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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.


Many asthma diagnoses 'may be wrong'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:46:32 GMT

More than a million UK adults may be wrongly diagnosed as asthmatic and be receiving unnecessary medication as a result, an NHS watchdog warns.

Snow warning issued for Scotland
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:24:22 GMT

Yellow "be aware" warnings are issued by the Met Office for frequent snow showers across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

England drives global football deals
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:24:10 GMT

Football clubs spent a record 2.7bn in international transfers in 2014, with English football clubs accounting for 795m of the total.

Coupons 'help pregnant smokers quit'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:42:48 GMT

Researchers say offering financial incentives worth 400 to pregnant smokers makes them more likely to quit the habit.

Cable aide quits over fracking vote
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:53:39 GMT

Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt resigns as a parliamentary aide to Business Secretary Vince Cable after voting against the government on fracking,

'Ethnic kinship' vote fraud warning
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:14:45 GMT

The Electoral Commission warns that a lack of campaigning by mainstream political parties in British Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities makes those areas vulnerable to fraud.

Brand invite after Trident claim
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:28:12 GMT

Comedian Russell Brand is invited to meet Barrow shipyard workers after saying the Trident nuclear submarine programme should be scrapped.

More military assets set to be sold
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:10:56 GMT

The Ministry of Defence will have to sell off more military land and assets to make savings in the coming years, the defence secretary indicates.

Scotch 'worth 5bn to UK economy'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:28:38 GMT

Scotch whisky contributes almost 5bn to the UK economy and supports more than 40,000 jobs, according to industry research.

US museums consider London outpost
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:09:12 GMT

The world's largest museum and research institution could be heading for London as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Shark bite suspected on killer whale
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:59:53 GMT

A shark is suspected of biting a chunk out of the tail fluke of a killer whale well-known to whale and dolphin watchers in Scotland.

H is for Hawk wins Costa book prize
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:54:52 GMT

Helen Macdonald wins the Costa Book of the Year Award for 2014 for her personal account of trying to train a goshawk after the death of her father.

Childhood crimes 'can be reviewed'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:58:50 GMT

People with a childhood criminal record will be able to ask for a review under new plans revealed by the Northern Ireland justice minister.

565 callouts for RNLI's crews
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:01:32 GMT

RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards answered 565 calls for help in Northern Ireland in 2014, the charity's annual statistics show.

Mystery drugs in ski holiday death
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:12:46 GMT

A woman from Swansea died on holiday in Bulgaria after taking a drug she believed was cocaine, an inquest rules.

Dismay at council merger rejections
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:34:30 GMT

Leaders of Welsh councils which volunteered to merge are disappointed by the rejection of their plans by the public services minister.

Figures reveal surveillance use
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:37:11 GMT

Scottish councils used covert surveillance on hundreds of occasions over the last three years, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

Energy jobs taskforce set to meet
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:45:58 GMT

A taskforce which aims to support jobs jobs across the energy sector is set to meet for the first time in Aberdeen.

'Upskirt' voyeur took 9,000 photos
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:47:28 GMT

A man caught taking an upskirt photo of a shopper in a Poundland store is sentenced to a three year community order after 9,000 similar images are found in his possession.

Suspected burglar trapped for hours
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:27:36 GMT

Students describe the moment they find a suspected burglar dangling upside down from a window.

Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (agg 2-1)
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:46:02 GMT

Chelsea reach the 2015 Capital One Cup final after Branislav Ivanovic's header earns a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool.

Keys through to face Serena in semi
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:58:56 GMT

Unseeded Madison Keys beats Venus Williams to set up an Australian Open semi-final with top seed Serena Williams in Melbourne.

Broad sorry for minimum wage tweet
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:30:34 GMT

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has apologised after making comments about the minimum wage on Twitter.

Who wants to work in a tunnel?
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:11:19 GMT

The Crossrail underground rail project is the the biggest infrastructure scheme in Europe - but who wants to work in its tunnels?

The woman who swapped home for a hut near Chechnya
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:04:06 GMT

When Devi Asmadiredja's husband told her to leave their German home, she found a new life in the remote mountains near Chechnya.

Five ways an American changed how Sherlock Holmes looks and talks
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:30:43 GMT

A 1916 silent movie featuring Sherlock Holmes - long presumed lost - is due to have its premiere in Paris. It stars a man who changed the way we see Conan Doyle's famous sleuth forever.

Poorest areas 'hit hardest by cuts'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:43:14 GMT

Councils in the most deprived areas of England have seen the biggest cuts to their funding, a committee of MPs has said.

UK economic growth hits 2.6% in 2014
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:16:34 GMT

The UK's economy grew by 2.6% last year, the fastest pace since 2007, but there was a slowdown in the last three months, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

MPs to quiz Chilcot over Iraq delays
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:16:45 GMT

The head of the Iraq Inquiry is to be questioned by MPs next month about why its report is to be delayed until after the election.

VIDEO: Home Affairs Committee
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:49:44 GMT

MPs take evidence on the child abuse inquiry.

VIDEO: Up close: Britain's longest train
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:25:34 GMT

A look at Britain's longest train, a ballast cleaner train, which is helping replace old ballast on rail tracks between Norwich and London.

VIDEO: Residents recall earthquake moments
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:51:39 GMT

Regulars at the South Wonston Social Club in Hampshire describe the moment when an earthquake struck.

VIDEO: 3D printed heart saves girl's life
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:01:09 GMT

A two-year-old girl who was born with a serious heart defect has had a life-saving operation thanks to a 3D printer.

VIDEO: 800m hospital's finishing touches
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:45:01 GMT

The new 800m South Glasgow Hospitals Campus is to be handed over to Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.

VIDEO: Victims of crime 'feel ignored'
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:18:12 GMT

Police, prosecutors and the courts in England and Wales are still failing to show enough compassion to victims of crime, according to an independent report.

AUDIO: Holocaust 'cannot happen again'
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:08:49 GMT

Henry Wuga, who escaped the Nazis only to be locked up with German prisoners in Glasgow, says the Holocaust Memorial Day concentrates the mind.

VIDEO: Sleeping shelter removed by council
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:27:03 GMT

An emergency sleeping shelter that appeared on a street in Belfast city centre is removed by Belfast City Council

VIDEO: UK growth not across the board
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:01:12 GMT

The latest GDP figures for the UK suggest there was growth of 2.6% last year, but the rate of growth slowed in the last quarter of 2014.

Care in the UK: The costs you face
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:17 GMT

Use our calculator to find out the costs you may face

?We nearly dropped Churchill?s coffin?
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:24:16 GMT

How pallbearers almost dropped Churchill's coffin

Trying to prevent radicalisation with humour
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:44:12 GMT

Can this man stop young people becoming radicals?

How did stranded student survive?
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:47:03 GMT

Stranded student's survival techniques

In pictures: Post-War office buildings listed
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:36:35 GMT

Some of the striking buildings new to the National Heritage List

The perils of 'taboo' gifts
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:37:24 GMT

Which presents can cause offence?

Miliband in the spotlight - papers
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:52:21 GMT

Miliband spotlight and 'nuclear terrorism' make headlines