Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus is Vault’s Associate Law Editor. She received her BA in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She has worked for a literary magazine and a nonfiction music publisher and now creates career advice content for Vault’s blog.


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5 Tips to Crush a Rainy-Day Slump

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 13, 2018

I don't know about you guys, but I'm basically useless if it's raining outside. I can't get up at my usual time, no amount of caffeine can jumpstart my brain, and it's all I can do not to put my head down on my keyboard and hope I can accomplish something via osmosis. I always thought it had to do with the barometric pressure, but Bustle says that because we don't see the sun, our brain never really wakes up for the day. And now that it's officially fall (we had a late s Read More >

Showing Off Soft Skills in the Interview

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 08, 2018

Let me drop a quick truth-bomb on you: the more experience you have, the easier it is to fill your resumé. I know, right? Mind-blowing. If you've worked in an industry for years, your resumé should be loaded with quantifiable experience: I manage a team of fifteen people and we've increased site traffic and ad revenue 12% over the past three years-that's the kind of thing everyone likes to see on a resumé, and it's the first thing a hiring manager's going to look for. But when you're just... Read More >

Summer Internship: Plan B

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 02, 2018

It’s that time of year—leaves are crunching, turkey prices have skyrocketed, and someone in your neighborhood’s putting up their holiday decorations way too early. Summer is probably the furthest thing from your mind, but it shouldn’t be! Right now—yes, now—is when all those big corporate companies have their deadlines for summer internships. I hope your CV is nice and shiny. Despite how many interns these places can take (and they take a lot—Seattle had to Read More >

Bosses from Hell and How to Handle Them

by Kaitlin McManus  |  October 29, 2018

'Tis the season for scary movie marathons, chock-full of your favorite villains and monsters. Of course for some, real life has its nightmares too-including at work. Maybe it's the commute. Maybe it's that gossipy co-worker who always parks himself by your desk during his coffee break. Or, even worse, perhaps your boss makes you want to run screaming like Jamie Lee. There are all kinds of awful bosses out there, and some great movies have been made about them. But sometimes the characters... Read More >

Networking When You Have No Network

by Kaitlin McManus  |  October 24, 2018

Today's job search is nothing if not convenient. We can all sit in our beds wearing jammies, resumé at the ready, sending off applications as quickly as we can whip up the cover letters (and you should definitely spend some time on those cover letters-they matter). The process itself couldn't be easier, but that doesn't mean the hunt is less stressful. Let me tell you something that definitely won't shock you: the easier something is to do, the more people will do it. There are more people... Read More >

So You Didn’t Get the Job—Now What?

by Kaitlin McManus  |  October 22, 2018

You've done the interview (and the phone screen, and the follow-up interview, and the Skype chat with the big boss who was out of town), written your thank-you notes, and spent the past week waiting anxiously for the final hiring decision. Then the email comes in: We regret to inform you that we've decided to go with a different candidate. It can take the wind out of your sails-you thought the interview went really well, you built great rapport with the hiring manager, and maybe you even... Read More >