Vault Careers

Vault’s Careers Blog covers working world news and trends, with advice and strategies for modern careerists. Careers Blog contributors advise on everything from cover letters to exit interviews, with an ear to the ground on recruiting trends, unemployment numbers, and the ever changing job market.

Contributors have included:

  • Cathy Vandewater: Cathy is an associate producer for A writer, editor, and serial intern, she holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.
  • Phil Stott: Phil Stott is currently Vault's consulting editor.  Originally from Scotland, he has lived in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and has worked in fields such as consumer banking, education, and journalism.

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What Do Young Venture Capitalists Do All Day?

by Vault Careers  |  November 23, 2015

Venture capitalists (and venture capital funds) are in the business of investing in young, innovative companies (often in the tech and healthcare sectors) in exchange for an equity stake that hopefully can be translated into a profit when the company goes public or is merged with or sold to another company. And so, in order to be successful, venture capitalists are always on the lookout for growth companies. This means digging down on specific data to assess opportunities. It means asking... Read More >

What Percent of Interns Receive Full-Time Offers?

by Vault Careers  |  November 18, 2015

Vault recently released its Top Internship Rankings for 2016. These included a prestige ranking, an overall best internship ranking, a best internship for quality of life ranking, and several rankings by industy. The rankings were created from the results from our annual internship survey, which asked nearly 6,000 current and former interns to rate their internships, as well as their dream internship employers, in various categories. In addition, the survey asked interns to tell us if they... Read More >

50 Best Internships for 2016

by Vault Careers  |  November 17, 2015

This past summer, Vault surveyed more than 5,800 interns at 102 different intern programs. We asked current and former interns to rate and review their internships in five areas: the application process, compensation and perks, quality of life, meaningfulness of assignments and training, and full-time employment prospects. Vault also asked interns which employers have the most prestigious internships. 50 Most Prestigious Companies to Intern For During our internship survey, interns were... Read More >

Finding Startup Success

by Vault Careers  |  November 16, 2015

Choosing to make a career out of your idea for a startup is a huge decision that should not be taken lightly. Startup success requires a unique idea, extensive dedication, and the business skills to make it happen. In fact, becoming the head of a new, growing company might call for more career skills than any other job out there.  Running with Creative Ideas  Creative ideas can strike anywhere. In fact, many students find start up success while they are still taking classes. Some famous... Read More >

4 Interview Questions Venture Capital Firms Ask

by Vault Careers  |  November 16, 2015

Venture capital interviews aren't tricky. Generally, there are no brainteasers or case questions. A VC interview is a chance for venture capitalists to get a sense of you, the same way they do when meeting with entrepreneurs. That's how venture capitalists make investment decisions-by gut instinct. Hiring is no different. As a result, the interviews are often very personal in nature. The venture capitalist wants to know if he/she can bear to work closely with you and depend on you for... Read More >

7 Tricky Interview Questions Private Equity and Hedge Fund Firms Ask

by Vault Careers  |  November 02, 2015

Brainteasers are like standardized tests: of little relevance to the actual subject but designed to compare all people equally. As for what these tricky interview questions entail, they typically encompass probability and/or statistics. Both hedge funds and private equity firms use brainteasers during the interview process. But hedge funds use them more often because these questions test mental math skills, which are perhaps more important for hedge fund jobs than PE positions. Accuracy,... Read More >

How to Brainstorm Effectively: Tips From a Former Consultant

by Vault Careers  |  October 28, 2015

Andrew Faircloth and Brent Macon were management consultants for three years (Andrew with Bain & Co., Brent with McKinsey & Co.). They started Primer Sports in August to help outgoing professionals use sports to connect with people in the workplace and beyond. Both are first-time entrepreneurs. This is the second  in a series of posts for Vault in which they discuss some of the issues they have faced so far in their journey from consultants to entrepreneurs, and how their career... Read More >

Twitter Layoffs: Career Lessons on Being Prepared

by Vault Careers  |  October 26, 2015

The recent news of 300 layoffs at Twitter is proof that you can suffer career setbacks even at highflying companies. What lessons can the rest of us take away from this kind of news? Always Be Ready For Your Next Job Search  For students on campus or early in their careers, the amount of jobs you will have has drastically changed. Two generations ago, your grandparents had one or two jobs. Your parents had between nine and 11. A report I was recently briefed on from a leading recruitment... Read More >

11 Essential Cover Letter Tips

by Vault Careers  |  October 21, 2015

Your cover letter is just as important as your resume and deserves just as much attention. It's the first correspondence read by a prospective employer, and a badly written cover letter won't get you in the door, or even your resume read. Typically, a cover letter has three short paragraphs. Each has no more than three sentences. The first paragraph is your chance to get the reader's attention. This is the ideal place to say that you offer something not seen from the typical... Read More >

5 Essential Project Management Skills for Your Resume

by Vault Careers  |  October 19, 2015

Most companies will need to meet various business goals and objectives at any one time. The most common approach is to group related activities into distinct or related projects. It is crucial that these projects are planned and managed successfully, the value of project management should never be underestimated.  Whether you are preparing an event, building a website or constructing a building, project management is a critical function that every business will come across at some point.... Read More >

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