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 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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Nine Networking Email Subject Lines

by Vault Careers  |  May 11, 2015

Networking through email is a useful and effective way to reach out to busy professionals without being intrusive. However, as they are, in fact, busy professionals, it is important to craft a concise, specific subject line that will prevent the recipient from immediately trashing the email. Subject lines that identify who you are and what you are seeking are most likely to elicit a response. Below find a variety of email subject lines that can be customized to fit your needs.     Tom... Read More >

How to Survive B-School

by Vault Careers  |  April 29, 2015

When it comes to surviving and thriving at B-School, the following infographic from contributor JT Ripton has a lot of sound advice. Says Ripton: "If you're looking to increase your employability and advance your career, continuing your education is a natural choice. You can build on your bachelor's degree and gain valuable skills for nearly any industry with an MBA. MBA courses are designed to help you hone your critical thinking skills and become a stronger problem solver. This degree... Read More >

How to Build a Positive Online Presence

by Vault Careers  |  April 27, 2015

In today's competitive academic and job markets, you can't afford to waste any time when it comes to job and graduate school applications. First impressions take shape before you even physically meet someone. Just like the saying "Your reputation precedes you", your online reputation today often precedes in-person meetings and interviews.  According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 77 percent of employers will look up a candidate online, which means it is more important than... Read More >

A New Trend in Student Loan Policy?

by Vault Careers  |  April 08, 2015

The ramifications of defaulting on student loans are serious. Those who default may be sued for the entire amount of the loan, face garnished wages, ruin their credit or even have their professional licenses revoked, among other potential consequences. As student loan debt grows, some states are considering rolling back sanctions for default. In Montana, Democratic State Rep. Moffie Funk introduced a bill that repealed the state's right to revoke professional or driver's licenses in the... Read More >

How Student Debt Piles Up (And How to Stop It)

by Vault Careers  |  April 07, 2015

About half of American college students underestimate their debt levels, according to the Brookings Institution. It's especially easy to see why this can be the case for law students, who face high costs over multiple loans to cover three full years of school. With finals approaching, it's a great time to take stock of your debt load and make a plan for repayment when graduation arrives. If you're reluctant to pull out your loan statements and do the math, we'll do it for you by examining... Read More >

Networking and Job Hunting for Introverts

by Vault Careers  |  March 18, 2015

If you're introverted, then you already know how nerve-racking socializing can be. When you add to that the pressure of job hunting and networking, the entire situation can turn into nothing but sweaty palms and shyness. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to set your introverted tendencies aside and excel in job hunting and networking situations.  Practice Meeting New People  Regularly putting yourself in social situations is one of the best ways to get over your introverted... Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Managing Partner

by Vault Careers  |  March 17, 2015

Considering a career in law, or a transition within the legal profession? The following profile of a day in the life of a managing partner is an excerpt from the Vault Career Guide to Law, 2014 Edition. Kelley Clements Keller is the owner and managing member of The Keller Law Firm, LLC, a boutique firm practicing intellectual property (IP), which includes assisting clients in IP prosecution, procurement and maintenance, licensing and enforcement, brand expansion and management, domain name... Read More >

How to Set Up a Work Shadowing Arrangement

by Vault Careers  |  March 11, 2015

You've heard of the informational interview-sitting down with a person whose career you admire, and asking questions about their career and trajectory. But what about experiencing their career? Or rather, a few days of it? Shadowing an experienced professional can be a great way to get a feel for different companies and industries, and to pick up some extra business experience and self knowledge-for free! Of course, the enlightenment will come at one cost: time. Since this exercise... Read More >

Hate Your Firm? Fortune & Vault Have Some Suggestions

by Vault Careers  |  March 11, 2015

Fortune recently released its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and five Vault firms made Fortune's list:  Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Arnold & Porter LLP; Cooley LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; and Alston & Bird LLP. Fortune's rankings are based on a survey of random employees in which respondents rate criteria related to the quality of their workplace culture such as pay, benefits and workplace programs. Associates who took the Vault survey echoed the... Read More >

Does Your Resume Have a Perfect Sales Pitch?

by Vault Careers  |  March 09, 2015

No matter your field, there's plenty of selling in the job search, with prospective employers as buyers for the products, which are the applicants themselves. As a result, sales skills matter, and they get a lot of attention. But they're mostly thought of as the skills you need to bring to the interview, a place where your performance is akin to a sales pitch. That perspective is far too limited, however, because knowing how to sell is critical to many other parts of the search. Nowhere is... Read More >

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