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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Less Is More: 7 Advantages of Tweeting for a Job

by Cathy Vandewater  |  April 17, 2013

Twitter is becoming the new job board-or so says the Wall Street Journal. The sprawling site, with its disjointed snippets of conversation, endless links and retweets, and tangled webs of followers can be tough to navigate. But master the waters, and you'll have world of opportunity on your hands. Here's why: 1. Links are clickable Online resume? 6-second Vine video? LinkedIn profile? Work samples? Infographic? It's so easy to link to your stuff on Twitter, where employer mouses will be at... Read More >

Late? Groggy? Hack Your Morning Routine

by Cathy Vandewater  |  March 27, 2013

Still dragging your feet from the "spring ahead" hour change? Put a little pep in your step (and get your feet out the door faster) with a little morning streamlining. With these tips, you might just get to work on time--with your shirt pressed and your lunch packed to boot. 1. Don't hit snooze Did you know that an extra 15 minutes of sleep can actually make you more tired? It's less about the amount of sleep than about where you wake up during your sleep cycle. If you hit snooze because... Read More >

Sheryl Sandberg: It's Okay to Cry at Work

by Cathy Vandewater  |  March 13, 2013

So, crying at work. It's not like you ever plan for it to happen. But when it does, is it a career killer? Should it be? Sheryl Sandberg doesn't think so. Here's what she had to say in an interview with Jezebel on the topic: "Look, I'm not suggesting that the way to get to the corner office is to cry as much as possible. Nobody is going to publish the next Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and say that crying is one of them. But I am saying that it happens. It has happened to me. It... Read More >

Office Betting Survey, 2013: The Results Are In

by Cathy Vandewater  |  March 11, 2013

Are you keeping your office betting pool on the DL? You're not the only one. Our 2013 Office Betting Survey results are in, and while there's some confusion about whose company policies' actually allow betting, it seems that the vast majority of workplaces have a pool going regardless. 70% of participants report having participated in office betting of some kind, most commonly March Madness, at 69%. The Super Bowl was another favorite, with 60% of survey takers placing bets on the big... Read More >

Hitting the Career Snooze Button? 5 Reasons to Get Up

by Cathy Vandewater  |  January 14, 2013

Call it the Britney Spears affect. The newly "Ex" judge of the X-Factor is a few years older than the bulk of her generation, but the  M.O. is the same: not really trying until she finds something she feels like doing. The X Factor is the latest project chucked aside after a half-hearted run. Luckily, Spears has her early 2000s money and fame to lean on, but the younger members of her generation aren't so lucky. They're living with parents or several roommates, maybe working a part time job... Read More >

Liberal Arts Major? Don't Despair

by Cathy Vandewater  |  December 31, 2012

So called "soft" major get a bad rap. But English, Communications, and Medieval Literature majors shouldn't panic-there are plenty of pluses to a degree of the basket weaving variety. Chances are you're a better communicator, a critical thinker, and you can more easily see the big picture among a lot of little details. After all, it's what you do when you read a tough literary novel and write an essay about its major themes or cultural significance. And it's a lesson straight out of... Read More >

Mean Mentors: Why Jerks are Good for Your Job Search

by Cathy Vandewater  |  December 18, 2012

Ever see Kitchen Nightmares? The notoriously difficult chef Gordon Ramsay waltzes into failing restaurants, samples the food and atmosphere, then succinctly and arrogantly tells the owner everything they're doing wrong. It's awesome. Naturally, this tends not to go over too well with the owners. But with a lot of money at stake (many are already losing thousands of dollars a month on rent), they usually take Ramsay's advice and save their businesses. Trouble is, without actual, visible... Read More >

Job Hunting? Don't Make These 4 Party Mistakes

by Cathy Vandewater  |  December 14, 2012

Ah, holiday parties. Harmless gatherings of merry-making. Or are they actually fields full of of conversational landmines? Social stuff can always be tough when you don't really want to talk about your job situation. After all, if you don't have anything nice to say... But parties can be especially rough around the holidays, when people you haven't seen all year want to catch up and ask all kinds of probing, judgmental questions. So what do you do? Get sloshed and cry to your uncle's... Read More >

Strengths Vs. Passions: What Makes a Dream Job?

by Cathy Vandewater  |  December 07, 2012

Why does it seem so many people hate their jobs? Why is it that, despite chasing our "passions," Elizabethan Poetry or basket-weaving has not yielded satisfying work? The trouble is, people aren't considering their natural strengths-which are the key to feeling useful, competent, and of course, happy at work. So before you take a job in your dream industry, read the "responsibilities." Why? Well in short, anxiety, job insecurity, exhaustion, burnout: these are all symptoms of doing work... Read More >

Fake It 'Til You Make It?

by Cathy Vandewater  |  November 30, 2012

You know the job description--you've seen it a million times. An entry level position with a 5-year experience requirement. Or an internship citing "MUST HAVE" working knowledge of 3 kinds of software. Maybe it's a series of soft skills that's required, that you're not sure you have. Are you really detail oriented? Self starting? Good at multitasking? It can be tempting to skip applying altogether. It's a lost cause unless you're a perfect match, right? Not so fast. If you're 80%... Read More >