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Phil Stott

Phil Stott is a Vault Editor. Since joining Vault in 2007, he has covered a variety of industries including consulting, consumer products and technology. He is also well-versed in general career issues, having worked in a variety of fields including freelance journalism, consumer banking, English language teaching, soccer coaching and more. Originally from Scotland, he holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Modern History and a Masters in Research in Civil Engineering. 


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'Fit' Interviews: What to Keep in Mind

by Phil Stott  |  June 24, 2016

At a barbecue this past weekend, I ran into an acquaintance who has been trying to make the transition from academia to the private sector (he's an international relations/foreign policy specialist now seeking a consulting role). When I asked him how his search has been going, he expressed frustration: he has an impressive resume, which has been opening doors for interviews, but he's been struggling to get past the first couple of rounds. His conclusion: "I don't think I interview... Read More >

5 Apps to Improve Your Productivity

by Phil Stott  |  June 15, 2016

I wrote recently about spending time with productivity expert Graham Allcott, founder of Think Productive, and author of the book How to Be a Productivity Ninja. As I noted in that piece, much of the information that Allc Read More >

Get More Done: Simple Tips From a Productivity Expert

by Phil Stott  |  June 13, 2016

In a world where so many employees are always-on, unable to truly switch off from work thanks to our ever-tighter connections to our phones, and overloaded with conflicting messages about whether we should be working on that thing we were supposed to have finished yesterday or the one that's due tomorrow, it's no surprise that managing our time is emerging as a key factor in employee success. So often, though, the advice around those concepts seems so overwhelming: sure, you too can gain... Read More >

Do Unruly Kids Earn More as Adults?

by Phil Stott  |  June 08, 2016

If your childhood was anything like mine, you spent most of it enduring a variety of methods aimed at coaxing out the kinds of behaviors that are commonly held to make one a responsible adult: abiding by the law, being polite, and paying attention when others are speaking. But maybe I should have worked a little harder on getting into trouble: as reported by the Wall Street Journal, a recent study found that "rule-breaking, defiant kids often end up richer than their more responsible... Read More >

How to Have Better Conversations

by Phil Stott  |  June 01, 2016

Regardless of your career field, the art of face to face communication will help you get ahead in it: it cuts across everything from your performance in your first interview for an internship to your ability to have productive conversations with employees in your corner office. So why wouldn't you want to learn how to do that better? As someone whose first instinct is typically to hide behind a screen and communicate digitally, I'm always on the lookout for advice on improving my... Read More >

How Government Spending Is Affecting the Consulting Industry

by Phil Stott  |  May 31, 2016

Those who are interested in topics like government spending, defense, or uh, public sector consulting may recall that, back in 2013, an arcane piece of legislation known as the budget sequester kicked in. Essentially designed to provide a threat grave enough to spur a deadlocked Congress into action on reducing spending, the legislation promised a series of automatic, arbitrary cuts instead, with the aim of achieving a cumulative savings of around $1.1 trillion by 2021. As you probably... Read More >

Is the Class of 2016 Prepared for Reality?

by Phil Stott  |  May 25, 2016

For the past few years, the folks at Accenture have been conducting a survey that polls 2 groups of people: college seniors, on their expectations when entering the workforce; and members of the last 2 graduating classes, on what they've actually experienced out in the real world. The results are usually illuminating, and this year's report is no different. As you can see from the infographic below, the realities of the working world tend not to measure up to the hopes that those entering... Read More >

2016 Was Our Best Consulting Survey Ever!

by Phil Stott  |  May 24, 2016

Those of you who work in consulting can finally rest easy: you won't be receiving any more emails asking you to participate in our consulting survey this year--we closed it out for the year yesterday, and will shortly begin the hard work of reading and collating all 17,000+ responses in time for the rollout of our 2017 rankings this fall. That's no easy task: as you can see from the infographic below, we smashed our previous all-time response rate by more than 20%--proof, if any were... Read More >

Are We Heading for a 6-Hour Workday?

by Phil Stott  |  May 23, 2016

In the business world, productivity gains tend to mean one thing: employers getting more bang for their buck as employees use technology to grind out more work in the same amount of time. And, if you've been paying attention to any part of the presidential primaries recently, you'll already know that those gains doesn't necessarily come with higher wages or better benefits for employees. Or to put that sentence in visual form: Read More >

Salary Negotiation: How to Ask for a Better Offer

by Phil Stott  |  May 16, 2016

The most difficult part of any salary negotiation is that feeling that you're always leaving something on the table. Unless you're interviewing with an organization that makes its salary data public, the chances are that you'll never truly know if your offer is on par with what your new colleagues or your predecessor are making. But negotiating for a better offer can be tough: money is an emotive issue for many people, and something that is often wrapped up with a person's concept of their... Read More >

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