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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.


Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:48:01 GMT

The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

Warning over NHS trust finances
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:04:04 GMT

Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health.

'Risk of debt peril' when rates rise
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:03 GMT

A "relatively benign" rise in interest rates still has the potential to double the number of households facing debt problems, a think tank has said.

Four suicides at 'crisis' prison
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:04:58 GMT

A Nottinghamshire jail where four inmates killed themselves in less than a year is described as a "prison in crisis" in a report.

Paracetamol for back pain questioned
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:55:37 GMT

Taking paracetamol for lower back pain does not improve recovery time or provide any greater pain relief than using a placebo, scientists say.

Killers seek to overturn voting ban
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:59:47 GMT

The UK Supreme Court is to be asked to overturn the ban on convicted prisoners being able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

MH17 evidence 'was tampered with'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:30:48 GMT

Whitehall sources say information has emerged that MH17 crash evidence was deliberately tampered with, as the plane's black boxes arrive in the UK.

Websites frozen in pension campaign
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:11:21 GMT

Eighteen websites have been suspended and arrests made during a campaign, being revamped on Thursday, against pensions cash "predators".

'Casual attitude' to vCJD warning
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:38:36 GMT

The government has a "casual attitude" to the human form of "mad cow disease", MPs warn, while ministers say the issue is treated "extremely seriously".

RNLI warns of rise in coastal deaths
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:52:11 GMT

A total of 167 people lost their lives off the UK coastline last year - the highest number since 2010 - the RNLI says.

Character actress Dora Bryan dies
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:48:10 GMT

Dora Bryan, the actress whose career encompassed theatre, film and TV's Last of the Summer Wine, has died near Brighton at the age of 91.

Man arrested in missing Claudia case
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:21:45 GMT

A man is arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of missing chef Claudia Lawrence, while forensic teams search a pub in her home city of York.

Assault MP speaks of 'deep regret'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:20 GMT

The Tory Party is discussing the future of MP David Ruffley, who was cautioned by police for assaulting his ex-partner.

Sri Lanka cyclists spotted on motorway
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:47:50 GMT

Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team are stopped by police for cycling down a Glasgow motorway.

Commonwealth edged out of Booker
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:42 GMT

Commonwealth writers are sidelined from the Man Booker Prize longlist with US authors, including Joshua Ferris and Richard Powers, included for the first time.

Stormont paper sets out budget cuts
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:45:36 GMT

The finance minister has circulated a paper which will result in millions of pounds in cuts across departments, except health and education, according to Stormont sources.

Man shot in legs 'by appointment'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:33:10 GMT

A man who was injured in a gun attack in Londonderry was "shot by appointment", says a DUP MLA.

Boxer 'let down' over Games ruling
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:18:20 GMT

A Welsh boxer refused a Commonwealth Games place over her involvement in kick boxing says she is disappointed in the sport's authorities.

Town ban 'violates golfer's rights'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:15:59 GMT

A ban preventing a golfer from returning to his home town after a car crash which killed a lecturer has been ruled unlawful.

Four die as lorry and car crash
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:20:10 GMT

A couple and their two young children die after crash between a car and a lorry on the A801 near Polmont.

Scottish coastal waters see 39 deaths
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:35 GMT

A total of 39 people died in accidents around Scotland's coast last year, RNLI Scotland reveals.

Baby P boss awarded 680,000 payout
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:41:52 GMT

The former head of Haringey children's services Sharon Shoesmith is awarded almost 680,000 following her unfair dismissal claim.

Death crash girl, 6, identified
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:22:50 GMT

A six year-old girl who died in a road accident in Wiltshire is formally identified as Jess Marie Wright-Roberts.

Davies completes Tottenham switch
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:08:09 GMT

Swansea full-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm join Tottenham as Gylfi Sigurdsson makes Liberty Stadium switch.

Man City racism claim 'baseless'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:45 GMT

Prior 'hunted mercilessly' by media
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:22:01 GMT

The media played a part in wicketkeeper Matt Prior's decision to stand down from England duty, says Sussex boss Mark Robinson.

Do four-year-olds need a graduation ceremony?
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:27:13 GMT

Pre-school graduation ceremonies are a growing phenomenon in UK nurseries.

The deaths uniting women across the world
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:10:42 GMT

After 13 years, Nato troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan - thousands of soldiers have died but the experiences of their widows differ dramatically.

The children left behind in hot cars
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:23:36 GMT

Every few days in the US, there are reports of young children dying from heatstroke after being left in parked cars. Why so often?

PM to check arms export licences
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:27:09 GMT

David Cameron vows to examine outstanding licences for the sale of arms to Russia after claims by MPs that they could breach the terms of an embargo.

PM won't pay back tennis donation
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:25:27 GMT

David Cameron rejects calls to pay back a donation to the Conservatives by the wife of a former Putin minister, insisting she was not a "crony" of the Russian president.

Lib Dem MP apology over Gaza tweet
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:44:51 GMT

The Lib Dems say MP David Ward has given a "categorical apology" over his widely criticised comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:41:42 GMT

Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.

VIDEO: Susan Boyle sings as Queen arrives
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:25:35 GMT

Susan Boyle treats the crowd at Celtic Park to rousing version of Mull of Kintyre as part of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, shortly before the arrival of The Queen.

VIDEO: PM faces Russia links questions
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:43:30 GMT

David Cameron says the government will look at all outstanding arms export licences to Russia, and has rejected calls to pay back a donation to the Conservatives by the wife of a former Putin minister.

VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:33:32 GMT

A pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.

VIDEO: Games cyclists find Glasgow bearings
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:13:21 GMT

Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon bumps into some of the team from Swaziland on the streets of Glasgow.

VIDEO: Ian Watkins jail term appeal rejected
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:19 GMT

An appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences has been rejected by judges.

VIDEO: Police spied on Ricky Reel's family
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:54:01 GMT

The family of an Asian student who went missing 17 years ago, and was eventually found dead, say they have been told they were spied on by undercover police officers.

VIDEO: My Glasgow
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:52:43 GMT

Danny MacAskill rides on Glasgow landmarks, including a breathtaking stunt on the iconic Finnieston Crane.

AUDIO: Gay man had shocks on NHS as 'cure'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:22:13 GMT

A man who was given electric shocks on the NHS in the 1970's to 'cure' his homosexuality says he 'deeply regrets' it.

Which sport are you made for? Take our test
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:45:30 GMT

Take our test to see which Commonwealth Games events match your abilities.

Obituary: Dora Bryan
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:58:06 GMT

Remembering the talented character actress

Highlights from the Queen's Baton Relay
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:45:50 GMT

Highlights from the Queen's Baton Relay

The curious world of street furniture
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:21:57 GMT

The curious world of England's street furniture

Help to cope with a parent in prison
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:03:05 GMT

Helping children cope with a parent in prison

Who was Alexander Litvinenko?
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:29:06 GMT

Why is the death of Alexander Litvinenko so notorious?

When will we take honey seriously?
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:09:22 GMT

Should we go back to using honey as a medicine?

Fly on the Facebook wall documentary
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:14 GMT

The TV team 'spying' on students' social media lives

Peaches' drug 'secrets' and Games pictures - papers
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:39:39 GMT

Tabloids focus on the inquest of Peaches Geldof