Isabel Sperry

Isabel Sperry is a Client Development Coordinator on the Vault marketing team. 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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5 Strategies to Ace the Job Search

by Isabel Sperry  |  February 21, 2017

Looking for a new job can be daunting, and you may be unsure how to begin the process. So here are some concrete strategies you can take to become a more impressive candidate and improve your chances at landing a job. 1. Develop a running list of job applications One of the easiest things you can do to streamline your job search is create a spreadsheet that lists all your applications, due dates, and points of contact. Organizing this information in one place can keep you from missing a... Read More >

How One Startup Is Changing the Wedding Industry

by Isabel Sperry  |  February 14, 2017

Men have been renting wedding tuxes for decades, so why are women still buying their bridesmaid dresses? This question led Kelsey Doorey to start Vow To Be Chic, the first and only company that rents designer bridesmaid dresses, so women don't have to break the bank to be a bridesmaid. Launched in 2015, the company targets millennial women who regularly use Airbnb, Uber, and other sharing services. Vow To Be Chic capitalizes on the rise of the sharing economy by offering affordable... Read More >

10 Sports Idioms You’re Using at Work

by Isabel Sperry  |  February 07, 2017

Since the jaw-dropping Super Bowl game on Sunday, football has been a major topic of conversation in my office. This got me thinking about how sports and business intersect in the workplace. Though not immediately apparent, there are many similarities between the worlds of business and sports, from their environments comprised of teams and leaders to best practices such as developing strategies and setting goals. Yet the similarity that stands out to me the most has to do with language;... Read More >

Leveraging Your Liberal Arts Degree to Land a Job

by Isabel Sperry  |  January 25, 2017

If you are a student attending a liberal arts college, it can be difficult to explain how exactly your degree will help you excel in an internship or job. Unlike a vocational degree, a liberal arts education often does not directly translate into a specific career path. Yet that fact does not give you license to flounder when discussing your studies in a job interview or cover letter. With a little creativity, you can easily master the art of leveraging your liberal arts degree to land a... Read More >

5 Best Questions to Ask in Interviews

by Isabel Sperry  |  January 11, 2017

One of the most important parts of the interview is the end, when you have the opportunity to impress your interviewer by asking thoughtful, informed questions. But it can be hard to know what to ask-and what not to. It can be helpful to prepare a list of at least five questions before your interview. Ideally, these questions will not only showcase your interest in the company but also give you information about whether the role is a good fit for you. Here are some of the best qu Read More >

10 Questions Never to Ask in an Interview

by Isabel Sperry  |  December 14, 2016

There are many questions you might be tempted to ask in an interview that you shouldn't. As a general rule, you should not ask about how the company will benefit you. Instead, focus your questions on what you'd contribute to the company if hired. Here are 10 questions to avoid asking in an interview. 1. What are the hours? How you spend your time each day on the job is perhaps one of the most important factors that will determine whether you accept a job offer. However, this question... Read More >

3 Tricky Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

by Isabel Sperry  |  November 28, 2016

Most interview questions are straightforward and are designed to find out what you know, such as "Why are you interested in our company?" or "Tell me about your experience in marketing." But some interview questions are tricky in that that they aim to assess how you might act in difficult or high-pressure workplace situations. These questions are hard to prepare for and even harder to answer, so we've compiled some tips to help you deal with three of the trickiest ones. 1. Tell us about a... Read More >

3 LinkedIn Features You Don’t Know About

by Isabel Sperry  |  November 15, 2016

After you've created a LinkedIn profile and connected with professionals in your field, you may be wondering what you should do next on the platform. LinkedIn offers several additional features that are less overtly displayed, yet can prove instrumental to helping you network effectively and carry out a successful job search. Whether you're a LinkedIn veteran or you just created your profile, we recommend you check out these three features to maximize your LinkedIn presence and excel in... Read More >

How to Get Started on LinkedIn

by Isabel Sperry  |  October 31, 2016

LinkedIn can be one of the most valuable networking tools to help you land a job or internship. Even if you aren't currently looking for a job, you will be at some point, so it is crucial to maintain an up-to-date profile that highlights your most impressive skills and accomplishments. While it is common knowledge that creating a LinkedIn account is important, you might not know how to use the platform to the best of your ability. Here are some guidelines to help you create a winning... Read More >

10 Tips for Writing Effective Business Emails

by Isabel Sperry  |  October 12, 2016

Have you ever emailed a recruiter about a job and never heard back? While you may have attributed the radio silence to your lack of experience or to bad timing, your email itself might have been the issue. Although most of us regard writing an email as a basic task with no real guidelines, email protocol exists. Your ability to follow it can make or break the impression you give to a recruiter. Of course, email etiquette is not reserved to correspondence with recruiters; it also exists when... Read More >

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