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Pre-Hire Vacations: The Perk of the Future?

Are "pre-cations" set to become the next new trend among employers trying to distinguish themselves from the pack? A recent Slate article highlights a couple of Silicon Valley firms-42 Floors and Atlassian-that have begun providing a vacation to new hires ahead of their start date. That's right: the firms start paying employees two weeks before they expect them to show up for work. Read More >

Can the Guy Who Lured LeBron Back to Cleveland Convince You to Live and Work in Detroit?

The new Forbes 400 was announced this week, and although the same guy (Bill Gates) ranked No. 1 for the 21st year in a row, there are a handful of notable new billionaires on the list. The highest-ranking newbie, at No. 62, is WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum. Earlier this year, Koum sold his mobile messaging business to Facebook for an extremely cool $19 billion. Read More >

Top 10 Tech Startups to Work For in NYC

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Careers in Whistleblowing

Didn't get the bonus you were hoping for? Your firm's salary freeze going on a decade? Rents rising faster than a helium balloon torn from the wrist of a three-year old boy? Not to fear, because the SEC's whistleblower program is here-and could just be your ticket to a life outside of a four-by-four foot cube in a dungeon-like room with no sunlight in sight. Read More >

McKinsey Named Top Consulting Firm to Work For in Europe

The results of our final consulting rankings for the year are in, and once again it is McKinsey that has dominated the prestige and Best to Work For categories in Europe-with Bain also emerging (surprise!) as one of the best firms to work for in the region (as both firms are wherever they operate). Read More >

Would You Rather Be Poor and Happy in Portland or Rich and Miserable in New York?

Although there are few job opportunities in Portland, Oregon, and its skies are gray more often than they're blue, unemployed young people keep moving to the city in significant numbers. According to the New York Times (and to handful of friends of mine who've migrated to the Pacific in recent years), the reason they go west is for the natural beauty and easier-going lifestyle. That is, no one's moving there for work or money. Read More >

The Secrets of Successful Networking Revealed

This week at an American Business Women's Association event in New York City, Selena Soo, a business and publicity strategist, gave an interactive presentation on "Authentic Networking." While some job seekers and professionals may conjure thoughts of forced interactions and awkward follow-up emails when thinking of networking, Soo provided three secrets to ease the pain of cold networking and to create meaningful contacts more effectively. Secret No 1. Read More >

The 2015 Asia-Pacific Consulting Rankings are Here!

There are few surprises at the top of our consulting rankings for Asia-Pacific this year, with McKinsey holding onto its top spot both on the overall ranking, and in prestige. As with last year, Bain & Co. finished in second place overall in the region. The results demonstrate the solid performance of the top players in the global industry across all regions, particularly with respect to working conditions. Read More >

Will a Robot Take Your Job?

For as long as there's been technology, there have been predictions that we'll eventually reach a tipping point where it destroys more jobs than it creates. In some science fiction, this is the stuff that futuristic utopias are made of: with the dirty jobs farmed out to robots, humans can focus on other pursuits. Read More >

Vault's 2015 Banking Rankings Are Live

Earlier this year, Vault surveyed nearly 3,600 banking professionals at more than 85 of the top banking firms in North America. We asked these professionals to rate their peer firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige (they were unable to rate their own firm and were asked to only rate banks with which they were familiar). Read More >

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