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Is It Time for a Career Coach?

The job market is much better today than it's been in quite a while. If you're in the middle of a career change, you can take advantage of this uptick in the economy to set up your success. This means interview skills and proper career planning are more essential than ever for that clutch moment you capitalize on your career. However, most jobseekers are lacking in one or both of those crucial areas. That's where career coaches come in. Read More >

Are Cruel CEOs Better Leaders?

It's been well documented that many of today's great film directors are considered to be, to put it nicely, "difficult to work with." As evidence, there's the widely watched clip of David. O. Read More >

Are Summer Jobs On the Way Out?

Kids these days, with their new-fangled gadgets and their lewd pop music and their scandalous fashion sense and internet memes, amirite? The only thing that's worse: us "grownups," consumed with our bitter envy of their lifestyles and freedom and, well, general youth. If you're looking for more fuel for your "things were better back in my day" fire, check out the chart below, which shows that summer employment rates among teenagers are perilously low. Read More >

Should NBC Have Fired Brian Williams?

Lord knows I've lied, and chances are I've conflated, but I'm still finding it very difficult to find any sympathy for newsman Brian Williams, or for his employer, NBC/MSNBC. Read More >

Interview Skills: Narrating Your Career

After a few years in the professional world, you've most likely sat through your fair share of job interviews-but that doesn't necessarily make them any easier. In fact, as your resume gets longer and more detailed, it can be more difficult than ever to adequately articulate your career narrative within the time constraints of an interview-particularly if your career has spanned multiple industries. Read More >

Pros and Cons of Graduate Film School

George Lucas went (to USC). Kathryn Bigelow went (to Columbia). And Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese both went (to NYU). But there are scores of other accomplished directors-including Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, the Wachowskis, and Miranda July-that never set foot inside a film school (except, perhaps, to screen one of their films). Read More >

Why ‘Cultural Fit’ Hiring Is Detrimental to Law Firm Diversity

Last week my colleague Derek Loosvelt aptly discussed the dangers of "cultural fit" hiring, drawing on some examples from Vault's surveys of banking and consulting professionals as they relate to Lauren Rivera's opinion piece in last week's NY Times. Read More >

Young Banker Loses Two Jobs Over One Email

Poor Justin Kwan. The second-year Barclays banker thought he was merely making a harmless joke or two when he sent an email to the new class of summer interns with the subject line "Welcome to the Jungle" and including in its body the "10 Commandments" of the power and utilities banking group, of which he was a part. Instead, Kwan's email, which was anything but harmless (in fact, it was quite humorless), was quickly posted on scores of websites, including Gawker, Dealbreaker, and WSJ. Read More >

The Best Recommendation Letter Ever

John Nash was a Nobel prize-winning mathematician whose life was made all the more memorable through its portrayal in the movie A Beautiful Mind. Following the death of Nash and his wife, Alice, in a car crash last month, Princeton University has lifted the restriction on Nash's graduate school files. Read More >

Disney’s Disgraceful Tech Layoffs

I get that companies are in the business of making money and one of the ways to make money is to cut costs, but this move by Disney to layoff 250 tech employees in order to replace them with cheaper labor in the form of H-1B visa holders is downright disgraceful. And here's to hoping it will backfire against Walt & Co. … about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Read More >

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