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Do's and Don'ts for Career Resolutions

I know, I know: another piece on resolutions. By this point in the fledgling year, you're probably as sick of hearing the "r" word as you would be if someone piled everything you consumed throughout the holidays onto a table-or tables-in front of you and handed you a fork. But trust me-you really can fit just one more in. Because it turns out that big resolutions really do help people to meet their goals. Read More >

Announcing the Consulting 2012 Quality of Life Rankings

More than ever before, consultants are looking beyond prestige when determining their future place of employment.  Today, firm culture, compensation, both formal and informal training, and various other Quality of Life factors are becoming equally, if not more important, than a name brand. This was the basis behind the recently released Vault Consulting 50 Rankings, which combined both prestige and quality of life to determine the best firm to work for. Read More >

A Decade of Dominance for McKinsey & Company in Vault Consul

Vault.com is continuing its Consulting Week celebration today with the release of its annual Consulting Prestige Rankings for 2012 and while yesterday's rankings went beyond prestige, today's rankings are all about name value. Yes, quality of life matters to a lot of jobseekers, but many still want to work for the most prestigious firm.  And when it comes to prestige, they don't come any better than McKinsey & Company. Read More >

Important Checklist for Work Travel

by Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComLearning how to pack for a week away may be the one of the biggest adjustments for those new to the travel scene.  One thing you'll learn very quickly is that checking bags is never high on the list.  You lose way too much time dropping off and picking up.  Besides, who can afford the risk of lost luggage and having nothing to wear to your client? Read More >

Consulting Week Kicks Off With Unveiling of the 2012 Vault C

Consultants are having their voices heard and as Vault celebrates Consulting Week, those voices are letting us know that prestige is only a small percentage of what they look for when searching for a job. For the second straight year, survey responders have made it clear that quality of life concerns far out rank the name and the size of a firm.  The beneficiary of this declaration is once again Bain & Company. Read More >

10 Things NOT To Do in a Project Interview

by Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComInterviews can be nerve-wracking, especially when what's at stake is a role for you and a new project for your firm.  During the proposal process clients often want to meet the prospective team, or at least the key members, before they make their final decision.  And it's understandable.  If you were going to pay someone even $50,000 for a project, never mind millions, wouldn't you? Read More >

Bully Clients and How to Deal with Them as a Consultant

by Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComThe subject of bullies has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. But bullies don't just exist on the playground, on Facebook or in the halls of local high schools. "Mean girls" (or guys) can be found at the office too. Can you imagine being yelled at, cursed at and even kicked out of the room by a client? What about being intimidated and raked over the coals every week in your status meetings? Seem crazy? Read More >

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Consulting Internship

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComSummer internships are a rite of passage for aspiring consultants. It's a chance to get some real experience, increase your exposure with a firm, and see if you even like consulting. Whether your ultimate goal is a job offer or just to try before you buy, here are six ways to make the most of your internship. Establish a strong track record. Internships are a tryout for the real deal. Read More >

Will Romney's Bain Record Become a Political Whipping Post?

Uh-oh. Candidates are still dithering over whether or not to enter the Republican primary for the 2012 Presidential election, and we're already getting a sense of what the Democrats' narrative is going to look like should some of them win-specifically Mitt Romney. Given the blog you're reading, you've probably guessed already that it's going to have something to do with his time at Bain & Co.You'd be correct. Read More >

McKinsey 'Embarrassed' Over Galleon, Focused on Future

Pop quiz: the leader of which major corporation this week showed that he's aware that illegal actions committed by former employees may have irrevocably damaged the brand? And went as far as to call the situation "incredibly distressing and embarrassing" and his own firm "arrogant"? All those who guessed McKinsey, give yourselves a pat on the back. Read More >

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