Best and Worst of 2013: The Year in Work and the Workplace

When it comes to career-related news and developments, there was a lot to celebrate in 2013. There was also a lot to condemn. And below, in no particular order, is a collection of bests and worsts from the year in work and the workplace. Best Use of a Beastie Boys Song to Attempt to Increase the Number of Engineers Who Are GirlsToy company GoldieBlox thought it had hit gold when its ad using the Beastie Boys' song "Girls" received more than 8 million views. Read More >

Long-Term Unemployment: Is There a Solution?

While the unemployment rate has declined from 7.9 percent at the start of the year to 7 percent in November-and may well drop below 7 percent when December's data is released next month-one group of unemployed workers remains in crisis: the long-term unemployed. Read More >

Better Interview Skills? There's an App for That!

The future is officially here: the year is 2013, and computers can now teach you how to be a warm, engaging human. Us+, a new art project-slash-app, seeks to take the bugs out of IRL communication. Emotionally tone-deaf? Whiny and rambling? Passive aggressive? Us+ knows all your issues, and, unlike your best friend or your interviewer, isn't afraid to tell you. Read More >

Our 13 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2013

During the past year, our readers wanted to know which firms topped our annual rankings of law, banking, accounting, and consulting firms. They wanted to know how to write letters of recommendation for themselves and how not to write follow-up letters to employers. They also wanted to know why women aren't doing a better job of networking, and if an M.B.A. is still worth their dime and a damn. And perhaps above all else, they wanted some simple tips on how to succeed on the job. Read More >

Happy Bonus Season?

News on law firm bonus announcements abounds. With Cravath kicking off bonus season on Monday, December 2nd, other firms are quickly jumping on the bandwagon. Each year Cravath is the first firm to announce the amount of annual payouts, and most of its BigLaw peers follow suit. The magic dollar range this year is $10,000 (for the class of 2012, and pro-rated for the class of 2013) to $60,000 (class of 2005). Read More >

5 Most Common Internship Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Securing the right internship while in school can make or break your career opportunities after graduation. And without a doubt, the most critical part of any internship hiring process is the interview-in which you'll be tested to see if you're a good fit for both the company and the team you're applying to. Read More >

From Intern to CEO: Mary Barra Named GM’s First Female Chief

I grew up in the 1980s a few miles north of Detroit, and during that time in the area it seemed like every third classmate of mine came from a household whose father worked for one of the Big Three automakers-GM, Ford, or Chrysler. I also remember quite a few fathers working for auto part manufacturers. However, I don't recall any of my classmates' mothers working in the automotive industry. In fact, few of my classmates' mothers worked full-time jobs at all. In 1980 I was eight years old. Read More >

Why the 'Skills Gap' is Employers' Own Fault

A recent report from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) highlights one of the biggest problems that companies have today: the ability to find employees who are ready to tackle the challenges they're likely to meet on the job. In pointing this out, however, the report also makes an unconscious point: that the problem is almost completely companies' own fault. Read More >

How to Avoid #AskJPM and Other PR Nightmares

A few weeks ago, JPMorgan's supposedly harmless Twitter exercise #AskJPM-in which the bank invited Twitter users to pose career-related questions to JPMorgan Vice Chairman James B. Lee Jr.-quickly backfired, and instead of asking Lee Jr. questions, the Twittersphere took the opportunity to tell JPMorgan and its management team what they really thought of them. Tweets like the following were posted (with the #AskJPM hashtag) by the hundreds: "What's your favorite type of whale? Read More >

4 Tips for Finding a Job This Holiday Season

With shopping, vacations and the general desire to reduce stress during the holidays, December is a tempting time to take a break from the job search. After all, nobody's hiring during the holidays-right? Wrong. At year end, lots of companies are finalizing their budgeting for the following calendar year, spending what's left this year for fear of losing it, and making hiring decisions accordingly. Read More >

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