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Being Nice: The Key to Career Success

Whether you're a 20-year veteran or halfway through your first ever internship, chances are that you've got a story to tell about a boss or colleague who's rubbed you up the wrong way. Someone who's ignored you, been rude to you, or demeaned you in front of your peers. And, given the law of averages, there's every chance that someone else has a similar story to tell about you. As your brusque boss might say, "Who cares? It's business. Deal with it. Read More >

When Is It OK to Cry at Work?

British scientist Tim Hunt  has watched his Nobel prize-winning career go down in flames this past week, after some off-the-cuff remarks he made during a conference in Seoul blew up on social media. The comments: According to a variety of reports, Hunt called for single-sex labs, saying "Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry. Read More >

When Should You Quit a Job on Principle?

Let me start this post with an admission: as someone who's fanatical about the beautiful game, I've been doing very little except following the FIFA scandal since it started unfolding last week. So there's really nothing else for me to do at this juncture but find some kind of careers angle to give me an excuse to write about it! Looking at the situation from a careers rather than a sporting integrity lens, there are all kinds of angles that I could take. Read More >

Does Hiring Based on 'Cultural Fit' Encourage Discrimination?

My first job after graduating college was working as a financial analyst for an investment bank in New York. A couple weeks into that first job, one of the associates I worked with told me how the behind-the-scenes decision making process went in my hiring: The managing director of the group in which I worked wanted to hire another candidate with a higher GPA and better (more directly-related) internships. Read More >

Bain: Why There Are So Few Women Business Leaders

It's a well-known fact that women make up just 5% of the CEO class among Fortune 500 companies. Read More >

The State of the Graduate Job Market (Infographic)

It's graduation season, which means that it's also that time of year where you start seeing lots of articles about the most inspiring graduation speeches, along with the occasional piece on how this generation is, like, the least well-equipped for the workforce, like, everrrrr. Turns out, though, that the disdain runs both ways: Accenture's most recent U.S. College Graduate Employment study finds that just 15% of graduating students this year want to work for a large company. Read More >

A Company with No Managers—How Would You Fare?

For those of us who cover careers, Zappos and its CEO Tony Hsieh are more than watchwords for hassle-free shoe-shopping: they're consistently pushing the boundaries of organizational design. In other words they're at the forefront of defining what it means to be a company, and an employee, in the age we live in-with Hsieh assuming the role of one of the leading org design thinkers of that age. Read More >

Long Hours: How to Fake it Like a Top Consultant

Color me shocked: a recent study has found that many consultants who claim to be working 80+ hours per week may be faking at least some of them. Read More >

Employee Reviews: What Are They Good For?

When was the last time that you had an employee review? Now ask yourself the same question, but tack on the words "that served any purpose beyond paper-pushing" to the end. Do you still get the same answer? If not, you're not alone: according to a recent Wall Street Journal piece, many companies are finally coming to a realization that their employees had a long time ago: most employee review systems are terrible. Read More >

Are Longer Hours Pointless?

Several of the industries that we cover here at Vault are plagued by cultures where 70+ hours per week are common. Folks in law, finance, and consulting regularly report difficulties with trying to balance their working hours and, well, anything else in their life that doesn't involve work. (I'm leaving out accountants for now-while they undoubtedly work long hours during peak periods, I'm assuming they're all still catching some post-tax day shuteye. Read More >

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