes to grace the 2015 London Marathon.

VIDEO: Who has made Sunday Times Rich List?
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:46:14 GMT

The owner of Warner Music has been named Britain's richest man with a 13.17bn fortune, according to The 2015 Sunday Times Rich List.

VIDEO: Vault director 'has not spoken to police'
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:29:54 GMT

A director of Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd tells the BBC he has still not been contacted by police investigating a raid on its vault - three weeks after the incident.

VIDEO: Gallipoli remembered at Cenotaph
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:09:34 GMT

The Queen has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in central London to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

VIDEO: Musical tribute to Gallipoli fallen
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:11:42 GMT

Hundreds of soldiers from the Lancashire Fusiliers were killed during the Gallipoli campaign 100 years ago, and now a new piece of music has been composed in their honour.

VIDEO: Farage 'fighting fit' for election
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:41:03 GMT

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has admitted to being "in a great deal of pain" at the start of the election campaign and is now "fighting fit".

VIDEO: BBC News Channel
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:13:59 GMT

Britain's most-watched news channel, delivering breaking news and analysis all day, every day.

Farewell to the 'invincible' McCoy
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:18:06 GMT

The retiring AP McCoy gets a hero's farewell

In pictures: London Marathon runners
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:13:56 GMT

The costumes and colour from the 35th London marathon

In the Hatton Garden raiders' footsteps
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:59:46 GMT

'What I learned retracing the Hatton Garden thieves' footsteps'

The people who race mobility scooters
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:22:27 GMT

The people who pimp, race and crash mobility scooters

The allure of the good-looking runner
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:20:55 GMT

Why good-looking runners attract more donations

'Paula got people off their bums'
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:00:04 GMT

Paula deserves grand London Marathon send-off