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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3 Lessons for Interns From the First Chapter of "Why I Left Goldman Sachs"

by Vault Careers  |  October 16, 2012

Greg Smith, author of the notorious NY Times article, "Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs" is now working on a book, subtitled "A Wall Street Story." The first chapter, which has been leaked to Dealbook, chronicles Smith's early adventures with the company as an intern-back in 2000.  Though it's hard to feel sorry for interns who made $5,000 for their summer of labor, GS definitely did not go easy on them. Still, despite some of Smith's harsh descriptions, we can't help but think that... Read More >

Tighten Up: 6 Tips to Leaner, Meaner Resume

by Vault Careers  |  October 11, 2012

In today's social media age, you'd be better off taking resume cues from your Linked In page than your parents. Electronic submission and a tough economy means lots of resumes for HR people to sort through, and very little time and attention to devote to them. Your best bet for getting noticed? Getting to the point! A former human resources intern  and current Gen-Yer Sara Coppola offers advice on grabbing her attention: 1. Focus Trim the "experience" fat. Focus on those parts of your... Read More >

Risky Business: 3 Interview Gambles That Pay Off

by Vault Careers  |  October 09, 2012

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) posed a question to its members: "What types of things should job seekers include in their resumes if they're trying to get hired by a successful startup?" The invite-only nonprofit (made up of young entrepreneurs) got a lot of great answers from small business owners on what they'd like to see-but what about a big company? How can you be bold enough to be noticed without being offensive? In a sea of applicants, a few not-so-tried-and-true tactics can... Read More >

What It Takes to Join a Top Wall Street Bank

by Vault Careers  |  October 03, 2012

With the application process for full-time and summer investment banking internships now underway, you might be asking yourself: What makes a successful candidate? To join any line of business at a top Wall Street firm, it's perhaps most important to demonstrate a deep interest in the financial industry, personal drive, and the ability to learn quickly. It's also important to demonstrate your capability to be entrepreneurial and motivated. In addition, you might also have to be capable of... Read More >

Impress the Receptionist: 5 Tips for Your Next Interview

by Vault Careers  |  September 25, 2012

The Wall Street Journal's blog "The Receptionist Is Watching You" very provocatively opens with the following tip: "Want that job? Better be nice to the receptionist." As a former admin, I can tell you the rumors are true: hierarchy doesn't dictate closeness within a company, and the CEO is as likely to ask his front desk person to weigh in on a potential new hire as another associate. But that doesn't mean that kissing up to reception will get you good reviews. Today's receptionist is not... Read More >

Showing Communication Skills: The Proof is in the Details

by Vault Careers  |  September 17, 2012

--By Marnie Consky All MBA-level jobs require you to have strong communication skills. Aside from singing your praises in your resume and cover letter, it's even more important to demonstrate those communication skills in instances where recruiters and hiring managers are paying attention. Outside of the obvious networking sessions and interviews, here are some situations where small details count: Voice mail: ensure that your voice mail message sounds professional. Imagine the recruiter... Read More >

To Quit or Not to Quit: Knowing When to Move On

by Vault Careers  |  September 13, 2012

Knowing when to move on from one job to another is tough and a decision that remains one of the most personal decisions you can make. Jobs mean money; they mean security and the ability to pay your bills, to eat, to sleep indoors. While the necessity of jobs is unquestionable--outside of winning the lottery or coming from royalty--their fit, on the other hand, isn't. But knowing which questions to ask yourself about your job, and how to decipher the results, is not an easy task. "It's a... Read More >

Advice for New Grads from T. Boone Pickens

by Vault Careers  |  September 11, 2012

The 84-year old founder of BP Capital Management told Business Insider that he wouldn't mind starting from scratch. As he recounts during his interview, T. Boone Pickens told an audience of "drifting off" young grads at St. Stephens & St. Agnes that he'd trade spots with anyone of them. "'Right here [snap] I'll trade with you,'" he recalls saying at the commencement address. "I said I'll come and sit there and put on your graduation hat and you take this and you get the airplane, you... Read More >

Should You Help Coworkers?

by Vault Careers  |  September 06, 2012

A new study may support your lazier instincts: Swedish researchers have found that helping coworkers may trip up your own productivity by creating distractions you need to recover your focus from. But that's short term thinking. There are a few other factors to consider before you go exclusively "every man for himself." Here's how extending a hand might boost your career-and a few ways to make sure it won't hurt you: 1. You'll cement relationships You never know when you might need help... Read More >

People Skills, Hacked: 3 Tricks from Apple Geniuses

by Vault Careers  |  August 30, 2012

Oh, Apple Geniuses. You just thought they were knowledgeable and helpful. Turns out, the warm, fuzzy feelings you have as you walk out--with your $600 in purchases-isn't just a product of their natural awesomeness: it's painstakingly studied customer-service skills. Gizmodo recently leaked parts of the Apple "Genius Training Manual"… which reads like a cross between a Pysch 101 textbook and Jedi Mind Tricks for Dummies. But while it's a little creepy in all its specificity (a customer with... Read More >

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