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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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 >

How to Find a Job You Love

by Isabel Sperry  |  August 29, 2017

With the start of the new school year brings the stress of lining up a job after graduation. Yet when you're in college, it can be difficult to find any job opportunities at all-let alone identify those that would be a strong fit for you. So we've compiled seven specific strategies you can take to determine which kinds of jobs interest you most, how you can go about finding those opportunities, and how you can make connections with employers to help you land a specific job. If you follow... Read More >

5 NYC Groups to Join to Build Your Network

by Isabel Sperry  |  August 16, 2017

If you're looking for a new job, you probably know that networking is key. But how are you actually supposed to meet these supposed contacts who could expose you to new opportunities? While you can attend designated networking events, these are often filled with likeminded businesspeople all looking for jobs themselves. Instead, we have another approach: Join groups related to your hobbies so you can meet individuals outside your network who share the same interests as you. You might... Read More >

Top 5 Instagrams for Career Inspiration

by Isabel Sperry  |  August 09, 2017

Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram? While it's easy to get lost in the black hole of travel photos and foodstagrams, you might not realize that there's actually a ton of career content on Instagram. Here, we've compiled the best Instagram accounts to follow for job inspiration and to help you succeed in your career. 1. @secrets2success From inspirational quotes to career tips, Sec Read More >

How to Prepare for a Skype Interview

by Isabel Sperry  |  July 26, 2017

While you probably have experience with in-person and phone interviews, Skype interviews may be uncharted territory. A video interview may seem daunting, as it poses many potential obstacles-from a shaky internet connection to your roommate accidentally barging into your room. Here are some tips we've compiled to help you have the most seamless, successful video interview possible.   1. Dress in business attire Unlike a phone interview, you need to pay attention to how you visually... Read More >

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 >

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