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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4 Interview Questions Venture Capital Firms Ask

by Vault Careers  |  November 16, 2015

Venture capital interviews aren't tricky. Generally, there are no brainteasers or case questions. A VC interview is a chance for venture capitalists to get a sense of you, the same way they do when meeting with entrepreneurs. That's how venture capitalists make investment decisions-by gut instinct. Hiring is no different. As a result, the interviews are often very personal in nature. The venture capitalist wants to know if he/she can bear to work closely with you and depend on you for... Read More >

7 Tricky Interview Questions Private Equity and Hedge Fund Firms Ask

by Vault Careers  |  November 02, 2015

Brainteasers are like standardized tests: of little relevance to the actual subject but designed to compare all people equally. As for what these tricky interview questions entail, they typically encompass probability and/or statistics. Both hedge funds and private equity firms use brainteasers during the interview process. But hedge funds use them more often because these questions test mental math skills, which are perhaps more important for hedge fund jobs than PE positions. Accuracy,... Read More >

How to Brainstorm Effectively: Tips From a Former Consultant

by Vault Careers  |  October 28, 2015

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 to help outgoing professionals use sports to connect with people in the workplace and beyond. Both are first-time entrepreneurs. This is the second  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 entrepreneurs, and how their career... Read More >

Twitter Layoffs: Career Lessons on Being Prepared

by Vault Careers  |  October 26, 2015

The recent news of 300 layoffs at Twitter is proof that you can suffer career setbacks even at highflying companies. What lessons can the rest of us take away from this kind of news? Always Be Ready For Your Next Job Search  For students on campus or early in their careers, the amount of jobs you will have has drastically changed. Two generations ago, your grandparents had one or two jobs. Your parents had between nine and 11. A report I was recently briefed on from a leading recruitment... Read More >

11 Essential Cover Letter Tips

by Vault Careers  |  October 21, 2015

Your cover letter is just as important as your resume and deserves just as much attention. It's the first correspondence read by a prospective employer, and a badly written cover letter won't get you in the door, or even your resume read. Typically, a cover letter has three short paragraphs. Each has no more than three sentences. The first paragraph is your chance to get the reader's attention. This is the ideal place to say that you offer something not seen from the typical... Read More >

5 Essential Project Management Skills for Your Resume

by Vault Careers  |  October 19, 2015

Most companies will need to meet various business goals and objectives at any one time. The most common approach is to group related activities into distinct or related projects. It is crucial that these projects are planned and managed successfully, the value of project management should never be underestimated.  Whether you are preparing an event, building a website or constructing a building, project management is a critical function that every business will come across at some point.... Read More >

Why Negotiation is a Crucial Career Skill

by Vault Careers  |  October 12, 2015

When we think of the skills necessary to be successful in business there are quite a few things that come to mind. Maintaining good business relations, the ability to make tough decisions quickly, maybe even organization all come to mind. Although all of these traits are extremely important to keeping a business in the green, many people tend to forget another critical business skill: negotiation. The ability to negotiate effectively can be one of the most instrumental skills business... Read More >

7 Networking Tips for Making Stronger Connections

by Vault Careers  |  October 06, 2015

Networking is all about building connections. These connections can open up opportunities, promote your personal "brand" even if you aren't actively looking for a new position, and help build life-long personal and professional friendships. Using an intelligent approach to networking, whether you're at a casual social-hour type of event or attending a conference, alumni event, or trade show, can produce the best results. By following proper networking etiquette, you can build out your... Read More >

7 Interview Questions You Need to Nail to Work in Wealth Management

by Vault Careers  |  October 05, 2015

With banks like Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse focusing more and more on wealth management as opposed to traditional investment banking, jobs in wealth management (also known as private banking or private wealth management) are becoming more and more prestigious and lucrative. As for interviews at most wealth management firms (or at units of bigger banks), you should expect to receive thoughtful, structured questions and expect that your answers will be scrutinized carefully. As with... Read More >

6 Creative Ways to Handle Workplace Stress

by Vault Careers  |  September 30, 2015

We can all agree that work is stressful. Even if you have the best position in the world, you're still susceptible to organizational stress. There are multiple ways to handle stress while you're at work, but like football, the best defense is a good offense. As far as I'm concerned, when it comes to stress, creativity is the best offense.  Since creativity is one of those umbrella terms that can cover a variety of different activities, I asked a few of my co-workers what creative endeavors... Read More >

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