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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Law Students: Get the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

by Vault Careers  |  January 29, 2013

Lainee Beigel, Career Esquire Often times law students think they know exactly what they want out of their careers. They then arrive at the big firm office (mine had a view of the Statue of Liberty) and realize, shortly after the glamor wears off, that this was not the right move. This leaves you in a position asking yourself, "did I just waste 3 years and an obscene amount of money on law school?" A summer internship can prevent this kind of traumatic entry into your legal career, but only... Read More >

Impossible Is Nothing: Final Words of Career Advice from Aleksey Vayner

by Vault Careers  |  January 24, 2013

Sad news has been making the internet rounds this week: Aleksey Vayner, of Youtube, Gawker, and Ivygate fame apparently died last week at the age of 29. Don't recognize the name? Vayner, who later changed his last name to Stone after months of harassment, is the auteur of a video resume grandly titled, "Impossible Is Nothing." It features an interview with Vayner, as well as dramatic scenes of the then 23-year-old power lifting, catching air on a ski slope, slamming serves on the tennis... Read More >

Career Path Profiles: Software Engineer at GE Healthcare

by Vault Careers  |  January 23, 2013

Ever wonder how people find their career paths? We certainly do. Finding a job fit for your education, talents, and interests can be tough, but it's definitely possible. Today we're talking to Rodolfo "Rudy" Chavez, who combined a family background in healthcare with a knack for technology in his role as a software engineer at GE Healthcare. Here's his take on what he does and how he got started: Q: How did you become involved with the GE Edison Engineering program? I became involved in... Read More >

5 Tune Ups for 2013

by Vault Careers  |  January 08, 2013

Trying to take charge of your career? Look again-you may have missed a spot. It's easy to be on guard at the office, but chances are you're messing up your work trajectory in your down time, or getting lazy about dressing in the morning, which is sending out all the wrong messages at work. Here are a few trouble spots to check in on. 1. Excessive and pointless tweeting and Facebook posting All those updates don't make you look busy-they make you look lonely. Get away from your computer... Read More >

Vault's Top 10 Blogs of 2012

by Vault Careers  |  December 11, 2012

From The Monitor Group and Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupcies to a simple act of ingenuity at Krispy Kreme donuts, 2012 has been a big year in career news. Revisit some of your favorite stories and advice blogs with our list of Vault's Top Read blogs of the year, 2012: 1. 6 Trickiest Interview Questions and How to Nail Them Guesstimates and brainteasers are two types of interview questions commonly asked by Wall Street firms, consulting firms, and tech firms. They're also the types of... Read More >

Willpower? Nah, Time Management's a Habit

by Vault Careers  |  December 11, 2012

Staying on task is hard, isn't it? We all make promises to ourselves for the coming year that we'll get to work earlier, stay later, achieve more, move up faster. But the minute to minute temptations of mindless web browsing, procrastination, and putting off vague, disorganized projects overcomes our willpower. So what if we don't need willpower? Maybe they only thing holding us back is our lack of good habits. Consider the other healthy choices you make in life: what you eat, when you go... Read More >

Normal Gets You Nowhere: Kelly Cutrone's Interview Tips

by Vault Careers  |  November 14, 2012

So you've made it this far: you have been selected for a job interview in a competitive industry, with little room for error. You've done your research about the company, pressed your interview suit, and printed fresh resumes. Yet you can't help wondering if there's one more thing you could do, something to give you a competitive edge. Enter Kelly Cutrone, New York City's highly successful PR maven and reality TV star. She abandoned the "safe" career her parents had in mind to found her own... Read More >

5 Lessons on Getting Hired from Election Night

by Vault Careers  |  November 09, 2012

Hoping to inspire confidence at your next interview? Look no further than the election results. If two presidential candidates could convince millions of Americans to go out of their way to vote for them, you can certainly take a page from their campaign books and win over your next boss. Here are the best notes from Tuesday's tight race: 1. Show interest in a company's long term vision It's great to come to an interview primed with ideas for a company's current issues, deals, clients,... Read More >

How My Liberal Arts Degree Paved the Way for a Consulting Career

by Vault Careers  |  November 05, 2012

As recruiting season kicks off, I remember back to two years ago when I was just beginning the interview process as a Dartmouth senior. Studying for a degree in History and Geography, I had enjoyed my liberal arts coursework, but was interested in pursuing a consulting career post-graduation. I wanted to quickly gain a variety of business skills and get broad exposure to several different industries rather than committing to one before knowing what I was actually passionate about. While I... Read More >

Where the Women Aren't: Senior Management

by Vault Careers  |  October 23, 2012

Today there are more women than men in undergraduate institutions, business schools, and most large companies. But you won't find many women in senior leadership positions. The reason for this is culture: the old-school mentality that feeds off gender bias and assumes women can excel without professional support and that it's okay to exclude them from management roles. This needs to change. And to do so, companies can jumpstart the process by doing three things: mentor female employees,... Read More >

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