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50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

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The Best MBA Program for Consultants

Want to work for a top consulting firm? And by, "top", I mean, one of the top 5 firms on Vault's annual consulting list-the crème de la crème of the industry, the firms where you spend a few years before going on to work for, potentially wind up running, some of the biggest names in business? What's that? You do? Well, then, the NY Times has the secret formula you're looking for: "Go to Kellogg School of Management." OK, so there are a couple of catches. Read More >

Is it Cool to Work for the IRS?

According to the IRS it is. Thing is, the Internal Revenue Service is full of middle-aged employees nearing retirement age, and so the IRS needs some young blood to help it collect taxes and keep the country afloat. And to try to lure young folks into its ranks, the Service has unveiled a new campaign that makes it seem cool and hip to serve your country by making sure its citizens pay their fair share. Which does sound rather democratic. Read More >

5 Tips For Perfecting the Professional Humblebrag

Many people find it challenging to promote their own successes, worried that they'll be viewed as overly boastful. However, whether you've been promoted, won an award, or just achieved a major milestone, it's OK to occasionally toot your own horn - as long as you do it right! Here's how to "humblebrag" in a way that is genuine and relatable.    Watch Your Language  Sometimes the key to not sounding overly boastful is as simple as choosing the appropriate phrasing. Read More >

The Best Countries for Women Managers

One of the biggest barriers to workplace equality for women is so commonplace that there's a convenient lexical shorthand for it. Utter the phrase "the glass ceiling" and almost anyone will know that you're referring to the paucity of female talent in executive positions at companies. Read More >

Google Poaches Wall Street's Most Powerful Woman: 3 Takeaways

Yesterday, it was announced that Google had hired Ruth Porat away from Morgan Stanley to be the tech firm's new CFO. Porat had held the chief financial officer position for the venerable Morgan Stanley for the past five years and was widely considered to be the most powerful woman on Wall Street. The move, which came two weeks after Patrick Pichette announced he was leaving his Google CFO post, was seen as a big gain for Google and a big loss for Morgan Stanley. Read More >

Surviving and Thriving After a Layoff

If you or anyone you know has been laid off from a job, you know it's not easy. Even when layoffs are imminent, it's natural to hold on to the hope that your position might be 'saved.' If you were unhappy in your job, being laid off can be a blessing. However, if you loved your job and imagined staying there for some time, it can be devastating. Being laid off may not have been part of your plan, but when a layoff hits, you realize life's plan is bigger than yours. Read More >

Networking and Job Hunting for Introverts

If you're introverted, then you already know how nerve-racking socializing can be. When you add to that the pressure of job hunting and networking, the entire situation can turn into nothing but sweaty palms and shyness. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to set your introverted tendencies aside and excel in job hunting and networking situations. Read More >

Big 4 vs. Regional Accounting Firms: Is the Gap Closing?

In just under a month, Vault will release its annual Accounting Rankings. This year, the rankings are based on a survey of more than 8,300 accountants, and include an overall 50 best to work for ranking, an overall prestige ranking, several quality of life rankings, and a handful of diversity rankings. Last year, in the overall prestige categories, PwC, EY, Deloitte, and KPMG (the so-called Big 4) ranked No. 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively. Read More >

How to Set Up a Work Shadowing Arrangement

You've heard of the informational interview-sitting down with a person whose career you admire, and asking questions about their career and trajectory. But what about experiencing their career? Or rather, a few days of it? Shadowing an experienced professional can be a great way to get a feel for different companies and industries, and to pick up some extra business experience and self knowledge-for free! Of course, the enlightenment will come at one cost: time. Read More >

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