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 Vault.com. 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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A New Trend in Student Loan Policy?

by Vault Careers  |  April 08, 2015

The ramifications of defaulting on student loans are serious. Those who default may be sued for the entire amount of the loan, face garnished wages, ruin their credit or even have their professional licenses revoked, among other potential consequences. As student loan debt grows, some states are considering rolling back sanctions for default. In Montana, Democratic State Rep. Moffie Funk introduced a bill that repealed the state's right to revoke professional or driver's licenses in the... Read More >

How Student Debt Piles Up (And How to Stop It)

by Vault Careers  |  April 07, 2015

About half of American college students underestimate their debt levels, according to the Brookings Institution. It's especially easy to see why this can be the case for law students, who face high costs over multiple loans to cover three full years of school. With finals approaching, it's a great time to take stock of your debt load and make a plan for repayment when graduation arrives. If you're reluctant to pull out your loan statements and do the math, we'll do it for you by examining... Read More >

5 Tips For Perfecting the Professional Humblebrag

by Vault Careers  |  April 02, 2015

Many people find it challenging to promote their own successes, worried that they'll be viewed as overly boastful. However, whether you've been promoted, won an award, or just achieved a major milestone, it's OK to occasionally toot your own horn - as long as you do it right! Here's how to "humblebrag" in a way that is genuine and relatable.    Watch Your Language  Sometimes the key to not sounding overly boastful is as simple as choosing the appropriate phrasing. You may want to shout... Read More >

Networking and Job Hunting for Introverts

by Vault Careers  |  March 18, 2015

If you're introverted, then you already know how nerve-racking socializing can be. When you add to that the pressure of job hunting and networking, the entire situation can turn into nothing but sweaty palms and shyness. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to set your introverted tendencies aside and excel in job hunting and networking situations.  Practice Meeting New People  Regularly putting yourself in social situations is one of the best ways to get over your introverted... Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Managing Partner

by Vault Careers  |  March 17, 2015

Considering a career in law, or a transition within the legal profession? The following profile of a day in the life of a managing partner is an excerpt from the Vault Career Guide to Law, 2014 Edition. Kelley Clements Keller is the owner and managing member of The Keller Law Firm, LLC, a boutique firm practicing intellectual property (IP), which includes assisting clients in IP prosecution, procurement and maintenance, licensing and enforcement, brand expansion and management, domain name... Read More >

How to Set Up a Work Shadowing Arrangement

by Vault Careers  |  March 11, 2015

You've heard of the informational interview-sitting down with a person whose career you admire, and asking questions about their career and trajectory. But what about experiencing their career? Or rather, a few days of it? Shadowing an experienced professional can be a great way to get a feel for different companies and industries, and to pick up some extra business experience and self knowledge-for free! Of course, the enlightenment will come at one cost: time. Since this exercise... Read More >

Hate Your Firm? Fortune & Vault Have Some Suggestions

by Vault Careers  |  March 11, 2015

Fortune recently released its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and five Vault firms made Fortune's list:  Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Arnold & Porter LLP; Cooley LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; and Alston & Bird LLP. Fortune's rankings are based on a survey of random employees in which respondents rate criteria related to the quality of their workplace culture such as pay, benefits and workplace programs. Associates who took the Vault survey echoed the... Read More >

Does Your Resume Have a Perfect Sales Pitch?

by Vault Careers  |  March 09, 2015

No matter your field, there's plenty of selling in the job search, with prospective employers as buyers for the products, which are the applicants themselves. As a result, sales skills matter, and they get a lot of attention. But they're mostly thought of as the skills you need to bring to the interview, a place where your performance is akin to a sales pitch. That perspective is far too limited, however, because knowing how to sell is critical to many other parts of the search. Nowhere is... Read More >

Women in Tech: How to Avoid Burnout

by Vault Careers  |  March 04, 2015

When it comes to discrimination against women in the workplace, few industries have as big of an image problem as tech. As Hillary Clinton noted in a recent keynote speech, around one in five software developers and just one in ten executives in Silicon Valley are women. As she told her audience at the Santa Clara Convention Center, "We're going backward in a field that is supposed to be all about moving forward […] We can literally count on one hand the number of women who have actually... Read More >

Top 5 In-Demand Skills You Can Learn Online

by Vault Careers  |  February 26, 2015

Don't take this personally, but no matter the career path you've chosen, your skills are quickly becoming obsolete. With the speed at which technology is advancing and the business landscape is changing, new skills are becoming in demand at a lightning-fast pace. Ten years ago, could you have imagined getting hired as a social media manager or a Node.js programmer? Not likely-these job titles and the skills associated with them didn't even exist.  For those who need to enhance their... Read More >

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