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Does an Ivy Education Get You Better Job Prospects?

"To get to Yale, you effectively must pass through a fifteen year funnel. No company can match that kind of screening rigor, so why not leverage it?" That is the key argument in a Yale student's Hacker News rebuttal to Thomas Friedman's New York Times piece entitled "How to Get a Job." (Hint: it's NOT an Ivy league diploma, according to him). Read More >

27 Interview Questions That Weed Out the Weak on Wall Street

If you're preparing to interview for a position in investment banking, sales and trading, or investment management, it's likely you've already practiced answering a host of interview questions, including: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why do you want to work for this firm in particular? How do you value a company? Can you walk me through a DCF? Can you pitch me a stock I should buy? Can you tell me about a time when you worked on a team? Why are you interested in finance? Read More >

LinkedIn: The King of Social Recruiting

LinkedIn recently turned 10 years old. And the Mountain View, Calif.-based social network has much to celebrate. Founded in 2003, LinkedIn now has 225 million users worldwide, and its share price has nearly doubled since the firm's 2011 IPO. Meanwhile, other highly anticipated social media IPOs have fared rather poorly. Facebook's shares have fallen 40 percent since going public last year, and Zynga's shares have fallen nearly 70 percent since going public at the end of 2011. Read More >

Stop Multitasking, Start Working

A few years back, one of the resume buzz phrases du jour involved describing yourself with some variation of the following: "good/great/strong/effective multitasker." It had all the hallmarks of a great catchphrase-it sounded fresh and exciting, it conveyed a sense of its user as someone with their finger on the pulse, it had very few negative connotations, and it seemed to cover a lot of ground without actually saying anything at all. Read More >

Dimon, Blankfein, or Gorman: Which CEO Sounds Most Like a CEO?

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal cited a new study showing that the way you talk-your pitch, tone, and vocal tics-strongly influences how others see you. For example, if you have a quiet voice, you're seen as weak; if your tone is high-pitched, immature; and if you um, like, uh stumble over words, not so smart. Read More >

How to Save a Bad First Day

Get off to a bumpy start? First, watch this video: it will help put your minor disaster into perspective. Then, reflect a little with these questions: 1. Was it really that bad? Sometimes we forget we're not actually walking around with a spotlight on us. What you feel was a majorly conspicuous flub maybe have slipped by everybody else. And if not, it's quite possible they noticed, and forgot. Before over-correcting, try objectively asking yourself if it's worth fretting over. 2. Read More >

Less Is More: 7 Advantages of Tweeting for a Job

Twitter is becoming the new job board-or so says the Wall Street Journal. The sprawling site, with its disjointed snippets of conversation, endless links and retweets, and tangled webs of followers can be tough to navigate. But master the waters, and you'll have world of opportunity on your hands. Here's why: 1. Links are clickable Online resume? 6-second Vine video? LinkedIn profile? Work samples? Infographic? Read More >

4 Tips for Beating the Curse of Long Term Unemployment

If you're out of work, there's one major factor that can predict how successful you're likely to be in your job hunt: the length of time since you last held a job-with an almost mystical dividing line setting in at the six month period. A recent article in the Atlantic reported on a study that examined the callback rates to interviews for a set of fake resumes where the only major difference was the duration since the "candidate" had become unemployed. Read More >

PwC Ranks No. 1 in Latest Vault Accounting 50

From December 2012 through February 2013, more than 7,900 accounting professionals took the Vault Accounting Survey, the results of which are used to compile our annual accounting rankings. And this year, New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers was the big winner, as it ranked No. 1 in the top two categories: the Vault Accounting 50 (a ranking of the firms deemed the "best to work for") and Prestige (the most prestigious firms to work for). Read More >

Cracking the Case Question: Advice from the World's Best

Case questions are a critical part of preparing for life as a consultant-not only are they a major component of the course load at many MBA programs, they are often used as a means of testing job candidates at the interview stage. Being able to quickly and efficiently handle a case question, then, is critical. Read More >

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