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How to Answer a Dreaded Interview Question

You've tailored your cover letter and resume and now you've landed that interview. Great! Now it's time to prep. While you may be prepared to answer questions about your resume and past experiences, there are often questions that you would rather not answer. One question that makes many job hunters uncomfortable is the dreaded "What's your [fill in standardized test here] score?" No matter the poison, LSAT, GMAT, SAT, etc. Read More >

A MOOC For Career Success

There are lots of online courses out there that could, theoretically, help you on your way to career success, especially if you're looking to pick up new skills (in fact, I wrote about one of them here). Typically, though, there's a drawback-the skills you acquire after a few weeks of online study tend to be fairly rudimentary, and require practice and use before you can confidently sell yourself on them in the job search process. Read More >

Should You Accept a Job that You Don’t Really Want?

The hunt for a new job, particularly an entry-level job, can be agonizing-endless hours of scrolling through LinkedIn, writing cover letters that, somehow, aren't just a restatement of your resume, faking that you have two to five years experience, sending applications into the black void of the internet, never to be seen or acknowledged again. Read More >

Should You Disclose Your Salary in an Interview?

A friend recently asked me for advice on dealing with a scenario that will be common to many job seekers: he was getting pretty deep into the recruitment process with a firm, but no-one had mentioned money. When, he wanted to know, was the right time to bring it up? And, given that he feels significantly underpaid in his current position, how could he avoid being lowballed this time out? Read More >

Why Attractive People Make Bad Bosses

Okay, so that headline might be a little over the top, but it's definitely implied in the findings of a recent series of research papers by Stanford Graduate Business School professor Margaret Neale and doctoral student Peter Belmi. The pair's research examined how individual mindsets can be affected by perceptions of their own attractiveness. Read More >

8 Interview Questions That Will Catch Hiring Managers Off Balance

If you're at the point where you're preparing yourself for an interview, then you've already fought half the battle. You've made it through the gauntlet of application questions, recommendations, and resume touch ups. Now is your final shot. You need to not only ace the hiring manager's interview questions, but also another critical element - your questions for the interviewer.  Hiring managers spend all day interviewing candidates, so it's critical that you stand out. Read More >

How to Leverage Your Strengths on a Job Interview

Throughout your job search you will have many opportunities to showcase your strengths during a job interview. Your performance during a job interview is vital. Besides your well-prepared and detailed resume, it's the only thing the interviewer has to go by. When the interview is over you either get hired or you don't. One way to improve your interview is to properly leverage your strengths. Read More >

No Straight A's? No Worries

In order to create the next generation of "deeper, fuller human beings," NYT columnist David Brooks has some tips for employers. Hiring managers, Brooks argues, have the power to break the mold when it comes to candidate selection, thereby shaping the quality of the rising ranks of professional leaders. Read More >

Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Aid Your Career?

The New Republic is out this week with a lengthy look at Silicon Valley's obsession with youth, and the effect it has on hiring and VC funding in the industry. While the whole thing is worth reading, the standout section from a career perspective comes early, with the revelation that plastic surgery and Botox injections are becoming increasingly popular in the Valley, as ageing tech workers seek to keep up the appearance of youth. Read More >

How Can Female Attorneys Avoid Being an Underpaid Non-Partner Track Associate?

Earlier this month,  the National Association of Women Lawyers released its "Report of the Eight Annual NAWL National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms," a survey of 200 of the largest law firms in the United States for 2013, that mirrored the findings in Vault's 2013 Law Firm Associate Survey. Read More >

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