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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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 >

5 Ways to Deal With Workplace Anger

by Vault Careers  |  August 28, 2012

There's a very funny video circulating the internet right now: a supercut of film's best temper tantrums. Sadly, though, many of the video's scenes happen where they shouldn't: in workplaces. From Office Space to Glengarry Glenn Ross, it's a pretty common film image to see well dressed, grown men scream ate copy machines and bash their desk phones to bits. These behaviors, while funny on screen, are a serious career killer in real life. If you've ever had a boss or colleague who had temper... Read More >

Cracking the Personal Interview

by Vault Careers  |  August 20, 2012

This is the final blog in a series of posts for Vault by Nick Waugh and Kenton Kivestu on preparing for the upcoming consulting recruitment cycle. For more help in preparing for you big consulting interview, be sure to check back for the launch of the 2013 edition of the Vault Consulting 50 on August 27th, which will feature insider information-including tips and sample interview question-from thousands of practicing consultants at the most prestigious consulting firms in the world. While... Read More >

How to End a Case Interview on a High Note

by Vault Careers  |  August 13, 2012

This is the fourth in a series of posts for Vault by Nick Waugh and Kenton Kivestu on preparing for the upcoming consulting recruitment cycle. Check in for a new interview-related post each Monday until August 27th, when we will be launching the 2013 edition of the Vault Consulting 50, which will feature insider information-including tips and sample interview question-from thousands of practicing consultants at the most prestigious consulting firms in the world. Synthesis - "it's a... Read More >

Case Interview Advice: Doing 'Public Math'

by Vault Careers  |  August 06, 2012

This is the third in a series of posts for Vault by Nick Waugh and Kenton Kivestu on preparing for the upcoming consulting recruitment cycle. Check in for a new interview-related post each Monday until August 27th, when we will be launching the 2013 edition of the Vault Consulting 50, which will feature insider information-including tips and sample interview question-from thousands of practicing consultants at the most prestigious consulting firms in the world. "8th grade Algebra has never... Read More >

Case Interviews: The Dangers of Too Much Practice

by Vault Careers  |  July 30, 2012

This is the second in a series of posts for Vault by Nick Waugh and Kenton Kivestu on preparing for the upcoming consulting recruitment cycle. Check in for a new interview-related post each Monday until August 27th, when we will be launching the 2013 edition of the Vault Consulting 50, which will feature insider information-including tips and sample interview question-from thousands of practicing consultants at the most prestigious consulting firms in the world.   Most candidates prepare... Read More >

How to Get in the Right Mindset for an Interview

by Vault Careers  |  July 24, 2012

OK, so you wrote a brilliant cover letter, remembered to attach your equally sterling resume (yes, I've screwed this part up), and had your suit/dress/pantsuit dry-cleaned by the best in the business. You're an excellent worker, an attractive hire, and perfectly suited for the position you've applied for. There's just one problem: interviews turn you into a stuttering puddle of sweat. Fear not. I used to be just like you. It comes down to performance anxiety, and the adrenaline that hits... Read More >

Staying on Task While Working From Home

by Vault Careers  |  July 12, 2012

Before you get excited about a "working from home" perk, you might want to check if your company uses Spectorsoft first. According the Wall Street Journal, the surveillance software (also marketed to watchful parents of tech savvy kids) is being commonly being used to track employee activity. Also popular? "NesterSoft, a Woodbridge, Ontario, maker of a monitoring program called WorkTime." WorkTime gives its clients reports on their employees, with titles like "Top Facebook... Read More >