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 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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The Power of Workplace Diversity

by Vault Careers  |  January 23, 2014

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." When Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote these words he lived in a society that struggled to embrace and encourage differences. Indeed, Dr. King had a vision of inclusion that's taken several decades to become a part of America, including the American workplace. But as his vision has become more prevalent in the workplace, it's raised the bar on industry... Read More >

Slim Down (Your Job Search) in 2014

by Vault Careers  |  January 02, 2014

It's the time of year when all the commercials you see on TV seem to have magically shifted from hawking toys and luxury goods to encouraging you to have less in your life: whether it's weight, nicotine craving or stress, the resolution season all seems to be about reduction. With that in mind, then, here are a few tips for ways to slim down your job hunt for 2014:  STOP: Blind-submitting your resume Seriously. When was the last time you-or anyone you know-got offered an interview after... Read More >

5 Ways a Blog Can Get You the Job

by Vault Careers  |  December 23, 2013

When it comes to social networking, each of the major channels-Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn-has its benefits and drawbacks for job seekers. While each can be an effective method for connecting with people and providing a sense of your skills and personality for potential employers, the downsides include things like privacy concerns and, crucially, the lack of space to go beyond basic information about yourself and your areas of interest and expertise. Blogging is one of the best methods... Read More >

5 Most Common Internship Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

by Vault Careers  |  December 12, 2013

Securing the right internship while in school can make or break your career opportunities after graduation. And without a doubt, the most critical part of any internship hiring process is the interview-in which you'll be tested to see if you're a good fit for both the company and the team you're applying to. While every interview will vary, and you could be asked to field some rather strange questions-for example, Microsoft has been known to ask prospective interns questions such as "How... Read More >

Five Tips for Using Your School's Career Services

by Vault Careers  |  December 04, 2013

You've learned to separate rumor from fact when it comes to career services. But what are some of the best ways to use this office to your advantage? See below for some tips to guarantee you are making the most of your career services office on campus. 1. Develop relationships Getting to know a career services advisor on campus can be instrumental to your career success. Your counselor is someone who can serve as your advocate, coach and sounding board. If you don't click with the first... Read More >

5 Career Services Myths, Busted

by Vault Careers  |  November 11, 2013

Whether your major is Medieval History or Modern Art, Sports Business or Hospitality Management, you do not have to face your job search alone. On virtually every college campus, there is a career services office (or several) with a full staff spending their days thinking up ways to help you find professional success. The surprising news is that many students either don't know about their career services office, or don't feel that there are resources to assist with their particular needs.... Read More >

Vault's Top 25 Internship Programs for 2014

by Vault Careers  |  November 06, 2013

Earlier this year, Vault surveyed more than 7,700 interns at more than 100 different internship programs. Respondents were asked to rate their internship experiences in five areas: quality of life, compensation and benefits, interview process, career development, and full-time employment prospects. These ratings were averaged in order to determine an overall score for each program and to develop a Top 25 ranking. And this year, the new No. 1 internship program belongs to ... BP. Current... Read More >

Answering the 'What Do You Know About Our Business?' Question

by Vault Careers  |  September 24, 2013

The one question you can guarantee to receive in any interview is, "What do you know about our business?" And although you may think it's a softball question-one easily answered by spouting out a few facts gleaned from a Google search-this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, the way in which you answer this question may very well dictate how long your interview is, which questions you receive afterward, and whether you receive a job offer or not. As for what the question is trying... Read More >

Jobs and Social Media--From the Other Side of the Desk

by Vault Careers  |  August 22, 2013

When you're searching for a job, it's easy to develop tunnel vision. In the flurry of jobseekers' Twitter accounts, RSS feeds, and email alerts, it can be useful to take a step back and remember that on the other side of all your efforts are people puzzling over how to reach the best possible recruits. Sometimes, their recruitment strategies aren't so different from the ones you're using to find a great position. Looking at the search from the other side of the desk (or the screen) may... Read More >

Weird Interview Questions That Google, Dell, and Amazon Ask

by Vault Careers  |  August 21, 2013

For years, corporations large and small have been using the same prescription when conducting interviews: ask candidates what they can bring to the table, ask candidates about their experience, tell candidates about the job and company, then ask candidates if they have any questions. However, recently, many corporations, including Google, Dell, and Amazon, are finding that they're drowning in a sea of impressive resumes and, as a result, are testing, along with technical knowledge,... Read More >

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