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Why Customer Service Skills Can Help Your Career (Even If It's Not in Retail)

When I think of customer service, a department store register or the counter at a fast food restaurant usually comes to mind. While these are certainly archetypes of the quintessential business/customer interaction, customer service goes far beyond retail - it seeps into every industry, public or private, no matter the transaction type or parties involved.  Regardless of what services you offer, your clients are, hands down, the most important part of your business. Read More >

How to Effectively Use Social Media to Develop Your Brand

I love social media.  For the last 7 years, I have expanded my public relations career to include social media marketing aimed at successfully promoting a business to a larger consumer base.  I have found great success in using social media for others, but I never thought to use it as a tool to effectively market my own skills and abilities.  That was until December 14, 2015, when I decided to quit my previous job without a real backup plan. Read More >

Talent Wars: Is Silicon Valley Salivating Over the Bonus Drought on Wall Street?

Back in 2008, when the mortgage-backed securities hit the fan, there was a monstrous public outcry for banker bonuses to be scaled back. Banks kicked and screamed, fighting hard against it, but in the end acquiesced and scaled bonuses back. Or sort of scaled them back. What they agreed to do, instead of giving senior bankers mountains of cash at the end of the year, was give them mountains of stock. Read More >

Off the Beaten Path: JAG to Solo to Small Firm

We at Vault focus mainly on the life of lawyers at large and midsize law firms, but many law grads decide to work for the government, in a small firm, or as a solo practitioner. Ian Holzhauer has done all three in less than a decade of practicing. Ian's career has included a stint as a JAG in the Air Force, launching a suburban Chicago solo practice, and joining an established small firm. Read More >

From the Marines and Merrill Lynch to Marijuana Startup CEO

As I've written about previously here and here, opportunities abound in the budding legal weed business. And these aren't just for growers, trimmers, and budtenders, but also for CPAs, lawyers, bankers, and marketing and advertising executives. Today, these positions can be found across the country. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, and four states (Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington) and D.C. Read More >

5 Resume Myths You Should Feel Free to Ignore

Throughout my life, my mother has always been there to try to guide me in the correct direction. At a young age, she instilled the importance of having a neat room and keeping a tidy house. She's offered advice around cooking, getting stubborn stains out of clothes and even things to remember when filing my taxes-all sound advice that came in handy once I was living on my own. Read More >

Does School Prestige Affect Earnings Potential?

According to a recent and rather extensive study of 7,300 college grads, how prestigious your school is might make little to no difference to your future earnings. That is, if you're a science, tech, engineering, or math major it won't. For STEM-related majors, average earnings don't vary much among the college categories. Read More >

The Real Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job

Over the last few weeks, Vault has provided employees with tips on how to quit their job and has also informed employers on how to graciously accept a letter of resignation, so the next logical progression would be to discuss why people should leave their jobs in the first place. Read More >

A Q&A with O’Melveny’s Dedicated Career Coach

Jim Moore describes himself as a "bridge builder." As the career coach at O'Melveny-one of only a handful of large law firms to have a dedicated career coach nationwide-he acts as a sounding board, counselor, reality check, and advisor for anyone who seeks out his services.  Over the course of his five-year stint in this role, Jim has seen nearly 600 lawyers. Read More >

Tips for How to Quit Your Job

Here at Vault, we are dedicated to helping you find ways to get hired, from drafting a cover letter to laying out the perfect resume, to finding your future employer. But at some point, you're probably going to quit your job, either for a new position or to take a break (temporary or permanent) from the workforce. And according to the Labor Department's monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), we're quitting left and right. Read More >

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