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Will NYC's New Cornell Tech Push Silicon Alley Past Silicon Valley?

by Vault Careers  |  September 19, 2017

Last week, Cornell Tech began its first semester of operation. The new graduate tech school on Roosevelt Island in New York City is a joint venture between Ithaca, N.Y.'s Cornell University and Haifa, Israel's Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The two universities together won the bidding when, in 2011, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg put out the invite to universities worldwide to bid on creating a new campus in the city. Here's the former mayor speaking Read More >

What's the Difference Between a Happy Job and a Meaningful One?

by Vault Careers  |  September 15, 2017

We often search for jobs and lives that will make us happy. However, research shows that meaningful work and life experiences are more desirable than ones that bring us happiness. In fact, meaning makes us feel less lonely, more content, and more engaged than happiness does. Earlier this year, Emily Esfahani Smith, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Read More >

5 Essential Items to Bring to an Interview

by Vault Careers  |  August 30, 2017

If you're out of interview shape, then you might want a refresher on what you need to bring to an interview. There's nothing worse than arriving at an interview and realizing you forgot something essential. So, we've compiled 5 must-haves to bring with you to your next interview, to help you maximize your chances of landing the job. 1. Copies of your résumé You should always arrive at an interview with several printed copies of your résumé. You never know who might ask for your... Read More >

5 Tips for Finding a Job at a Top Biotech Startup

by Vault Careers  |  August 28, 2017

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry produces drugs and other products that help people and animals live healthier lives, recover from injuries, and fight illnesses. From its humble origins in local pharmacies and apothecaries that prepared "home remedies" during the Middle Ages, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology (or pharma/biotech) industry has grown into one of the leading industries in the world. In the U.S., it's the third most profitable industry in terms of percentage of... Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Web Developer

by Vault Careers  |  August 15, 2017

Jules Gravinese is a self-employed web developer. She's the owner of Web Veteran, a web design and consulting business. Gravinese spoke to Vault about what a day in her life looks like. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: I wake up. (This probably sounds lazy. But bear with me, reserving judgment until you hear about the whole day.) I check e-mail for any emergencies and act accordingly. With all clear, I help with miscellaneous chores and have breakfast with my family. Then I shower. 9:30 a.m.: Round Read More >

How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired by a Tech Firm

by Vault Careers  |  August 08, 2017

Andrew Cerda is a recruiting professional who's worked for several tech firms, including ClassPass, Foursquare, and Yelp. Andrew told us about which types of positions are plentiful in the tech industry, which types of traits are required to get a job with a major tech firm, and what candidates can do to improve their chances of getting hired. Below is an excerpt of Andrew's conversation with Vault. VAULT: How long have you worked in the field? What made you want to enter this... Read More >

33 Interview Questions Wall Street Banks Are Asking Now

by Vault Careers  |  July 25, 2017

Each year, Vault surveys thousands of investment banking professionals, asking them to tell us about life at their firms. We ask about company culture, hours, compensation, overall job satisfaction, work/life balance, benefits, diversity, formal training, mentoring, business outlook, and more. Part of our survey focuses on interviews and, specifically, on the interview questions bankers are asked during the hiring process. To that end, below we've compiled the most common interview... Read More >

How to Get a Job as a Social Media Manager

by Vault Careers  |  July 05, 2017

Not long ago, Vault spoke with Wendy Soucie, the global head of social media at motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin. Soucie discussed with us how she became a social media manager, what the best and worst parts of her job are, and the advice she has for anyone looking to work in the booming social media management field. Below is an excerpt from that conversation. VAULT: How long have you worked in the field? SOUCIE: I've been working in the online and digital... Read More >

This Trick Will Make Your Résumé Stand Out

by Vault Careers  |  June 30, 2017

When crafting a résumé, perhaps the most important thing you should do is aim to differentiate yourself from other job applicants. After all, the ultimate goal is to make your résumé stand out to recruiters, enough so that they reach out to you individually. So, how can you make your résumé stand out? We have a trick you've likely never considered. Although it can be tempting to distinguish your résumé by making it visually different from others (using an unusual font or adding extra... Read More >

3 Resume Tips from Tech Firm Recruiters

by Vault Careers  |  June 26, 2017

Here are three resume writing tips from experienced tech firm recruiters that will go a long way toward getting the job you want. 1. Personalize each resume. "When applying for a job, the key objective is to get an interview with the prospective employer. A resume needs to stand out among the many other resumes that an employer receives. At such a volume, an employer will have a clear sense of what they're looking for from a resume and will make a decision on a resume within 10 to 30... Read More >

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