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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.


Queen pays Christmas poppy tribute
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 14:05:29 GMT

The Queen will highlight the ceramic poppy tribute to World War One casualties, and those dealing with the Ebola disease, in her Christmas Day broadcast.

Lorry crash hospital girl 'improving'
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:07:50 GMT

The condition of a 14-year-old girl badly hurt in the Glasgow bin lorry crash improves, as four people remain in hospital.

Olympic cyclists announce engagement
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:10:18 GMT

Laura Trott announces her engagement to fellow British Olympic cycling star Jason Kenny on Twitter.

Pair arrested in PC death inquiry
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:16:27 GMT

A man and a woman are held on suspicion of assisting an offender by police investigating the death of Merseyside officer Neil Doyle.

Double-fatal crash suspect charged
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:43:37 GMT

A 20-year-old man is accused of causing death by dangerous driving after two people who were hit by a car in Manchester died.

Christmas 'not a fairytale' - Welby
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:18:24 GMT

Fairytale endings do not reflect the true spirit of the festive season, the Archbishop of Canterbury says in his Christmas Day sermon.

Man charged with grandson's murder
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:00:50 GMT

The grandfather of a nine-year-old boy found dead in Lincoln is charged with his murder.

Weather warnings for Boxing Day snow
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:49:41 GMT

Severe weather warnings of more than 10cm of snow are issued by the Met Office for 26 December for some parts of the UK.

Doctors warn of Loom bands danger
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:22:55 GMT

Doctors are warning parents to be vigilant after seeing a spate of young children with loom bands stuck up their noses.

Woman injured in motorway collision
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 08:29:56 GMT

A woman is seriously injured in a crash that forced the closure of the M5 in Gloucestershire for eight hours.

Two arrests after balcony protest
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:42:54 GMT

A man and a woman are arrested after holding a protest on the balcony of a former bank in central London.

Police attacked during town trouble
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 17:38:39 GMT

Four people are arrested in Newcastle, County Down, after police are attacked during sporadic fighting, with kit including CS spray being lost and stolen.

WW1 truce footballer plaque unveiled
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:40:09 GMT

A soldier believed to have supplied the football for a Christmas Day game during a World War One truce is honoured with a plaque.

Christmas Day swim marks 50th event
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 07:54:09 GMT

A half-century of folks dashing into the cold sea on Christmas morning is being celebrated on the beach in south Wales.

Bandstand hosts seafront celebration
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:15:30 GMT

More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the first Christmas Day concert in an East Sussex bandstand since its 245,000 refurbishment.

Agreement 'shows way to succeed'
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:14:01 GMT

US President Barack Obama praises the broad agreement reached in Northern Ireland cross-party talks.

Newry man claims 1.7m lottery prize
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:20:08 GMT

A farm shop owner from Newry, County Down, is celebrating after claiming more than 1.7m with a winning ticket on the National Lottery.

'Alcohol issues higher than drugs'
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 07:45:30 GMT

More people are seeking help for alcohol problems than those with drug issues, one of Wales' biggest charities says.

Road 'pinch points' action call
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 07:48:19 GMT

Tackling road "pinch points" is key to improving the economic prosperity of north Wales, says a report.

Forecasters predict icy Christmas
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:24:25 GMT

Christmas travellers are warned to be prepared for ice and snow across large areas of Scotland.

Workman killed in crash named
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:30:33 GMT

Fraser Gibbon of Cuminestown is named by police as the 20-year-old killed in a crash on the B9170 road on Wednesday.

Paramedic in birthday Ebola aid
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:34:24 GMT

A British paramedic spends his 59th birthday on Christmas Day helping Ebola sufferers in Sierra Leone.

Adventurer prepares for Atlantic row
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:15:23 GMT

A man bidding to set a new world record for travelling around the world prepares to row the Atlantic.

Leaders kick off Boxing Day action
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:30:00 GMT

Chelsea meet West Ham at Stamford Bridge in the first of Boxing Day's 46 fixtures across England's top four divisions.

BBC's Scottish football review 2014
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:48:08 GMT

Richard Wilson describes a year of celebration, debt deals and further turmoil in Scottish football.

BBC Sport's Christmas quiz 2014
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:06:41 GMT

Gold medals, 'photobombs' and Usain Bolt dancing - how much do you remember about the sporting year?

Who, What, Why: The questions of 2014 answered
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:31:59 GMT

The events of 2014 raised big questions which the Magazine tried to answer in our Who, What, Why series.

Victorian Strangeness: Four Christmas incidents
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:42:59 GMT

Author Jeremy Clay unearths four Christmas calamities from the Victorian period.

Quiz of the year pt 4: Winners of the year
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:44:42 GMT

Test yourself on the victories, the moments or triumph and the people - and animals - who prevailed in 2014.

Planned NHS cash changes spark anger
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:13:00 GMT

Hospital specialists say proposed NHS England funding changes could lead to people dying unnecessarily if they are implemented.

Party leaders' Christmas messages
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:59:42 GMT

David Cameron speaks of the UK's "Christian values" as Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg also release Christmas messages.

UK productivity shows small rise
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:07:31 GMT

UK workers managed to increase their output per hour by 0.6% in the July-to-September period, the Office for National Statistics has said.

VIDEO: Transport Committee
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:18:30 GMT

MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.

VIDEO: Royal Family at Christmas service
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:00:55 GMT

The Queen and members of the Royal Family have attended the traditional service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.

VIDEO: Weather forecast for the UK
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 08:34:19 GMT

Weather forecast for the UK

VIDEO: Festive footwork on Strictly special
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:56:19 GMT

Former contestants including Russell Grant and Lisa Riley are back for a special Strictly Come Dancing festive show.

VIDEO: Catholic leaders pray for persecuted
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:49:40 GMT

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, asked the congregation at midnight Mass in Westminster Cathedral to pray for victims of persecution.

VIDEO: WW1 truce: 'War came to standstill'
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:58:41 GMT

In 1968, the BBC filmed veterans from opposing armies who took part what became known as the Christmas Truce.

VIDEO: UK Ebola workers on Christmas plans
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:07:14 GMT

Two healthcare workers tell the BBC about their work fighting Ebola in West Africa and what Christmas means to them.

VIDEO: 1914 Christmas Truce remembered
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:45:45 GMT

Football Focus remembers Christmas Day, 1914, when British and German soldiers stopped fighting and played football.

VIDEO: Making time for elderly at Christmas
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:47:20 GMT

Christmas is a lonely time for many people in the UK.

The draw of the Christmas Day swim
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 01:15:20 GMT

The draw of the Christmas Day swim

Christmas menus: turtles to turkeys
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 01:21:15 GMT

Christmas menus through the ages

Keeping your Christmas gadgets safe
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:06:39 GMT

Basic steps to keeping your Christmas gadgets safe

Jack O'Connell's Hollywood breakthrough
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 01:09:39 GMT

Why Jack O'Connell is the talk of Hollywood

Zambian guide shows how to take on a charging elephant
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:33:30 GMT

UK students praise guide who fended off charging elephant

Volunteers feeding children at Christmas
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 06:20:51 GMT

The volunteers cooking hot meals for children at Christmas