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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Avoiding Cage-gate: Cover Letter Mishaps

by Cathy Vandewater  |  July 10, 2012

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. Anyone saving images of Nicolas Cage looking crazy has... Read More >

How to Stay Motivated for an After-Hours Job Search

by Cathy Vandewater  |  June 26, 2012

It's not easy doing much of anything after work. Whether you're struggling to justify your gym membership, cook dinner that doesn't involve the microwave, or keep your bathroom reasonably clean, it can be hard to find the motivation after a long day at the office. Unfortunately, the awfuler your day (re: you need a new job), the tougher it can be to find the will to look after your most important task: conducting a job hunt. The trouble is, until you find a better job, it's not going to... Read More >

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

by Cathy Vandewater  |  June 14, 2012

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 >

4 Hiring Requirements You Have No Control Over

by Cathy Vandewater  |  June 08, 2012

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. And with huge pools of candidates to choose... Read More >

Career Advice from Sheryl Sandberg: The HBS Address

by Cathy Vandewater  |  June 01, 2012

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. The separation of work and home personalities is now a thing of the past,... Read More >

Dear Diary: Journal Your Way to a Job

by Cathy Vandewater  |  May 29, 2012

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? It takes effort to think our pasts and presents through for ourselves, and recording them is no... Read More >

Call Me, Maybe? 4 Rules for Effective Business Cards

by Cathy Vandewater  |  May 22, 2012

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? The answer may lie in what type of business you're in; if you... Read More >

3 Questions to Ask for a Higher Quality Internship

by Cathy Vandewater  |  May 18, 2012

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). But how can you tell going in whether you'll learn... Read More >

Genius vs. Jerky: Are Recruiters Getting Too Demanding?

by Cathy Vandewater  |  April 13, 2012

Jim Hopkinson was looking for a marketing intern. Since he happens to work for the website of an intensely popular tech magazine, Wired, he decided to up the ante a little on his application requirements with a "bonus" question: what's his favorite baseball team? This was in addition to a more traditional list of demands, including links to blogs/websites/videos that demonstrate web skills, a PDF-formatted resume, cover letter detailing why the applicant wants the job, and a specific... Read More >

Your Job Search as a Business: 4 To-Dos

by Cathy Vandewater  |  March 29, 2012

You've probably heard that you should treat a job hunt like a job. But without the accountability that comes with a paycheck (and a scary boss), you might let a few important details slide. Don't! Imagine you're an entrepreneur fishing for clients. You'd be mortified to reach out to the same contact twice, right? You'd also never leave money on the table by not following up with someone interested in your company-it's just bad business. Treat your product (yourself) with the same... Read More >

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