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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.

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What's It Like to Work for a Top Boutique Consulting Firm?

by Vault Careers  |  October 25, 2016

Tara Sullivan is an Associate Consultant at Putnam Associates, a boutique life sciences consulting firm that serves a global client list from its base in Boston. Vault recently caught up with Tara to find out a little more about what it's like to work at Putnam, and the skills and experiences that she's learned during her time at the firm so far.    VAULT: Can you tell us a little about your background? TS: Read More >

How to Become a Creative Director at a Top Ad Agency

by Vault Careers  |  October 17, 2016

In order to shed some light on the steps you have to take to become a creative director at a top ad agency, the qualities and skills creative directors need to succeed, and the best and worst things about the job, Vault recently spoke with Shawn Gauthier, a Los Angeles-based creative director and copywriter with more than two decades of advertising experience. VAULT: What did you study in school? GAUTHIER: I graduated from Emerson College in Boston. I majored in advertising and minored in... Read More >

Internship Survey Highlights

by Vault Careers  |  October 12, 2016

As you may be aware, we recently launched the 2017 edition of our top internship rankings-the culmination of a great deal of effort by many here at Vault, and also the companies we survey, who give us an unprecedented level of access to their employees every year and, without whom, the rankings would not be possible. Now that the hard work is out of the way, we wanted to take a moment to share some information and interesting data points from our survey that don't make it into the... Read More >

10 Best Internships for 2017

by Vault Careers  |  October 12, 2016

This week, we released our annual rankings of the Best Internships in North America. The rankings were based on an online survey we conducted this past summer of more than 11,000 current and former interns from over 100 employers. During our survey, interns were asked to rate their internship experiences in five areas: Quality of Life, Compensation & Benefits, Interview Process, Career Development, and Full-time Employment Prospects. Survey respondents were asked to Read More >

Pros and Cons of Working as a Teacher

by Vault Careers  |  October 05, 2016

Today is World Teachers Day, and so in honor of one of the world's most honorable and rewarding (but demanding) professions, here's a look at the best and worst aspects of a career in teaching. Pros 1. Being able to share knowledge of and passion for certain topics is energizing and rewarding. It feels great when students finally understand a challenging concept or idea, or solve a problem they Read More >

5 Tips for Handling Difficult Interview Questions

by Vault Careers  |  September 26, 2016

No matter how hard you practice interviewing or how long you prepare, chances are you'll face questions in any interview that you didn't expect. Although this might not bring you much comfort, the good thing is there are several things you can do before and during an interview that will allow you to better handle these situations. To that end, below are several tips that will help you deal with difficult interview questions. 1. Bring an extra copy of your résumé-for yourself To your... Read More >

How to Break into the TV Industry

by Vault Careers  |  September 19, 2016

Many TV critics are calling the current state of television "the golden age" or "peak TV." And for good reason. There are now more than 400 scripted series on television, double the number there were in 2009. And given the rise in the number of shows produced and the increasing number of people consuming them, not to mention the sharp rise in content quality, there has never been a better time to join the industry. Currently, there are significant number of opportunities available in a... Read More >

3 Tricks to Answering Interview Questions Better

by Vault Careers  |  August 26, 2016

When answering interview questions in any type of interview, you need a good grasp of your work and educational history, along with concrete examples to provide to your interviewer showing that you're the right person for the job. In addition, you can also use some techniques that will help you answer interview questions even better. 1. Answer plus one. Freddie Cheek of Cheek & Cristantello Career Connections recommends using one technique called "answer plus one." This technique... Read More >

Q&A with a Top-Ranked BofA Merrill Lynch Research Analyst

by Vault Careers  |  August 22, 2016

Timna Tanners ranked No. 1 in the Institutional Investor All-America Research Poll in 2015, 2014, and 2013. Tanners is a research analyst in the metals and mining group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. VAULT: How long have you worked in the field? What made you want to enter this career? TANNERS: I have done equity research since August 2002, after graduating from The Anderson School at UC Read More >

What Do Investment Banking Analysts Really Do All Day (and Night)?

by Vault Careers  |  August 01, 2016

It's no secret that entry-level investment banking analysts work a lot of hours. In fact, according to Vault's latest Banking Survey, 65 percent of first- and second-year analysts work between 70 and 90 hours per week on a regular basis, and 7 percent work more than 90 hours per week. So what are these young analysts doing all day and night at work? To find out, below we bring you the day in the life of an analyst at one of the largest Wall Street banks, from the 8 a.m. login to the 2 a.m.... Read More >