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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.


'2,000 migrants' tried Tunnel entry
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:49:56 GMT

Some 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel terminal in Calais on Monday night in an attempt to reach the UK, operator Eurotunnel says.

Man jailed over missing Paige murder
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:17:10 GMT

A man convicted of murdering missing Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers is jailed for life and will serve at least 33 years in prison.

Beaches polluted 40 times by sewage
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:08:18 GMT

Forty incidents of raw sewage polluting beaches across the south west at the weekend happened because of water company systems failing, environmental campaigners claim.

Drugs claim peer resigns from Lords
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:33:33 GMT

Lord Sewel resigns from the House of Lords and apologises for "the pain and embarrassment" caused after he was filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes.

Will battle daughter wins 164,000
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:55:36 GMT

A woman cut out of her mother's will is awarded a 164,000 inheritance in a case experts think could prove to be a landmark ruling.

Police 'may not attend' burglaries
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:52:37 GMT

The public should not expect to see a police officer after crimes such as burglary, the head of the new National Police Chiefs' Council tells the BBC.

'Breastfeeding' mum to face charges
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:35:46 GMT

A mother who claimed a security guard assaulted her while removing her breastfeeding baby from her in Primark is summoned to appear at court.

Man jailed for 2m heiress blackmail
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:59:55 GMT

A man is jailed for trying to blackmail US heiress Haley Meijer out of 2m by posting pornographic pictures of her online.

Hillsborough man 'scoured' terraces
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:07:14 GMT

A Hillsborough survivor who lost his wife in the disaster 'scoured' the terraces and was 'obsessed' with finding her, an inquest jury hears.

Litvinenko inquiry criticises suspect
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:53:49 GMT

The chairman of an inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko says a suspect's desire to give evidence may have been "a charade".

UK economic growth picks up to 0.7%
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:12:21 GMT

UK economic growth accelerated to 0.7% in the second quarter of the year, helped by a big jump in oil and gas production.

Inquiry to 'expose undercover conduct'
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:44:14 GMT

The public inquiry into undercover policing may "expose both creditable and discreditable conduct", chairman Lord Justice Pitchford warns.

Meet the new David Cameron
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:19:54 GMT

Singapore names a new orchid after British Prime Minister David Cameron - the "Papilionanda David Cameron">

Pine marten arrives through cat flap
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:01:12 GMT

An orphaned pine marten is being cared for after taking refuge through a cat flap, helping himself to food and settling down for a nap.

Bus lane error wipes out 700 fines
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:01:53 GMT

More than 700 fines handed to motorists using Belfast bus lanes are cancelled because of a "timing issue" with detection cameras.

US talks on Stormont 'encouraging'
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:13:14 GMT

Sinn Fin's Martin McGuinness says his meeting White House officials about the Stormont crisis was positive and encouraging, despite DUP claims it was a waste of time.

Man dies after attempted sea rescue
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:38:59 GMT

A man dies after being pulled from the sea off the south coast of Wales while a nine-year-old boy is taken to hospital.

Crossbow murderer's wife jailed
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:14:41 GMT

A woman who helped her husband evade arrest after he murdered a man with a crossbow is jailed for two years.

Police left message for M9 victim
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:35:12 GMT

Police apologise to the family of a woman left dying in a car for several days after an officer left her a voicemail 10 days after her death.

Rolls-Royce in 60m Scots investment
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:44:15 GMT

Rolls-Royce, the engine and turbine maker, is to invest up to 60m in its Renfrewshire manufacturing plant.

GB skater detained for sex offences
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:37:06 GMT

A Great Britain figure skater is sentenced to three years in a young offenders' institution after admitting child sex abuse charges.

'Mr Big' shooting was 'assassination'
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:42:31 GMT

A convicted criminal once nicknamed "Mr Big" was shot and killed in an "assassination", his brother says.

We don't listen to others - Wenger
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:20:34 GMT

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his transfer spending this summer will not be influenced by other clubs.

Ennis-Hill in GB squad for Worlds
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:20:16 GMT

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is named in Great Britain's squad for the World Athletics Championships in August.

World bronze for Laugher & Mears
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:35:29 GMT

Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears win bronze in the synchronised 3m springboard at the World Aquatics Championships.

Burnham suggests new social care tax
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:17:55 GMT

Labour should ignore "difficult headlines" and consider extra taxes to cover the rising cost of social care, leadership contender Andy Burnham says.

'Let children erase online past'
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:57:53 GMT

A campaign promotes the idea that children should be able to delete their online past.

Labour leadership contest 'sexist'
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:39:53 GMT

Sexism has played a role in Labour's leadership contest, hopefuls Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall say.

VIDEO: Health Committee
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:40:51 GMT

The Health Committee heard from key figures in NHS England.

VIDEO: UK offers 7m Calais security fund
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:01:32 GMT

Home Secretary Teresa May has promised up to 7m to boost security at Calais, in the wake of the migrant crisis.

VIDEO: 'Sorry, that's not GDP!'
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:19:44 GMT

BBC News explains how your daily activities can influence the calculation of GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, a key economic indicator.

VIDEO: CCTV shows Tower Bridge gang attack
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:57:50 GMT

Police release CCTV footage of a gang carrying out a "vicious, cowardly and unprovoked attack" on a man on Tower Bridge.

VIDEO: Seagulls: Evil pests or misunderstood?
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:49:45 GMT

Recent attacks by gulls on people and their pets have been widely reported. But are the birds misunderstood?

VIDEO: Migrants filmed scaling Calais fence
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:04:44 GMT

Migrants are captured on camera climbing over a security fence into the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais.

VIDEO: Oldest Pict fort found on sea stack
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:56:24 GMT

Archaeologists say a Pictish fort uncovered during a dig near Stonehaven is the oldest in Scotland.

VIDEO: Welsh tearooms popular in Patagonia
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:31:08 GMT

Welsh tearooms are somewhat of a phenomenon in parts of Patagonia, Argentina, the BBC's Steffan Messenger finds.

VIDEO: DIY astronomers probe Pluto's secrets
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:22:30 GMT

Amateur astronomers have begun studying the images of Pluto sent back by the New Horizons probe.

How to become a Great British Baker
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:56:07 GMT

How do you make it on to the Great British Bake Off?

A deadly trail of polonium
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:44:07 GMT

How radioactive material was left on Tube and planes

Troubled teen groomed and murdered
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:21:19 GMT

How was vulnerable 15-year-old allowed to drift to tragic end?

The Topshop size 10 shop model row
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:24:01 GMT

Mannequin supplier on why they make them size 10

Why did HSBC shut down bank accounts?
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:54:08 GMT

Why did HSBC shut down bank accounts?

VIDEO: Chasing Britain's most threatened duck
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:30:28 GMT

Keeping track of Britain's most threatened duck

150th anniversary of Patagonia move
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:23:49 GMT

150th anniversary of Welsh migration to Argentina region celebrated