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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.

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A Day in the Life of a Web Developer

by Vault Careers  |  August 15, 2017

Jules Gravinese is a self-employed web developer. She's the owner of Web Veteran, a web design and consulting business. Gravinese spoke to Vault about what a day in her life looks like. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: I wake up. (This probably sounds lazy. But bear with me, reserving judgment until you hear about the whole day.) I check e-mail for any emergencies and act accordingly. With all clear, I help with miscellaneous chores and have breakfast with my family. Then I shower. 9:30 a.m.: Round Read More >

How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired by a Tech Firm

by Vault Careers  |  August 08, 2017

Andrew Cerda is a recruiting professional who's worked for several tech firms, including ClassPass, Foursquare, and Yelp. Andrew told us about which types of positions are plentiful in the tech industry, which types of traits are required to get a job with a major tech firm, and what candidates can do to improve their chances of getting hired. Below is an excerpt of Andrew's conversation with Vault. VAULT: How long have you worked in the field? What made you want to enter this... Read More >

33 Interview Questions Wall Street Banks Are Asking Now

by Vault Careers  |  July 25, 2017

Each year, Vault surveys thousands of investment banking professionals, asking them to tell us about life at their firms. We ask about company culture, hours, compensation, overall job satisfaction, work/life balance, benefits, diversity, formal training, mentoring, business outlook, and more. Part of our survey focuses on interviews and, specifically, on the interview questions bankers are asked during the hiring process. To that end, below we've compiled the most common interview... Read More >

How to Get a Job as a Social Media Manager

by Vault Careers  |  July 05, 2017

Not long ago, Vault spoke with Wendy Soucie, the global head of social media at motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin. Soucie discussed with us how she became a social media manager, what the best and worst parts of her job are, and the advice she has for anyone looking to work in the booming social media management field. Below is an excerpt from that conversation. VAULT: How long have you worked in the field? SOUCIE: I've been working in the online and digital... Read More >

This Trick Will Make Your Résumé Stand Out

by Vault Careers  |  June 30, 2017

When crafting a résumé, perhaps the most important thing you should do is aim to differentiate yourself from other job applicants. After all, the ultimate goal is to make your résumé stand out to recruiters, enough so that they reach out to you individually. So, how can you make your résumé stand out? We have a trick you've likely never considered. Although it can be tempting to distinguish your résumé by making it visually different from others (using an unusual font or adding extra... Read More >

3 Resume Tips from Tech Firm Recruiters

by Vault Careers  |  June 26, 2017

Here are three resume writing tips from experienced tech firm recruiters that will go a long way toward getting the job you want. 1. Personalize each resume. "When applying for a job, the key objective is to get an interview with the prospective employer. A resume needs to stand out among the many other resumes that an employer receives. At such a volume, an employer will have a clear sense of what they're looking for from a resume and will make a decision on a resume within 10 to 30... Read More >

4 Skills You Need to Get a Job at Google

by Vault Careers  |  June 13, 2017

Do you break into a cold sweat at the thought of a job interview? You shouldn't! As Google states on its web site about its interview process, "Why sweat the small stuff when you can change the world, challenge the status quo, and impact millions of peoples' lives?" Of course, there's a difference between not stressing about an interview and not being well prepared. And if you want to succeed in Read More >

How Networking Helped a Deloitte Consultant Land the Job

by Vault Careers  |  May 24, 2017

Based in Washington, D.C., Shannon Cabrey is a human capital analyst in Deloitte Consulting LLP's Federal Practice.  A graduate of Virginia Tech, where she studied business with a focus in marketing and management, she interned with Deloitte in the summer of 2015 before joining the organization full time in August 2016. Here, she talks to Vault about her experiences with the organization to date, including what she's learned so far, and where she sees her career at Deloitte heading from... Read More >

How to Get Your Cover Letter and Resume into the Right Hands

by Vault Careers  |  May 24, 2017

I'm a software engineer and had several great jobs at top tech companies, but that wasn't always the case. At one time, I was just like the tens of thousands of other software engineering job seekers-sending out resumes galore to company sites, recruiters, job sites, and any other place I could think of-without any success. I'd excelled in college, but that didn't seem to make much difference during my job search. There were tons of young people just like me searching for jobs in software... Read More >

5 Ways to Get Back On Track When You Lose Focus

by Vault Careers  |  May 04, 2017

When the career light goes out, it can feel impossible to restart. Here are a couple of long-term goals you can set for yourself to get back on track and to reimagine what it is that you want to do. First hurdle to overcome? To see that you can do it. 1. Start teeny-weeny When people say, start small, they usually mean things like, "Call a friend and invite them to have a coffee with you." If this sounds exhausting, start even smaller. Instead, make it a goal to stretch your body out for... Read More >