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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.


Councils 'offer refugee sanctuary'
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 02:07:05 GMT

More than 40 UK councils say they are ready to offer sanctuary to refugees fleeing fighting in Syria, Labour's Yvette Cooper says.

Ministers to 'argue for Syria action'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:06:57 GMT

The government will start to make a case for UK military action in Syria next week, the BBC understands.

7-day GP opening 'unachievable'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:02:06 GMT

The goal of seven-day GP opening is unachievable in this Parliament and risks destabilising services, the Royal College of Surgeons says.

Phone scammers' tricks caught on tape
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:02:36 GMT

Three men who tricked their victim into handing over her 12,000 savings on the phone have been caught on tape, thanks to her son's premonition.

Brain zaps 'may ease travel sickness'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:01:50 GMT

Using electricity to stimulate parts of the brain may ease the symptoms of motion sickness, scientists say.

'Golden' trip on Borders Railway
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:42:52 GMT

A group of specially selected passengers takes a trip on the Borders to Edinburgh railway a day ahead of its opening to the general public.

Pilot killed in light aircraft crash
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:48:41 GMT

A light aircraft crash kills the pilot at an airfield in Northamptonshire

Girl shot by dad in 'act of revenge'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:58:54 GMT

The mother of Mary Shipstone, who was shot by her father in the village of Northiam, tells an inquest it was an "act of revenge".

Hugo Boss fined 1.2m over mirror death
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:51:47 GMT

Hugo Boss is fined more than 1m over the death of a four-year-old boy who was crushed by a free-standing mirror at one of its stores.

Cocaine 'worth 56m' seized on yacht
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:09:52 GMT

More than a tonne of cocaine with an estimated street value of 56m is seized from a yacht intercepted off the Kent coast.

Man filmed himself kicking rabbit
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:36:13 GMT

A man is given a suspended jail sentence after filming himself kicking a rabbit across a field.

Faroe Islands 1-3 Northern Ireland
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:42:09 GMT

Northern Ireland are on the brink of qualifying for Euro 2016 after beating the Faroe Islands 3-1 in Torshavn.

Book-buying librarian wins praise
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:19:11 GMT

A librarian is praised for a "lovely" gesture in buying a customer a book with his own money.

Bieber has first UK number one track
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:39:34 GMT

Pop singer Justin Bieber scored his first UK number one single with What Do You Mean, his fastest-selling single in the UK to date.

Five arrested over '5.5m fraud'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:25:21 GMT

Five people are arrested in County Armagh, Merseyside and Birmingham as part of an international investigation into a suspected 5.5m VAT and money laundering fraud.

Sinn Fin must restore trust - Kenny
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:42:13 GMT

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny says it is the responsibility of the Sinn Fin leadership to restore trust in Northern Ireland

Man dies in three-vehicle A55 crash
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:47:27 GMT

A man dies and an 80-year-old woman is airlifted to hospital after a three-vehicle crash that closed the A55.

Woman dies in Majorca 'balcony fall'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:00:10 GMT

A woman from south Wales dies after apparently falling from a balcony in Majorca.

SNP plans Commons refugee debate
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:42:15 GMT

The SNP confirms it will use an opportunity on Wednesday to hold the UK government to account over its stance on the refugee crisis.

Decision sought on Kintyre ferry link
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:43:32 GMT

Campaigners call for a speedy decision on whether to keep an experimental ferry service going between Ardrossan and Campbeltown.

'No abnormalities' with Shoreham jet
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:12:19 GMT

The jet involved in the Shoreham air crash in which 11 people died showed "no abnormal indications", an initial report finds.

Rescuers free couple from quicksand
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:19:47 GMT

A retired couple are rescued after getting trapped up to their waists in quicksand off the south Cumbria coast.

Nadal loses to Fognini in thriller
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 05:28:20 GMT

World number eight Rafael Nadal is out of the US Open after losing a five-set, third-round thriller to Fabio Fognini.

Top seed Williams through after scare
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 01:14:03 GMT

Serena Williams recovers to beat fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and keep her Grand Slam hopes alive at the US Open.

Rooney wants team glory over record
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:31:57 GMT

Wayne Rooney would prefer winning a major international trophy with England to breaking his nation's goal-scoring record.

UKIP campaign to reach 'real people'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:51:45 GMT

UKIP's campaign for Britain to leave the EU will "get outside the confines of Westminster" and "reach real people", party leader Nigel Farage says.

Kendall warns of Tory 'wipeout' bid
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:46:47 GMT

The Conservatives will launch a drive to "wipe out" Labour as soon as the party chooses its new leader, candidate Liz Kendall warns during a TV debate.

Scotland 'ready to take refugees'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:42:36 GMT

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland should accept 1,000 refugees "as a starting point for a meaningful discussion".

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

The Health Committee heard from key figures in NHS England.

VIDEO: Archbishop: 'Britain has a moral duty'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:55:32 GMT

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has told the BBC that the current mass movement of people was "one of the most appalling and enormous crises that the world has faced".

VIDEO: Farage: EU needs offshore refugee centres
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:01:41 GMT

UKIP leader Nigel Farage says we must not "allow our compassion to imperil our safety" and urges Europe to use "offshore" centres to process asylum claims.

VIDEO: Radicals: 'MI5 tried to recruit me'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:51:19 GMT

Radicals are considered useful to the security services, they have unique access to groups considered potentially dangerous and can inform on them. One 25-year-old British Muslim told Catrin Nye that MI5 had tried to recruit him.

VIDEO: Four admit role in Hatton Garden raid
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:01:05 GMT

Four men aged between 58 and 76 years old plead guilty to conspiracy to burgle in connection with the Hatton Garden heist.

VIDEO: Crash coma rider 'will race again'
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:39:52 GMT

Speedway rider Lewis Kerr says he will race again following the crash which left him in a coma.

VIDEO: Brydon joins Matilda director at Old Vic
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:02:30 GMT

Comedian Rob Brydon is starring in the first production at the Old Vic theatre under its new artistic director.

VIDEO: Badger cull resumes for third year
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 05:50:03 GMT

Badger culling resumes in parts of south-west England, which ministers say will help tackle bovine TB, with Dorset included for the first time.

VIDEO: High speed broadband targets rural areas
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:28:22 GMT

In rural Britain, access to the internet remains a struggle so locals are finding other means of improving its broadband

The Blitz families who built a city underground
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:10:26 GMT

The families who built a city underground

Jeremy Corbyn makes pitch to Essex
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:33:49 GMT

Jeremy Corbyn makes pitch in non-traditional Labour territory

Dancing in dystopia: How Nineteen Eighty-Four became a ballet
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:13:41 GMT

How George Orwell's 1984 became a ballet?

'Going blond & balancing my life'
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:13:45 GMT

A new hairstyle and finding the right balance in life

The war of words over 7-day GP services
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:40:45 GMT

The war of words over 7-day GP services

How do sportsmen cope with Ramadan?
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 05:19:05 GMT

How do sportsmen cope with Ramadan?

Lives of Syrian refugees already in UK
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:15:45 GMT

Stories of Syrian refugees who are already in the UK