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Are Long Hours Good for Your Career?

"I often refer to the series Mad Men, taking place in the '60s, where they're drinking and smoking in the office. And you think, 'What are you doing? You're at work!' But we're doing the exact same thing right now. We're showing up just as bad, in terms of performance. We're not nearly having as much fun, though. Read More >

What Is a 'Superboss' and Why Is Donald Trump Not One?

According to Tuck Business School Professor Sydney Finkelstein, there's a type of boss that is "beyond superstar," that grooms talent, that scouts, trains, and develops the next generation of leaders, as opposed to simply building his or her own organization. The name for such a boss is "superboss," and Finkelstein's decade-long research on the subject of the superboss is now available in his new book, Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent. Read More >

Why Did You Go to College?

We are delighted to welcome a new contributor to Vault's careers blog. After a successful career as a Silicon Valley high-tech executive, Alan McMillan wanted to give something back to the generations coming behind him. Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Medium Employee

The online platform bent on getting you to read again took the world by storm when it launched in 2012. Now, with an office in NYC and its headquarters in San Francisco, Medium is growing exponentially as readers and writers flock to the site. Among the staff behind the tech start-up is Joy Chen, who gave us a look at what it's like to work at one of the most buzzworthy companies in the US. This is Joy's day at Medium. Follow Medium on Twitter. Follow me on Twitter. Read More >

Why a Lawyer Would Leave BigLaw for Public Interest

We at Vault focus mainly on the life of lawyers at large and midsize law firms, but many law grads decide to work for the government, in a small firm, or as a solo practitioner. Jeremiah Frei-Pearson left a successful BigLaw career to work at a public interest firm and has most recently co-founded a small plaintiffs' firm. What initially drew you to practicing law? As a kid, I idealistically believed that the law was a tool people could use to right wrongs and make the world more fair. Read More >

Why Customer Service Skills Can Help Your Career (Even If It's Not in Retail)

When I think of customer service, a department store register or the counter at a fast food restaurant usually comes to mind. While these are certainly archetypes of the quintessential business/customer interaction, customer service goes far beyond retail - it seeps into every industry, public or private, no matter the transaction type or parties involved.  Regardless of what services you offer, your clients are, hands down, the most important part of your business. Read More >

How to Effectively Use Social Media to Develop Your Brand

I love social media.  For the last 7 years, I have expanded my public relations career to include social media marketing aimed at successfully promoting a business to a larger consumer base.  I have found great success in using social media for others, but I never thought to use it as a tool to effectively market my own skills and abilities.  That was until December 14, 2015, when I decided to quit my previous job without a real backup plan. Read More >

Talent Wars: Is Silicon Valley Salivating Over the Bonus Drought on Wall Street?

Back in 2008, when the mortgage-backed securities hit the fan, there was a monstrous public outcry for banker bonuses to be scaled back. Banks kicked and screamed, fighting hard against it, but in the end acquiesced and scaled bonuses back. Or sort of scaled them back. What they agreed to do, instead of giving senior bankers mountains of cash at the end of the year, was give them mountains of stock. Read More >

Off the Beaten Path: JAG to Solo to Small Firm

We at Vault focus mainly on the life of lawyers at large and midsize law firms, but many law grads decide to work for the government, in a small firm, or as a solo practitioner. Ian Holzhauer has done all three in less than a decade of practicing. Ian's career has included a stint as a JAG in the Air Force, launching a suburban Chicago solo practice, and joining an established small firm. Read More >

From the Marines and Merrill Lynch to Marijuana Startup CEO

As I've written about previously here and here, opportunities abound in the budding legal weed business. And these aren't just for growers, trimmers, and budtenders, but also for CPAs, lawyers, bankers, and marketing and advertising executives. Today, these positions can be found across the country. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, and four states (Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington) and D.C. Read More >

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