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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3 Tricks to Answering Interview Questions Better

by Vault Careers  |  August 26, 2016

When answering interview questions in any type of interview, you need a good grasp of your work and educational history, along with concrete examples to provide to your interviewer showing that you're the right person for the job. In addition, you can also use some techniques that will help you answer interview questions even better. 1. Answer plus one. Freddie Cheek of Cheek & Cristantello Career Connections recommends using one technique called "answer plus one." This technique... Read More >

Q&A with a Top-Ranked BofA Merrill Lynch Research Analyst

by Vault Careers  |  August 22, 2016

Timna Tanners ranked No. 1 in the Institutional Investor All-America Research Poll in 2015, 2014, and 2013. Tanners is a research analyst in the metals and mining group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. VAULT: How long have you worked in the field? What made you want to enter this career? TANNERS: I have done equity research since August 2002, after graduating from The Anderson School at UC Read More >

How to Make a Job Fair Work for You

by Vault Careers  |  August 01, 2016

The beginnings of many careers originated from job fairs, which is just one of the reasons why they are so daunting. It can get confusing as to what to bring, how to dress, and how to prioritize who to talk to. Navigating a job fair can be difficult, which is why we've got the step-by-step guide to ensure a successful job fair experience for you. Follow our steps to land your next job: PREPARATION Your Intention/ Your Objective: The recruiter is in the process of being inundated by... Read More >

What Do Investment Banking Analysts Really Do All Day (and Night)?

by Vault Careers  |  August 01, 2016

It's no secret that entry-level investment banking analysts work a lot of hours. In fact, according to Vault's latest Banking Survey, 65 percent of first- and second-year analysts work between 70 and 90 hours per week on a regular basis, and 7 percent work more than 90 hours per week. So what are these young analysts doing all day and night at work? To find out, below we bring you the day in the life of an analyst at one of the largest Wall Street banks, from the 8 a.m. login to the 2 a.m.... Read More >

11 Common Resume Mistakes Missed by Spellcheck

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2016

One of the rules of resume writing is be consistent throughout. For example, if you choose to use the serial comma (a comma after the second item in a list as in "this, that, and the other thing") then make sure to use it in every instance when applicable. But what you don't want to be consistent with are misspelled and misused words. Relying on your computer's spelling and grammar check is not enough. Many words can be missed that are spelled correctly but used in the wrong context or with... Read More >

3 Rules of LinkedIn Recommendations

by Vault Careers  |  July 18, 2016

Opinions vary about the effectiveness of LinkedIn endorsements, which easliy allow LinkedIn contacts to "promote" one another with the click of a mouse. Some view them as an important piece of your online profile, showcasing your skills and talents, while others see them as virtually useless since endorsements are often suggested, are easy to make, are not personalized, and anyone with a connection can make one.  LinkedIn recommendations, on the other hand, are not easy to obtain (they... Read More >

5 Tips for Asking Your Boss for Feedback

by Vault Careers  |  July 06, 2016

It takes courage to ask your boss for feedback. It also takes courage for your boss to give you honest feedback. Which is one of the things you need to keep in mind when going to your manager to find out how you're really doing on the job. To that end, thanks to a helpful Wall Street Journal article, you'll find several tips below on how best to navigate the often awkward and difficult situation of asking your boss for feedback, along with a video interview with Read More >

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 >

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