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Pros and Cons of Working as a Teacher

by Vault Careers  |  October 05, 2016

Today is World Teachers Day, and so in honor of one of the world's most honorable and rewarding (but demanding) professions, here's a look at the best and worst aspects of a career in teaching. Pros 1. Being able to share knowledge of and passion for certain topics is energizing and rewarding. It feels great when students finally understand a challenging concept or idea, or solve a problem they Read More >

5 Tips for Handling Difficult Interview Questions

by Vault Careers  |  September 26, 2016

No matter how hard you practice interviewing or how long you prepare, chances are you'll face questions in any interview that you didn't expect. Although this might not bring you much comfort, the good thing is there are several things you can do before and during an interview that will allow you to better handle these situations. To that end, below are several tips that will help you deal with difficult interview questions. 1. Bring an extra copy of your résumé-for yourself To your... Read More >

How to Break into the TV Industry

by Vault Careers  |  September 19, 2016

Many TV critics are calling the current state of television "the golden age" or "peak TV." And for good reason. There are now more than 400 scripted series on television, double the number there were in 2009. And given the rise in the number of shows produced and the increasing number of people consuming them, not to mention the sharp rise in content quality, there has never been a better time to join the industry. Currently, there are significant number of opportunities available in a... Read More >

3 Tricks to Answering Interview Questions Better

by Vault Careers  |  August 26, 2016

When answering interview questions in any type of interview, you need a good grasp of your work and educational history, along with concrete examples to provide to your interviewer showing that you're the right person for the job. In addition, you can also use some techniques that will help you answer interview questions even better. 1. Answer plus one. Freddie Cheek of Cheek & Cristantello Career Connections recommends using one technique called "answer plus one." This technique... Read More >

Q&A with a Top-Ranked BofA Merrill Lynch Research Analyst

by Vault Careers  |  August 22, 2016

Timna Tanners ranked No. 1 in the Institutional Investor All-America Research Poll in 2015, 2014, and 2013. Tanners is a research analyst in the metals and mining group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. VAULT: How long have you worked in the field? What made you want to enter this career? TANNERS: I have done equity research since August 2002, after graduating from The Anderson School at UC Read More >

What Do Investment Banking Analysts Really Do All Day (and Night)?

by Vault Careers  |  August 01, 2016

It's no secret that entry-level investment banking analysts work a lot of hours. In fact, according to Vault's latest Banking Survey, 65 percent of first- and second-year analysts work between 70 and 90 hours per week on a regular basis, and 7 percent work more than 90 hours per week. So what are these young analysts doing all day and night at work? To find out, below we bring you the day in the life of an analyst at one of the largest Wall Street banks, from the 8 a.m. login to the 2 a.m.... Read More >

11 Common Resume Mistakes Missed by Spellcheck

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2016

One of the rules of resume writing is be consistent throughout. For example, if you choose to use the serial comma (a comma after the second item in a list as in "this, that, and the other thing") then make sure to use it in every instance when applicable. But what you don't want to be consistent with are misspelled and misused words. Relying on your computer's spelling and grammar check is not enough. Many words can be missed that are spelled correctly but used in the wrong context or with... Read More >

3 Rules of LinkedIn Recommendations

by Vault Careers  |  July 18, 2016

Opinions vary about the effectiveness of LinkedIn endorsements, which easliy allow LinkedIn contacts to "promote" one another with the click of a mouse. Some view them as an important piece of your online profile, showcasing your skills and talents, while others see them as virtually useless since endorsements are often suggested, are easy to make, are not personalized, and anyone with a connection can make one.  LinkedIn recommendations, on the other hand, are not easy to obtain (they... Read More >

5 Tips for Asking Your Boss for Feedback

by Vault Careers  |  July 06, 2016

It takes courage to ask your boss for feedback. It also takes courage for your boss to give you honest feedback. Which is one of the things you need to keep in mind when going to your manager to find out how you're really doing on the job. To that end, thanks to a helpful Wall Street Journal article, you'll find several tips below on how best to navigate the often awkward and difficult situation of asking your boss for feedback, along with a video interview with Read More >

Selling Yourself in Your Cover Letter

by Vault Careers  |  June 20, 2016

Your cover letter has two important roles: (1) it's a marketing document designed to sell a product (you), and (2): it's a business document that, while giving a glimpse of your personality, needs to remain professional. It therefore stands to reason that lessons from those who sell, and those who write for business, can teach us a little something about composing an effective letter. What are you really selling? Yes, you're selling yourself and all that you have to offer: your skills,... Read More >