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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Q&A with a Stanford Grad Who Founded Her Own Venture Capital Firm

by Vault Careers  |  April 20, 2016

Jennifer Carolan, co-founder and general partner at Reach Newschools Capital, is also a former managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund.  VAULT: Can you tell us a little about yourself? What made you want to enter this career?  CAROLAN: Growing up in Chicago, I didn't know about venture capital. I only learned about it in graduate school at Stanford University when I heard Kim Smith, the founder of NewSchools Venture Fund, speak. She talked ab Read More >

Should You Write Thank You Letters After Rejections?

by Vault Careers  |  April 18, 2016

Your interview went well and you did everything correctly, but you still received that letter or phone call stating that you weren't chosen for the position. This will happen. Not every job is for you, and not every interview will result in a job offer. However, you can still use a thank you letter to your advantage. First, it helps to avoid burning any bridges. Second, if you're still interested in the company, you can express this in your letter. Third, you never know if the person who... Read More >

The 50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

by Vault Careers  |  April 13, 2016

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The Biggest Mistake You're Making on LinkedIn

by Vault Careers  |  April 12, 2016

LinkedIn has undergone several changes and updates since its inception, but it's still considered to be essential for jobseekers. A recent Forbes article notes that both jobseekers and hiring managers view LinkedIn as a primary tool. And most career advisers recommend that everyone, from emerging professional to seasoned executive, should have a LinkedIn profile. And it's this very profile that's the most important tool that LinkedIn offers. However, many LinkedIn users are a making a huge... Read More >

6 Tips for Writing Better Cover Letters

by Vault Careers  |  April 05, 2016

Once you have the cover letter basics down-you generally know what to include in a cover letter, what not to include, how long it should be, what it's used for, who reads it, how you should address it, how you should sign off-then you're ready for some specific writing advice that will make your cover letter the best it can be. To that end, here are six tips to get you started writing, through the rough patches, and across the cover letter finish line.  1. Tackle the outline and easy parts... Read More >

42 Big Four Interview Questions

by Vault Careers  |  March 21, 2016

This year, in our annual accounting survey, Vault surveyed more than 9,000 accountants. The survey, administered this past winter, asked accountants to tell us what it's like to work for their firms. It also asked them to tell us about their hiring process and, specifically, about the questions they were asked during their interviews. To that end, below you'll find more than three dozen of the more interesting and challenging interview questions that, this year, accountants at Big Four... Read More >

5 Networking Tips for a Venture Capital Job Search

by Vault Careers  |  March 15, 2016

Networking and schmoozing are keys to any job search, but they're even more important when looking for venture capital positions. Networking is done in two ways: informally through social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, industry job boards), and face-to-face at business conferences, meetings, and other events. It's a good idea to combine both approaches. Building contacts in the VC industry is key to learning about job openings and getting an interview. It helps to have a strong... Read More >

How to Make Travel Part of Your Job

by Vault Careers  |  March 14, 2016

Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life -       Confucius  Many of us have grown up hearing inspirational career quotes like the one above. In many ways they have encouraged us to continue fighting for a job we're passionate about and that fits into the lifestyle we would ultimately like to have.  For those of us that are passionate about traveling (a number that appears to be growing), find Read More >

4 Questions to Ask in Private Equity Interviews

by Vault Careers  |  March 08, 2016

In any interview, and certainly in private equity interviews, you should walk in armed with questions about the company so you can glean more about your potential employer and the company can come away with some appreciation that you've done your homework. That said, this won't be the time to ask about benefits and pay-ask too early and you look greedy. Instead, you'll want to ask smart questions about the company to learn more about what it does, how it operates, and what your position... Read More >

6 Ways to Build Better Relationships with Coworkers

by Vault Careers  |  March 07, 2016

Learning how to build relationships within a team or company can lead to personal growth and plenty of professional opportunities. But there's no doubt that fostering authentic relationships with colleagues can be challenging. So, here are a few ways to build stronger relationships with coworkers in order to improve the quality of your work life, open up doors for personal and professional development, and add value to your organization's culture.  1. Discover your interests.  Get to know... Read More >