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 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 >

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 >

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