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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Pros and Cons of Working in the Internet and Social Media Industry

by Vault Careers  |  August 17, 2015

There are many pros and cons to working in the Internet/social media industry. It's important to know what's attractive and challenging about the industry so that you can be prepared to meet any challenges that come your way along your path to success. Pros 1. Cutting edge. It's cool to be on the cutting edge of technology. 2. Smart coworkers. The industry is loaded with creative, well-educated people who are often inspiring to work with. 3. Career diversity. Jobs are available for... Read More >

Freshfields in the U.S.—Curious minds, global teams and excellent training

by Vault Careers  |  August 12, 2015

Vault named us the #1 firm in the US for international work in 2014 and 2015. We're an international firm. With over 200 lawyers in the US and another 2,300 lawyers worldwide, we help clients achieve their goals, however ambitious they are and wherever they need our advice. No one matches our breadth and depth of international experience. But what separates us the most from our peers is that we take on the hard cases, those without precedent, where the cross-border challenges crop up for... Read More >

How to Ace Guesstimate Interview Questions

by Vault Careers  |  August 03, 2015

Guesstimates are interview questions that ask candidates to come up with a figure, usually the size of a market or the number of objects in an area. The most important thing to remember about guesstimates is that they are designed to let your interviewer see how your mind works, rather than designed to see if you can get the right answer. In any case, here's how to tackle them: 1. Begin with a question. For any guesstimate or brainteaser question, you will need to understand whether your... Read More >

From Classroom to Cubicle

by Vault Careers  |  July 29, 2015

After graduation, most students assume their lives will drastically change as they transition from a college classroom into their careers of choice. After starting work, however, they may be surprised to find the number of ways life does not change. Many skills, habits and routines learned or experienced in school apply in the professional world. In fact, by approaching an accounting career as a student, one can not only survive, but thrive in the industry. Here are five lessons learned in... Read More >

5 Tips for Successfully Refinancing Your Graduate School Loans

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

When the average college grad is leaving school with more than $30,000 in debt, it's enough to make anybody stop and think twice before signing on the dotted line. But when it comes to graduate or professional school, the price tag is even higher. Graduate students make up about 16% of the overall student population, but they account for about 40% of recent federal loan disbursements.  And while the median debt load for the average grad student is $57,600, 25% of those students borrow... Read More >

How to Nail the Phone Interview

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

Increasingly, companies are conducting first-round interviews over the phone. This helps recruiting and hiring managers zero in on top candidates more efficiently. For many candidates, however, a phone interview can be a frightening prospect. Most people communicate better in person-where nonverbal cues like gestures and smiles can make up for otherwise awkward moments. But the reality is that phone interviews aren't going anywhere for now-so what can you do to present yourself in the... Read More >

At Work With a Video Game Designer

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

Designing games involves creating stories, characters, dialogue, graphics, and sound effects, as well as sometimes writing programming code (although much programming is now automated). It is a very creative process, requiring imagination and computer and communication skills to develop games that are interactive and entertaining. Some game designers work on their own and try to sell their designs to companies that produce and distribute games; others are employees of companies such as... Read More >

Wait, Hospitals Want My Tech Degree?

by Vault Careers  |  July 22, 2015

For many, the idea of pursuing a technical degree is linked to dreams of working as a prominent figure in major companies such as Google or Facebook. Unfortunately, the competition for even small positions within these companies is stiff, leaving many recent grads wondering where their skills cn be put to use. Perhaps the greatest misconception within the technological field is the idea that graduates need to pursue careers directly linked to new product development and maintenance. Most... Read More >

6 Finance Interview Questions That Test Your Market Knowledge

by Vault Careers  |  July 20, 2015

In light of the credit crunch of late 2008, students are going to see the same "How did we get here?" question masked in a variety of forms. A solid understanding of subprime and other credit-related products, write-downs, and leverage is key to answering these kinds of questions. Below are some examples of questions you might expect. All of these are designed to test your knowledge rather than assess your past behavior. 1. What is meant by mark-to-market? Why is this important to hedge... Read More >

10 Interview Tips to Help You Land the Job

by Vault Careers  |  July 13, 2015

Ever wondered why you can't get the company to call you back after an interview? Or felt like there's nothing you can do except wait for an answer? Here's the good news: you're not alone. According to career coach, speaker and author Ford R. Myers, those are common complaints shared by  many jobseekers after completing a job interview. The better news: Myers-author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," (John Wiley & Sons, http://www.getthejobbook.com)-says that, whike... Read More >

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