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In Interviews, Heart and Brains Beats Experience

One of JetBlue Chairman Joel Peterson's guiding principles when it comes to hiring has been looking for heart and brains, at the expense of work experience. Peterson, who is also a former CEO of real estate giant Trammell Crow and who has taught for several years at Stanford Business School, is the subject of the latest New York Times Corner Office column. Read More >

Nine Networking Email Subject Lines

Networking through email is a useful and effective way to reach out to busy professionals without being intrusive. However, as they are, in fact, busy professionals, it is important to craft a concise, specific subject line that will prevent the recipient from immediately trashing the email. Subject lines that identify who you are and what you are seeking are most likely to elicit a response. Below find a variety of email subject lines that can be customized to fit your needs. Read More >

Q&A With a Working Mother on Wall Street

Hilani Kerr is the head of global foreign exchange product sales at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. During her two-decade career, she has worked in Europe, Asia, Australia, and, for the past three years, in New York. In addition to her busy work schedule, she and her husband are raising two daughters-an 11-year old and an eight-year old. I recently spoke to Kerr about how she balances her home life with her work life. Below is an excerpt from that conversation. Read More >

Are Moms at the Top Law Firms Happy?

What better time than Mother's Day to tip our hats to working moms in one of the most demanding jobs around? This year over 17,000 lawyers participated in Vault's Law Firm Associate Survey and told us what it's really like to work in BigLaw. The full rankings and law firm profiles, complete with comments submitted by attorneys on all aspects of firm life, will be released next month. In the meantime, we on the editorial team have been immersing ourselves in the survey data. Read More >

Long Hours: How to Fake it Like a Top Consultant

Color me shocked: a recent study has found that many consultants who claim to be working 80+ hours per week may be faking at least some of them. Read More >

Which Law Firms May Actually be Celebrating Mother's Day?

In honor of Mother's Day (don't panic, there's still time to send your mom flowers), Vault is pleased to congratulate the law firms, chosen by Yale Law Women, that make it easier for moms (and dads) to be actively involved in their children's lives while still billing those hours! Read More >

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 >

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