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How Government Spending Is Affecting the Consulting Industry

Those who are interested in topics like government spending, defense, or uh, public sector consulting may recall that, back in 2013, an arcane piece of legislation known as the budget sequester kicked in. Essentially designed to provide a threat grave enough to spur a deadlocked Congress into action on reducing spending, the legislation promised a series of automatic, arbitrary cuts instead, with the aim of achieving a cumulative savings of around $1.1 trillion by 2021. Read More >

5 Tips to Help You Excel in Your Summer Internship

For your summer internship you have two objectives: Exceed the expectations of the assignment you were given Stand out as a high potential future employee Internships give you a platform to learn, discover if the field is exciting for you, offers\ a chance to build your network, have some fun, and make a little money. All good. But your primary purpose is enticing your employer to want to hire you in the future.  You do that by being great. Read More >

6 Things Never to Put on a Resume

Some things are inappropriate for a resume, or simply better not to include. Here are some rules of thumb about what to avoid when writing your resume. 1. Personal Information Don't include personal information like your marital status, religion, race, etc. Employers aren't allowed to ask questions about these things, and including them on your resume might cause you to be discriminated against, but you would never know for sure. Read More >

The Right to Life, Liberty, and Disconnect from Work Email After 5 P.M.

Little known fact about the French: they're just as productive at work, on an hourly basis, as Americans. Well known fact about the French: they're more appreciative, on average, than Americans are of the finer things in life, such as food, wine, and free time. Okay, that latter fact isn't exactly a fact, but I'd wager if sensual and extracurricular appreciation could be studied, the French would definitely out-appreciate Americans. Read More >

Is the Class of 2016 Prepared for Reality?

For the past few years, the folks at Accenture have been conducting a survey that polls 2 groups of people: college seniors, on their expectations when entering the workforce; and members of the last 2 graduating classes, on what they've actually experienced out in the real world. The results are usually illuminating, and this year's report is no different. Read More >

6 “Negative” Actions That Might Be Good for Your Career

As employees at any company, we are often reminded of what employers are looking for from their staff, but in a practical setting, companies may not have a real clue about what is good or bad in the workplace. We recently discussed the positive traits many of us possess that can actually be detrimental to your career, but there are also actions employees take every day that supervisors would frown upon, but may actually help employees advance their career. Read More >

2016 Was Our Best Consulting Survey Ever!

Those of you who work in consulting can finally rest easy: you won't be receiving any more emails asking you to participate in our consulting survey this year--we closed it out for the year yesterday, and will shortly begin the hard work of reading and collating all 17,000+ responses in time for the rollout of our 2017 rankings this fall. Read More >

My Advice for the Class of 2016

There's a sentence in Don DeLillo's new novel, Zero K, his 16th, that I've been thinking about nearly every hour since first coming across it last week. Read More >

Are We Heading for a 6-Hour Workday?

In the business world, productivity gains tend to mean one thing: employers getting more bang for their buck as employees use technology to grind out more work in the same amount of time. And, if you've been paying attention to any part of the presidential primaries recently, you'll already know that those gains doesn't necessarily come with higher wages or better benefits for employees. Read More >

Ten Steps to Effective Informational Interviewing

By Mike Gotham, Perkins Coie, Director of Recruiting & Retention, and Shelley Levine, Perkins Coie, Attorney Recruiting Manager  If hearing the word "networking" makes you uneasy, then the idea of an informational interview may cause you serious discomfort. Many people shy away from informational interviews, which is unfortunate: studies show that informational interviews often play a critical role in a job search. Read More >

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