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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 >

5 Essential Project Management Skills for Your Resume

Most companies will need to meet various business goals and objectives at any one time. The most common approach is to group related activities into distinct or related projects. It is crucial that these projects are planned and managed successfully, the value of project management should never be underestimated.  Whether you are preparing an event, building a website or constructing a building, project management is a critical function that every business will come across at some point. Read More >

Newsflash: Your Cover Letter Doesn't Matter

Is crafting the perfect cover letter worth the time and effort you put into it? Not according to research conducted by the Addison Group, which surveyed hiring managers about the factors that are most important to them when assessing candidates. According to that research, just 18%  rank cover letters-or their equally antiquated cousin the thank you note-as important parts in assessing potential candidates. Read More >

How to Land a Private Equity Job

Landing a private equity job might not be as difficult as running a four-minute mile or swimming across the English Channel, but it can be quite a formidable challenge. To many who love finance (and large paychecks), a private equity position is a dream job. And the majority of PE firms only hire when they're fundraising or otherwise expanding. Read More >

10 Keywords to Set Your Finance Resume Apart from the Crowd

At one time or another, every job-seeker seems to ask the same question: What makes a perfect resume? Over the years, I've learned that the answer is two-pronged: A perfect resume is customized to a specific position within an organization, and it should contain keywords found in the job description as well as key industry terms. Read More >

Are Summer Jobs On the Way Out?

Kids these days, with their new-fangled gadgets and their lewd pop music and their scandalous fashion sense and internet memes, amirite? The only thing that's worse: us "grownups," consumed with our bitter envy of their lifestyles and freedom and, well, general youth. If you're looking for more fuel for your "things were better back in my day" fire, check out the chart below, which shows that summer employment rates among teenagers are perilously low. Read More >

The Best Recommendation Letter Ever

John Nash was a Nobel prize-winning mathematician whose life was made all the more memorable through its portrayal in the movie A Beautiful Mind. Following the death of Nash and his wife, Alice, in a car crash last month, Princeton University has lifted the restriction on Nash's graduate school files. Read More >

Which Font Is the Best for Your Resume?

I'll give you a hint: it's not Comic Sans, it's not Times New Roman, and, as far as I know, it's the only font that's been the subject of a feature-length documentary film. Yes, Helvetica. Or should I say, Helvetica Yes! In any case, according to Bloomberg, "which asked three typography wonks which typefaces make a curriculum vitae look classiest," here's why the font is so well suited for your resume: "Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn't really lean in one direction or another. Read More >


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