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 Major Differences Between Consulting and Startup Life

by Vault Careers  |  January 27, 2016

Andrew Faircloth and Brent Macon were management consultants for three years (Andrew with Bain & Co., Brent with McKinsey & Co.). They started Primer Sports in August 2015 to help outgoing professionals use sports to connect with people in the workplace and beyond. Both are first-time entrepreneurs. This is the third in a series of posts for Vault in which they discuss some of the issues they have faced so far in their journey from consultants to entrepre Read More >

Take Our 2016 Office Romance Survey!

by Vault Careers  |  January 19, 2016

Is it acceptable at your firm to date your coworkers? What about your subordinates? Your managers? Your clients? Do you know anyone who met their significant other on the job? Has a colleague of yours ever been caught getting "romantic" in the stairwell? Have any of your bosses had a clandestine affair with his or her assistant? Vault's annual Office Romance Survey asks these and other questions about love on the job. All surveys remain completely anonymous. So we encourage you to be... Read More >

Key Skills Every C# Developer Needs

by Vault Careers  |  January 19, 2016

The rather obvious answer to the question "What key skill is needed for a career in C#.NET software development?", is a background in software development using the C# language. Needless to say there is a little bit more to it than that, but let's start there.  Firstly, for those that aren't familiar, what is C#? Microsoft's C# is a multi-paradigm language for computer programming, meaning it supports more than one fundamental st Read More >

What Managers Can Learn From Coaches

by Vault Careers  |  January 13, 2016

Watching a great sports team play together is something amazing. The perfectly coordinated teamwork. The impressive displays of athleticism. The obvious joy of the game that radiates from their success.  All of these qualities indicate a certain harmony that comes from time, experience, and hard work.  When players rocket to stardom or go undefeated for a season it can be easy to place all the focus on them and forget about coaches who are frequently the tactical brain behind the... Read More >

Pluses and Minuses of Working in IT

by Vault Careers  |  January 06, 2016

Today there are thousands of IT job opportunities in the U.S. Opportunties exist with major tech companies like Google and Apple, with small-and mid-sized tech firms, in the IT departments of companies of all sizes in all industries, and with nonprofits and government agencies. There are many job opportunities, but applicants often must be willing to mo Read More >

The Lifestyle of Private Equity Professionals

by Vault Careers  |  January 04, 2016

Once you've landed a job with a private equity firm, you can expect to experience some of the most interesting, fast-paced work in finance. The pay and benefits will be commensurate with this kind of work-but so will the pressure. Typically, private equity investments are high-stakes ventures; if you're helping to manage a billion-dollar stake in a major company, you'll be held responsible for the outcome. Entry-level lifestyles At the analyst and associate levels, or in any support role,... Read More >

5 Apps Every Worker Needs

by Vault Careers  |  December 22, 2015

On my first day at my current job, I promised myself I would never take work home with me. I was going to draw a clear line between the office and home-and that line started with never connecting my work email to my phone. Alas, much like so many New Year's resolutions, I was fooling myself into believing I could ever achieve such a ridiculously lofty goal. The fact is, my phone is one of the best tools I have at my disposal. Not only does it benefit me on a personal level, but it's also a... Read More >

Pluses and Minuses of Working in Private Equity

by Vault Careers  |  December 21, 2015

Since the turn of the century, the private equity industry has grown tremendously. Today, private equity firms worldwide manage some $3.8 trillion in assets, up from "only" $716 billion in December 2000. Broadly defined, private equity is an investment in a nonpublic entity or private company. The majority of the firms that invest in private equity (some 3,300) are headquartered in the U.S. In fact, nine of the top 10 private equity firms worldwide in terms of fundraising totals are... Read More >

Top 5 Skills Needed For a Job in Software Development

by Vault Careers  |  December 14, 2015

Software development is one of those areas that seems a mystery to those outside it. Coding, by definition, is another language, and by nature it excludes those who don't understand it. So you end up with confusion as to what skills are actually needed to work in such a field. But many of the talents of a software developer are transferable into other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, since problem solving is the discipline's primary purpose. As such, the most... Read More >

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