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 Strategies to Save Money During Your First Job Search

by Vault Careers  |  July 29, 2014

The unemployment rate for recent college graduates is 8.8 percent, according to the Economic Policy Institute, well above the national average. Even though the economy has shown signs of life and job creation is on the upswing, finding that first paid position is going to be a challenge. It's in your interest to save as much money as you can to ensure you have the time and resources to devote to your job search after college graduation. Follow these tips to help get you started: 1. Rethink... Read More >

How to Speed Up Student Loan Repayment in Three Easy Steps

by Vault Careers  |  July 21, 2014

There's no doubt about it-law school grads today are feeling the student loan squeeze. A recent New America study showed that the average law student leaves school with more than $140,000 in loans, the second highest debt burden behind medical degrees.  That's up 63% from just 10 years ago, and translates to a typical monthly payment of $1,611 (at a 10-year term and 6.8% interest rate).  Not an easy load to bear for a decade or sometimes more.  Want to be done with your loans sooner? ... Read More >

Interview Tips: How Eye Contact Can Get You the Job

by Vault Careers  |  July 17, 2014

If you were interviewing someone who couldn't make eye contact, would you give them the job? Probably not. I got the same answer from a colleague who works in Human Resources, who's had the power to hire (or to say thanks but no thanks) to many hundreds of applicants. Although poor eye contact might just be due to nerves or shyness - and completely understandable in an interview situation-it's something you need to tackle if you think it may be holding you back.  If you're not engaging... Read More >

Tinder, Meet Opposing Counsel

by Vault Careers  |  July 03, 2014

The dating app Tinder, often touted as female-friendly, may have done more than create a blaze of hook-ups, relationships and broken hearts for its users. The cooling of passions between two of the app's co-founders and other alleged bad behavior by Tinder co-founders may have resulted in discrimination, sexual harassment and a host of other labor and employment law violations. Recently, Whitney Wolfe, the co-founder who sparked the idea for Tinder's name, filed a lawsuit against Tinder,... Read More >

Interview Tips From Microsoft’s Senior Tech Recruiter

by Vault Careers  |  June 19, 2014

In addition to working for Microsoft, Racquel Garcia is an advocate for diversity in recruitment and hiring, and a speaker at conferences and workshops for the National Society of Hispanic Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and Grace Hoppers, a group dedicated to the advancement of women in engineering. The following interview with Ms. Garcia was excerpted from the new Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media. What type of... Read More >

Coming Soon - Vault's Law 100 Rankings

by Vault Careers  |  June 13, 2014

Move over World Cup, the real competition has been waging all year, and the results are in (almost)!  Next week, Vault will release its rankings for the Top 100 Law Firms! This year, nearly 17,000 law associates rated law firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige. (Associates were not allowed to rate their own firms, and were asked only to rate firms with which they were familiar.) Will Wachtell be able to hold on to the No. 1 spot? Who was knocked out of the Top 100? Who's back in?... Read More >

How to Get an Internship According to Headhunters

by Vault Careers  |  May 20, 2014

Headhunters are highly specialized and educated individuals that stay abreast of the job market and are enlisted by employers to find the right candidate for a certain position. Headhunters know about recruiting, compensation packages, and how candidates should present themselves to employers-what to say, do, and think in order to land a job. But what valuable insights do they have about securing an internship? We recently asked a few headhunters what advice they had for prospective... Read More >

History of the Male-Female Salary Gap: A 95-Year-Old Problem

by Vault Careers  |  May 02, 2014

Last year, the Equal Pay Act signed by John F. Kennedy turned 50 years old. The Act was designed to create a society where women were as valued as men in the workforce and to remove barriers that caused discrimination. Because of that Act, when discussing equality in the workplace, 1963 is widely considered the beginning of establishing a fair playing field for women in the workforce. However, the problem was not a new one in the early '60s. In 1920, a similar act-which served as the... Read More >

How to Network Your Way to a Summer Internship

by Vault Careers  |  April 03, 2014

I recently spoke to a handful of college students who, combined, have held 19 internships. These former interns came from various levels of education (sophomores to seniors) and various areas of study (geology and graphic design to French and engineering). When I asked them how they were able to secure their internships, all of them told me that finding an internship took persistence and courage and, most important, an element of networking. And so, below, are four networking tips I was... Read More >

5 Jobs on ‘House of Cards’ That Look Cooler and More Exciting Than They Probably Are

by Vault Careers  |  March 18, 2014

Let me warn you: if you haven't watched the first two seasons of the highly entertaining, highly addictive, highly thrilling Netflix-produced "House of Cards" but plan to, there are going to be some massive PLOT SPOILERS in the words to follow.  Okay, now that that's out of the way, here are five jobs on "HoC" that, in my estimation, the show's creator, producers, directors, writers, actors, and the rest of its crew make look extremely exciting but probably aren't as thrilling as they are... Read More >

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