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Is the Class of 2016 Prepared for Reality?

For the past few years, the folks at Accenture have been conducting a survey that polls 2 groups of people: college seniors, on their expectations when entering the workforce; and members of the last 2 graduating classes, on what they've actually experienced out in the real world. The results are usually illuminating, and this year's report is no different. Read More >

My Advice for the Class of 2016

There's a sentence in Don DeLillo's new novel, Zero K, his 16th, that I've been thinking about nearly every hour since first coming across it last week. Read More >

Ten Steps to Effective Informational Interviewing

By Mike Gotham, Perkins Coie, Director of Recruiting & Retention, and Shelley Levine, Perkins Coie, Attorney Recruiting Manager  If hearing the word "networking" makes you uneasy, then the idea of an informational interview may cause you serious discomfort. Many people shy away from informational interviews, which is unfortunate: studies show that informational interviews often play a critical role in a job search. Read More >

What Millennials Really Want According to Millennial Consultants

A few years ago, I was in a meeting with several recruiters and HR personnel at a big Wall Street bank. The employees at the bank (which will go unnamed) openly expressed frustration with their inability to communicate with young job candidates-so-called millennials. At the time, I was surprised at how candid the bank was about its lack of understanding of how to connect with the younger generation. Read More >

Former Most Powerful Woman on Wall Street Leaned In So Far It Almost Killed Her

Once upon a time, required reading for entry-level Wall Street bankers and traders included Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis's inside account of the bond trading madness at Solomon Brothers; Den of Thieves, Pulitzer Prize-winner James B. Read More >

Salary Negotiation: How to Ask for a Better Offer

The most difficult part of any salary negotiation is that feeling that you're always leaving something on the table. Unless you're interviewing with an organization that makes its salary data public, the chances are that you'll never truly know if your offer is on par with what your new colleagues or your predecessor are making. Read More >

A Guide to Changing Careers

What do you want to be when you grow up?  We change our answer as we get older.  As kids, we went from wanting to be cowboys to then changing our answers to include police officers, astronauts, and rocket scientists. As we got older, our career options didn't just become more realistic, but adapted based on our particular skill set. This isn't to say that we stop changing our minds, even as we grow older. Read More >

Key Ingredients for Startup Success

For every Instagram, there are nine Friendsters. That is, nine out of 10 startups fail. Although what it takes for startups to succeed is thought to be more art than science, a study conducted by the venture capital firm First Round found that certain factors seem to be strongly correlated with startup success. The study, called the 10 Year Project, looked at 300 startups and 600 startup founders. Read More >

The Studly Second Careers of American Pharoah and Jared Leto

I'm rarely this forward, but since there are so many fine-looking sentences in Joe Drape's New York Times article about the second career (that is, the stud life) of Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh, I'm going to require that you read it in its entirety right this very instant (if you haven't yet clicked on the aforementioned link, you can do so now). Read More >

How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

"I had my phone interview today and I don't think they will be calling me back for a second interview," my friend said in a text. "Why? What happened," I responded. "I froze," she responded.  "I prepared, but it was awkward and I ended up forgetting everything. And I couldn't tell their reaction.  The call lasted 10 minutes.  I could tell it didn't go well." My friend is in a contract position and is coming up on the end of her current assignment. Read More >

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