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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5 Phrases You Should Stop Saying at Work

by Isabel Sperry  |  July 19, 2017

The way you speak and write at work can have a significant impact on how your colleagues and clients perceive you. Many employees, especially women, unintentionally use jargon that undermines their credibility and authority. Here, we've compiled five phrases you should stop using at work, along with replacements that will make you appear confident and capable. 1. "Just" This word subtly destabilizes your authority. It might seem that "just" softens the blow of a request-i.e. "I was just... Read More >

5 Things You Won’t Want to Miss as a Summer Intern in NYC

by Isabel Sperry  |  June 28, 2017

Interning in New York City for the first time? You may be wondering what you can do for fun that won't break the bank, and that won't lead you into a tourist trap. With endless possibilities of things to do in New York, choosing what to do can feel overwhelming sometimes. So, we've compiled some of our top picks for events and activities you should be sure to check out this summer before you head back to school, to give you a taste of all the city has to offer. 1. Smorgasburg If you're... Read More >

How to Prepare for a Business Conference

by Isabel Sperry  |  June 14, 2017

If you've never attended a business conference, you might have no idea what to expect. And if you have attended a conference, you know that you'll be on the go at all times, attending speaker sessions, manning a booth, and networking with other professionals. This is why it can be helpful to prepare well in advance. To that end, here are several business conference hacks to ensure you make the most of your time. 1. Review the conference materials in advance When you receive the agenda... Read More >

4 Ways to Inspire Success in the Workplace

by Isabel Sperry  |  May 31, 2017

If you're a manager, it can be challenging to know how best to lead your team to success. Below, Helena Cawley, CEO of activewear startup SweatStyle, provides specific strategies she uses to motivate her team. From advice on how to connect with employees individually to how to create a strong team culture, Cawley's tips will help any manager become an effective team leader. 1. Show that "we're all in this together" I like to make sure my team knows that we're all in the trenches together.... Read More >

How to Change Your Mindset to Become an Entrepreneur

by Isabel Sperry  |  May 24, 2017

Have you ever had an idea for a startup but questioned your abilities to carry it out, so your company never got off the ground? If so, you're not alone. Helena Cawley faced the same problem-that is, until she changed her outlook and founded not one but two successful companies. Formerly a corporate lawyer, Helena Cawley left her legal job to follow her entrepreneurial dreams, cofounding Uplift Studios in 2012. After years of running the NYC fitness studio, she started a subscription-based... Read More >

5 Job Search Tips for Recent Graduates

by Isabel Sperry  |  May 16, 2017

Are you graduating without a job lined up? We know this can be really stressful, so we created an infographic (below) with specific strategies you can take to better your chances at landing a job after graduation. Best of luck in your search! 


5 Job Search Tips for Recent Graduates

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Switching Careers in Order to Found a Startup: A CEO’s Perspective

by Isabel Sperry  |  May 10, 2017

Think it's impossible to make a major career switch? After hearing this story, you might think differently. Now the CEO of her own company, Lisa Rotondi had an extensive career in acting before making the switch to the food industry and founding Organic Kids L.A. The leading lunchbox delivery program in Los Angeles, Organic Kids L.A. delivers meals with organic, healthy ingredients to children at schools in the area. The company has grown exponentially in size, and it now offers culinary... Read More >

The 10 Best Spotify Playlists to Listen to at Work

by Isabel Sperry  |  May 03, 2017

If you're looking for some new music to listen to at work, we have you covered. Here's a selection of our favorite Spotify playlists to get you through the workday, covering a variety of genres and moods. Whether you're doing data entry and looking for pump-up songs, or writing an article and looking for more instrumental music, we have the playlist for you. 1. Calm Down If you're stressed at work, Read More >

The Book Every Twentysomething Needs to Read When Beginning a Career

by Isabel Sperry  |  April 26, 2017

On average, a staggering two-thirds of lifetime wage growth happens in the first 10 years of a career. This means it's imperative for recent college graduates to start thinking seriously about their careers, sooner rather than later. But how, after years of planned-out high school and college education, do you achieve success when there's no longer a prescribed path to it? Luckily, we've found something to help. In the book The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter-And How to Make the... Read More >

5 Phrases You Need to Delete From Your Cover Letter Now

by Isabel Sperry  |  April 12, 2017

Your cover letter is one of the most important pieces of your job application. In it, you have the opportunity to showcase your aptitude for writing as well as your experience, skills, and even your personality. Yet we often balk when crafting a cover letter, as the options of what to write about can seem overwhelming. Before you begin writing a cover letter, it can be helpful to start with knowing what not to write about. Here are some phrases never to include in a cover letter, along... Read More >

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