Jon Minners

Jon Minners is Vault's Senior Marketing Manager. This is his second go-around with Vault, serving as the company’s Communications Manager from 2009-2011. Since re-joining Vault in 2016, Jon concentrates on Vault’s social media channels, its Internship and Education portals and writes blogs based off his own observations in the workplace. A New Yorker for life, Jon  earned his BA in Journalism from Baruch College and served as the Managing Editor for the Bronx Times Reporter before working in different public relations and marketing capacities for The New York Public Library, Montefiore Medical Center and the NYC Department for the Aging.

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How to Handle Criticism at Work

by Jon Minners  |  January 13, 2017

"You're not perfect." Those simple words can be a shock to many people who have always been told how great their work is, only to watch it get ripped apart by a new boss or someone else with a different vision for the product. Criticism is part of the job, and the ability to handle criticism, constructive or not, will determine how far you make it in your career.  Here are some tips for handling criticism: Your Boss is Not Your Enemy… Everything your boss says and does is supposed to be... Read More >

The Pros and Cons of Making Friends at the Office

by Jon Minners  |  January 10, 2017

Every year, sends an Office Romance Survey (look out for the new and improved version in the next few days) examining interpersonal relationships in the workplace. The idea is that dating co-workers has become more common as we have found that working longer hours affects our personal lives. But the same can be true about friends. Recently, interviewed me for a story, titled Read More >

How Informational Interviews Can Lead to a Job Offer

by Jon Minners  |  January 09, 2017

Informational interviews are an often ignored aspect of the job search. For unemployed individuals, college seniors, and disgruntled employees, the stress of the job search makes something like an informational interview, which often does not result in a job offer, seem like a waste of time. But, from personal experience, I can tell you that the informational interview completely resurrected my career. While I discussed the idea of an informational interview with MadameNo Read More >

Volunteer to Help Your Career

by Jon Minners  |  January 03, 2017

When we are in high school, we are told how valuable volunteering is for our college applications - that and extracurricular activities. But as we become bogged down by college work and the subsequent job search, many of us forget how important volunteering and working for free are for our careers. Yes, just as important as they are for our college applications, volunteering and pro bono work can be crucial elements of your résumé - the difference between being hired or being passed over... Read More >

4 Tips for Building Rapport with an Interviewer

by Jon Minners  |  December 30, 2016

Having a well-crafted résumé is only half the battle when it comes to the job search. The other half involves the job interview, and while the ability to convey your skills to others is helpful, building a rapport with your interviewer is just as essential to getting the job.  Regardless of what people may say, human emotions do play a large role in the hiring process. They have to. An applicant may have all the skills in the world but not be a good fit for the company due to a bad attit Read More >

How to Prepare for Returning to Work After a Vacation

by Jon Minners  |  December 19, 2016

The holiday season is here, which means the office is going to seem empty over the next week or two. The summer break and winter holiday break are the two most popular times for employees to take vacations, and while the time off is always fun, returning to the workplace is nowhere near as exciting. In fact, for many employees, the thought of returning to mountains of work can make the last few days of vacation extremely stressful. It doesn't have to be. Here are tips for preparing for... Read More >

Tips for Job Hunting in Other States

by Jon Minners  |  December 19, 2016

When it comes to a dedicated job search, I firmly believe that we have to be open to any and all opportunities available to us. We should take risks and apply for jobs we may be under-qualified for, jobs at companies we never thought about applying to, and even jobs in other states. When I apply for a job, I never limit myself to opportunities exclusively in New York City, where I currently live. While I may be more inclined to accept a position close to home, I am open to the possibility Read More >

How Managing Up Can Advance Your Career

by Jon Minners  |  December 12, 2016

Once upon a time in my professional career, a co-worker confided in me that she was extremely stressed, not only due to her own work, but because she had to "manage up" our supervisor. I actually didn't understand the term at the time. The idea of managing up actually means to stretch yourself just a bit further, going above and beyond the duties of your job description and doing all you can to make your supervisor look good.  I had just assumed, based on how my co-worker was complaining, Read More >

Fantastic Mentors and Where to Find Them

by Jon Minners  |  November 30, 2016

Advancing your career isn't easy. While we think we have all the answers and that hard work is enough to help us achieve success, the truth of the matter is that it takes a lot more to make it in the workforce. Everyone needs a little help and, if you're lucky, you have a mentor to help guide you along your career path. Throughout my life, I have been lucky to have had many different kinds of mentors, but it can be difficult to find them unless you keep an open mind and a watchful eye.... Read More >

Apply for Internships Now Before It’s Too Late

by Jon Minners  |  November 16, 2016

It's November 2016, and while winter is just around the corner, summer feels so far away. But if you're a college student thinking you have all the time in the world to apply for a summer 2017 internship, you're completely mistaken. The truth of the matter is that it's never too early to start thinking about your career, and an internship is one of the most critical steps in that journey. Right now, the most prestigious and competitive internship programs are already beginning their search... Read More >

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