Isabel Sperry

Isabel Sperry is a Marketing Associate at Vault. A graduate of Yale University, she earned her BA in American Studies with a focus on American literature and art history. Isabel is a contributing Vault blogger on topics such as undergraduate career development and working as a young professional.


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Why the near Win Is so Important for Long-Term Success

by Isabel Sperry  |  November 15, 2017

When you don't complete a project perfectly, it can feel as though you've failed. However, near wins are crucial in motivating us to achieve a goal as best we can. In this respect, near wins are almost more important than actual wins, as they set in motion a constant pursuit of improvement. In her TED Talk "Embrace the Near Win," art historian Sarah Lewis delves into the concept of the near win and how it is instrumental to achieving success. She begins her talk discussing her first job at... Read More >

4 Ideas to Make Your Commute Go by Faster

by Isabel Sperry  |  November 08, 2017

Do you find yourself watching the minutes pass by on your commute, getting increasingly impatient waiting for your stop? Are you sick of listening to the same music playlists or getting through exactly seven pages of your latest book? Here are some ideas to switch up your commute, which will make the minutes fly by-and keep your mind sharp, to boot! 1. Do a crossword puzzle One of the best activities to get your mind off your commute is a crossword puzzle. Whether you choose to do one the... Read More >

5 Details You Must Include in Your Interview Thank-You Note

by Isabel Sperry  |  November 01, 2017

You already know it's crucial to send a thank-you note ASAP after interviewing with an employer. But what should you say in it? Here are five details you need to include in your thank-you note, which will ensure you make a positive impression on your interviewer and distinguish you from other applicants. 1. Appropriate greeting When starting off your thank-you email, you can address your interviewer with a simple, "Hi [Interviewer First Name]." Reference the business card you collected... Read More >

How Making a Mistake in the Interview Could Land You the Job

by Isabel Sperry  |  October 17, 2017

We all fear making a mistake in an interview that could cost us the job. But what if that misstep actually made you more attractive as a job candidate and increased your chances of landing the job? In fact, spilling coffee on yourself or falling down in public can actually make you more appealing as an applicant, under certain circumstances. Don't believe us? Here's why. A phenomenon exists in social psychology called the Pratfall Effect, which is somewhat counterintuitive. It essentially... Read More >

The One Phrase You Need to Say to Ace the Interview

by Isabel Sperry  |  October 11, 2017

If you think that at the end of a job interview you just need to smile, shake your interviewer's hand, and say "thank you" before you leave, you're wrong. In the following video, bestselling business author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch reveals the one phrase you should always say at the end of a final interview to boost your chances of landing the job.     You've probably been told that confidence is key to a successful interview, Read More >

How to Write a Résumé When You Have Little Work Experience

by Isabel Sperry  |  October 03, 2017

Whether you're a freshman in college or recent grad trying to make your foray into the working world, it can be difficult to create a résumé when you don't have much work experience. When beginning your job or internship search, you might face the catch-22 of needing experience to get a job, but needing a job to gain experience. So, what are you supposed to do? The good news is that employers recognize that everyone starts their career with little or no work experienc Read More >

3 New LinkedIn Features to Help You Land a Job

by Isabel Sperry  |  September 22, 2017

Last year around this time, I wrote about three LinkedIn features you might not know about, as well as how to get started on LinkedIn. Since then, LinkedIn has added several new capabilities that you should be aware of to be a savvier job applicant. Below are three new features you should take advantage of in order to maximize your networking efforts and succeed in your job search. Read More >

How to Ask Intelligent Questions in an Interview

by Isabel Sperry  |  September 19, 2017

It can be difficult to know which questions you should ask at the end of a job interview. You know you want to stand out from other applicants by asking original, thoughtful questions, but what should you ask? This video from Time Inc. provides specific questions you should ask in an interview, which will help differentiate your from other job applicants by demonstrating your genuine interest in the role and company. Part of Time's "The 60 Second Career Coach" video series, this episode... Read More >

How to Turn Your Social Media Presence into a Full-Time Job

by Isabel Sperry  |  September 13, 2017

Have you ever wondered how influencers turn a profit using social media? Taking artful photos for Instagram or creating YouTube videos may seem like just a fun hobby to you, but it can actually provide a significant income stream and even turn into a full-time job.  The following video from Forbes gets into the nitty-gritty of how influencers monetize their social media.   Read More >

6 Tips on How to Negotiate a Higher Salary

by Isabel Sperry  |  September 07, 2017

Negotiating a salary is always a nerve-racking proposition. With many differing opinions on how to go about the matter, whose can you trust? In this video, career strategist and coach Linda Raynier provides her tips for negotiating a higher salary, including tactics such as conducting market research and leveraging other job offers. A former recruiter who has placed over 200 individuals in permanent opportunities, Linda offers a unique perspective on how job candidates can stand out from... Read More >

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