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What Are the Differences Between a Career Coach and a Mentor?

When we hear the term "mentoring," the first word that may come to mind is "coaching." The fact is that both of these words mean completely different things, especially when it comes to hiring a career coach or a mentor. It is important that you know the difference before you decide to hire a professional for help with your job search. 1. Read More >

Up All Night with a Turkish Pop Star

I was up all night with a Turkish pop star, but in the least hot way possible.  We were in an immigration law office together organizing her papers to show to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  She was in an utter panic. "If I don't get this Visa renewed, I don't know what I'm gonna do.  I cannot go back to Istanbul.  I just can't.  That would basically be the end of my career.  I just.  Everything has to be perfect. Read More >

6 Finance Interview Questions That Test Your Market Knowledge

In light of the credit crunch of late 2008, students are going to see the same "How did we get here?" question masked in a variety of forms. A solid understanding of subprime and other credit-related products, write-downs, and leverage is key to answering these kinds of questions. Below are some examples of questions you might expect. All of these are designed to test your knowledge rather than assess your past behavior. 1. What is meant by mark-to-market? Read More >

Why the Grass Isn't Always Greener

Like most parents of young children, part of my nightly routine involves a bit of bedtime reading. Recently my children stumbled across a large book of Aesop's fables-the same book my mother read to me when I was young. It is heavy, a bit musty, and the pages are yellowed, but the stories are just as good as they were in my memories. Last week, we came across the story of the Wolf and the Goat. To summarize this short gem, the wolf is at the bottom of a cliff, unable to eat the goat. Read More >

Which Law Firm Has the Happiest Associates?

For the third year in a row, Paul Hastings has been named Vault's Best Law Firm to Work For, a title earned through high ratings in Vault's numerous Quality of Life rankings including Satisfaction, Firm Culture and Compensation. The competition is serious, however-Ropes & Gray is putting up a strong fight to reclaim the No. 1 spot. Ropes topped the Best to Work For list in 2011 and has been No. 2 since then, trailing Paul Hastings by just 0.12 points this year (compared to 0. Read More >

Is the Constant Connection to Our Jobs Melting Our Children’s Minds?

Here's a scene you can witness at any number of New York City restaurants any night of the week: A mother sits down with her two young kids, and before menus are brought out, the mother hands the kids matching iPads. The kids then proceed to play video games through their entire meal, looking up just once or twice from their respective screens, only to drink some water or fill their mouths with food they're too busy to taste. Read More >

Pros and Cons of the Uberization of Work

Today, nearly one in five jobs is performed by a part-time independent contractor or freelancer. That's a 60 percent rise versus the number of jobs that part-timers held 15 years ago. This change in how we work has sometimes been referred to as the "gig economy." And recently, it has also been referred to as the "Uberization" of the workplace, named after the ride sharing company Uber, which employs 4,000 full-timers and 156,000 part-timers-that is, only 2. Read More >

10 Interview Tips to Help You Land the Job

Ever wondered why you can't get the company to call you back after an interview? Or felt like there's nothing you can do except wait for an answer? Here's the good news: you're not alone. According to career coach, speaker and author Ford R. Myers, those are common complaints shared by  many jobseekers after completing a job interview. The better news: Myers-author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," (John Wiley & Sons, http://www.getthejobbook. Read More >

What Every Law Student Should Know about OCI

I'm not going to sugar coat it. Securing a summer associate position at a prestigious and economically healthy law firm is not for the faint of heart.  The official on-campus interview process (OCI) is about to begin in earnest and it will be all-consuming for participating law students. Now is the time to prepare your strategy. During my 25 years recruiting for Vault Law/AmLaw 100 law firms I came in contact with every kind of applicant. Read More >

5 Guesstimates Wall Street Firms Ask and How to Answer Them

Guesstimates are interview questions that involve asking candidates to come up with a figure, usually the size of a market or the number of objects in a certain area. Although guesstimates are more commonly given in interviews for consulting positions, they do pop up in finance interviews as well. Read More >

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