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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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Should You Disclose Your Salary in an Interview?

by Phil Stott  |  May 01, 2014

A friend recently asked me for advice on dealing with a scenario that will be common to many job seekers: he was getting pretty deep into the recruitment process with a firm, but no-one had mentioned money. When, he wanted to know, was the right time to bring it up? And, given that he feels significantly underpaid in his current position, how could he avoid being lowballed this time out?  While I make no claims to be an expert in the art of negotiating, it's definitely easier to provide... Read More >

Why Attractive People Make Bad Bosses

by Phil Stott  |  April 22, 2014

Okay, so that headline might be a little over the top, but it's definitely implied in the findings of a recent series of research papers by Stanford Graduate Business School professor Margaret Neale and doctoral student Peter Belmi. The pair's research examined how individual mindsets can be affected by perceptions of their own attractiveness.  Here's a sample of their findings, as reported on the school's own site:   "If you believe you are attractive, you tend to think you belong in a... Read More >

Is the Male-Female Earnings Gap Here to Stay?

by Phil Stott  |  April 15, 2014

It's no secret that men, as a group, earn more than women, with the pay gap currently standing at around 16 cents-that is, for every dollar earned by an average man, the average woman makes just 84 cents. While the reasons for that gap are varied, a recent report from the Pew Research Group highlights one of the major causes.   The past 30 years have seen significant improvements in closing the earnings gap between men and women. A major part of that improvement is due to the fact that... Read More >

The Case Against Paternity Leave

by Phil Stott  |  April 03, 2014

Ever thought that dads these days just have it too easy with all that time off they get when their kids are born? That childbirth and rearing is the realm of the mother? That, when it comes down to it, there's just not that much for a dad to do in the days and months following the birth of a child?  Good news: you're not alone.  The bad news: with company that talks as much as NY-based sports radio personality Mike Francesa, you might wish you were.  Here are a few highlights of a recent... Read More >

So You Want to Be a Journalist?

by Phil Stott  |  March 27, 2014

Good luck with that--at least if you're hoping to work in print: 


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Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Aid Your Career?

by Phil Stott  |  March 25, 2014

The New Republic is out this week with a lengthy look at Silicon Valley's obsession with youth, and the effect it has on hiring and VC funding in the industry. While the whole thing is worth reading, the standout section from a career perspective comes early, with the revelation that plastic surgery and Botox injections are becoming increasingly popular in the Valley, as ageing tech workers seek to keep up the appearance of youth.  Underlining the point, one cosmetic surgeon interviewed... Read More >

A Cheaper Way to Add Harvard Business School to Your Resume

by Phil Stott  |  March 25, 2014

There's nothing like the name of a top business school to make your resume more appealing to employers-which is probably why so many people are tempted to lie about it. Even for those who have the acumen and ability to cope with the workload, there are a couple of major drawbacks to signing up for an MBA: namely the cost, and the time out of the workforce.  Small wonder, then, that traditional MBA programs are finding their margins being squeezed by shorter, more functional courses that... Read More >

Bad Jobs: What I've Learned from the Worst Jobs I've Held

by Phil Stott  |  March 18, 2014

As a follow-up to my recent post on the lessons I learned from the best jobs I've had, I've been thinking about some of the worst-or least enjoyable-positions that I've held in my two-plus decades in the workforce. While there have certainly been plenty of periods in my career where I haven't enjoyed the work I've done, or taken much more from it than the paycheck at the end of the day, there are a handful of positions that stand out as having been particularly dispiriting and difficult to... Read More >

Great Jobs: What I've Learned from the Best Jobs I've Held

by Phil Stott  |  March 12, 2014

I realized this year that, having found my first job while still in high school, I have now been in the workforce for more than two decades-and fortunate enough to have been able to find and hold employment for most of that period. Since those first forays into the world of work, I have held-as anyone who has looked at my profile page here at Vault will know-a variety of jobs in different industries, across three continents. While most would not fall into the neat categories that firms... Read More >

Career Capital: How Can Employees Get Ahead?

by Phil Stott  |  February 28, 2014

Just in time for International Women's day, Accenture has released the results of a study into factors affecting success in the workplace. Grouping their findings under the heading of "Career Capital", the report lays out what factors some 4,100 professionals in 32 countries identified as being most important to their careers, and made some interesting predictions about the future of the workplace-with some of the most interesting findings related to the ability of women to ascend the... Read More >

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