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Our 13 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2013

During the past year, our readers wanted to know which firms topped our annual rankings of law, banking, accounting, and consulting firms. They wanted to know how to write letters of recommendation for themselves and how not to write follow-up letters to employers. They also wanted to know why women aren't doing a better job of networking, and if an M.B.A. is still worth their dime and a damn. And perhaps above all else, they wanted some simple tips on how to succeed on the job. Read More >

From Intern to CEO: Mary Barra Named GM’s First Female Chief

I grew up in the 1980s a few miles north of Detroit, and during that time in the area it seemed like every third classmate of mine came from a household whose father worked for one of the Big Three automakers-GM, Ford, or Chrysler. I also remember quite a few fathers working for auto part manufacturers. However, I don't recall any of my classmates' mothers working in the automotive industry. In fact, few of my classmates' mothers worked full-time jobs at all. In 1980 I was eight years old. Read More >

Why the 'Skills Gap' is Employers' Own Fault

A recent report from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) highlights one of the biggest problems that companies have today: the ability to find employees who are ready to tackle the challenges they're likely to meet on the job. In pointing this out, however, the report also makes an unconscious point: that the problem is almost completely companies' own fault. Read More >

How to Avoid #AskJPM and Other PR Nightmares

A few weeks ago, JPMorgan's supposedly harmless Twitter exercise #AskJPM-in which the bank invited Twitter users to pose career-related questions to JPMorgan Vice Chairman James B. Lee Jr.-quickly backfired, and instead of asking Lee Jr. questions, the Twittersphere took the opportunity to tell JPMorgan and its management team what they really thought of them. Tweets like the following were posted (with the #AskJPM hashtag) by the hundreds: "What's your favorite type of whale? Read More >

Can Graduating in a Recession Be a Good Thing?

Give a bunch of academics long enough, and they'll come up with a study that can suggest just about anything-including an upside to this terrible job market. According to an article in The Week, researchers at Emory University's Goizueta Business School have found that there may be a correlation between job satisfaction over the course of a career and the economic climate that you graduated into. Read More >

Adjusted Expectations: 5 Women on Big Law, 12 Years Later

Five women, all embarking on law careers at Debevoise & Plimpton, reflected on "ambition, leadership and success" for the September 9th, 2001 issue of the New York Times. Unsurprisingly, they sounded confident, modern, full of energy, and boundlessly optimistic about their career possibilities as women in a male dominated field-especially at the high levels they aspired to. That was 12 years ago. Has big law changed? Read More >

One Interview Question You Should Definitely Ask

Standard advice about interviewing at companies decrees that you should always do your research in advance, and come armed with a few pertinent questions on the firm's business model, goals, and the like. It also decrees that you should save questions pertaining to compensation, perks and benefits for at least a second round interview. Read More >

Why Goldman Sachs’ New Saturdays-Off Policy Won't Work

Last week, when I clicked on the headline, "Goldman Sachs Pushes Junior Investment Bankers to Take Weekends Off," I assumed I'd be sent to a URL containing the words Comedy Central, or Funny or Die, or perhaps The Onion. Instead, to my surprise, I was taken to Bloomberg. Read More >

Training: Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You!

Question: what recipe can you make with the following ingredients?  A record number of employees approaching retirement age in the next handful of years. A bunch of companies whose workforces were hollowed out by layoffs in the recent past, leaving them with record cash reserves, but struggling for battle-tested, promotable talent to meet future needs. Students graduating from college lacking the skills to hit the ground running in their careers. Read More >

This Biglaw Memo Sounds Very "Mean Girls"

Sometimes, the most sexist and oppressive environments for women are created by, well, other women. Though this memo from a women's committee that recently circulated a top law firm does not enforce rules against vests or wearing a color other than pink on Wednesdays, its insulting level of micromanagement feels just as extreme. A few choice excerpts: -"Wear a suit, not your party outfit" -"Don't dress like a mortician; if wearing a black suit, wear something bright. Read More >

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