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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Getting the Most Out of Campus Career Services

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 14, 2018

I've attended three colleges in my higher education career: in undergrad I transferred from one school to another, and I went to the third for grad school. You know what that means? It means I've been inside my fair share of career services offices. I've found that campus career advisors are, by and large, enthusiastic, helpful, and excellent at their job. What's important to remember, however, is that the career services office is a resource-they're there to help put your best foot forward... Read More >

Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 11, 2018

Is anybody else out there having trouble checking off the people on their holiday shopping list? I've been pretty good this year, chugging along on what seems like a quest to spend all my money before the end of the year-but you know who's jamming up my progress? The lawyers. They are a tough bunch to shop for, let me tell you. And you can't get them all bottles of wine-they'll figure it out, they're good at that. So for anyone else who's having the same struggle with getting something... Read More >

Five Ways to Trick Yourself into Keeping a Planner

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 11, 2018

Grown, responsible adults keep a calendar-or so my mother has told me my whole life. So, this time last year, I decided that my New Year's resolution was going to be to keep a calendar. I ordered an expensive planner (to make sure I used it, the logic of which is a bit unclear to me these 12 months later), as well as a dot-matrix notebook for bullet journaling and a pocket planner with a subway map that I didn't need. I was ready to try it all. I failed. So hard. I didn't keep up with it... Read More >

5 Things to Do Before Leaving Your Internship

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 06, 2018

Winter semester's almost over-I hope all you interns out there got some good experience, made connections, and had fun! Internships are wonderful experiences, and I'm sure you got to make the most of yours. But before you hop on your planes, trains, and automobiles to head for home (and home cooking), there are a few things you should make sure to do before your last day on the job. Make a list of all your projects Whether you were working on one big thing or you had irons in lots of... Read More >

How to Talk About Desired Salary

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 04, 2018

I hate talking about money. My parents had a very strict "we don't talk about money" rule-not just at the table or at parties, but ever. Discussions about taxes or partisan fiscal policies make my palms sweat. I don't even know how to barter at street stands-I just overpay what they ask me to. And that's why in the final steps of an interview process, I clam up like the tide's coming in. Because that's when the hiring manager puts in his or her "let's get down to business" face and asks how... Read More >

The Number-One Rule for Cover Letters

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 30, 2018

Okay look-resumés are great. When done right, they're clean, concise, and well organized. And if you've been following all the great advice out there, yours should be in pretty good shape. Cover letters are different-they're freewheeling, making them more difficult to write. Think of the resumé as the multiple-choice part of a test, and the cover letter as the essay portion-the essay portion where your teacher gives you a 7/10, but you're not really sure why. It's so tough to know if your... Read More >

Gift Guide for Job Seekers

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 27, 2018

It's Cyberweek, and you know what that means-I'm broke now. I don't know if it was the Kindle sales that did me in or the ill-advised attempt to get my Christmas shopping done early, but let's just say I'm glad Friday's payday. This time last year, though, things were a little grimmer: ya girl was a grad student, unemployed except for a few inconsistent side-hustles. Pretty much no one got a gift from me, so I'm trying to make up for it this year. And as I was emptying my wallet on various... Read More >

Keeping Your Holiday Party Professional

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 20, 2018

'Tis the season to be jolly-or is it? According to consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the number of planned holiday parties have reached decade lows. Approximately 65 percent of companies reported that they will be holding a holiday party this year, compared to last year's 73 percent. There haven't been this few parties in the works since the recession nearly ten years ago, and this time, it's not due to the economy. In fact, many believe that Read More >

Thanksgiving Survival Guide: How to Talk About Your Career During the Holidays

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 16, 2018

Let's all be real with ourselves: Thanksgiving is a tough holiday to get through, for reasons that are unique to every family. My family gathering, for example, is no Norman Rockwell painting. We're a group of about 60 Irish/Italians from Jersey. In other words, it's loud and kind of insane. There's an annual Billy Joel sing-a-long, which is at least two hours long. There's a Bloody Mary bar and "shotskis" off a Jersey Devils stick. The kids play Super Smash Bros. and things eventually take... Read More >

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 >

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