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 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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Why Negotiation is a Crucial Career Skill

by Vault Careers  |  October 12, 2015

When we think of the skills necessary to be successful in business there are quite a few things that come to mind. Maintaining good business relations, the ability to make tough decisions quickly, maybe even organization all come to mind. Although all of these traits are extremely important to keeping a business in the green, many people tend to forget another critical business skill: negotiation. The ability to negotiate effectively can be one of the most instrumental skills business... Read More >

7 Networking Tips for Making Stronger Connections

by Vault Careers  |  October 06, 2015

Networking is all about building connections. These connections can open up opportunities, promote your personal "brand" even if you aren't actively looking for a new position, and help build life-long personal and professional friendships. Using an intelligent approach to networking, whether you're at a casual social-hour type of event or attending a conference, alumni event, or trade show, can produce the best results. By following proper networking etiquette, you can build out your... Read More >

7 Interview Questions You Need to Nail to Work in Wealth Management

by Vault Careers  |  October 05, 2015

With banks like Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse focusing more and more on wealth management as opposed to traditional investment banking, jobs in wealth management (also known as private banking or private wealth management) are becoming more and more prestigious and lucrative. As for interviews at most wealth management firms (or at units of bigger banks), you should expect to receive thoughtful, structured questions and expect that your answers will be scrutinized carefully. As with... Read More >

6 Creative Ways to Handle Workplace Stress

by Vault Careers  |  September 30, 2015

We can all agree that work is stressful. Even if you have the best position in the world, you're still susceptible to organizational stress. There are multiple ways to handle stress while you're at work, but like football, the best defense is a good offense. As far as I'm concerned, when it comes to stress, creativity is the best offense.  Since creativity is one of those umbrella terms that can cover a variety of different activities, I asked a few of my co-workers what creative endeavors... Read More >

11 Interview Questions Private Equity Firms Ask (and How to Answer Them)

by Vault Careers  |  September 28, 2015

Although the interview process in private equity varies by firm, all applicants will participate in a "fit" interview. In these, you will answer questions about your background or experience, and the hiring manager assesses your credentials and personality to see if you are a good match for the firm. Some firms also ask candidates to complete a paper LBO or walk through a case study. Junior candidates and recent MBAs can expect to be asked to complete modeling tests and personality... Read More >

10 Tips for Answering Business Case Questions Successfully

by Vault Careers  |  September 21, 2015

Landing a job in the consulting industry generally means that you're going to have to sit through any number of case interviews. The following tips are excerpted from Vault's recently-updated Guide to the Case Interview, which features many more practical tips, as well as real-life interview examples from the likes of BCG, McKinsey, A.T. Kearney and more. 1. Take Notes As your interviewer presents your case, be sure to take careful notes on the numbers or other facts given. (Always bring... Read More >

What Hedge Fund Managers Really Do All Day

by Vault Careers  |  September 21, 2015

Today, there are more than 8,900 hedge fund firms in the world. Many firms have fewer than five employees, and even the largest firms typically have only between 200 and 1,000 employees. Bridgewater Associates, for example, has the most assets under management of any hedge fund, but it only employs 1,500 people. J.P. Morgan Asset Management, ranked second in assets under management, employs less than 1,000 investment professionals. As a result, landing a job at a hedge fund can be... Read More >

5 Tips for Making it Through Your First Few Weeks on the Job

by Vault Careers  |  September 16, 2015

Starting a new job is bound to be a little intimidating no matter how long you've been in the game; you don't know anyone, you're not sure how things are done or what will be expected of you, and everything from the lunchroom to the photocopy machine is unfamiliar territory. If you want to make a good first impression and set the stage for the rest of your time with the company, though, it's important to come prepared and make the first few weeks count. Here are a few tips for doing just... Read More >

How I Became a Celebrity Chef

by Vault Careers  |  September 16, 2015

Richard Knight's restaurants have been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Garden & Gun, and GQ, among other publications. He has also received two James Beard nominations and appeared on the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Soon, his latest restaurant, Hunky Dory Tavern, will open in Houston. Below, in his words, is how he went from washing dishes to working as an executive chef and restauranteur.  RICHARD KNIGHT: I started, in the same way as many others... Read More >

How to Land a Private Equity Job

by Vault Careers  |  September 14, 2015

Landing a private equity job might not be as difficult as running a four-minute mile or swimming across the English Channel, but it can be quite a formidable challenge. To many who love finance (and large paychecks), a private equity position is a dream job. And the majority of PE firms only hire when they're fundraising or otherwise expanding. Still, getting a PE job can be done-and Samuel Smith is living proof that a combination of hard work, good grades, a little luck, and a lot of... Read More >

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