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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.


Police and NHS phone lines restored
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:05:40 GMT

Non-emergency police and medical phone lines have been fixed, Vodafone says, after technical problems disrupted services for several hours.

Labour 'still party of working people'
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:22:46 GMT

Ed Miliband insists Labour remains the party of working people, while accepting one of his MPs was disrespectful to them.

NHS staff flying out to fight Ebola
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:33:06 GMT

The first NHS volunteers are preparing to fly from London to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

Balcony collapse victims named
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:12:58 GMT

Two Polish men who died after a balcony collapsed in west London on Friday are named as Tomasz Procko, 22, and Karol Szymanski, 29.

Bank fines should go to NHS - Labour
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:35:22 GMT

A billion pounds raised from banking fines in the UK should be spent on the NHS, Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls says in a speech.

Jowell plans to run for London mayor
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:23:14 GMT

Labour's former culture secretary Tessa Jowell says she plans to run for mayor of London in 2016 but will only formally declare her candidature after the general election.

Shops to hide 'sexual' front pages
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:09:52 GMT

Tesco and Waitrose are to change the way they display newspapers because of concerns that children are being exposed to sexualised content.

Election prize 'never greater' - DUP
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:35:06 GMT

DUP leader Peter Robinson tells his party's annual conference "the prize at a Westminster election has never been greater" than next May's poll.

Probe into hotel 'gas explosion'
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:05:49 GMT

An investigation starts into a suspected gas explosion at a central London hotel that injured 14 people.

Henning 'killed for being selfless'
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:28:16 GMT

The widow of murdered aid worker Alan Henning tells a memorial service he was killed "for being what we should be, selfless and caring".

Terror police arrest man at Heathrow
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:46:53 GMT

A 19-year-old man is arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism, police say.

Reckless 'sore' over migrants policy
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:53:40 GMT

Newly-elected Mark Reckless voices unhappiness about his treatment by UKIP amid this week's confusion over the party's stance on EU migrants.

Parliament protest camp prevented
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:07:24 GMT

Activists from the Occupy London protest group are stopped by police from setting up a camp on Parliament Square.

Winkleman to return to Strictly
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:19:58 GMT

Claudia Winkleman makes her return to Strictly Come Dancing this weekend after her eight-year-old daughter suffered burns at Halloween.

'Total mess' Christmas tree changed
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:10:41 GMT

Decorations on a town's Christmas tree, described as a "total mess" and "gaudy", are changed.

Man charged over assault rifle find
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:56:55 GMT

A man is to appear in court charged with having a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, after police recovered an assault rifle in west Belfast.

Two farmers killed in tyre accident
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:37:50 GMT

An investigation is under way after the deaths of two farmers who were fixing a tractor tyre in County Donegal.

101 non-emergency number restored
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:38:39 GMT

The 101 non-emergency number for police forces across Wales is restored following a technical fault.

150 weapons given up in gun amnesty
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:09:30 GMT

More than 150 weapons are handed over to police during a two-week amnesty.

Boy, 11, dies after being hit by car
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:29:27 GMT

An 11-year-old boy dies after being hit by a car on the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road on Friday evening.

Pro-indy newspaper details revealed
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:17:32 GMT

Details are released of a pilot which could lead to a new daily, pro-independence newspaper for Scotland.

Police seek HIV rapist in Zimbabwe
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:31:27 GMT

Thames Valley Police believe a Northampton man who was found guilty of rape and knowingly infecting a woman with HIV is in Zimbabwe.

Man stabbed to death named by police
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:43:12 GMT

A 21-year-old man stabbed to death in Liverpool is named by police.

Errors cost Hamilton pole position
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:01:30 GMT

Nico Rosberg takes pole position for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP following mistakes by championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

When Arsenal hated Van Nistelrooy
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:47:59 GMT

Hatred, a red card, a missed penalty and a record fine - Arsenal's furious visit to Old Trafford in 2003 revisited.

The psychology of a title showdown
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:50:09 GMT

As Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg prepare for one final battle, Andrew Benson finds out how each driver may be feeling.

The day the entire German fleet surrendered
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:30:48 GMT

Armistice Day is remembered as the day World War One ended, but for naval historians Britain's greatest victory came 10 days later.

The gospel of Philly Jesus
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:18:49 GMT

Michael Grant is 28 years old and for the last seven months he has been walking through the streets of Philadelphia dressed up like Jesus. Why?

Does free food make for a happier office?
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:54:01 GMT

Some companies are offering workers free meals, but does it make them happier and harder-working?

Miliband: Flags tweet disrespectful
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:49:45 GMT

Ed Miliband says a Labour MP who quit her role after tweeting a picture of a house with three England flags and a white van parked outside "conveyed a sense of disrespect".

PM 'determined' to win back Rochester
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:01:00 GMT

UKIP's win in the Rochester by-election was narrower than expected, says the prime minister, as he vows to work to win the seat back.

Labour blames result on anti-politics
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:38:28 GMT

Labour's Douglas Alexander says the Rochester and Strood by-election result has sent "strong messages" to all parties and highlighted a sense of "alienation".

VIDEO: Liaison Committee
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:08:03 GMT

MPs question Prime Minister David Cameron.

VIDEO: Henning: 'A very good friend is gone'
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:48:32 GMT

Roy Molloy talks about his friend Alan Henning, the Salford taxi driver murdered by Islamic State militants.

VIDEO: Scrabble players compete in London
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:35:56 GMT

Some of the best Scrabble players from over 120 countries are in London competing to become World Champion and win a share of the prize money.

VIDEO: UK joins Poland in Nato drill
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:22:46 GMT

UK troops take part in the largest British armoured exercise in Europe since 2008.

VIDEO: Stray firework hurts eight in Salisbury
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:55:22 GMT

Eight people have been injured by a stray firework that fell in to the crowd during a display to switch on the Christmas lights in Salisbury.

VIDEO: NHS staff set off to help fight Ebola
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:00:40 GMT

A group of NHS medical staff is due to travel to Sierra Leone on Saturday to help in the fight against the Ebola outbreak.

VIDEO: Two dead in London balcony incident
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:28:27 GMT

Two men die and six other people are injured in an incident in Cadogan Square, Knightsbridge where a sofa was being moved through a balcony window.

VIDEO: Bike prototype with global interest
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:38:23 GMT

A four-wheeled bike being showcased at the UK Investment Summit is being developed in Swansea with the inventor hoping it will be a "global force"

VIDEO: "They've taken us for granted"
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:53:29 GMT

With turnout just over 50 per cent at the Rochester and Strood by-election, Carole Walker reports on the growing disaffection among voters.

Is winning 100 caps still a big deal?
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:11:40 GMT

Wayne Rooney's got 100 - but is it still a big deal?

Poet's lost Oxford years remembered
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:49:21 GMT

Heavy drinking, a jealous husband and Under Milk Wood

The Christmas 0% credit card rush
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:00:08 GMT

Are 0% interest credit card deals a good idea?

Monsieur Romieu - a 'man of talents'
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:12:18 GMT

A French envoy is poisoned - are British diplomats to blame?

Edward Rushton: Who was this blind revolutionary?
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:53:11 GMT

The blind revolutionary nobody remembers

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:39:19 GMT

Angelina can do Derby accent - and more nuggets from the week

Top 10 tips for being a cinematographer
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:02:55 GMT

How to make it as a cinematographer

Chinese maths teachers help English pupils make the grade
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:37:13 GMT

Chinese maths teachers brought into English primaries

How a single tweet led to resignation
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:21:49 GMT

How exactly did the Thornberry tweet lead to her resignation?

Rochester fallout and Claudia's 'relief' - the papers
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:05:30 GMT

Papers mull over the fallout from the Rochester by-election