Cathy Vandewater

Cathy is an associate producer for Vault.com. A writer, editor, and former serial intern, she earned her BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.


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Don't Fear the Phone: 7 Strategies to Conquer Calling

by Cathy Vandewater  |  August 30, 2013

Have exceptionally good chatting skills? You might have a bright future as a "phone-use consultant." Believe it or not, that's an actual job title now, thanks to the rise of emailing, g-chatting, and totally phone-phobic Millennials in the workplace. To older generations' chagrin, Gen Y's reluctance to get on the horn  has been translating into slumping business, according to the Wall Street Journal. There's just no substitute for talking on the phone when it comes to relationship-building,... Read More >

You Can Apply--Can You Do A Job You're Underqualified For?

by Cathy Vandewater  |  July 26, 2013

Maybe it's a lack of jobs you are fully qualified for. Maybe it's just one gig at a company you're dying to work for that you're not quite experienced enough to do, but can't bring yourself to pass up. Should you go for it with a role that's out of your league? Well, there's not too much to lose if you don't get the job. It's getting an interview-or maybe, just maybe, landing the job--that could throw you into a tailspin. So, are you ready for it? Here are a few questions to ask... Read More >

Is Your (Illegal) Unpaid Summer Internship Worth It?

by Cathy Vandewater  |  June 24, 2013

Ever since the decision on the 20th Century Fox intern lawsuit, reactions have mainly fallen into two categories: "WOOHOO, finally!" and "How else are kids supposed to get any experience?!" No one wants to be taken advantage of. But the big fear is (at least from the perspective of young workers) that the pay requirement will put a cap on how many interns a company can afford to hire. That means fewer spots for those who desperately need experience, and greater competition for those... Read More >

Google Changes Its Tune on Interviews

by Cathy Vandewater  |  June 21, 2013

High GPA? Memorized answers to stats questions? Forget trying to crack the Google code-their standards just got less, well, standardized. "On the hiring side, we found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don't predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart." That's what Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google... Read More >

Didn't Get the Job? Why Not to Agonize

by Cathy Vandewater  |  June 06, 2013

It's the hardest part of job hunting: never knowing. Never knowing if you resume was even seen, then never knowing if you'll get the interview. Then, if you do, never knowing why you didn't get the job. What if, when you applied to a job, you received a score? That could be in the future says John Sullivan, a management professor at San Francisco State University. According to him in the Wall Street Journal, applicant-tracking systems, which are used by most large employers, "score... Read More >

Does an Ivy Education Get You Better Job Prospects?

by Cathy Vandewater  |  May 29, 2013

"To get to Yale, you effectively must pass through a fifteen year funnel. No company can match that kind of screening rigor, so why not leverage it?" That is the key argument in a Yale student's Hacker News rebuttal to Thomas Friedman's New York Times piece entitled "How to Get a Job." (Hint: it's NOT an Ivy league diploma, according to him). But, as important as "skill match" and problem solving abilities are in today's job market, does resourcefulness and inventive solution-finding... Read More >

3 Things Millennials Know About Success That You Don't

by Cathy Vandewater  |  May 13, 2013

Poor Millennials. It's bad enough that they're struggling with little job experience in a tough job market, but we're all beating them up for even trying. Those whippersnappers, we snipe, they think they're entitled to a job? They want feedback? They want to be paid for what they know how to do? But they probably learned it on the internet! That's hardly viable resource for learning! Still, you've got to hand it to them: Gen Y (usually defined as those individuals born between 1980 and... Read More >

Why Women Struggle With Networking: Lessons from NAPW

by Cathy Vandewater  |  May 06, 2013

Many connections were being made at NAPW Spark: Ignite Your Network Conference, but, as Bonnie Marcus notes in her workshop on using networking to become "The Transforming Leader," many of those connections are made intuitively-not strategically. Women tend to make friends with people they like, she says, and getting other women to like them through sharing and relating. Bonds are forged over intimacies (exchanging embarrassing work stories over coffee or sharing dirt on coworkers at the... Read More >

Star Jones: "Simple Seven" Tips for Success

by Cathy Vandewater  |  April 30, 2013

What do you think is holding your career back? That's the question Star Jones, spokeswoman for National Association of Professional Women, asks her audience at the organization's "Spark: Ignite Your Network" National Networking Conference. "Tell the person next to you," she says, and then, moments later, instructs everyone to also whisper it into their hands. With that, she has everyone "throw it." "When you pay attention to something, that's the direction you're going," she says. "Throw... Read More >

How to Save a Bad First Day

by Cathy Vandewater  |  April 23, 2013

Get off to a bumpy start? First, watch this video: it will help put your minor disaster into perspective. Then, reflect a little with these questions: 1. Was it really that bad? Sometimes we forget we're not actually walking around with a spotlight on us. What you feel was a majorly conspicuous flub maybe have slipped by everybody else. And if not, it's quite possible they noticed, and forgot. Before over-correcting, try objectively asking yourself if it's worth fretting over. 2. What... Read More >

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