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Why I Work Like a Millennial

The term millennial is more than a buzz word; it's a complete culture.  Millennials are changing the way things are done, most notably the way we work. As the largest fraction of the U. S. workforce, it's surprising to see companies resisting the profound impact of millennials. Read More >

Five Tips For Finding Freelance Work

For the person who loves to work, but wants to do it on their own time and from their own place - even the beach if they so choose, freelancing is a perfect option. Since the economic collapse of 2008, I've had a successful run in the freelance market, whether I had a full-time job or not. Read More >

5 Networking Tips for a Venture Capital Job Search

Networking and schmoozing are keys to any job search, but they're even more important when looking for venture capital positions. Networking is done in two ways: informally through social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, industry job boards), and face-to-face at business conferences, meetings, and other events. It's a good idea to combine both approaches. Building contacts in the VC industry is key to learning about job openings and getting an interview. Read More >

6 Ways to Build Better Relationships with Coworkers

Learning how to build relationships within a team or company can lead to personal growth and plenty of professional opportunities. But there's no doubt that fostering authentic relationships with colleagues can be challenging. So, here are a few ways to build stronger relationships with coworkers in order to improve the quality of your work life, open up doors for personal and professional development, and add value to your organization's culture.  1. Discover your interests. Read More >

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 >

Unemployment – Still the Best Thing to Happen to Me

Last week, I interviewed Jasmine Ray, the founder of Wall Ball World, for an upcoming blog, but her career advice was so thought provoking and inspiring, I had to post an early tease on our Facebook page.  Her thoughts aligned with my own recent decision to hand in my resignation letter without any sort of backup plan…and it was the best decision I ever made.  In 2009, during my first foray with Vault, I wrote a blog about my positive experience with unemployment. Read More >

3 Major Differences Between Consulting and Startup Life

Andrew Faircloth and Brent Macon were management consultants for three years (Andrew with Bain & Co., Brent with McKinsey & Co.). They started Primer Sports in August 2015 to help outgoing professionals use sports to connect with people in the workplace and beyond. Both are first-time entrepreneurs. Read More >

Why I Left a Trendy Company for a Start-up

A sweet spot currently exists between the relative glimpses offered by Vine videos and the lengthy, highly produced content of YouTube, and the new app KnowMe aims to fill that spot. Founded by Emmy-winning director of HBO's The Jinx, Andrew Jarecki, KnowMe seeks to close the gap between users' desire to create high quality video content and the availability of a tool to do so. Read More >

15 Ways to Network Even After You Have a Job

Networking experts will tell you to "never stop networking." And this includes when you're employed. The fact is, when you're employed can be among the best times to network, because people won't assume you're only reaching out to them to ask about a job. But how do you keep networking when you're busily engaged in your new position? Here are 15 different ways to do just that: 1. Read More >

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