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Surviving and Thriving After a Layoff

If you or anyone you know has been laid off from a job, you know it's not easy. Even when layoffs are imminent, it's natural to hold on to the hope that your position might be 'saved.' If you were unhappy in your job, being laid off can be a blessing. However, if you loved your job and imagined staying there for some time, it can be devastating. Being laid off may not have been part of your plan, but when a layoff hits, you realize life's plan is bigger than yours. Read More >

Networking and Job Hunting for Introverts

If you're introverted, then you already know how nerve-racking socializing can be. When you add to that the pressure of job hunting and networking, the entire situation can turn into nothing but sweaty palms and shyness. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to set your introverted tendencies aside and excel in job hunting and networking situations. Read More >

How to Set Up a Work Shadowing Arrangement

You've heard of the informational interview-sitting down with a person whose career you admire, and asking questions about their career and trajectory. But what about experiencing their career? Or rather, a few days of it? Shadowing an experienced professional can be a great way to get a feel for different companies and industries, and to pick up some extra business experience and self knowledge-for free! Of course, the enlightenment will come at one cost: time. Read More >

Does Your Resume Have a Perfect Sales Pitch?

No matter your field, there's plenty of selling in the job search, with prospective employers as buyers for the products, which are the applicants themselves. As a result, sales skills matter, and they get a lot of attention. But they're mostly thought of as the skills you need to bring to the interview, a place where your performance is akin to a sales pitch. That perspective is far too limited, however, because knowing how to sell is critical to many other parts of the search. Read More >

Jon Stewart's Exit Interview

Last Thursday night at Joe's Pub in New York, Jon Stewart appeared on the live talk show Employee of the Month. The show is also a regular podcast and is hosted by Catie Lazarus, who put Stewart through a 45-minute exit interview of sorts. Read More >

How a Top Firm Transitions Interns to Full-Time Roles

Over the past few months, we've featured a number of pieces focusing on the internship program at Northwestern Mutual-a program that consistently emerges as one of the top internships in the country in our annual ranking. To date, we've looked at everything from how the firm creates the internship experience to how they reward interns, and what it's like to actually be an intern there. Read More >

21 Questions to Ask During an Interview for a Legal Job

Landing an interview, dressing to impress and confidently answering interview questions are only part of the equation of a successful interview. It's important that candidates show an interest in the law firm or organization and treat the interview like a conversation. One of the best ways to do this is by asking thoughtful questions--not just questions whose answers readily appear on the firm's or organization's website. Read More >

49 Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask

Since December, Vault has been asking accounting professionals across the U.S. to tell us what it's like to work for their firms. So far, we've surveyed about 6,000 accounting professionals, and one of the questions we've been asking has to do with interviews. Specifically, we've been asking accountants to tell us the questions that they were asked during interviews with their firms. And, to that end, below you'll find 49 common interview questions that top accounting firms ask. Read More >

Yahoo Chairman Maynard Webb to Job Candidates: "Dudes, Where's Your Self-Awareness?"

When Yahoo Chairman Maynard Webb interviews you, he doesn't just probe your past for things like extracurricular activities, teamwork skills, and ability to overcome difficult situations; he also wants to get a sense of your level of "self-awareness" and "openness." In fact, here's a two-part question Webb uses while probing prospective employees: "Six months from now, we're going to know each other very well. What will your team and what will I say that you do really, really well? Read More >

The Top 7 Apps for Your Job Search

In today's competitive job market, you have to use every tool at your disposal. These seven apps can help you find job openings and make yourself look like the great applicant you are.   Resume Builder Pro   It's hard to get so much as an interview without a great resume that makes you look more qualified than other job applicants. Read More >

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