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Which Font Is the Best for Your Resume?

I'll give you a hint: it's not Comic Sans, it's not Times New Roman, and, as far as I know, it's the only font that's been the subject of a feature-length documentary film. Yes, Helvetica. Or should I say, Helvetica Yes! In any case, according to Bloomberg, "which asked three typography wonks which typefaces make a curriculum vitae look classiest," here's why the font is so well suited for your resume: "Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn't really lean in one direction or another. Read More >

How to Build a Social Resume

Traditional resumes will always be a critical part of the recruiting process, but they're not the only things hiring managers look at anymore-not even close. Thanks to our increasing participation in various social media sites, hiring managers can now quickly find a wealth of information about job candidates simply by typing their names into Google. Read More >

The Ultimate Showdown: NY Bar Exam v. VA Bar Exam

Word around law schools has always been that New York, Virginia and California administer the most difficult bar exams in the country. I can't speak to the California bar exam as I've never taken it (although a 3-day bar exam certainly sounds horrific), but as someone who passed both the Virginia and New York bar exams on her first attempts, I can definitively tell you that the Virginia bar exam is the more difficult of the two. Read More >

Is Detroit the Coolest City to Work In?

Detroit might not be the safest city, and it's certainly not the richest (in fact, it's the poorest), but it could very well be the coolest city to live and work in right now. Read More >

How to Survive B-School

When it comes to surviving and thriving at B-School, the following infographic from contributor JT Ripton has a lot of sound advice. Says Ripton: "If you're looking to increase your employability and advance your career, continuing your education is a natural choice. You can build on your bachelor's degree and gain valuable skills for nearly any industry with an MBA. MBA courses are designed to help you hone your critical thinking skills and become a stronger problem solver. Read More >

How to Build a Positive Online Presence

In today's competitive academic and job markets, you can't afford to waste any time when it comes to job and graduate school applications. First impressions take shape before you even physically meet someone. Just like the saying "Your reputation precedes you", your online reputation today often precedes in-person meetings and interviews. Read More >

Employee Reviews: What Are They Good For?

When was the last time that you had an employee review? Now ask yourself the same question, but tack on the words "that served any purpose beyond paper-pushing" to the end. Do you still get the same answer? If not, you're not alone: according to a recent Wall Street Journal piece, many companies are finally coming to a realization that their employees had a long time ago: most employee review systems are terrible. Read More >

Is the Legal Job Market Improving?

Among the many informative sessions at last week's NALP Annual Conference was a Q&A with members of the American Bar Association, in which the ABA gave a sneak peek at the most recent law school employment statistics. How has the law school class of 2014 fared since graduating? The short answer: A little better than their predecessors, but mostly because the number of law school grads shrank from the previous year. Read More >

Startup Jobs in Medical Marijuana

According to a handful of recent polls, a majority of Americans now support the legalization of medical marijuana. This means that legalization, if it hasn't already, is coming to a state near you. It also means that there'll be tons of cash up for grabs once medical marijuana is legal in your state. And so, if you aren't working for or investing in a medical marijuana startup, now might be a good time to get in on the action. Read More >

11 Networking Rules to Live By

Hundreds of legal career professionals have descended on Chicago for the annual NALP Conference, and the Vault team is here along with them. In addition to attending a myriad of informative panel discussions and workshops, we are networking our tails off. It's a lot of fun to catch up with our contacts at law firms, law schools, legal search firms and other conference attendees. Read More >

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