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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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 move to pursue good job leads, work nontraditional schedules, and otherwise adjust their expectations based on the position being... 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 >

How Does the Medical Professional Shortage Impact Your Career?

by Vault Careers  |  December 07, 2015

It may come as somewhat of a surprise, but there is currently a growing shortage in medical professionals and staff--and no matter what field you are interested in, that can have an impact on the direction of your career. These shortages are offering up numerous opportunities for professionals with any type of degree to become involved. After all, as one of the biggest industries in the nation, healthcare has a place for everyone.  Nursing  Many of us have already heard about the... Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Peace Corps Volunteer

by Vault Careers  |  December 02, 2015

If you think you might be interested in applying for a position with the Peace Corps, here's some advice from one Peace Corps recruiter: "The number one most important thing you can do during the application process is to show your commitment. It's going to be a long process, and we want to make sure that you really are dedicated. For many applicants, PC is just one choice of many, and it will certainly help your chances if you can demonstrate to us that PC is not a fallback position for... Read More >

Test Your IQ (International Quotient) to See If Working Abroad Is for You

by Vault Careers  |  November 30, 2015

People live and work overseas for a variety of reasons, but the common motivating factors for working abroad are typically these: a desire for adventure and personal growth, greater professional opportunities, and language acquisition.  For many, working abroad represents freedom, adventure, and a chance to break out of the "9-to-5" mold while seeing the rest of the world. At home, you might normally spend your free time with the same group of friends (partaking in the same activities week... Read More >

What Do Young Venture Capitalists Do All Day?

by Vault Careers  |  November 23, 2015

Venture capitalists (and venture capital funds) are in the business of investing in young, innovative companies (often in the tech and healthcare sectors) in exchange for an equity stake that hopefully can be translated into a profit when the company goes public or is merged with or sold to another company. And so, in order to be successful, venture capitalists are always on the lookout for growth companies. This means digging down on specific data to assess opportunities. It means asking... Read More >

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