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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6 Tips for Writing Better Cover Letters

by Vault Careers  |  April 05, 2016

Once you have the cover letter basics down-you generally know what to include in a cover letter, what not to include, how long it should be, what it's used for, who reads it, how you should address it, how you should sign off-then you're ready for some specific writing advice that will make your cover letter the best it can be. To that end, here are six tips to get you started writing, through the rough patches, and across the cover letter finish line.  1. Tackle the outline and easy parts... Read More >

42 Big Four Interview Questions

by Vault Careers  |  March 21, 2016

This year, in our annual accounting survey, Vault surveyed more than 9,000 accountants. The survey, administered this past winter, asked accountants to tell us what it's like to work for their firms. It also asked them to tell us about their hiring process and, specifically, about the questions they were asked during their interviews. To that end, below you'll find more than three dozen of the more interesting and challenging interview questions that, this year, accountants at Big Four... Read More >

5 Networking Tips for a Venture Capital Job Search

by Vault Careers  |  March 15, 2016

Networking and schmoozing are keys to any job search, but they're even more important when looking for venture capital positions. Networking is done in two ways: informally through social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, industry job boards), and face-to-face at business conferences, meetings, and other events. It's a good idea to combine both approaches. Building contacts in the VC industry is key to learning about job openings and getting an interview. It helps to have a strong... Read More >

How to Make Travel Part of Your Job

by Vault Careers  |  March 14, 2016

Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life -       Confucius  Many of us have grown up hearing inspirational career quotes like the one above. In many ways they have encouraged us to continue fighting for a job we're passionate about and that fits into the lifestyle we would ultimately like to have.  For those of us that are passionate about traveling (a number that appears to be growing), find Read More >

4 Questions to Ask in Private Equity Interviews

by Vault Careers  |  March 08, 2016

In any interview, and certainly in private equity interviews, you should walk in armed with questions about the company so you can glean more about your potential employer and the company can come away with some appreciation that you've done your homework. That said, this won't be the time to ask about benefits and pay-ask too early and you look greedy. Instead, you'll want to ask smart questions about the company to learn more about what it does, how it operates, and what your position... Read More >

6 Ways to Build Better Relationships with Coworkers

by Vault Careers  |  March 07, 2016

Learning how to build relationships within a team or company can lead to personal growth and plenty of professional opportunities. But there's no doubt that fostering authentic relationships with colleagues can be challenging. So, here are a few ways to build stronger relationships with coworkers in order to improve the quality of your work life, open up doors for personal and professional development, and add value to your organization's culture.  1. Discover your interests.  Get to know... Read More >

Why Customer Service Skills Can Help Your Career (Even If It's Not in Retail)

by Vault Careers  |  February 22, 2016

When I think of customer service, a department store register or the counter at a fast food restaurant usually comes to mind. While these are certainly archetypes of the quintessential business/customer interaction, customer service goes far beyond retail - it seeps into every industry, public or private, no matter the transaction type or parties involved.  Regardless of what services you offer, your clients are, hands down, the most important part of your business. I know this isn't... Read More >

5 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Career Goals

by Vault Careers  |  February 10, 2016

In these modern times, the place of the individual in the workplace is slowly but surely starting to gain ground. Gone are the days when workers can be merely labelled as "spokes in the corporate wheel". While not all of us have the capability to become great leaders, the mere fact that most businesses and corporations are now encouraged to work more for the betterment and enrichment of the individual should be enough to inspire you to freely seek newer heights in your chosen career, and,... Read More >

Romance Is in the Air: The 2016 Office Romance Survey Results Are Here!

by Vault Careers  |  February 10, 2016

The results of Vault's 2016 office romance survey are in. Check out the slideshow to find out who's being doing what, with whom--and where.

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Will Virtual Reality Be Part of Your Next Job?

by Vault Careers  |  February 03, 2016

Virtual reality is one of those technologies that, in the past, has always seemed to have too big of shoes to fill. Every decade or so we get our hopes up that this will be the time that impressive virtual reality devices are released that meet our expectations, only to realize that the technology is far behind our imaginations.  Well, this time advances in technology may have finally caught up. In the last few years numerous large companies such as Google, Facebook, and Samsung have... Read More >

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