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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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 a Read More >

What Percent of Interns Receive Full-Time Offers?

by Vault Careers  |  November 18, 2015

Vault recently released its Top Internship Rankings for 2016. These included a prestige ranking, an overall best internship ranking, a best internship for quality of life ranking, and several rankings by industy. The rankings were created from the results from our annual internship survey, which asked nearly Read More >

50 Best Internships for 2016

by Vault Careers  |  November 17, 2015

This past summer, Vault surveyed more than 5,800 interns at 102 different intern programs. We asked current and former interns to rate and review their internships in five areas: the application process, compensation and perks, quality of life, meaningfulness of assignments and training, and full-time employment prospects. Vault also asked interns which employers have the most prestigious internships. 50 Most Prestigious Companies to Intern For During our internship survey, interns were... Read More >

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 entrepreneu 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 >

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