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Should You Write Thank You Letters After Rejections?

Your interview went well and you did everything correctly, but you still received that letter or phone call stating that you weren't chosen for the position. This will happen. Not every job is for you, and not every interview will result in a job offer. However, you can still use a thank you letter to your advantage. First, it helps to avoid burning any bridges. Second, if you're still interested in the company, you can express this in your letter. Read More >

6 Tips for Writing Better Cover Letters

Once you have the cover letter basics down-you generally know what to include in a cover letter, what not to include, how long it should be, what it's used for, who reads it, how you should address it, how you should sign off-then you're ready for some specific writing advice that will make your cover letter the best it can be. To that end, here are six tips to get you started writing, through the rough patches, and across the cover letter finish line.  1. Read More >

The Golden Rule of Interviews

Interviews are stressful, fear-inducing, sweat-inducing, mostly unpleasant affairs. And so, when you're on the other side of the desk-in the interviewer's seat-you shouldn't forget this. That is, when interviewing someone, you should treat your interviewee like you'd want to be treated if you were the one being interviewed. Read More >

The Mistakes I Made During Job Interviews

The job search is a stressful experience, especially if you don't currently have a job. One mistake - a spelling error, a poorly worded email - feels like your world is coming to an end.  So, when you should be happy that a company wants to invite you in for a job interview, you're actually terrified. What if I oversleep?  What if I answer a question wrong?  What if I say something stupid? 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 >

10 Tips for Cover Letter Success

A cover letter is the first chance you get to present yourself to a potential employee in an engaging way. It allows you to go into detail about your experience, present your writing skills and hint at any research that you've done on the company. Basically, it's your time to show off a little. With that in mind, you should make sure it really stands out. Below are 10 tips on how to do that: 1. Write Eloquently. Read More >

How to Deal With a Resume Gap

The list of reasons for a gap in your resume is seemingly limitless. Maybe it was time to take a few years off to raise your children, your original career plans may no longer match your current goals and you've returned to school, or maybe hard times have found their way to your doorstep. Whatever the reason, gaps in our employment histories happen. While there may be a gap on your resume, all hope for overcoming the hurdles involved in the hiring process should not be lost. 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 >

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 >

11 Essential Cover Letter Tips

Your cover letter is just as important as your resume and deserves just as much attention. It's the first correspondence read by a prospective employer, and a badly written cover letter won't get you in the door, or even your resume read. Typically, a cover letter has three short paragraphs. Each has no more than three sentences. The first paragraph is your chance to get the reader's attention. Read More >

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