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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Selling Yourself in Your Cover Letter

by Vault Careers  |  June 20, 2016

Your cover letter has two important roles: (1) it's a marketing document designed to sell a product (you), and (2): it's a business document that, while giving a glimpse of your personality, needs to remain professional. It therefore stands to reason that lessons from those who sell, and those who write for business, can teach us a little something about composing an effective letter. What are you really selling? Yes, you're selling yourself and all that you have to offer: your skills,... Read More >

6 Things Never to Put on a Resume

by Vault Careers  |  May 31, 2016

Some things are inappropriate for a resume, or simply better not to include. Here are some rules of thumb about what to avoid when writing your resume. 1. Personal Information Don't include personal information like your marital status, religion, race, etc. Employers aren't allowed to ask questions about these things, and including them on your resume might cause you to be discriminated against, but you would never know for sure. The only exception is if you're applying for international... Read More >

10 Tips for International Students Entering the U.S. Workforce

by Vault Careers  |  May 11, 2016

With graduation fast approaching at universities across the country, many international students will be entering the U.S workforce for the first time. If you're one of these students, you might have a fair amount of anxiety around joining the U.S workforce, especially if you're not used to working with Americans. Depending on the culture in which you grew up, Americans might seem aggressive. And depending on how reserved you are, you might worry about "fitting in." To help you adjust to... Read More >

5 Tips for Writing Your Resume's 'Additional Information' Section

by Vault Careers  |  May 02, 2016

When applying to certain jobs, you'll often find it necessary to create an "Additional Information" section on your resume. This happens when you have information that you want to include on your resume that doesn't quite fit into your "Education" or "Work Experience" sections. This type of information might include volunteer work, professional memberships, special assignments, expertise outside traditional categories, hobbies, interests, and/or other related information. How to include... Read More >

7 Tips for Working from Home

by Vault Careers  |  April 27, 2016

When I started my career over 30 years ago, I never would've imagined I'd be working remotely from a home office in the mountains out West for an East Coast-based company. Cell phones didn't exist, the Internet didn't exist, and personal computers only existed in the imaginations of entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. But now, all these years later, having spent a good amount of my career working from home, thanks to numerous advances in technology, I've become an experienced-and,... Read More >

3 Careers to Save the World

by Vault Careers  |  April 27, 2016

Although you might not have super-human strength, the ability to read minds, or lightning speed, you do have the capability to make significant changes for the betterment of both the human population and the world in general. To that end, while professionals in the below careers don't wear capes or have impressive superhero names, they're often responsible for the improvement of thousands of lives. And so, if you're looking to save the world, you'll want to give these three careers a... Read More >

Q&A with a Stanford Grad Who Founded Her Own Venture Capital Firm

by Vault Careers  |  April 20, 2016

Jennifer Carolan, co-founder and general partner at Reach Newschools Capital, is also a former managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund.  VAULT: Can you tell us a little about yourself? What made you want to enter this career?  CAROLAN: Growing up in Chicago, I didn't know about venture capital. I only learned about it in graduate school at Stanford University when I heard Kim Smith, the founder of NewSchools Venture Fund, speak. She talked ab Read More >

Should You Write Thank You Letters After Rejections?

by Vault Careers  |  April 18, 2016

Your interview went well and you did everything correctly, but you still received that letter or phone call stating that you weren't chosen for the position. This will happen. Not every job is for you, and not every interview will result in a job offer. However, you can still use a thank you letter to your advantage. First, it helps to avoid burning any bridges. Second, if you're still interested in the company, you can express this in your letter. Third, you never know if the person who... Read More >

The 50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

by Vault Careers  |  April 13, 2016

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The Biggest Mistake You're Making on LinkedIn

by Vault Careers  |  April 12, 2016

LinkedIn has undergone several changes and updates since its inception, but it's still considered to be essential for jobseekers. A recent Forbes article notes that both jobseekers and hiring managers view LinkedIn as a primary tool. And most career advisers recommend that everyone, from emerging professional to seasoned executive, should have a LinkedIn profile. And it's this very profile that's the most important tool that LinkedIn offers. However, many LinkedIn users are a making a huge... Read More >

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