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4 Reasons You Should (Still!) Take an Internship

Internships have been in the spotlight a lot lately, but for all the wrong reasons: unhappy interns. It's not a new story-interns have long gone unpaid, unthanked, and sent on one too many coffee runs. But a recent slew of class action suits raises the question: where does opportunity end and exploitation begin? Though it's up to the courts to decide what's fair labor in the realm of interning, you should know that not all unpaid gigs are equal. Read More >

The 2012 Internships Rankings Are Here!

Internships are tricky. You know you should have one, but you've also heard that they can go off the rails, specifically to unpaid-menial-labor-land. You might not want to waste your winter break on an internship that doesn't give you any new skills or training. Or maybe your biggest fear is investing time and energy into a company name won't pop on your resume. Maybe you're just fulfilling a program requirement for school-it which case cushy perks are your priority. Read More >

Is Technology Ruining the Workplace?

Sherry Turkle wants you to put down that phone, step away from that screen, and do something that is becoming a lost art in the workplace: have a conversation with your colleagues. Turkle-an MIT professor and author of the book Alone Together-thinks we've come to a point where we need to "reclaim conversation" if we're to solve one of the biggest problems we face in business today: overcoming "technology's pull" to lead more productive, more balanced lives. Read More >

What It Takes to Join a Top Wall Street Bank

With the application process for full-time and summer investment banking internships now underway, you might be asking yourself: What makes a successful candidate? To join any line of business at a top Wall Street firm, it's perhaps most important to demonstrate a deep interest in the financial industry, personal drive, and the ability to learn quickly. It's also important to demonstrate your capability to be entrepreneurial and motivated. Read More >

A Case For More CEO Tweets

Marissa Mayer does it. Richard Branson does it. Even Rupert Murdoch does it. That is, all three of these CEOs tweet. They are, though, in the minority. Currently, less than 5 percent of chief executives have an active Twitter account. Meanwhile, 35 percent of Americans are now actively tweeting. So, the question begs: why aren't more chiefs sending out 140-character messages and racking up followers by the thousands? The easy answer is there's too much downside. Read More >

Impress the Receptionist: 5 Tips for Your Next Interview

The Wall Street Journal's blog "The Receptionist Is Watching You" very provocatively opens with the following tip: "Want that job? Better be nice to the receptionist." As a former admin, I can tell you the rumors are true: hierarchy doesn't dictate closeness within a company, and the CEO is as likely to ask his front desk person to weigh in on a potential new hire as another associate. But that doesn't mean that kissing up to reception will get you good reviews. Read More >

Showing Communication Skills: The Proof is in the Details

--By Marnie Consky All MBA-level jobs require you to have strong communication skills. Aside from singing your praises in your resume and cover letter, it's even more important to demonstrate those communication skills in instances where recruiters and hiring managers are paying attention. Outside of the obvious networking sessions and interviews, here are some situations where small details count: Voice mail: ensure that your voice mail message sounds professional. Read More >

To Quit or Not to Quit: Knowing When to Move On

Knowing when to move on from one job to another is tough and a decision that remains one of the most personal decisions you can make. Jobs mean money; they mean security and the ability to pay your bills, to eat, to sleep indoors. While the necessity of jobs is unquestionable--outside of winning the lottery or coming from royalty--their fit, on the other hand, isn't. But knowing which questions to ask yourself about your job, and how to decipher the results, is not an easy task. Read More >

Obama’s Advice for Would-Be CEOs

From January through June of this year, Michael Lewis, a former bond trader and author of numerous highly acclaimed books, including The Big Short, Moneyball, and Liar's Pokers (for which Lewis recently wrote a film script), was given nearly unparalleled access to President Barack Obama. Lewis shadowed Obama in the White House, on Air Force One, even on the basketball court. Read More >

Advice for New Grads from T. Boone Pickens

The 84-year old founder of BP Capital Management told Business Insider that he wouldn't mind starting from scratch. As he recounts during his interview, T. Boone Pickens told an audience of "drifting off" young grads at St. Stephens & St. Agnes that he'd trade spots with anyone of them. "'Right here [snap] I'll trade with you,'" he recalls saying at the commencement address. Read More >

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