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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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 >

Finding Love at Work is More Acceptable Than Ever

by Vault Careers  |  February 11, 2015

Another year, another sign that office romances are gradually becoming more and more acceptable in workplaces throughout the United States. Indeed, the most striking statistic from this year's Vault Office Romance survey is that just 5 percent of respondents believe that no office romances are appropriate, down from 9 percent in 2011. Additionally, more respondents than ever (29%) are of the opinion that all romantic connections in the workplace are appropriate-including those between... Read More >

Don't Want to be a Desk Jockey? Try These 7 Alternative Careers

by Vault Careers  |  January 22, 2015

Are you bored out of your mind even considering a 9-5 behind the confines of a desk? Sitting at a desk in a cubicle isn't for everyone. There are plenty of career options out there that are interesting and keep you out in the field. Some require extensive education while others have lower average salaries. But, if experiencing new things or places is what you want from a career, then, according to Vault contributor JT Ripton, these seven positions might just be perfect for you. JT Ripton... Read More >

49 Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask

by Vault Careers  |  January 21, 2015

Since December, Vault has been asking accounting professionals across the U.S. to tell us what it's like to work for their firms. So far, we've surveyed about 6,000 accounting professionals, and one of the questions we've been asking has to do with interviews. Specifically, we've been asking accountants to tell us the questions that they were asked during interviews with their firms. And, to that end, below you'll find 49 common interview questions that top accounting firms ask. You'll see... Read More >

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