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Is Love All You Need For Job Success?

This past weekend I caught a clip of an old Radiolab interview with author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell. The interview, which originally aired on WNYC in 2010, covers, among other topics, genius-specifically, what it takes to become a so-called genius in a certain pursuit, whether that pursuit be an intellectual or a physical one. And I found the most interesting, arresting, and moving part of the interview to be about love. Read More >

The Dark Side of Accounting

It's no secret that workweeks at Big 4 accounting firms, as well as at the Big 4's nearest competitors, can be pretty long and stressful, especially during busy season. Read More >

How Gay-Friendly Are the Big 4 Accounting Firms?

Although accounting isn't the first industry you think of when you think of liberal, open, accepting workplaces, it's now relatively open and accepting of minorities into its ranks, and even more gay-friendly than you might guess. Which doesn't mean there's still not a lot of progress to be made when it comes to diversity in the industry, both at the Big 4 (Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, and Ernst & Young) and at the mid-sized accounting firms. Read More >

Lives of Spies: CIA Internships and Full-Time Jobs

For better or worse, the Central Intelligence Agency is currently having its 15 minutes of fame. Showtime's "Homeland," which follows the unstoppable, bipolar, CIA sleuth Carrie Mathison, played magnificently by American actress Clare Danes, has been racking up the Emmys and Golden Globes, not to mention the viewers, by the millions, since hitting the airwaves in the fall of 2011. Read More >

Which Big 4 Firm is Most Prestigious?

Vault is currently conducting its annual Accounting Survey, which asks thousands of accounting professionals at the top firms in the industry to rate their own firms in a variety of "quality of life" categories, including compensation, culture, hours, work/life balance, training, and diversity. The survey also asks professionals to rate their competitor firms in terms of prestige. To that end, last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers ranked No. 1 in Vault's prestige rankings. Read More >

Alabama's Nick Saban and the Art of Micromanagement

The term "micromanagement" typically conjures images of obsessive compulsive bosses hovering over desks, checking the clock to monitor their employees' arrival and departure times, holding meeting after meeting, and constantly emailing their underlings to ask, "Are you done yet?" However, micromanagement, in essence, is not a negative tactic. In fact, it can be both positive and effective. Read More >

CEO of the Year

My first interview for a post-college, full-time job took place many moons ago high in the sky inside the then-headquarters of insurance giant American International Group, better known as AIG. Read More >

'Twas the Night of the Company Holiday Party

Oh how I miss the late, great, wet and wild Wall Street annual holiday soirees. The sweaty analysts huddled around bottles of Grey Goose and Jack. The pretentious associates, fresh out of HBS, sipping Cabernet and Syrah. Hot-shot prop traders shooting everything in sight. Admins dressed to the nines. Fois gras appetizers. Prime rub bathed in au jus. Read More >

Vault's Top 10 Blogs of 2012

From The Monitor Group and Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupcies to a simple act of ingenuity at Krispy Kreme donuts, 2012 has been a big year in career news. Revisit some of your favorite stories and advice blogs with our list of Vault's Top Read blogs of the year, 2012: 1. 6 Trickiest Interview Questions and How to Nail Them Guesstimates and brainteasers are two types of interview questions commonly asked by Wall Street firms, consulting firms, and tech firms. Read More >

5 Biggest Hiring and Firing Stories of 2012

The past year was a tumultuous one in C-suites across the country. Several scandals and billions of dollars in losses meant that many CEOs were shown the door. But there were also some bright spots at the top of org charts, most notably in the tech sector, where two women were finally given their just deserve. And in the world of politics, we watched (and salivated over) many a dogfight which, despite their lack of beauty, were never dull. Read More >

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