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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48% of Gay Workers are a "Silent Minority"

by Cathy Vandewater  |  June 21, 2011

How much do your coworkers know about you? Do they know you went to a wedding this weekend? That you have siblings? Your significant other's name? They probably do, and you've probably never given it too much thought. Unless you're gay. In that case, you may be paying serious attention to your pronouns. A new study reports that a whopping 48% of all college educated gay and lesbian Americans are hiding their sexual orientation at their jobs. A third go as far to lead a double life,... Read More >

It's All In Your Head: Grooming a "Winner's Brain"

by Cathy Vandewater  |  May 02, 2011

You keep your resume current, your suit pressed, and your hair trimmed-but is your brain in top form? Jeff Brown doubts it. The Harvard Medical School psychologist and co-author of The Winner's Brain is appalled by how we treat our noodles. "People don't take care of their brains--they don't prioritize them," he says. "They think about their weight, muscles, everything you can think of about appearance. But they don't prioritize the brain." Brown, who studied the thinking patterns of... Read More >

How to Rock a Career Fair

by Cathy Vandewater  |  April 21, 2011

Career fairs can be intense. You'll be elbow to elbow with fellow job seekers, rattling off your elevator pitch a dozen times in a row, and competing for the attention of exhausted booth operators-and all with absolutely no guarantee of success. So why go? Well, it's the difference between personally delivering your resume to a hiring manager instead and just hitting the send button. Consider all the advantages: a fair is a chance to show off your new suit and your sparkling personality,... Read More >

The New Elite: 3 Reasons Why Startups Are Great Places to Wo

by Cathy Vandewater  |  April 14, 2011

Crain's #1 place to work for in New York City, ZocDoc, sheds some light on what it's like to work for a start up-and why beer pong is vital to employee satisfaction. "Culture fit is huge for us," says Ben Sussman, an applications engineer at ZocDoc. "We're all dressed up like crazy idiots-we're about to have a beer pong contest for the non-techies. For the techies, we're willing to take a slightly less zany culture. But for the engineering team especially, we're zany people, we like to... Read More >

The Top 10 Dying Industries

by Cathy Vandewater  |  April 05, 2011

Your smart phone is incredibly powerful: it downloads music, streams movies and videos, takes pictures, browses internet news, and makes entire industries redundant. Many companies and sectors of the economy are struggling right now but, while some will surely recover, others seem doomed to failure, replaced by whole new systems of production, sales and consumer use. Those factors apply to each of the industries on IBIS's recent list of Top Ten Dying Industries. Remember the video cassette... Read More >

Size Discrimination Weighs More Heavily on Women

by Cathy Vandewater  |  March 31, 2011

You already know that appearances are important at work-a fresh haircut, sharp suit, and good hygiene all signal control, excellence, and transmit good feelings you may hold about yourself to others. Weight is part of the appearance package-but simply being healthy or average may not earn you the wage favor that being very thin does, if you're a woman. Anti-Obesity Mentality As the 2010 study "When It Comes to Pay, Do the Thin Win? The Effect of Weight on Pay for Men and Women," (Timothy... Read More >

The Unspoken Rules of Office Culture--According to Men

by Cathy Vandewater  |  March 08, 2011

In celebration of International Women's Day, Shaunti Feldhahn would like to give women of the world the gift of tough love. Her book, The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace, comes straight from the mouths of hundreds of corporate men. And the results--an insightful, if challenging, collection of private prejudices, fears, and words of advice--may prove invaluable for the women in the cubicles next to them. Feldhahn's research,... Read More >

5 Unwritten Rules of the Workplace (According to Men)

by Cathy Vandewater  |  March 08, 2011

Ever wonder what men really think of the women they work with? "We don't realize it, but when we work with men, it's kind of like working with a foreign culture," author Shaunti Feldhahn explains. "If you're going to Paris or Brazil or France, you're going to be far more effective if you understand how what you do and say is going to be perceived." She should know; Feldhahn's book, The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace, surveys... Read More >

Charlie Sheen, Teachers, and Children's Book Authors:

by Cathy Vandewater  |  March 01, 2011

What do they have in common? They've all been subject to a little thing called the "morality clause." We're used to seeing public figures lose big endorsement deals or entertainment gigs over bad behavior-but on what grounds? A star's popularity is directly linked with ticket sales. That was a lesson Hollywood studios learned well with the Fatty Arbuckle manslaughter scandal in the 1920s. Since then, morality clauses have been built into Hollywood contracts to hold stars responsible for... Read More >

Would You Give a Potential Employer Your Facebook Password?

by Cathy Vandewater  |  February 24, 2011

If you're on the hunt for a new job, you've probably taken care to clean up your social media accounts, and made sure that there's nothing objectionable on your Facebook wall or Twitter feed. So would you be willing to show it on an interview? That's the question Robert Collins was faced with when his interviewer asked for his Facebook password. The Maryland Department of Corrections claims it's a routine part of the hiring process for its employees, used to identify criminal connections... Read More >

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