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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8 Ways to Take Control of Your Career--At Work

by Vault Careers  |  March 19, 2013

By Sean Conrad, Halogen Software We often think of switching jobs as one of the best ways to advance our careers. And while that may be true-a new job does often offer new opportunities to learn and develop, take on greater responsibilities, move up the ladder, etc.-we sometimes overlook the career development resources our current employer offers us. Your company's talent management programs offer you a whole variety of opportunities to develop new skills and prepare for career... Read More >

How to Change Careers: A Hop, a Skip and a Jump

by Vault Careers  |  March 14, 2013

The New York Times recently reported on a shifting dynamic in how companies are finding employees: a significantly higher reliance on internal referrals, and a further retreat from applications submitted through online job boards such as Monster.com and the like. That's a troubling development for job-seekers who either don't have a professional network in place, or have a network that's deteriorated due to long- term unemployment. It also raises a critical question of strategy, especially... Read More >

3 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search

by Vault Careers  |  March 12, 2013

As a modern day career counselor, nothing is more fascinating to me than the opportunities that social media can give job seekers. Any of these online networking sites can lead to internship and job opportunities if you do it right. And when you're doing it really right, the internship and job opportunities could actually come to you.  I've watched this happen to many students and heard countless stories of social media success in the job search. Every time, it's just as amazing a story as... Read More >

Stressed? Be Kind to Your Coworkers

by Vault Careers  |  February 27, 2013

Feeling extra short lately? You might blame it on the dreary weather, your bosses' bad mood, or too much work on your plate. But whatever you do, don't take it out on people at the office. Studies have shown that bad behavior is contagious, and, like a cold, can pass through entire offices in a flash, the linger. So how to handle all the bad moods? Jedi mind tricks: kindness and smiles to trick you (and others) into feeling better. Here's what to do: 1. Resist rudeness A recent... Read More >

6 Interview Questions Designed to Make You Blank Out

by Vault Careers  |  February 21, 2013

Business Insider posted a list of 13 popular Wall Street Interview questions specially designed to make job seekers "stutter." Ranging from trick questions to brain teasers to out-of-left-fielders, we selected a few of the toughest queries-along with guidelines for preparing a response. Put your thinking caps on! 1. "If I gave you an offer that lasted for the next 30 seconds, would you take it?" As BI notes, this one's all about your "follow up": the interviewer wants to see you ask... Read More >

What Is a Digital Resume—and Do You Need One?

by Vault Careers  |  February 15, 2013

by Juliana Weiss-Roessler A statistic came out a few years ago about how the first thing 70 percent of people do when looking for local businesses is fire up their browsers and head online to do a search. Pretty amazing, right? Not too long ago, Googling something was called "using the Yellow pages," but now you're lucky if you can find someone under 30 who knows what the Yellow Pages are. How does this relate to you, your job search, and digital resumes? It's pretty simple, really: every... Read More >

The Results Are In: Vault's 2013 Office Romance Survey

by Vault Careers  |  February 14, 2013

Don't have a valentine? You might want to cozy up to the next cubicle. Not only are half of your coworkers doing it, but according to Vault.com's 2013 Office Romance Survey, most people are okay with it too! Majority rules: 56% of survey takers have had office romances-to varying degrees. It looks like working love is what you make of it: random hookups and casual, coworkers-with-benefits situations each represented 21% of reported romances, while 17% got a little more serious with LTRs,... Read More >

Keeping an Office Romance AND Your Job: 8 Questions to Ask

by Vault Careers  |  February 06, 2013

Plus: real input from people who have been there! February has rolled around, and that brings the mid-month occurrence we're all hot and bothered about: the release of Vault's annual Office Romance survey! Just kidding: we mean Valentine's Day! (But also a little bit of the survey… check back for that next week). With all the heart shaped chocolate and red construction paper abound, you might be glancing around your cubicle with the look of love. But before you hone in on that cute... Read More >

Stretch Yourself: 4 Career Development Tips

by Vault Careers  |  February 04, 2013

Many who are new to the working world arrive there from a path that has been shaped by many "guides." These include high school counselors, college career services professionals, and even parental input into career options and choices. Once you've landed that all-important first "real" job, however, all of that help can dry up; at that point, your career development is down to you, and you alone. In this post, L.E.K. Consulting's Rose L. provides four ways that new consultants can ensure... Read More >

Office Romance: There's an App for That?

by Vault Careers  |  February 01, 2013

Today in news-we're-hoping-is-just-a-bad-joke, we bring you an app that helps you find office romance. Well, depending on your definition of "romance." You know that new app, Bang with Friends? The one that scours your Facebook contacts for hook up fodder? Well, since it's currently at 30,000 and counting users (with 5 new people signing up per minute), somebody decided to take things a step further with the piggy-backing app "Bang with Professionals." Sound like a terrible idea? It... Read More >

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