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Avoiding Cage-gate: Cover Letter Mishaps

Remember that really embarrassing typo in that cover letter you wrote one time? Get ready to feel better about it. In a serious case of a picture saying a thousand words about a person, "Vanessa" applied to an administrative assistant position at York University-and accidentally attached a crazy-eyed photo of the National Treasure star she'd saved instead of her resume. Frankly, if I were doing the hiring, Vanessa would have the job. Read More >

Attracting Recruiters: Lessons from Sun Tzu

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. Okay, so Sun Tzu might be a little dramatic as inspiration for the average job search, but bear with me a little here. The longer a job search goes on, the more it becomes like an entrenched battle. Read More >

A Real Day In the Life?

You've heard of the informational interview-sitting down with a person whose career you admire, and asking questions about their career and trajectory. But what about experiencing their career? Or rather, a few days of it? That's what Jennifer Turliuk did. Read More >

The Anti-Resume: Is non-traditional the new answer?

Rules exist for a reason. But granted, David Crandall is more likely than most to be successful at breaking them. As a marketing and business design pro, it's essentially his job to reinvent the wheel in an eye-catching, attention grabbing fashion. That's just what he did with a 61-slide "Anti-Resume Manifesto." With sweeping, inspirational statements from Steve Jobs and splashy, all caps red and grey text, Crandall's "manifesto" reads more like an ad campaign pitch than a plea for a job. Read More >

How to Change Careers and Get Hired in a New Industry

Karen Amatangelo-Block recently changed jobs after working nearly a decade and a half in recruiting at large law firms. She is now the Director of Global Recruiting at Abt Associates, a consulting firm with 2,300 staff worldwide that focuses on health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Here, she reports for Vault about the challenges she has faced since changing industry. Read More >

4 Hiring Requirements You Have No Control Over

At Vault, we spend a lot of time telling you which factors of a job search are in your control: cover letters, resumes, networking, first impressions (firm handshakes, everybody!) That may lead you to believe that when you don't get the job, you must have done something wrong. And it's a possibility. But there's also a chance that some silly stuff is going on with employers that has nothing to do with you. The truth is, it's a buyers' market. Read More >

Career Advice from Sheryl Sandberg: The HBS Address

Of all the reasons we're jealous of Harvard Business School students, snagging some incredible commencement speakers is right up there. In case you missed it, here are a few great pieces of career (and life) advice from this year's speaker, Mark Zuckerberg's right hand woman: Sheryl Sandberg. 1. Be authentic The Facebook COO speaks a lot about authenticity in her speech, which makes sense considering her employer. Read More >

Dear Diary: Journal Your Way to a Job

If you've ever kept a food log, you were likely shocked by how much you actually eat all day. And how little of it was as healthy as you remembered it being. Our careers, like our diets, are susceptible to selective memory. We tell the story of who we are at work, usually in job titles and descriptions we've heard others use. But what if we told our own story to ourselves? What would we find? Read More >

Call Me, Maybe? 4 Rules for Effective Business Cards

Gawker picked up on a new trend: The "Call Me Maybe" business card. If you're not familiar with the song, consider yourself lucky, because it's definitely an ear worm. The lyrics: "Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here's my number-call me, maybe?" Gawker already scooped three images of cheeky business cards including the lyrics. But, while definitely cute, is a gimmick like song lyrics appropriate for a business card? Read More >

3 Questions to Ask for a Higher Quality Internship

With the all hubbub surrounding unpaid internships, it's clear there's a disconnect between what interns want and what many employers are offering. Labor laws dictate that an "internship" must pass a series of litmus tests to be considered legally unpaid, including providing structured training; and the intern no displacing a paid employee (or performing the same job for no pay that they would otherwise be entitled to compensation for). Read More >

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