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10 Signs You Should Run Away From a Job Offer

Aristotle once said, "The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain." While the famous philosopher probably wasn't offering career advice, I'm going to make the stretch and say it's just as applicable in this arena. Being happy with our careers shouldn't be a lofty goal-it should be the foundation that we base our career choices on. Read More >

Test Your IQ (International Quotient) to See If Working Abroad Is for You

People live and work overseas for a variety of reasons, but the common motivating factors for working abroad are typically these: a desire for adventure and personal growth, greater professional opportunities, and language acquisition.  For many, working abroad represents freedom, adventure, and a chance to break out of the "9-to-5" mold while seeing the rest of the world. Read More >

Students: How to Find a Job Over the Holidays

With the holidays around the corner, it may seem like on-campus recruiting is tailing off, but December can actually be an interesting month for finding full-time and summer positions. The reason: right around this time of year, responses to offers are flowing in from students-and, because many candidates will have received multiple offers, lots of firms find themselves with a recruiting shortfall to fill over the next couple of months. Read More >

What Do Young Venture Capitalists Do All Day?

Venture capitalists (and venture capital funds) are in the business of investing in young, innovative companies (often in the tech and healthcare sectors) in exchange for an equity stake that hopefully can be translated into a profit when the company goes public or is merged with or sold to another company. And so, in order to be successful, venture capitalists are always on the lookout for growth companies. This means digging down on specific data to assess opportunities. Read More >

50 Best Internships for 2016

This past summer, Vault surveyed more than 5,800 interns at 102 different intern programs. We asked current and former interns to rate and review their internships in five areas: the application process, compensation and perks, quality of life, meaningfulness of assignments and training, and full-time employment prospects. Vault also asked interns which employers have the most prestigious internships. Read More >

4 Interview Questions Venture Capital Firms Ask

Venture capital interviews aren't tricky. Generally, there are no brainteasers or case questions. A VC interview is a chance for venture capitalists to get a sense of you, the same way they do when meeting with entrepreneurs. That's how venture capitalists make investment decisions-by gut instinct. Hiring is no different. As a result, the interviews are often very personal in nature. Read More >

What Are Cover Letters Good For?

The Vault team has written a lot about cover letters lately, from asking whether they are even necessary to giving tips on how to draft a good one.  But I've been reviewing a good number of resumes and cover letters recently (because we're hiring), and I've noticed a trend: job applicants don't know what cover letters are even for. Read More >

Harvard Business School Links Sarcasm With Success

Years ago, during a first-round on-campus interview with an investment bank, I was asked to tell a joke. Although I don't remember which joke I told, I remember receiving a slight laugh (I also remember receiving a second-round interview but not a third-round interview or a job offer). Read More >

The Top Tech Job Search Terms

The speed of change in the tech industry can be one of its biggest selling points or its greatest threat to your career, depending on your perspective. For proof of that concept, consider the list of the most-used terms in tech job postings, which come to us courtesy of Textio, a startup that is dedicated to predicting the performance of all kinds of written material online. Read More >

Pushing the Curtain Aside for an Encore Career

I recently went to dinner with a friend whose decades-long career, judging from all outside appearances, has been a resounding success. This is why I found myself scratching my head when she asked the question, "Am I crazy for wanting to make a switch at my age?" My initial thought was, "Yes! Why would you want to switch industries during what can only be described as the peak of a triumphant career? Read More >


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