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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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Is Technology Ruining the Workplace?

by Phil Stott  |  October 12, 2012

Sherry Turkle wants you to put down that phone, step away from that screen, and do something that is becoming a lost art in the workplace: have a conversation with your colleagues. Turkle-an MIT professor and author of the book Alone Together-thinks we've come to a point where we need to "reclaim conversation" if we're to solve one of the biggest problems we face in business today: overcoming "technology's pull" to lead more productive, more balanced lives. On stage at the recent World... Read More >

The Vault Tech Consulting Rankings Are Here!

by Phil Stott  |  September 27, 2012

From helping major organizations implement cloud-based data storage solutions to working on software to ensure that the government can keep running, tech consultants perform some of the most vital work in the economy today-and for very little recognition. While those with strong tech skills have remained in demand throughout the recession and on into the recovery, it's an industry whose stability is often overstated-at least from an employee's perspective. To be a tech consultant... Read More >

The 2013 Vault Consulting Rankings Are Here!

by Phil Stott  |  August 27, 2012

It's that time of year again. The consultants have spoken, and their votes have been tallied: The 2013 Vault Consulting Rankings are here!  In this year's edition, Bain and Co. emerged as the Best Firm to Work For in our Consulting 50 ranking, while McKinsey held onto its perennial position as our Most Prestigious Firm. In our Quality of Life rankings, Bain placed first in 12 of the 26 categories, while McKinsey dominated the practice area rankings, taking the number one spot in five out... Read More >

Attracting Recruiters: Lessons from Sun Tzu

by Phil Stott  |  July 02, 2012

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. Okay, so Sun Tzu might be a little dramatic as inspiration for the average job search, but bear with me a little here. The longer a job search goes on, the more it becomes like an entrenched battle.... Read More >

Attention Millennials: The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Career

by Phil Stott  |  June 04, 2012

It's a tough time to be a young person thinking about a career. On one side, you've got a lousy job market that guarantees success for no one. On another, you're being assailed by talking heads pontificating that you've got no chance of making it any, what being among the most entitled, skill-lacking bunch to ever darken your nation's colleges. And let's not even get into the ways that technology is upending the marketplace-once you start worrying about your entire career field being... Read More >

Tips for Interviewing on Skype

by Phil Stott  |  May 14, 2012

In this age of reduced budgets and improved technology, many employers are choosing to conduct first round interviews via video conferencing technology. Whether you're invited to hangout on Google or connect with Skype, here are a few things you should keep in mind as you seek to make a favorable first impression. Background is important No, I'm not talking about fleshing out your resume or your life story. Rather, you should think about anything that is likely to distract someone on the... Read More >

Why You Shouldn't Lie on Your Resume (and what happens to those who do)

by Phil Stott  |  May 07, 2012

"I'll just put it down. Who's going to find out anyway, right?" If you ever needed a reminder that embellishing or fudging an item on your résumé is a bad idea, you might want to read up on the furor that has overtaken Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson. Hired as CEO in January this year, Thompson is at the center of a storm over a misstatement regarding his education: his résumé states that he has a degree in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College.  The reality: it's only a degree... Read More >

To Lunch or Not to Lunch?

by Phil Stott  |  April 30, 2012

One minute you're all worried about the economy, the next you turn around and lunch is on the agenda. Literally: the subject of victual breaks for employees has been seen everywhere of late from the California state Supreme Court to an ad campaign from a certain double-arched purveyor of fast food products reminding the American worker that "It's your lunch. Take it." Reading between the lines, it's clear that there's a feeling in some quarters that the lunch break is in danger of becoming... Read More >

Networking: How to Remember Names

by Phil Stott  |  March 26, 2012

Of all the skills you need for networking, few are as basic as the simple art of remembering someone's name. And few things have the potential to seriously annoy people more if you happen to get it wrong. While we recently covered some options for what to do if you forget a name, the ideal scenario would be to become so good at remembering names that you never need to fall back on any sneaky tips or tricks. So how do you do that? Here are a few tips for the chronically... Read More >

Should You Share Your Facebook Password With Your Employer?

by Phil Stott  |  March 12, 2012

There's only really one answer to that question … right? Most people wouldn't dream of handing the keys to their Facebook profile-or any of their other social media profiles-to anyone, let alone an employer. That's why Facebook has privacy settings in the first place, however maligned they may be. But that doesn't mean your employer-or an interviewer-isn't going to ask for that access. And current law doesn't seem to prohibit the practice. According to a recent MSN Money article, some... Read More >

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