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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 isn't quite a fact, but I'd wager if it could be studied, the French would definitely outdo the Americans in sensual and extracurricular appreciation. Read More >

Are 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 >

A Day in the Life of a Brigade Employee

With the election season in full bloom, the world's first voter network is expanding and gaining many - especially millennials - to debate and band together on controversial issues. As Brigade gets people to come together on a multitude of topics, it also hopes to incite action and change on the individuals themselves.  Follow me on Twitter.  Follow Vault on Twitter and Instagram. Read More >

What Millennials Really Want According to Millennial Consultants

A few years ago, I was in a meeting with several recruiters and HR personnel at a big Wall Street bank. The employees at the bank (which will go unnamed) openly expressed frustration with their inability to communicate with young job candidates-so-called millennials. At the time, I was surprised at how candid the bank was about its lack of understanding of how to connect with the younger generation. Read More >

5 Positive Traits That Might Hurt Your Career

We spend a majority of our lives in the workplace, working side-by-side with co-workers we often see more than our friends, doing tasks for superiors we see more than our parents. It stands to reason that we want to make a good impression on those we come into contact with so often. But in our quest to be the best employee, we often don't realize some of the positive traits that people commend us on could actually be detrimental to our career. Read More >

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