Pursuing a career in Actuarial Science in 2017

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If you have a logical mind, a love of numbers and an interest in the scientific method, pursuing a career in actuarial science is a great way to put your interests and natural talents to work. Actuaries work in all kinds of settings, from government agencies and research firms to insurance companies and educational facilities. These professionals fulfill a vital role in society, helping insurance companies set realistic rates, making sure government programs remain solvent and even helping to set public policy.

Best of all, actuaries earn an above average salary and are expected to enjoy better than normal job growth over the foreseeable future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for an actuary is more than $93,000 a year, far above the average salary for American workers.

The market for actuaries with the right training is also expected to be strong. That same report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows that the field is slate ...

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Interviewers, Ask these 5 questions and you may get sued

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If you are someone who is responsible for hiring employees, it is very important that you are very careful when you are interviewing possible candidates for employment. Some questions, while seemingly innocent, can result in a discrimination lawsuit against your organization. Fortunately, there are ways to get the information you need without making your company vulnerable to a lawsuit. 

Illegal Question #1:  "What Religious Holidays do you observe?

As an employer it is natural to want to know about any potential scheduling issues before hiring an employee.  Discrimination on the basis of religion is forbidden by the law.  If you ask this type of question, it could make your business susceptible to a lawsuit, even if the candidate's religion had no part in your hiring decision.  

If you want to avoid a potential lawsuit, you can just ask about the candidate's availability without mentioning religion ...

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Having a conversation with employees who are always late to work

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An employee who is consistently late can cause problems for a manager on several fronts; there's the impact on service delivery or productivity; the loss of goodwill from their colleagues if it's not managed effectively; and damage to company reputation if they're customer facing. These are just some of the more obvious problems.

If the employee works for you, then you will be expected to resolve the situation, but how do you go about it? What do you say? What can you do? What if it doesn’t work?

You’ll be relieved to know there are a number of options open to you and they are simple to put into effect.

The first thing you need to do is prepare for the conversation you're going to have with them. This needn’t take long. You need to check what company policy is with regards to lateness. Is it considered to be a discipline issue? Does it go to a discipline meeting or do you have power to give certain sanctions locally? Ho ...

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Why Behavioral Interviews Just Don't Work

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Behavioral based interviews are commonly used for employers to gauge the suitability of an applicant. On the surface, hypothetical scenarios or real-life anecdotes might be able to give some insight; however, thanks to their overuse, behavioral interviews now measure how well someone can "sell" themselves into a job. 

Because of the canned questions and rigid format, it is unfair to call this process an "interview." Based on these parameters, such sessions would better be described as "behavioral interrogations."

The whole purpose of an interview is to assess a candidate's suitability for the position and the company. But the repetitive, predictable nature of behavioral interviews can hinder the hiring process. A more informal, unique approach can solve the aforementioned issue and increase the chances of hiring genuinely suitable people. 


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Business Preparedness against ransomware

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It is perhaps the scariest of computer infections. Ransomware is not out to steal your files or capture your passwords; what it does is potentially much, much worse for your business.

Unlike other computer infections, ransomware is designed to encrypt your business files, blocking access to those records until you pay a ransom to get the decryption key. That type of encryption can be deadly to any business.

If you doubt the danger and enormous potential threat posed by ransomware, just think about what would happen if none of your employees could access their files for an extended period of time. How would you serve your clients? How would you do your work? How would you explain the situation to your customers?

The best way to protect your business from a ransomware attack is to stop it from happening in the first place. That means keeping your computers and servers up to date, applying the latest patches and maintaining a solid hardware and software fi ...

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4 Ways For Small Businesses To Increase Their Presence Locally

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Standing out in a local market that's crowded with competitors is a challenge that countless small businesses face every day. The businesses that manage to succeed at this are the ones that understand how to engage consistently with the people who live in their geographic area. Here are four proven strategies for increasing your business' presence and popularity in your local area.

1) Ask For Online Reviews

Whenever a customer expresses to you or your employees that they've had a positive experience at your business, ask them if they would leave an online review about it. More than ever before, online reviews are dictating where potential customers choose to take their business. In addition to that, reviews are also proving to be an extremely important factor that search engines use to determine where to place a website in their search listings. If you ask your satisfied customers to write online reviews for your business, you'll ...

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Startup Scenario In India

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The Startup Scene In India: The Strategy for Success

In this article, you will read about the current startup scenario in India. You will learn about the successful startups, how they are raising funds and startup opportunities for you. You will also read about the benefits of startup India campaign.

How Startups Survive in Modern India

Startups have always been a mystery to Indian economy. Some startups succeed, others fail miserably. And the statistics is so weird that one simply might get confused. In the every growing technology-based business scenario, it’s no wonder that startups that extensively utilize technology are thriving more than others. May it be web-based solutions or smartphone platforms, startups are looking to go mobile. The geographical boundaries seem to matter no more. Startups are capturing markets city by city throughout the nation.

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Enough!! quit the corporate rat race If

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Enough Quit The Rat Race If 


For many people an early exit from the corporate world simply is not in the cards, but others may be able to leave the rat race behind. If any of the following five signs apply to you, it might be time to rethink your day job and move on to the next chapter of your life.

#1. You Have a Great Idea and You Are Already Making Money with it

Whether you have invented a better mousetrap or found an underserved business niche, you may be ready to leave the corporate world behind when your side gig starts bringing in some serious money. If the money you make in your sideline business is as much or more as your corporate salary, moving on makes a lot of sense.

You will have to budget for things like taxes and other expenses. The self-employment tax takes many small business owners by surprise, and the unpredictability of entrepr ...

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To attract good CVs write good job descriptions

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To Attract Good CV’s, Write a Good Job Description

When making a job post, it is important to load a job description that accurately describes the work that we need done, the rewards we offer, and the attributes of the type of person we are able to consider. If we fail to get this right, we could end up with a pile of unsuitable CV’s to wade through. In a worst-case scenario, we could drop our guard, and let a square peg in a round hole slip through.

The Two Main Things a Good Job Description Achieves

When we post a job on the internet, we place our hopes in heavily traded, congested space where everybody is trying to attract attention. It is a bit like being in a busy restaurant with too few waitrons, and wanting our bill so we can check out.

Your job description must instantly attract the attention of the right people, because they will be hurriedly scan ...

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Baby-Friendly Policies to Show Employees You Love Kids

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6 Baby-Friendly Policies to Show Employees You Love Kids

Having work-life balance has become a priority in the UK. This means allowing your employees sufficient time away from work for weekends, national holidays, and annual leave to spend more time with their families, chill out, and travel to exotic places.

Companies that are flexible when it comes to variable work hours are likely to retain happy enthusiastic workers for longer according to US News & World Report. If successful companies including Nestlé, Purina, Facebook, and MITRE Corporation do so, then we should follow their example.

Our Guide to the Top 6 Baby-Friendly Policies

We can plan how we spend time with family, chill out, and travel to exotic places. Babies are not so obliging. They can arrive unexpectedly, demand food when ...

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