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How to Brainstorm Effectively: Tips From a Former Consultant

Andrew Faircloth and Brent Macon were management consultants for three years (Andrew with Bain & Co., Brent with McKinsey & Co.). They started Primer Sports in August to help outgoing professionals use sports to connect with people in the workplace and beyond. Both are first-time entrepreneurs. Read More >

Will Computers Soon Replace Junior Lawyers? No.

A new survey finds that 35% of the leaders of large law firms can envision a law-focused version of IBM's artificial intelligent computer Watson replacing first year associates in the next five to ten years.  The survey (PDF), which polled the managing partners and chairs of 320 firms of 50+ attorneys, also shows that 47% of firm leaders see paralegals being replaced by technology in the same time frame. Read More >

Are Humble CEOs More Successful?

Although I've never come across a study measuring CEOs' success against their level of humility, I'd wager that there's a strong positive correlation between the two. And so, I'd wager that what this recent Wall Street Journal article points to is true: that braggart CEOs with big egos do not perform as well, nor do their staffs perform as well, as CEOs who've been schooled in the fine art of humility, and that, as a result, boards of companies are beginning to hire accordingly. Read More >

Twitter Layoffs: Career Lessons on Being Prepared

The recent news of 300 layoffs at Twitter is proof that you can suffer career setbacks even at highflying companies. What lessons can the rest of us take away from this kind of news? Always Be Ready For Your Next Job Search  For students on campus or early in their careers, the amount of jobs you will have has drastically changed. Two generations ago, your grandparents had one or two jobs. Your parents had between nine and 11. Read More >

This Interview Question Could Change Your Career

There's a good post over on Quartz today that's all about millennial career dissatisfaction. While the whole thing is worth a read-regardless of whether you're a millennial yourself or an old who's all but given up on trying to figure the kids out and is just looking forward to the sweet release of death/retirement so you won't have to read any more think-pieces about how to inspire them anymore-one point in particular stood out to me from a career perspective. Read More >

Should I Stay or Should I Go? When to Call it Quits at Work

Whether you're new to an organization or you've been there for years, you may be asking the same question: Is this job right for me? If you're hearing The Clash bounce around your skull at the end of each day, it may be time to seriously evaluate your current position. Whatever the reason for your uncertainty, the point is that something has you running internal diagnostics on your career path with your current organization. Read More >

11 Essential Cover Letter Tips

Your cover letter is just as important as your resume and deserves just as much attention. It's the first correspondence read by a prospective employer, and a badly written cover letter won't get you in the door, or even your resume read. Typically, a cover letter has three short paragraphs. Each has no more than three sentences. The first paragraph is your chance to get the reader's attention. Read More >

Maybe Don’t Sue Your Law School

The recession has been no fun for many lawyers, especially recent graduates. Firms stopped hiring, layoffs hit some of the most prestigious firms, and plenty of firms folded altogether. If you graduated from law school in the last eight years or so, your job prospects aren't what they might have been in the early to mid-2000s. So what do you do about it? A bunch of people decided to put their new law degrees to good use and sue their law schools.  And they're pretty much all losing. Read More >

How Your Mother's Advice Can Lead to a VC Job in Silicon Valley

All too often, those who dole out interview advice emphasize memorizing the answers to certain questions (what are your strengths? weaknesses? tell me about a time when …) at the expense of making sure you come across as a human being, which is to say making sure you allow a genuine conversation to take place as opposed to simply repeating answers you learned by rote. Because if you just do that, you risk sounding like an unemployable robot. Read More >

5 Essential Project Management Skills for Your Resume

Most companies will need to meet various business goals and objectives at any one time. The most common approach is to group related activities into distinct or related projects. It is crucial that these projects are planned and managed successfully, the value of project management should never be underestimated.  Whether you are preparing an event, building a website or constructing a building, project management is a critical function that every business will come across at some point. Read More >


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