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Is Business Outlook Improving?

As we get ever closer to the launch of the 2014 Vault Consulting Rankings-coming on August 20th-I've taken the opportunity to dive a little deeper into some of the data from the thousands of consultants who took our Consulting Survey in spring this year. Read More >

Vault Honors the Best Law Firms for Diversity

On Friday, August 2, Vault hosted its third Annual Diversity Awards in Washington, DC. At the awards ceremony, Vault recognized the top-ranked law firms for diversity. Once again-for the fifth straight year-Carlton Fields was ranked the No. 1 firm for Overall Diversity. The 2014 Diversity Rankings are based on the results of Vault's annual Associate Survey, in which nearly 17,000 associates took part this year. Read More >

You Can Apply--Can You Do A Job You're Underqualified For?

Maybe it's a lack of jobs you are fully qualified for. Maybe it's just one gig at a company you're dying to work for that you're not quite experienced enough to do, but can't bring yourself to pass up. Should you go for it with a role that's out of your league? Well, there's not too much to lose if you don't get the job. It's getting an interview-or maybe, just maybe, landing the job--that could throw you into a tailspin. So, are you ready for it? Read More >

You Don't Have to Work on Wall Street to Work on Wall Street

To many people, the phrase "Wall Street" conjures a young Michael Douglas, hair slicked-back, red suspenders over his shoulders, manicured fingernails curled around a microphone, standing at the head of a classroom filled with eager MBA students as the words "Greed is good" proudly spews forth from between devil-red lips. Read More >

Which Law Firms Offer the Best Summer Associate Programs?

Just in time for early interviews, Vault has released its third annual Law Firm Summer Associate Program Rankings. As part of our Associate Survey earlier this year, Vault asked first- through third-year associates who had worked as summer associates at their current firms to rate the program both in terms of how well it prepared them for full-time practice and how much fun they had. Read More >

Vault Announces the Best Law Firms to Work For

We recognize that prestige is just one factor among many for law students and associates searching for the right law firm. For some candidates, quality of life weighs far more heavily in their considerations than a firm's reputation in the community. That's why each year Vault compiles its "Quality of Life" rankings, in addition to its rankings of the most prestigious law firms. Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Senior Associate at PwC

Lindsay is a senior associate working in the Personal Financial Services tax group in PwC's San Francisco office. Lindsay started with the firm as an audit intern, spent a year and a half as an audit associate, and then transferred into tax, where she has spent the past two years. Now a senior associate, she describes an average day in her job.     6:30 a.m. Read More >

Find Your Employer “Culture Fit” With Social Media

Make no mistake about it: finding a job is tricky business. You search online job boards, go to career fairs, network with your connections-all hoping that you'll find the right job for you. When you find one, then you've got to determine if you're qualified. Then, do you have the necessary knowledge and skills to do the work? On top of that, you've got to have the passion for the work. Do you care enough about the material and duties of the position to do a good job? Read More >

On Wall Street You Might Get Vacation, But You Can’t Take It

Investment banking analysts and associates notoriously work very long hours. It's not uncommon for a corporate finance analyst at a prestigious bank in New York to regularly work more than 90 hours each week, or for an M&A or restructuring associate to put in more than 80 hours week after week. Read More >

Is Your (Illegal) Unpaid Summer Internship Worth It?

Ever since the decision on the 20th Century Fox intern lawsuit, reactions have mainly fallen into two categories: "WOOHOO, finally!" and "How else are kids supposed to get any experience?!" No one wants to be taken advantage of. But the big fear is (at least from the perspective of young workers) that the pay requirement will put a cap on how many interns a company can afford to hire. Read More >

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