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Are We Heading for a 6-Hour Workday?

In the business world, productivity gains tend to mean one thing: employers getting more bang for their buck as employees use technology to grind out more work in the same amount of time. And, if you've been paying attention to any part of the presidential primaries recently, you'll already know that those gains doesn't necessarily come with higher wages or better benefits for employees. 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 >

5 Positive Traits That Might Hurt Your Career

We spend a majority of our lives in the workplace, working side-by-side with co-workers we often see more than our friends, doing tasks for superiors we see more than our parents. It stands to reason that we want to make a good impression on those we come into contact with so often. But in our quest to be the best employee, we often don't realize some of the positive traits that people commend us on could actually be detrimental to our career. 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 >

Are Millennial Employees Really That Different?

If you're anything like me, you're probably sick of reading anything with the word Millennial in the title-especially if it seeks to explain the likely habits of an entire generation of people. By now, we should probably all have got the picture: there are a lot of them hitting the workforce, and <gasp> they're not like the rest of us. So we should be scared, right? Read More >

Can These Pills Make You a Better Employee?

How far would you go to give yourself an extra mental edge in the workplace? While caffeine has long been the stimulant of choice for many workers seeking to power through slow moments, afternoon crashes and late night productivity crunches, an increasing number of people appear to be turning to non-prescription supplements known as nootropics to find that edge instead. Read More >

10 Tips for International Students Entering the U.S. Workforce

With graduation fast approaching at universities across the country, many international students will be entering the U.S workforce for the first time. If you're one of these students, you might have a fair amount of anxiety around joining the U.S workforce, especially if you're not used to working with Americans. Depending on the culture in which you grew up, Americans might seem aggressive. And depending on how reserved you are, you might worry about "fitting in. 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 >

13 Tips to Make the Most of Your Summer BigLaw Internship

"What can I do to make sure I get a job offer at the end of the summer?" As the co-head of hiring for Dechert's New York office and in my past roles on the hiring committees of two other international firms, I have been asked this question by law school students a lot. And while I always give the best answer that I can, the question I think incoming summer associates should really be asking (and which I have yet to hear) is how they can make the most of their summer BigLaw internships. 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 >

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