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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.

Man held over NI dissident murder
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:36:17 GMT

Police in Northern Ireland arrest a 26-year-old man over the murder of former dissident republican leader Tommy Crossan.

Hunt warns against schools extremism
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:16:38 GMT

Labour's Tristram Hunt has told teachers in Birmingham that there is no place for "cultural or gender segregation" in schools.

Moores named as new England coach
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:57:49 GMT

Lancashire coach Peter Moores will lead England's cricket team for a second time, succeeding Andy Flower who resigned in January.

Burnt boy in 'critical condition'
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:59:48 GMT

A seven-year-old boy who was badly burnt in an incident in Aberdeen is in a "critical" condition in hospital, police reveal.

Teachers to vote on strike action
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:27:36 GMT

The NUT conference is to hear calls for a campaign of industrial action and classroom walk-outs over pay and workload.

Family car catches fire among lions
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:34:39 GMT

A family is left with nowhere to run when their car catches fire - in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.

Former Radio 4 presenter dies at 88
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:23:24 GMT

Former BBC presenter Derek Cooper, who founded Radio 4's The Food Programme and presented a number of other shows, dies aged 88.

'Rogue directors' crackdown planned
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:35:24 GMT

People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms, Business Secretary Vince Cable says.

HMRC 'plans to share personal data'
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:50:05 GMT

Taxpayers' personal financial data could be shared with private firms and researchers, Revenue & Customs says, despite concerns over privacy and security.

Charges over cleaning fluid attack
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:41:38 GMT

Three people are charged in connection with an attack which left a teenager with serious chemical burns.

Man falls to death on Snowdon
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:59:19 GMT

A 21-year-old man is killed in a fall near Snowdon summit, North Wales Police reveal.

Mobility scooter plunge OAP dies
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:33:12 GMT

An 87-year-old man who fell off a pier into the sea as he rode his mobility scooter has died.

Highland clans celebrate anniversary
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:30:17 GMT

Clan members from northern and western Highlands are expected to attend an anniversary celebration in Inverness which will also help mark this year's Homecoming festival.

Crowds flock to 'pop-up cathedral'
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:03:10 GMT

Thousands of people take part in an Easter event on South Tyneside broadcast live on national television.

Motorcyclist dies in road accident
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:04:03 GMT

Richard Brown, a 44-year-old motorcyclist, has died after his vehicle was involved in a collision with a tractor in Fivemiletown.

Arson attack damages cars and homes
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:18:51 GMT

Two cars and two homes are damaged in an early morning arson attack in Banbridge, County Down.

WRU to appoint first woman to board
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:15:43 GMT

The Welsh Rugby Union is set to appoint its first woman board member in its 133 year history.

Forgiveness focus of Easter message
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:20:48 GMT

Forgiveness and solidarity are at the heart of the Archbishop of Wales' Easter message.

Flats evacuated by bomb experts
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:49:06 GMT

A tower block in Edinburgh was evacuated as bomb disposal crews investigated the discovery of "suspicious items".

Airport boss hits out at state aid
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:28:13 GMT

The chief executive of Edinburgh Airport hits out at state support for other airports for "distorting" competition.

Council bosses' 15K Florida trip
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:06:06 GMT

Nine council bosses fly to the US to research theme parks in Florida at the cost of 15,441.

Man charged over bingo hall shooting
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:50:32 GMT

A man is charged with attempted murder after a mother and son were shot near a Manchester bingo hall.

Hamilton takes stunning pole in China
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:05:38 GMT

Lewis Hamilton takes his third pole position in four races with a stunning performance in qualifying at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Shannon Airport: A curious history of celebrity visitors
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:26:49 GMT

Shannon Airport in the Irish Republic has long been the unlikely host to celebrities and US presidents making the transatlantic crossing, writes Christine Finn.

10 sartorial moments that tell us a lot about politics
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:33:31 GMT

Does a politician's appearance influence what voters think of them? Here are 10 moments that suggest dress is important.

Quiz of the week's news
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:42:52 GMT

The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:17:00 GMT

David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.

Minister's health and safety warning
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:13:32 GMT

Work and pensions minister Mike Penning writes to schools and local authorities in England to highlight health and safety "excuses".

Female MPs shunning PMQs - Bercow
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:53:22 GMT

Some female MPs have stopped attending Prime Minister's Questions because it is so "bad", says Speaker John Bercow.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:55:29 GMT

The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.

VIDEO: Kate tries out fighter jet in Australia
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:47:28 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit an air base in Queensland on day four of their tour of Australia.

VIDEO: Football club smoke grenade amnesty
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:11:39 GMT

A smoke grenades and flares amnesty was held by police as fans headed into Sixfields stadium in Northampton on Saturday.

VIDEO: Police appeal over burnt child
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:56:45 GMT

A seven-year-old boy who was badly burnt in Aberdeen is in a "critical" condition in hospital, as police appeal for help in finding out what happened.

VIDEO: 'Tug of war' Banksy art in museum
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:53:02 GMT

The Banksy painting which was controversially removed from a wall in Bristol has gone back on display.

VIDEO: Camel birth shocks sheep farmer
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:43:43 GMT

A farmer who was hoping for some rest after a busy lambing season has been surprised by his latest newborn - a camel.

VIDEO: Schools improving maths with snooker
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:14:28 GMT

Snooker World Champion Steve Davis is taking his love of the sport into schools in the hope of improving students' maths skills.

VIDEO: What makes vinyl records 'richer'?
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:12:52 GMT

World Record Store Day is marked on Saturday and BBC Breakfast looks at why so many people still enjoy the old fashioned platform.

VIDEO: Water voles fighting back in Sussex
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:49:35 GMT

The number of water voles has declined by a fifth in the UK since 2011, recent figures suggest. But in one small part of Sussex, the water vole is surviving as Roger Finn reports.

Cheaper stamps if Scots go it alone?
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:13:56 GMT

Will stamps get cheaper if Scots go it alone?

In pictures: Royal tour in Brisbane
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:26:19 GMT

Fighter jet and screaming crowds for William and Kate

The eight tribes of vinyl collector
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:29:15 GMT

The 8 tribes of people who keep buying records

The tale of the lion and the spa break
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:34:41 GMT

A lion on the loose in Llandrindod Wells

John Lewis celebrates 150 years
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:47:25 GMT

What's the story of John Lewis' 150 years of success?

Pensions and privacy - front pages
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:57:50 GMT

The issues making Saturday's front-page headlines