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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.


7/7 anniversary marked with services
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:24:49 GMT

A St Paul's Cathedral service and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place later to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks that killed 52 people on London's transport network.

Energy customers 'paying too much'
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:31:21 GMT

Millions of energy customers have been "paying too much for their energy bills" a year-long investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found.

Osborne could relax Sunday trading
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:00:05 GMT

Shops in England and Wales could be allowed to open for longer on Sundays, under plans to be unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne.

'Legal highs' linked to prison deaths
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 23:54:02 GMT

The use of so-called legal highs has been a factor in at least 19 prisoner deaths, the Prisons Ombudsman says.

Children's early help 'cut by half'
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:10:13 GMT

Government funding of early intervention programmes for children and young people's services has been cut by 1.8bn over five years, say children's charities.

'More hot summers' for parts of UK
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:15:05 GMT

Scorching summers such as the one in 2003 look set to become more common in England and Wales, a study suggests.

Osborne's pledge after Greek No vote
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:49:18 GMT

The government will do "whatever is necessary" to protect the UK's economy against the fallout from Greece's bailout referendum, George Osborne tells told MPs.

Taser 'contributed' to man's death
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:07:41 GMT

An unarmed man died partly as a result of being "inappropriately and unreasonably" Tasered and restrained by police officers, an inquest finds.

Two dead and seven hurt in collision
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:55:59 GMT

Two people die and seven are injured after several cars crashed in Staffordshire.

'Multiple injuries' in city bus crash
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:13:34 GMT

Two double-decker buses crash in a city centre, injuring dozens and leaving one with life-threatening injuries.

Hint at abortion law being devolved
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:05:10 GMT

The Scottish Secretary hints that the UK government may be willing to devolve abortion law to Holyrood, during a debate on the Scotland Bill.

Kauto Star rider hurt by 'lies'
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:46:14 GMT

Rider Laura Collett says she feels "bullied and hurt" by claims she lied about the circumstances of Kauto Star's death.

VIDEO: Doubles player hits partner in back
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:12:10 GMT

Ajla Tomljanovic hits doubles Ivan Dodig partner in the back during their mixed doubles match at Wimbledon.

Damon Albarn removed from stage
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:39:27 GMT

Blur's Damon Albarn is removed from stage by security at the Roskilde festival after a mammoth five-hour set.

Nine Sport NI board members resign
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:56:05 GMT

Nine Sport NI board members resign just before a meeting with Sports Minister Carl N? Chuil?n.

Teenage girls rescued in Mournes
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:30:32 GMT

Seven teenage girls are rescued after getting into difficulty in the Mourne mountains in County Down.

'Incredible evil' killed 7/7 victim
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:18:35 GMT

A Cardiff man whose sister was killed in the 7 July London bombings says he cannot forgive the "incredible evil" that took her life 10 years ago.

1.4bn dementia cost 'unsustainable'
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:30:12 GMT

Families cannot continue to shoulder the hidden costs of caring for a relative with dementia, a report says.

Fresh talks due in ScotRail dispute
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:01:41 GMT

Fresh talks are due to be held between ScotRail and a train drivers' union in a bid to resolve a dispute which has hit Sunday services.

Wanted Scot's face shown in Spain
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:14:32 GMT

A Scot is on a list of Britain's most wanted fugitives whose faces will be broadcast around Spanish expat areas.

'Fifty attacks foiled' since 7/7
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 23:08:59 GMT

The UK's most senior counter-terrorism police officer says up to 50 deadly terror attacks have been foiled since the 7 July bombings a decade ago.

Ditch rescue after tractor overturns
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:38:39 GMT

A man is pulled from a ditch after his tractor overturned in Dorset.

Murray sees off big-serving Karlovic
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:31:34 GMT

Britain's Andy Murray beats 6ft 11in Ivo Karlovic to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the eighth year in a row.

How England can win the Ashes
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:23:54 GMT

England must use home conditions to win back the Ashes from Australia, says Jonathan Agnew

VIDEO: Kyrgios' bizarre antics v Gasquet
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:49:25 GMT

Boos ring out around court two as struggling Nick Kyrgios starts 'tanking' against French opponent Richard Gasquet

Blair: Terror threat 'not going away'
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:00:13 GMT

On the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 bombings, Tony Blair issues a stark warning that the threat from Islamist terrorism has now reached "the edges of Europe".

BBC to fund over-75s' TV licences
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:38:39 GMT

The BBC will be required to cover the cost of providing free television licences for over-75s, the government confirms.

Danczuk steps back from abuse campaign
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:25:52 GMT

Labour MP Simon Danczuk says he is stepping back from his campaigning work on child sexual abuse to seek help for depression.

VIDEO: Westminster Hall
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:49:51 GMT

MPs debate topics including development goals and Iran's nuclear programme.

VIDEO: 'I'll hold you in my dreams'
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:12:43 GMT

Anthony Fatayi-Williams was killed in the 7 July London bombings. His mother speaks of the effect the loss had on her.

VIDEO: 7/7 attacks: 'It has been a hellish journey'
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 23:31:07 GMT

Michael Henning was only metres away when a bomb exploded on a Circle line train in the 7 July attacks in 2005.

VIDEO: Tube driver who helped 7/7 survivor
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:38:36 GMT

A tube driver who helped one of the survivors of the 7 July London bombings says the moment he saw him alive was "like a miracle".

VIDEO: 7/7 attacks: How the day unfolded
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:02:12 GMT

Ten years on from the 7/7 attacks in London, BBC News looks back at how the day unfolded.

VIDEO: What the Greek vote means for UK
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:19:17 GMT

The government will do "whatever is necessary" to protect the UK's economy against the fallout from Greece's bailout referendum, George Osborne has told MPs.

VIDEO: 'Take cash for entire Greek holiday'
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:02:02 GMT

More than a million British holidaymakers will be heading to Greece this summer, and as the debt crisis unfolds many will naturally be feeling nervous about how it could affect them.

VIDEO: 'I've just had some wonderful news'
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:10:10 GMT

Journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts, who has an aggressive form of leukaemia, tells her video diary that she has found a stem cell donor.

VIDEO: Belfast waves off Tall Ships
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:42:10 GMT

Thousands of people have turned out to see the Tall Ships leave Belfast.

Would Calais migrants really be better off in the UK?
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:05:14 GMT

Is the UK better than France for migrants?

The decline of the 'disgusting' burbot
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:07:05 GMT

Do we only care about animals if they're cute and cuddly?

What makes a tweet believable?
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:18:40 GMT

Does using exclamation marks stop people believing you?

Dame Anne Begg: 'What do I do now?'
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:52:39 GMT

The UK's first wheelchair-using MP on life after politics

How did we get to this welfare state?
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:26:28 GMT

400 years of benefit crackdowns and moral panics

How to make savings when lemon chopping
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:02:43 GMT

How Pizza Express tackled the 'productivity puzzle'

Can English cricket renew its glory?
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:36:54 GMT

Can English cricket renew its glory?