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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 won't work with Assad - Hammond
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:52:30 GMT

Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

Cliff police and BBC to face MPs
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:11:59 GMT

BBC and South Yorkshire Police chiefs are summoned before MPs after a claim of a "cover-up" over the raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home.

I'm not racist nor sexist - Mackay
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:36:27 GMT

Ex-Cardiff boss Malky Mackay says he is no "racist, sexist, homophobe or anti-Semite" after sending offensive text messages.

Rapid 'doctor's assistant' expansion
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:14:05 GMT

The NHS is to rapidly expand the number of physician associates, who take histories of patients, examine them and make simple diagnoses.

Officer admits selling model story
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:51:02 GMT

An ex-Met Police community support officer could face prison after admitting selling a story to the Sun about a supermodel facing an assault allegation.

Man jailed for filming in cinema
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:19:16 GMT

A man has been jailed for 33 months after recording Fast And Furious 6 from the back of a cinema in the West Midlands town of Walsall.

Men jailed for wife contract killing
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:10:22 GMT

A man who paid a crack cocaine addict 1,000 to kill his wife is jailed for life for her murder.

Man killed as car plunges into lake
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:51:23 GMT

A driver dies when his car plunges into the largest natural lake in south-west England.

Student admits plane flare charges
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:39:00 GMT

A Greek Cypriot student admits taking distress flares onto a passenger plane at Stansted Airport and possessing a terrorist manual.

PCC chosen in 10.4% turnout election
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:12:21 GMT

Labour's David Jamieson is elected as the new West Midlands police and crime commissioner as it emerges the turnout was 10.4%.

Rape arrests at Reading Festival
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:48:49 GMT

A 31-year-old man and 14-year-old boy are arrested following a report of a rape at the Reading Festival.

Fine over flat accessed by crawling
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:21:10 GMT

A landlord is fined for renting out a loft room that could only be accessed by crawling into it.

Yachtsman rescued from burning boat
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:37:04 GMT

A lone yachtsman is rescued after his boat burst into flames off the North East coast.

Yes declaration hits million target
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:17:13 GMT

More than a million people have signed a declaration that they are in favour of Scottish independence, campaigners say.

Tube passengers affected by strike
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:13:41 GMT

Passengers are hit by strike action as Tube drivers on the Central Line walk out over a "bullying culture".

Pop-up shops open after pier fire
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:39:58 GMT

Temporary shops are opened for traders following the fire on Eastbourne pier.

Darling does ice bucket challenge
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:09:02 GMT

Alistair Darling takes the ice bucket challenge after being nominated by actor James McAvoy.

Rare species found in marine study
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:22:32 GMT

Divers discover rare species of marine life such as stalked jellyfish and squat lobsters in a study of Somerset's Porlock Bay.

McKevitt will not get early release
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:46:02 GMT

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt will not be released early from prison, following a ruling by the Republic of Ireland's Supreme Court.

Third arrest over city shooting
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:51:24 GMT

A third man is being questioned about the attempted murder of a man in north Belfast earlier this week.

Staffing call after 'choking' death
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:26:37 GMT

The death of a six-year-old girl from suspected choking while on holiday in Gwynedd prompts a call for increased ambulance staffing in rural areas.

Police seize dog as OAP, 91, bitten
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:27:10 GMT

A 91-year-old great-grandmother needed surgery after being bitten by a dog while walking home in Cardiff.

Three bids remain for bust shipyard
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:12:31 GMT

Administrators consider three bids for Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow, which went bust last week.

McLeish: 'Voting No is difficult'
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:45:18 GMT

Former First Minister Henry McLeish says that voting "No" to independence "has become difficult" but he will still do so.

Gay blame councillor escapes action
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:02:56 GMT

A former UKIP councillor will not face any action after he blamed the winter storms and flooding on the legalisation of gay marriage.

Bereaved family's stolen photos plea
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:22:00 GMT

The family of a Cambridge man who recently died from cancer pleads for the return of a stolen mobile phone containing "irreplaceable photos" of him.

Hamilton dominant in second practice
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:18:29 GMT

Lewis Hamilton's stunning pace in second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix sees him head team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.604 seconds.

Farah confident after 'tough year'
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:37:24 GMT

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah describes this as his "toughest year" and says he will now focus on the track.

Ecclestone to continue in F1 role
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:47:51 GMT

Bernie Ecclestone tells the BBC he wants to run Formula 1 for as long as he can after paying 60m to end a bribery trial.

Weekendish: Surrogacy confusion and tailgating
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:51:45 GMT

Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

Secret recordings of a president's daughter
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:09:19 GMT

In new recordings, Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan's president, says that she and her daughter are in desperate need of help.

The fraught world of UK surrogacy
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:55:14 GMT

In the UK surrogate mothers cannot be paid, regulation is loose and arrangements depend on trust.

Ex-ministers join Commons clerk row
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:51:04 GMT

Veteran MPs Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett urge further scrutiny of the proposed appointment of the new House of Commons clerk amid a continuing row.

Health experts' food poverty warning
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:13:06 GMT

More people are suffering from malnutrition as a result of worsening food poverty, health experts warn.

Councils bar campaigns from schools
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:14:38 GMT

The official referendum campaigns are being barred from the majority of schools in Scotland ahead of polling day, BBC research finds.

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: Apology over 'banter' statement
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:30:58 GMT

The League Managers' Association has apologised after describing offensive text messages sent by Malky Mackay as "friendly banter".

VIDEO: Lorry blaze forces M25 to close
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:14:12 GMT

A section of the M25 in Essex was closed and there were "severe" delays, following a lorry fire which damaged the surface of the carriageway.

VIDEO: Tube strike affects Central line
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:16:25 GMT

Commuters and visitors in London have faced disruption as members of the Aslef union take part in strike action on some tube lines.

VIDEO: Malnutrition up as food prices rise
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:08:16 GMT

More people are suffering from malnutrition as a result of worsening food poverty, experts have warned.

VIDEO: Mackay made big mistake - Redknapp
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:57:12 GMT

QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes that Malky Mackay has made a "big mistake" after the former Cardiff boss sent offensive text messages.

VIDEO: Lib Dems want safe standing return
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:06:41 GMT

The Liberal Democrats have put forward plans for Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce safe standing at stadiums.

VIDEO: Ecclestone 'not scared of anything'
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:31:01 GMT

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone tells the BBC's Dan Roan he wants to run Formula 1 for as long as he can after paying 60m to end his three-month bribery trial.

AUDIO: Housing estates 'an embarrassment'
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:28:26 GMT

Crime writer Gavin Knight and Housing minister Brandon Lewis discuss the state of Britain's housing estates.

The backlash against banter
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:33:55 GMT

Why 'banter' is experiencing a backlash

Should the English have their own parliament?
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:00:05 GMT

Should the English have their own parliament?

How Sam Cam's ancestor 'reinvented' walking
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:03:38 GMT

How Sam Cam's ancestor 'reinvented' walking

What are the main reasons men pay for sex?
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:02:54 GMT

What are the main reasons men secretly pay for sex?

The town at the centre of Britain
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:05:14 GMT

The town that would have to rebrand if Scotland votes Yes

Quiz of the week's news
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:05:44 GMT

Why was this man refused entry to Dubai?

Analysis: Deradicalising Brits in Syria
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:14:47 GMT

What happens when Britons fighting in Syria return home?

Stowaway survivor 'feared death'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:57:50 GMT

Tilbury Docks container stowaway tells BBC he feared for his life

'Jihadi John' and fears for Gazza
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:01:47 GMT

Hunt for 'Jihadi John' and fears for Gazza on front pages