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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29 Technical Interview Questions Tech Firms Ask Internship Candidates

by Vault Careers  |  October 29, 2014

Yesterday, Vault released its Top 50 Internships For 2015. The rankings were calculated using data culled from our latest Internship Experience Survey, which was administered earlier this year to 5,800 interns at 100 internship programs. Survey respondents-which came from a variety of industries, including finance, consulting, energy, consumer products, media, and tech-were asked to rate their programs in five areas. They were also asked to provide sample interview questions they received... Read More >

Sample Cover Letter to a Google Recruiter

by Vault Careers  |  October 29, 2014

The following has been adapted from the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media.  Your resume and cover letter are your primary marketing tools to help you get hired. These documents-along with your educational achievements, professional skills and experience, and interviewing skills-will determine whether you land an interview or not. Cover letters should highlight your accomplishments and tell a company what you can do for it (e.g., how you can save the company time or money... Read More >

Top 50 Internships For 2015

by Vault Careers  |  October 28, 2014

Earlier this year, Vault invited more than 500 organizations to participate in our annual Internship Experience Survey. The survey asked current and former interns to comment on and rate their internship experiences on a variety of factors. This year, we heard from 5,800 interns who reviewed 100 different internship programs. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest, respondents were asked to rate their internship experiences in five areas: quality of life,... Read More >

Culture & Inclusion: Building a Career at Deloitte

by Vault Careers  |  October 24, 2014

When it comes to choosing a firm to work for, culture consistently comes up as a major factor among the employees that we survey. In this post, Carlos Robles, an AERS Advisory Senior Consultant in Deloitte & Touche LLP's San Jose office, discusses how the firm's culture and inclusion policies have helped him to build a career there-and how that started during his internship with the firm in college.  Name: Carlos Robles  Title: AERS Advisory Senior Consultant, San Jose... Read More >

101 Interview Questions Top Internship Programs Ask

by Vault Careers  |  October 22, 2014

Today, more than 40 percent of all entry-level full-time hires in the U.S. are sourced through internship programs. Which means that, for those looking to work for the most desired and admired employers in the country, internships are no longer a luxury but a necessity.  To that end, next Tuesday, October 28, Vault will be releasing its Top 50 Internship Programs for 2015. The new rankings are based on the results of Vault's Internship Experience Survey that, earlier this year, was... Read More >

Q&A With Victor Arribas, a Three-Time Morgan Stanley Summer Intern

by Vault Careers  |  October 14, 2014

Victor Arribas, a senior at the University of Michigan, recently accepted a full-time offer with Morgan Stanley, the global financial services firm. In his conversation with Vault, Victor provides perspective on the interview process, what he thinks employers are looking for from candidates, and the roles he held over his three summer internships. He also highlights how he worked on several big deals, built strong relationships with mentors, and even met one-on-one with Morgan Stanley... Read More >

How to Answer Difficult Situational Interview Questions

by Vault Careers  |  August 13, 2014

The following is an excerpt from the new Vault Career Guide to Accounting.  A situational interview features questions about how you handled or would handle a job challenge. These types of questions aim to assess your problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and see how you think on your feet under stress. Situational interview questions can be difficult to answer because they can be about almost anything and you might never have encountered some of the challenges. Here are some sample... Read More >

15 Tips for Creating the Perfect Tech Resume

by Vault Careers  |  August 01, 2014

The following was adapted from the new Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media.  "A powerful resume should leap off the page saying, 'Me! I'm the one you want to hire!'" advises software engineer Gayle Laakmann McDowell in her book The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company. She says that every line in these documents should have value and contribute to convincing the employer to hire you. That said, below... Read More >

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 >

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