Isabel Sperry

Isabel Sperry is a Client Development Coordinator on the Vault marketing team. A graduate from 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 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 >

How to Save Money on an Entry-Level Salary

by Isabel Sperry  |  October 05, 2016

Starting your first job out of college and managing your own finances is a daunting task. If you're like me and just moved to an expensive city like New York, it can seem like you're practically hemorrhaging money. Here are some tricks I've discovered to manage your finances responsibly and save money while on an entry-level salary. Contribute to Your Company's 401(k) If you have the option, sign up for a 401(k), or whatever savings plan your company offers. While it may seem unnecessary... Read More >

5 Fashion Companies Leading the Sustainability Movement

by Isabel Sperry  |  September 22, 2016

Although the fashion industry is glamorous, its business practices sometimes aren't. With New York and London Fashion Week wrapping up, environmental experts are examining the sustainability of the fashion industry. Environmentally harmful practices-such as using toxic chemicals in tanneries and polluting water with textile dye-are commonplace and contribute to t Read More >

New York Fashion Week: Companies Currently Hiring

by Isabel Sperry  |  September 12, 2016

Are you interested in working in fashion, but not on the design side? You might not know that there are many jobs in the fashion industry whose functions are actually business or tech-related. From operations to IT to marketing, companies are looking for job candidates across many functions that you might not typically associate with fashion. Here are five companies participating in New York Fashion Week that are currently hiring.   Follow us on Instagram, Read More >

5 Ways Undergrads Can Make Networking Connections that Count

by Isabel Sperry  |  August 31, 2016

It may seem obvious that connections are useful in a job search, but you might not know that a personal contact at an organization can make or break your chance at getting hired. Below are five strategies you can adopt to expand your professional network and make genuine connections, which can be paramount to landing an internship or post-graduate job. 1. Reach out to upperclassmen and recent alumni Whether it be seniors in your sorority or recent alumni who were on your sports team, make... Read More >

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