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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.


PM warns voters of 'stark choice'
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:47:27 GMT

David Cameron is to tell voters they face a "stark choice" between him and Labour's Ed Miliband, as the election campaign officially gets under way.

Pension data 'sales' investigated
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:28:23 GMT

The information watchdog launches an investigation into claims details of millions of people's pensions are being sold to fraudsters and cold-calling firms.

Parents rarely spot child obesity
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:13:22 GMT

Parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children resulting in damaging consequences for health, doctors warn.

Man charged with abducting girl, six
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:24:29 GMT

A man is charged over the abduction of a six-year-old girl who was taken in a car in Burnley.

Unsolved mum-of-four murder reviewed
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:05:58 GMT

An appeal for information about an unsolved murder of a mother-of-four at her home in Oxford 20 years ago has been renewed by police.

Mystery surrounds shirtless burns man
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:10:37 GMT

Images of a shirtless man found walking the streets after he suffered serious burns have been released in a bid to solve the mystery of his injuries.

Council bans 'lead to bizarre laws'
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:01:17 GMT

A law that allows councils in England and Wales to ban certain activities in public is leading to "bizarre new criminal offences", campaigners say.

Aberdeen University to cut 150 jobs
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:35:19 GMT

The University of Aberdeen is to cut about 150 jobs as part of efforts to save millions of pounds in the coming months.

Fraud office fined 180k for breach
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:15:53 GMT

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is fined 180,000 after thousands of confidential documents from a high-profile investigation were sent to the wrong person.

Inspector independence concerns MPs
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:17:08 GMT

The independence of chief inspectors in areas like prisons and the border force could be threatened by the way they are selected and budgets are set, MPs say.

False allegations 'blight' teaching
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:19:13 GMT

Schools must ensure blameless members of staff do not have their careers wrecked by false allegations, a union's annual conference will hear.

Katie Hopkins reported to police
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:15:30 GMT

Reality TV star Katie Hopkins is accused of inciting racial hatred in Rochdale by Labour MP Simon Danczuk.

Show goes on for One Direction
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:48:41 GMT

1D performed for the first time since Zayn Malik announced he was leaving the group, at a gig in South Africa.

Ex-Steps singer launches art career
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:54:43 GMT

Former Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins launches a career as an artist with a debut exhibition 20 years after he went to art school.

Man shot in face in Belfast attack
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:35:22 GMT

A man in his 50s is seriously injured after he was shot in the face in a north Belfast gun attack.

PSNI letters sent to every NI home
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:28:16 GMT

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton writes to every home in Northern Ireland about what forthcoming policing changes will mean for the public.

Battle lines set as campaign begins
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:07:52 GMT

Politicians hit the campaign trail in Wales as the starting gun is fired in a hotly-contested race for Number 10.

Tories 'the true party of Wales'
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:12:08 GMT

The Conservatives defend their record in power as the party launches its Welsh campaign for the general election.

Scottish parties begin campaigning
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:20:26 GMT

Scotland's political parties take to the streets of the country on the first official day of the General Election campaign.

Sea kayakers rescued after capsizing
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:34:10 GMT

Two kayakers are rescued after their craft capsizes in bad weather while making an evening crossing between the isles of Raasay and Skye.

'Tube rescuer' hit by train dies
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:09:11 GMT

A would-be rescuer, who was hit by a Tube train as he attempted to save another man who had fallen onto the tracks, has died.

Man dies in pool at swingers' party
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:58:23 GMT

A man dies after being pulled from a swimming pool at a swingers' party.

Woods drops out of world's top 100
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:25:31 GMT

Former world number one Tiger Woods drops out of the top 100 in the rankings for the first time in his career.

'Aussies have me quaking over Ashes'
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:51:10 GMT

Australia's World Cup victory shows the gulf in class between Michael Clarke's team and England, says Jonathan Agnew.

Vettel win a wake-up call - Wolff
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:17:11 GMT

Sebastian Vettel's shock Malaysian Grand Prix win on Sunday is a 'wake-up call' for Mercedes, says boss Toto Wolff.

Election 2015: Me... and why it's all about you
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:59:40 GMT

BBC political editor Nick Robinson gives an update on his progress - and sets out his view on the election campaign which formally begins today.

Miliband warning over EU referendum
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:24:45 GMT

Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils his party's business manifesto, warning that David Cameron's pledge to hold an EU referendum is "a clear and present danger" to jobs.

Lib Dems 'won't play footsie on EU'
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:22:54 GMT

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says his party will not "play footsie" with leaving the EU - and says he wants to "serve out the next Parliament".

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:45:58 GMT

The Treasury Committee hears from the Chancellor, George Osborne.

VIDEO: Concerns of the 'grey vote'
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:39:39 GMT

One of the groups being targeted by the political parties is the vote of the elderly.

VIDEO: What if there is no majority in May?
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:16:07 GMT

What are the possible scenarios if no one party gets a majority in May? Ross Hawkins has a look at the options.

VIDEO: Essex rape: 'Our child was failed'
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:57:01 GMT

A family whose five-year-old daughter was raped - and whose 12-year old rapist was let off with a caution - has called on the police to re-examine the case.

VIDEO: Russell Watson: I'm back to my best
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:05:18 GMT

Singer Russell Watson speaks to BBC Breakfast about preparing to star in the musical Follies at the Royal Albert Hall.

VIDEO: Police probe BBC boss 'death threat'
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:43:02 GMT

The Metropolitan Police is investigating death threats made against the director general of the BBC, Tony Hall.

VIDEO: Labour campaign chief in TV clash
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:02:25 GMT

Labour campaign co-ordinator Lucy Powell accused presenter Andrew Neil of interrupting her as he questioned the party's deficit reduction plans.

VIDEO: Vaccine to protect from meningitis B
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:31:19 GMT

An agreement has been reached to provide a meningitis B vaccine for all babies in the UK, the BBC's Sarah Campbell reports.

VIDEO: 'We married in local supermarket'
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:27:36 GMT

A couple have married in the Cambridgeshire supermarket where they used to go on dates together.

How Newcastle's arts venues survived cuts
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:34:44 GMT

How one Newcastle's arts venues found new ways to survive

Do MPs need a new building?
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:10:19 GMT

What should we do with the Houses of Parliament?

Inside Europe's biggest sex offenders' prison
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:25:06 GMT

Can you cure sex offenders by building self esteem?

Election 2015: View from the factory
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:49:15 GMT

BBC News visits workplaces across England to gauge the election mood

Should parents ever worry about Minecraft?
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:20:18 GMT

Should parents ever worry about Minecraft?

The couple who built a theatre empire
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:03:06 GMT

How a husband and wife built the UK's biggest theatre group