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Is Harvard Worth It?

It may seem like an alternate universe in which a list of the nation's top colleges does not include Harvard in its top five, and the top two-Babson College and Webb Institute-are ones you may have never heard of. This is what Money magazine's best colleges list looks like, and the reason it is so different from traditional college rankings is the emphasis it places on tuition costs as compared to post-college earnings. Read More >

"Don't Choose this Firm!" What the Unhappiest Consultants Say About Their Companies

As we gear up for the launch of the 2014-15 Vault Consulting rankings later this month, I've been spending a lot of time with the data collected from our survey, trying to figure out what makes the top firms different from the others in the industry. The answer to that question: happy employees-and lots of them. For more than that, you'll have to check back in when we launch the rankings on August 19th! Read More >

15 Tips for Creating the Perfect Tech Resume

The following was adapted from the new Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media.  "A powerful resume should leap off the page saying, 'Me! I'm the one you want to hire!'" advises software engineer Gayle Laakmann McDowell in her book The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company. She says that every line in these documents should have value and contribute to convincing the employer to hire you. Read More >

A Law Grad's Worst Nightmare Come True

Day 1 of the bar exam is finally over. After saving the document containing all of your answers to the essay portion of the test, you sigh with relief as you pack up and head home to upload your answers online. But it's not over yet: Day 2 of the exam, the multiple-choice, multi-state portion of the test, starts the next morning. Read More >

6 Strategies to Save Money During Your First Job Search

The unemployment rate for recent college graduates is 8.8 percent, according to the Economic Policy Institute, well above the national average. Even though the economy has shown signs of life and job creation is on the upswing, finding that first paid position is going to be a challenge. It's in your interest to save as much money as you can to ensure you have the time and resources to devote to your job search after college graduation. Follow these tips to help get you started: 1. Read More >

How to Jumpstart Your Post-Grad Job Search

Congratulations on your recent graduation! It's now time to make the transition from student to employee. All of that studying will now be put into practice. It can be strange to spend two to four years studying what you want to do for your career and now have to use that degree to finally get to work in your chosen field. Celebrate your graduation and get started right away on your job search. Here's a little help on jumpstarting your post grad job search. Read More >

Getting Ahead Through Mentorship and Sponsorship

When discussing their career prospects, associates often note that promotion depends on close relationships with the rainmaking or other powerful partners.  Although important, it can often be difficult for minority and female associates to form the right type of relationship with partners. Read More >

What Does the Declining Law School Application Rate Mean for You?

The declining law school application rate did not get any better this year, according to The National Law Journal, which reported that applications are down 37 percent since 2010. The decline between this year and last was eight percent, following double-digit declines in the prior two years. The NLJ quotes University of North Carolina School of Law professor Alfred Brophy as estimating that this year's entering class will be at 38,000, the lowest since 1974. Read More >

Are Boutiques Replacing the Bulge Bracket as Most Prestigious on the Street?

Long before the subprime mortgage-backed securities hit the fan, a handful of relatively small investment banking firms, often referred to as boutiques, regularly competed with the likes of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for talent. There was Stephen Schwarzman's Blackstone Group, perhaps best known for its private equity offerings, although for decades its advisory unit has been well known for winning big deals and recruiting top-tier talent from top-tier schools. Read More >

The Cold Truth about the Bar Exam

It's the final countdown-the bar exam is one week away. Despite reassurances from your mom that you're "definitely going to pass," the truth is…you might not. And. That's. Okay. Your friends won't judge you, and no one will think less of you. Anyone who has had the unfortunate pleasure to sit for a bar exam knows that the line between passing and failing is as thin as a page in your Barbri review book. The bar exam is hard, people are supposed to fail. Read More >

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