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The Best Consulting Firms in Europe, 2016

I'm delighted to announce that the Vault's 2016 European Consulting Rankings are now live! Marking our final set of consulting rankings for the year-we released North America and Asia-Pacific in August and September respectively -it's wonderful to be able to report that all three rankings were based on significantly higher survey responses than in previous years, from a higher number of participating firms than ever before. Read More >

Accelerated JD Programs Aren't Innovative Enough to Succeed

When Northwestern announced their Accelerated JD program in 2008, the law school touted their new program as an innovation that would "minimize opportunity costs and maximize learning for high achievers eager to resume their careers."  But last week Northwestern abruptly ended the program after only six years, citing the inability to grow the pool of applicants enough to make supporting the program economically viable. Read More >

7 Interview Questions You Need to Nail to Work in Wealth Management

With banks like Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse focusing more and more on wealth management as opposed to traditional investment banking, jobs in wealth management (also known as private banking or private wealth management) are becoming more and more prestigious and lucrative. As for interviews at most wealth management firms (or at units of bigger banks), you should expect to receive thoughtful, structured questions and expect that your answers will be scrutinized carefully. Read More >

Where the Tech Jobs Are and Aren't

The West Coast has Silicon Valley. The East Coast has Silicon Alley. So what would you call a tech hub on the Third Coast? The Silicon Freeway? Silicon Pot-holed Avenue? I ask because Amazon believes that Detroit-America's new favorite underdog-can become the next big technology hub. In fact, the company's moving several hundred jobs to the Motor City in the next year. Amazon, the online retailer, said it would establish a technology hub on several floors of the 150 W. Read More >

6 Creative Ways to Handle Workplace Stress

We can all agree that work is stressful. Even if you have the best position in the world, you're still susceptible to organizational stress. There are multiple ways to handle stress while you're at work, but like football, the best defense is a good offense. As far as I'm concerned, when it comes to stress, creativity is the best offense. Read More >

What to Do When You’re Jobless After OCI

The law school OCI program is wrapping up. While a number of law students have successfully secured employment for the summer of 2016, a great many have not. If you have found yourself in the daunting, and wholly unwelcome, position of having to extend your job search, do not despair. Contrary to popular belief, your legal career has not ended before it even started. You are, however, in a tough spot and your situation needs to be addressed immediately and aggressively. Read More >

Newsflash: Your Cover Letter Doesn't Matter

Is crafting the perfect cover letter worth the time and effort you put into it? Not according to research conducted by the Addison Group, which surveyed hiring managers about the factors that are most important to them when assessing candidates. According to that research, just 18%  rank cover letters-or their equally antiquated cousin the thank you note-as important parts in assessing potential candidates. Read More >

11 Interview Questions Private Equity Firms Ask (and How to Answer Them)

Although the interview process in private equity varies by firm, all applicants will participate in a "fit" interview. In these, you will answer questions about your background or experience, and the hiring manager assesses your credentials and personality to see if you are a good match for the firm. Some firms also ask candidates to complete a paper LBO or walk through a case study. Read More >

Who Will Burn for Volkswagen's Dirty Diesel Deeds?

I continue to follow the Volkswagen emission test cheating scandal with equal parts shock and disgust. I'm shocked and disgusted by how a supposed upstanding company like VW (at least, that's the image I had of the world's second largest automaker; perhaps I was brainwashed by one too many of its clever and quirky TV ads) could go to such lengths not to provide a better product but to cheat consumers and the world at large-pollution equal to that spewed from 90 coal plants annually? Read More >

From BigLaw to BIGLAW: An Interview with Novelist Lindsay Cameron

Lindsay Cameron is an author and former BigLaw corporate associate who quite literally wrote the book about life in BigLaw.  Lindsay penned the recently-published BIGLAW: A Novel, the story of a young, overworked big firm corporate associate who gets into hot water with the SEC.  Accurately marketed as "The Devil Wears Prada meets One L," it's an exciting and interesting read, especially for anyone who works, has worked, or will work in BigLaw. Read More >


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