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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From Classroom to Cubicle

by Vault Careers  |  July 29, 2015

After graduation, most students assume their lives will drastically change as they transition from a college classroom into their careers of choice. After starting work, however, they may be surprised to find the number of ways life does not change. Many skills, habits and routines learned or experienced in school apply in the professional world. In fact, by approaching an accounting career as a student, one can not only survive, but thrive in the industry. Here are five lessons learned in... Read More >

5 Tips for Successfully Refinancing Your Graduate School Loans

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

When the average college grad is leaving school with more than $30,000 in debt, it's enough to make anybody stop and think twice before signing on the dotted line. But when it comes to graduate or professional school, the price tag is even higher. Graduate students make up about 16% of the overall student population, but they account for about 40% of recent federal loan disbursements.  And while the median debt load for the average grad student is $57,600, 25% of those students borrow... Read More >

How to Nail the Phone Interview

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

Increasingly, companies are conducting first-round interviews over the phone. This helps recruiting and hiring managers zero in on top candidates more efficiently. For many candidates, however, a phone interview can be a frightening prospect. Most people communicate better in person-where nonverbal cues like gestures and smiles can make up for otherwise awkward moments. But the reality is that phone interviews aren't going anywhere for now-so what can you do to present yourself in the... Read More >

At Work With a Video Game Designer

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

Designing games involves creating stories, characters, dialogue, graphics, and sound effects, as well as sometimes writing programming code (although much programming is now automated). It is a very creative process, requiring imagination and computer and communication skills to develop games that are interactive and entertaining. Some game designers work on their own and try to sell their designs to companies that produce and distribute games; others are employees of companies such as... Read More >

Wait, Hospitals Want My Tech Degree?

by Vault Careers  |  July 22, 2015

For many, the idea of pursuing a technical degree is linked to dreams of working as a prominent figure in major companies such as Google or Facebook. Unfortunately, the competition for even small positions within these companies is stiff, leaving many recent grads wondering where their skills cn be put to use. Perhaps the greatest misconception within the technological field is the idea that graduates need to pursue careers directly linked to new product development and maintenance. Most... Read More >

6 Finance Interview Questions That Test Your Market Knowledge

by Vault Careers  |  July 20, 2015

In light of the credit crunch of late 2008, students are going to see the same "How did we get here?" question masked in a variety of forms. A solid understanding of subprime and other credit-related products, write-downs, and leverage is key to answering these kinds of questions. Below are some examples of questions you might expect. All of these are designed to test your knowledge rather than assess your past behavior. 1. What is meant by mark-to-market? Why is this important to hedge... Read More >

10 Interview Tips to Help You Land the Job

by Vault Careers  |  July 13, 2015

Ever wondered why you can't get the company to call you back after an interview? Or felt like there's nothing you can do except wait for an answer? Here's the good news: you're not alone. According to career coach, speaker and author Ford R. Myers, those are common complaints shared by  many jobseekers after completing a job interview. The better news: Myers-author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," (John Wiley & Sons, http://www.getthejobbook.com)-says that, whike... Read More >

What Every Law Student Should Know about OCI

by Vault Careers  |  July 13, 2015

I'm not going to sugar coat it. Securing a summer associate position at a prestigious and economically healthy law firm is not for the faint of heart.  The official on-campus interview process (OCI) is about to begin in earnest and it will be all-consuming for participating law students. Now is the time to prepare your strategy. During my 25 years recruiting for Vault Law/AmLaw 100 law firms I came in contact with every kind of applicant. I witnessed, first hand, what candidates in search... Read More >

5 Guesstimates Wall Street Firms Ask and How to Answer Them

by Vault Careers  |  July 08, 2015

Guesstimates are interview questions that involve asking candidates to come up with a figure, usually the size of a market or the number of objects in a certain area. Although guesstimates are more commonly given in interviews for consulting positions, they do pop up in finance interviews as well. The most important thing to remember about guesstimates, which are designed to be stressful and thus test your ability to deal with stress, is to let your interviewer see how your mind works-that... Read More >

Always Be Prepared: Career Guidance for Post-Military Life

by Vault Careers  |  July 06, 2015

Transitioning out of the military and into the civilian workforce marks an extremely important period for those of us who have dedicated ourselves to the service of our country. I know - it's been nearly two years since my last active duty assignment. It can be very stressful not knowing what lies ahead and how you will be able to provide for yourself and/or your family. However, there are many steps that can help prepare for this period to ease the natural stresses, frustrations and... Read More >

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