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What Facebook and Pinterest Are Doing to Hire More Women

A new study by McKinsey and LeanIn.org unsurprisingly shows that women are still severely underrepresented at tech firms throughout the country and that the (few) women already at tech firms believe their gender is holding them back from promotions. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on the study's findings and included some pretty graphs and tables and whatnot. In any case, here's the gist of the quantitative results: Researchers found that women make up 36. Read More >

How International Students Can Get Visas and Get Hired

Marcelo Barros is a University of Oregon graduate originally from Brazil. In the U.S., he's worked for Lucent Technologies and Cisco Systems, among other firms, and as a career coach for international students. Drawing on two decades of experience, Barros recently wrote The International Advantage: Get Noticed. Get Hired!, which gives international students advice on how to navigate the U.S. work visa system and how to find the job they want. Read More >

42 Big Four Interview Questions

This year, in our annual accounting survey, Vault surveyed more than 9,000 accountants. The survey, administered this past winter, asked accountants to tell us what it's like to work for their firms. It also asked them to tell us about their hiring process and, specifically, about the questions they were asked during their interviews. Read More >

4 Questions to Ask in Private Equity Interviews

In any interview, and certainly in private equity interviews, you should walk in armed with questions about the company so you can glean more about your potential employer and the company can come away with some appreciation that you've done your homework. That said, this won't be the time to ask about benefits and pay-ask too early and you look greedy. Read More >

The Mistakes I Made During Job Interviews

The job search is a stressful experience, especially if you don't currently have a job. One mistake - a spelling error, a poorly worded email - feels like your world is coming to an end.  So, when you should be happy that a company wants to invite you in for a job interview, you're actually terrified. What if I oversleep?  What if I answer a question wrong?  What if I say something stupid? Read More >

Street Knowledge: Sports Entrepreneur Offers Career Advice for Getting Ahead

In previous blogs, I mentioned leaving my last job without a backup plan and using social media to advance my personal brand and career.  During that time, I was looking to connect with people and, through Facebook's 'People You May Know' interruption in my news feed, I came across Jasmine Ray.  She seemed well connected, knowing various elected leaders I had come across during my time as a journalist and through my work with City government. Read More >

5 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Career Goals

In these modern times, the place of the individual in the workplace is slowly but surely starting to gain ground. Gone are the days when workers can be merely labelled as "spokes in the corporate wheel". Read More >

Beware of This Breakfast Interview Trick

If you ever have a breakfast interview with Walt Bettinger, the CEO of financial services giant Charles Schwab, beware of receiving the wrong order. That is, don't be surprised if you receive eggs over easy with a side of bacon when what you actually ordered was French toast with home fries. One thing I'll do sometimes is to meet someone for breakfast for the interview. Read More >

Interview Skills: The Marco Rubio Edition

The most recent Republican primary featured a by-now infamous exchange between presidential hopefuls Chris Christie and Marco Rubio. Ostensibly about whether or not Rubio had sufficient experience required to do the job of President, the exchange is notable for Rubio's use of a seemingly-canned piece of exposition three times in as many minutes-a piece of theater all the more remarkable for the fact that he was taking flak from Christie for using it, while using it. Read More >

Unemployment – Still the Best Thing to Happen to Me

Last week, I interviewed Jasmine Ray, the founder of Wall Ball World, for an upcoming blog, but her career advice was so thought provoking and inspiring, I had to post an early tease on our Facebook page.  Her thoughts aligned with my own recent decision to hand in my resignation letter without any sort of backup plan…and it was the best decision I ever made.  In 2009, during my first foray with Vault, I wrote a blog about my positive experience with unemployment. Read More >

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