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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What Hedge Fund Managers Really Do All Day

by Vault Careers  |  September 21, 2015

Today, there are more than 8,900 hedge fund firms in the world. Many firms have fewer than five employees, and even the largest firms typically have only between 200 and 1,000 employees. Bridgewater Associates, for example, has the most assets under management of any hedge fund, but it only employs 1,500 people. J.P. Morgan Asset Management, ranked second in assets under management, employs less than 1,000 investment professionals. As a result, landing a job at a hedge fund can be... Read More >

5 Tips for Making it Through Your First Few Weeks on the Job

by Vault Careers  |  September 16, 2015

Starting a new job is bound to be a little intimidating no matter how long you've been in the game; you don't know anyone, you're not sure how things are done or what will be expected of you, and everything from the lunchroom to the photocopy machine is unfamiliar territory. If you want to make a good first impression and set the stage for the rest of your time with the company, though, it's important to come prepared and make the first few weeks count. Here are a few tips for doing just... Read More >

How I Became a Celebrity Chef

by Vault Careers  |  September 16, 2015

Richard Knight's restaurants have been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Garden & Gun, and GQ, among other publications. He has also received two James Beard nominations and appeared on the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Soon, his latest restaurant, Hunky Dory Tavern, will open in Houston. Below, in his words, is how he went from washing dishes to working as an executive chef and restauranteur.  RICHARD KNIGHT: I started, in the same way as many others... Read More >

How to Land a Private Equity Job

by Vault Careers  |  September 14, 2015

Landing a private equity job might not be as difficult as running a four-minute mile or swimming across the English Channel, but it can be quite a formidable challenge. To many who love finance (and large paychecks), a private equity position is a dream job. And the majority of PE firms only hire when they're fundraising or otherwise expanding. Still, getting a PE job can be done-and Samuel Smith is living proof that a combination of hard work, good grades, a little luck, and a lot of... Read More >

8 Biggest Time Sucks at Work

by Vault Careers  |  September 09, 2015

Below are the eight biggest time sucks at work, according to Tim Eisenhauer, a tech entrepreneur with more than 15 years of work experience and the co-founder of a company called Axero Solutions. Axero (which doesn't have offices, workspaces, or weekly meetings) provides companies with a social collaboration platform that's said to be more effective than email and traditional intranets. 1. Non-work-related social networking (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.). EISENHAUER: People checking... Read More >

Why Sports are Worth Talking About at Work

by Vault Careers  |  September 02, 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. Over the coming weeks, they will discuss some of the issues they have faced so far in their journey from consultants to entrepreneurs, and how their career experiences to date have helped... Read More >

Mentors: Your Most Valuable Career Asset?

by Vault Careers  |  August 31, 2015

Who has influenced how you behave in a work environment?  Was it a parent or close family member providing advice you took to heart? Did a professor or community leader have a quality that you've strived to emulate ever since? Or maybe, you had a horrible manager reveal exactly what you shouldn't be doing in the workplace so you portray yourself in the opposite fashion? Regardless of the influences that have molded your workplace behavior, it is important to understand that we all have... Read More >

9 Interview Questions Hedge Funds Ask (and How to Answer Them)

by Vault Careers  |  August 31, 2015

Interview questions at hedge funds can vary depending on the type of job you're seeking. But one thing holds true across the industry: Interviewing at hedge funds is demanding. This is due to the massive amounts of money at stake; hedge funds look to hire only the best of the best to manage their money.  Before any hedge fund interview, you of course need to do your research. You need to study the portfolio and investing philosophy of the firm in question and be ready to pitch your own... Read More >

Day in the Life of a New York City School Teacher

by Vault Careers  |  August 26, 2015

Clara Lin is a first grade school teacher in New York City. Lin always knew that she wanted to work in the field of education, but she wasn't sure exactly what she wanted to do, so she decided not to pursue the traditional undergraduate path to teacher certification. After graduating from college, she decided to look for a position in adult education and soon found a position at a nonprofit teaching English to adult students from all over the world. Eventually, she was promoted and became... Read More >

3 Ways Law Students Can Become More Confident Communicators

by Vault Careers  |  August 24, 2015

Conventional wisdom says law school is all about training students to think and act like a "lawyer." However, in a changing world, transitioning from law student to lawyer requires skills that are not easily found in classrooms or case books. These soft skills are not just important for aspiring lawyers - they're essential. Perhaps the most important of these soft skills is public speaking. No matter where your legal education takes you, a superior set of presentation skills allows you to... Read More >

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