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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.


Politicians ponder Scotland's future
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:17:54 GMT

Politicians on both sides of the independence debate are to consider the best way ahead for Scotland after voters backed remaining in the UK.

Police separate rivals in Glasgow
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:21:59 GMT

Police make six arrests after separating groups of rival Unionist and independence supporters in George Square in the centre of Glasgow.

Imams in hostage video appeal to IS
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:48:34 GMT

Leading British Muslim scholars make a direct appeal to Islamic State militants to free Alan Henning, a UK hostage threatened with death.

UK couple missing after hurricane
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:10:08 GMT

A British couple are reported missing off the Mexican coast after Hurricane Odile hit the country last weekend.

William starts solo visit to Malta
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:50:52 GMT

The Duke of Cambridge is to celebrate Malta's 50th anniversary on an official visit to the country, as a last-minute replacement for his pregnant wife.

Oil firm to create West Lothian jobs
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:22:52 GMT

Aberdeen-based Oil and gas services company Oil States announces plans to create 100 new jobs in West Lothian.

Vodafone saves Phones 4U store jobs
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:34:20 GMT

Restructuring at the Phones 4U head office is resulting in 628 redundancies, but 887 jobs in stores will be preserved.

Alice suspect's bike is recovered
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:43:45 GMT

Police recover the mountain bike ridden by a convicted murderer wanted over the disappearance of 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross.

May 'should reflect' on doctor abuse
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:08:31 GMT

A former head of the UK's child protection unit says Theresa May should "reflect on her position" over the government's handling of the Myles Bradbury case.

Rotherham child services boss quits
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:21:43 GMT

Joyce Thacker, the director for children's services at Rotherham council, resigns in the wake of the abuse report scandal.

Judge overturns legal aid change
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:12:31 GMT

A High Court judge rules that part of the government's legal aid reform is unlawful, after a challenge by lawyers.

Train stuck in floods after storms
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:51:57 GMT

Some 90 passengers are rescued from a train after it became trapped in flood water during a night of storms in southern England.

Artist wins top painting prize at 80
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:18:16 GMT

Artist Rose Wylie wins the John Moores Painting Prize, one of the UK's most prestigious art awards, at the age of 80.

Sea alert fails to spoil wedding
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:39:36 GMT

A lifeboat crew's plan to give a colleague a wedding guard of honour is almost scuppered by a sea alert.

NI poll 'not needed after No vote'
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:04:53 GMT

A vote on the future of Northern Ireland's border is not necessary following Scotland's 'No' vote, says First Minister Peter Robinson.

Teenager dies in County Down crash
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:08:19 GMT

A 19-year-old man dies following a car crash in County Down on the main coast road between Newcastle and Annalong.

Reward Wales, says ex-first minister
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:34:38 GMT

Wales should be rewarded for not putting the UK "through the mincer" of a referendum on independence, former first minister Rhodri Morgan says, after Scotland voted to stay in the UK.

Police seize 350,000 cocaine haul
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:13:15 GMT

Police arrest a man after seizing 350,000 in drugs during a raid in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Salmond to quit after Scots vote No
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:24:04 GMT

Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party leader after voters rejected independence in Thursday's referendum.

Queen urges referendum 'respect'
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:12:13 GMT

The Queen says she believes Scotland will unite in a "spirit of mutual respect and support" following the independence referendum.

Mother unlawfully killed son, four
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:07:39 GMT

A four-year-old boy died when his mother set fire to their Liverpool home a day before he was due to be handed into the custody of his father, an inquest hears.

Wembley to host Euro 2020 final
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:06:05 GMT

Wembley will host the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020, while Hampden Park is also awarded games but Cardiff misses out.

Yaya Toure targets Champions League
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:31:24 GMT

Manchester City's Yaya Toure tells BBC's Football Focus he wants to win the Champions League for the club's fans.

Platini will not return 16,000 watch
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:08:52 GMT

Uefa president Michel Platini insists he will not return a watch given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation.

Is Diego Costa the real deal?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:11:40 GMT

Despite doubts in Spain about his talent and temperament, Diego Costa is already breaking records in the Premier League.

The Freudian phrases you use without realising it
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:36:35 GMT

Words and phrases popularised by Sigmund Freud are ingrained in everyday language - how did Freudian jargon become so widespread?

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:43:24 GMT

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

The father of 26 preaching birth control
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:19:25 GMT

Rural women in Ivory Coast typically work from dawn to dusk, while men get time off to relax. But now some men are being sent back to school.

Scotland votes 'No' to independence
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:44 GMT

As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.

Row brewing over English powers
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:43:33 GMT

David Cameron and Ed Miliband are at odds over plans for English MPs to be given power over England-only issues.

Miliband queries PM devolution plan
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:47:12 GMT

Ed Miliband signals he will not sign up to David Cameron's plan for a new UK-wide devolution settlement before the 2015 election.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:49:55 GMT

Tory MP John Baron asks an urgent question on the government's response to Islamic State.

VIDEO: UK mosques condemn hostage takers
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:15:13 GMT

Muslim leaders in the UK have condemned the actions of Islamist extremists holding British hostages.

VIDEO: William takes Kate's place in Malta
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:39:47 GMT

Prince William is to visit Malta to mark the 50th anniversary of the country's independence from British rule.

VIDEO: What could Act Two hold? In 60 secs
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:45:10 GMT

The stage is still set for change after the independence vote, not just in the Scotland, but the rest of the UK.

VIDEO: Alice Gross: Police continue search
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:15:21 GMT

Police are continuing to search the home of Arnis Zalkalns, who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross in west London.

VIDEO: Metal ballet meets Games of Thrones
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:01:02 GMT

Brutal Ballet performed a Games of Thrones inspired piece at TitanCon, a science fiction and fantasy convention in Belfast.

VIDEO: Fancy a look inside Downing Street?
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:51:56 GMT

Some Westminster landmarks normally closed to the public, including Downing Street, will be open this weekend.

VIDEO: Police separate rival crowds in Glasgow
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:20:18 GMT

Protestors are demonstrating in Glasgow as supporters of the Yes and No campaigns gather in the city centre.

VIDEO: Voters' views as Salmond resigns
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:46:03 GMT

Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland and as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after voters rejected independence in Thursday's referendum. Joanna Gosling hears from people in Aberdeen.

A marriage counsellor on healing the referendum hurt
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:05:34 GMT

A marriage counsellor on healing the referendum hurt

Why I'll risk my life for Ebola patients
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:05:11 GMT

Why I'm risking my life to help people with Ebola

The politics of the English Question
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:39:30 GMT

James Landale on the politics of trying to answer

Could Scottish vote change England?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:38:39 GMT

What does the Scottish vote mean for England?

Has the moment for independence passed?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:22:55 GMT

Scotland's moment for independence may have passed

Paradise island murder mystery
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:25:07 GMT

Mystery over tourist killings continues to baffle Thailand police

Dad would be dismayed today - Clough
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:20:45 GMT

Brian Clough would be dismayed by modern game, son says

'The disunited kingdom' - the papers
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:42:41 GMT

The papers take on the referendum's aftermath