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Bad Jobs: What I've Learned from the Worst Jobs I've Held

As a follow-up to my recent post on the lessons I learned from the best jobs I've had, I've been thinking about some of the worst-or least enjoyable-positions that I've held in my two-plus decades in the workforce. Read More >

The 5 Best Strategy Consulting Firms

It's the time of year that we here at Vault are thinking one thing, and one thing only: surveys. To get the information from company insiders that informs our rankings and company profiles, we spend months surveying employees, reading the results, and condensing them to bring you the most accurate picture that we can of life within leading companies across a variety of industries. Read More >

6 of the Best: Consulting Research Paper Roundup

With so much information competing for your attention, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest developments and ideas in your field-and none more than consulting, where leading firms compete to produce game-changing ideas and insights.  Of course, one of the unfortunate by-products of all that research is that much of it is just not that interesting or relevant. Read More >

Should We Be Working Less and Sleeping More?

The Congressional Budget Office predicted earlier this week that one of the side-effects of the Affordable Care Act would be to eliminate the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs, almost entirely as a result of "a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply. Read More >

Which Industries Created Most Jobs in 2013?

While it may have disappointed on a monthly basis, data in the most recent BLS labor report indicates that private industry in the U.S. created some 1.7 million jobs in 2013. I looked at the data from a couple of different angles, to try to figure out where job seekers had the best chance of landing a freshly-created position in 2013 (hint: not the government--state and federal agencies cut around 390,000 positions over the same period). Read More >

Will the Job Market Recover in 2014?

Is this year set to be the one the job market comes roaring back?  I could have opened a blog with that sentence every year for the past five, were it not for one thing: the sluggish nature of the recovery, which has seen job growth limping along at a snail's pace, rather than ratcheting back to top speed. 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 >

26 Interview Questions the Top 10 Consulting Firms Ask

The key to any good interview is preparation-and there's no better preparation than knowing the kinds of questions that you're likely to face. With that in mind, I took a look through the thousands of responses from our 2013 consulting survey and selected some of the most representative questions that successful candidates had to navigate. Read More >

One Interview Question You Should Definitely Ask

Standard advice about interviewing at companies decrees that you should always do your research in advance, and come armed with a few pertinent questions on the firm's business model, goals, and the like. It also decrees that you should save questions pertaining to compensation, perks and benefits for at least a second round interview. Read More >

Training: Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You!

Question: what recipe can you make with the following ingredients?  A record number of employees approaching retirement age in the next handful of years. A bunch of companies whose workforces were hollowed out by layoffs in the recent past, leaving them with record cash reserves, but struggling for battle-tested, promotable talent to meet future needs. Students graduating from college lacking the skills to hit the ground running in their careers. Read More >

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