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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.


Emwazi 'not huge concern' at school
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:23:52 GMT

Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi was never suspected of being radicalised during his school days, his former head teacher says.

Ten charged over child abuse claims
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:23:17 GMT

Ten men are charged by police investigating child sexual exploitation in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

Eurostar suspended after track death
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:27:48 GMT

Eurostar services are suspended after a person was hit by a train on the line in Kent.

Tories promise 200,000 starter homes
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:19:32 GMT

Some 200,000 "starter homes" will be built for first-time buyers in England by 2020 if the Tories win May's general election, the PM says.

Queen's new coin portrait unveiled
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:55:37 GMT

A new coinage portrait of the Queen is unveiled, but the image will only appear on coins later this year.

More time to question Becky suspects
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:49:21 GMT

Police are granted more time to question two people arrested in the investigation into a girl missing for more than a week.

'Revenge' bleach attacker sentenced
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:41:59 GMT

An 18-year-old woman who threw bleach into the face of an aspiring teenage model is sentenced to 27 months in a young offenders' institution.

RAF jets near miss over north Wales
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:40:52 GMT

Two RAF training jets came close to colliding over the north Wales coast, a report on collision risk incidents finds.

Nursery child 'left in woodland'
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:30:04 GMT

A young child was left behind in woodland by nursery school staff at the end of a walk, the BBC understands.

Man under lorry 'waved at drivers'
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:59:41 GMT

Two people are detained as suspected illegal immigrants after one is seen sitting on the rear axle of a lorry waving at drivers near Northampton.

New 'Chelsea fans' racism claim
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:21:56 GMT

Police launch an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from a group of Chelsea fans on a train from London to Manchester.

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:58:02 GMT

Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

Drug drivers targeted by new rules
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:25:44 GMT

New regulations aimed at stamping out drug driving, including the first legal limits on cannabis and cocaine, come into force in England and Wales.

Six arrested in child abuse probe
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:50:25 GMT

Six people are arrested during an investigation into allegations of sexual and physical child abuse at a school and a children's home in Carmarthenshire.

Prince William meets China president
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:51:03 GMT

The Duke of Cambridge meets Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the prince begins the highest-profile UK royal visit to China in nearly 30 years.

Brooks to join Murdoch-owned Storyful
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:56:51 GMT

Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, is to be re-hired by Rupert Murdoch.

Cadbury and M&S lose top brand ranks
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:47:10 GMT

Marks and Spencer and Cadbury have both fallen out of an annual survey ranking the top 20 consumer brands in the UK.

Robbie Williams street signs unveiled
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:01:13 GMT

Signs for streets named after Robbie Williams hits are unveiled in his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent.

Body at Richard III site 'was woman'
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:54:57 GMT

A coffin-within-a-coffin discovered next to Richard III's remains contained a woman, who could have been an early Church benefactor, experts reveal

Man dies after two-vehicle crash
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:47:02 GMT

A man in his 50s dies following a two-vehicle crash on the A1 near Dromore, County Down.

700 declare exit scheme interest
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:32:48 GMT

More than 700 civil servants have expressed interest in the new Northern Ireland Civil Service voluntary redundancy scheme, within the first two hours of it being in operation.

Tributes to boy killed in car crash
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:57:30 GMT

A boy who was killed when he was hit by a car in the Riverside area of Cardiff is named as 12-year-old Hamid Ali Khan.

Claims half marathon route too short
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:19:27 GMT

Claims Newport's half marathon course was too short are being looked into by those responsible for measuring it.

Armed jewellery thief 'hijacks taxi'
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:17:39 GMT

An armed thief is thought to have hijacked a taxi following a gunpoint robbery at an Edinburgh city centre jewellers.

Brown: 'State could own oil fields'
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:16:40 GMT

Former prime minister and Scottish MP Gordon Brown believes under threat North Sea oil fields could be part owned by the UK government.

Trident protesters blockade roads
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:50:43 GMT

About 150 campaigners for British nuclear disarmament formed human blockades at a site in west Berkshire which builds Trident warheads.

Stolen van drags man along motorway
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:22:19 GMT

A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a motorist is dragged along a motorway by his own stolen van and seriously injured.

Terry rules out an England return
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:03:21 GMT

Chelsea skipper John Terry hails the atmosphere at Wembley but rules out a return to the England team.

Pietersen to work on England return
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:38:13 GMT

Kevin Pietersen says he will try to secure a return to the England side after ECB chairman Colin Graves' encouraging words.

Jeremy Guscott's Six Nations review
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:19:39 GMT

Jeremy Guscott on Ireland's tactics, Wales' title hopes and England's indiscipline, plus his try, player and team of the week.

The dogged old man of the badlands
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:05:28 GMT

Chris Haslam meets a man determined to see his remarkable life in the mountains as quite mundane.

Are humans getting cleverer?
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:03:55 GMT

What is behind the so-called Flynn Effect - the pattern of rising IQ scores around the world?

Why Iceland banned beer
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:02:38 GMT

A century ago, Iceland introduced full prohibition. Within a decade, red wine had been legalised, followed by spirits in the 1930s. But beer remained off-limits until 1989. Why?

Lib Dems want extra 1bn bank levy
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:07:53 GMT

Lib Dem Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander is calling for an extra 1bn tax on Britain's banks to help pay off the deficit.

UK cuts 'concern' head of US Army
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:49:41 GMT

The US Army's most senior general says he is "very concerned" about the impact spending cuts will have on the strength of the UK's armed forces.

Child health 'an election issue'
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:07:59 GMT

Measures to protect children's health should be put at the forefront of the general election, say doctors.

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:43:40 GMT

MPs take evidence on the Bank of England?s Inflation Report.

VIDEO: On the road with out-of-hours doctors
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:03:06 GMT

Cumbria's out-of-hours doctor service is increasingly busy because patients cannot get an appointment with GPs at local surgeries.

VIDEO: Riddle of Emwazi's radicalisation
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:22:41 GMT

Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi was never a cause of huge concern to staff at his former London school, his former head teacher says.

VIDEO: Prince William welcomed in China
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:46:14 GMT

The Duke of Cambridge has met Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the prince begins the highest-profile UK royal visit to China in nearly 30 years.

VIDEO: How tidal lagoon power plants work
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:57:10 GMT

The BBC's Roger Harrabin has been to the site of one of six tidal lagoons planned in the UK to see how it would work.

VIDEO: New Queen coin portrait unveiled
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:04:54 GMT

The portrait of the Queen on the nation's coins has altered for the first time in 17 years - with a new picture of her Majesty unveiled on Monday morning, the BBC's Victoria Fritz reports.

VIDEO: Search for Becky Watts resumes
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:29:25 GMT

Police have been granted more time to question two people arrested in connection with the disappearance of Becky Watts, as Jon Kay reports.

VIDEO: Baby orangutans need new mum
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:47:13 GMT

Staff are hoping two Sumatran orangutans will find new mothers at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.

GP shortages put pressure on doctors
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:41:05 GMT

Where have all our GPs gone?

What's love got to do with politics?
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:59:41 GMT

Fergal Keane on the relationship between love and politics

Would it be realistic to renationalise the railways?
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:58:59 GMT

Would it be realistic to renationalise the railways?

Behind the east Belfast tiger skin
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:15:35 GMT

How did Indian maharaja's tiger skin end up in east Belfast?

Jihadist concerns, and Army cuts
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:22:43 GMT

Jihadist concerns, and the impact of Army cuts