Challenge Yourself to Mindfulness at Work

It's midday Monday. Your coffee buzz is either just kicking in or it's already wearing off. Your inbox is filling up faster than you can say, "Is it the weekend yet?" The to-do list you had been so intent on plowing through is now your last priority after unexpected "emergencies" have come across your desk. Never mind Friday's deadline-you won't be able to think about that until at least Wednesday. Read More >

Dear Sam Polk (A Letter to a Wealth Addict)

Dear Mr. Polk, I read (re-read) your January 18, 2014 New York Times op-ed, "For the Love of Money," with great interest and even greater admiration. Currently, I'm a third-year college student at a school in Boston (☺), and, like the young Sam Polk, before he realized that he was addicted to wealth, I, too, am very enthusiastic, to say the least, about pursuing a career on Wall Street. Which is the reason I'm writing you today. Read More >

Take Vault’s Office Romance Survey!

As Valentine's Day approaches, are longer hours turning into late night trysts? Have you ever had an office fling? Or a crush on a co-worker? Did you meet your significant other at work? Should office romances be prohibited, or encouraged? Take five minutes to tell us your thoughts! Vault's Office Romance Survey is our most popular study, and previous installments have been featured in prominent outlets including Forbes, the Daily News, The Takeaway, Newsweek and NBC. Read More >

The Power of Workplace Diversity

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." When Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote these words he lived in a society that struggled to embrace and encourage differences. Indeed, Dr. King had a vision of inclusion that's taken several decades to become a part of America, including the American workplace. Read More >

Finding Happiness and Practicing Law are Not Mutually Exclusive

I showed up for my first day of law school with my shiny new case books and 50 pages of perfectly typed notes in hand. I was eager, ready to espouse all of my knowledge about Vosburg v. Putney and, apparently, doomed. Rather than kicking off the class with a rousing discussion of 19th century shin injuries, the professor climbed on top of his soap box and proceeded to launch into a speech detailing the perils of a career as an attorney. I learned that (1. Read More >

How Recruiters Find Top Talent on LinkedIn

Ever wondered how to make your profile stand out on LinkedIn, or whether people who use the site actually find jobs with it? I definitely have, so when I got the opportunity to talk to someone who knows the ins and outs of using the site from a hiring perspective, I jumped at it. The result: the following Q&A with Erin Osterhaus, an HR analyst at Software Advice, an online resource for reviews and comparisons of HR software. Read More >

The Revolution Against Open-Office Plans Has Begun

Although 70 percent of the American workforce now works shoulder-to-shoulder in football-field sized rooms without anything as much as an iPhone-thin wall separating their desks, studies continue to show that open-office plans are detrimental to employees' concentration, productivity, creativity, stress level, and job satisfaction, not to mention their health. Read More >

Which Industries Lost Most Jobs in 2013?

As a follow-up to my recent post on the industries that gained most jobs in 2013, I looked at the other end of the BLS data: the industries that shed employees over the year. As with the previous post, I looked at the data two different ways: the industries that lost the highest total number of jobs, and those that suffered the biggest percentage decrease. Read More >

Is Bigger Better? The Law Firm Dating Game Continues

As we reported in November, 2013 was a record year for law firm mergers, and the final results are in. The number of mergers rose 47% since 2012, with 88 combinations announced, according to data released by the legal consulting firm Altman Weil. Most of these deals consisted of smaller firms being acquired by larger firms at least five times their size. Notably, there were no mergers among AmLaw 200 firms announced in 2013, though there were talks-and then the talks crumbled. Read More >

Which Industries Created Most Jobs in 2013?

While it may have disappointed on a monthly basis, data in the most recent BLS labor report indicates that private industry in the U.S. created some 1.7 million jobs in 2013. I looked at the data from a couple of different angles, to try to figure out where job seekers had the best chance of landing a freshly-created position in 2013 (hint: not the government--state and federal agencies cut around 390,000 positions over the same period). Read More >

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