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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How to Nail the Phone Interview

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

Increasingly, companies are conducting first-round interviews over the phone. This helps recruiting and hiring managers zero in on top candidates more efficiently. For many candidates, however, a phone interview can be a frightening prospect. Most people communicate better in person-where nonverbal cues like gestures and smiles can make up for otherwise awkward moments. But the reality is that phone interviews aren't going anywhere for now-so what can you do to present yourself in the... Read More >

At Work With a Video Game Designer

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

Designing games involves creating stories, characters, dialogue, graphics, and sound effects, as well as sometimes writing programming code (although much programming is now automated). It is a very creative process, requiring imagination and computer and communication skills to develop games that are interactive and entertaining. Some game designers work on their own and try to sell their designs to companies that produce and distribute games; others are employees of companies such as Read More >

Wait, Hospitals Want My Tech Degree?

by Vault Careers  |  July 22, 2015

For many, the idea of pursuing a technical degree is linked to dreams of working as a prominent figure in major companies such as Google or Facebook. Unfortunately, the competition for even small positions within these companies is stiff, leaving many recent grads wondering where their skills cn be put to use. Perhaps the greatest misconception within the technological field is the idea that graduates need to pursue careers directly linked to new product development and maintenance. Most... Read More >

6 Finance Interview Questions That Test Your Market Knowledge

by Vault Careers  |  July 20, 2015

In light of the credit crunch of late 2008, students are going to see the same "How did we get here?" question masked in a variety of forms. A solid understanding of subprime and other credit-related products, write-downs, and leverage is key to answering these kinds of questions. Below are some examples of questions you might expect. All of these are designed to test your knowledge rather than assess your past behavior. 1. What is meant by mark-to-market? Why is this important to hedge... Read More >

10 Interview Tips to Help You Land the Job

by Vault Careers  |  July 13, 2015

Ever wondered why you can't get the company to call you back after an interview? Or felt like there's nothing you can do except wait for an answer? Here's the good news: you're not alone. According to career coach, speaker and author Ford R. Myers, those are common complaints shared by  many jobseekers after completing a job interview. The better news: Myers-author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," (John Wiley & Sons, http://www.getthejobbook.com)-says that, whike... Read More >

5 Guesstimates Wall Street Firms Ask and How to Answer Them

by Vault Careers  |  July 08, 2015

Guesstimates are interview questions that involve asking candidates to come up with a figure, usually the size of a market or the number of objects in a certain area. Although guesstimates are more commonly given in interviews for consulting positions, they do pop up in finance interviews as well. The most important thing to remember about guesstimates, which are designed to be stressful and thus test your ability to deal with stress, is to let your interviewer see how your mind works-that... Read More >

Ben Silbermann's Path to Pinterest CEO

by Vault Careers  |  July 01, 2015

If you've ever "pinned" something on Pinterest, you can thank Ben Silbermann. He's a cofounder and the current CEO of the social media site Pinterest, which allows users to collect and share images on digital pinboards. People use Pinterest for a variety of reasons: Some use it to interact with people who share their interests. Others use it to plan events like weddings and home renovating. And still others use it to sell products and services to potential customers.  Ben Silbermann took... Read More >

How to Get Hired...For Being American!

by Vault Careers  |  June 17, 2015

The dawn of the digital age created a sense of infinite opportunity; businesses could build a global community of customers without needing to open expensive offices or make regular trips abroad. Now in 2015, however, many companies have realised that there is no substitute for local knowledge, nothing that compares to a face to face meeting and no digital ad that could rival a passionate sales person or company rep. As a result, more and more companies are opening international offices in... Read More >

Nine Networking Email Subject Lines

by Vault Careers  |  May 11, 2015

Networking through email is a useful and effective way to reach out to busy professionals without being intrusive. However, as they are, in fact, busy professionals, it is important to craft a concise, specific subject line that will prevent the recipient from immediately trashing the email. Subject lines that identify who you are and what you a Read More >

How to Survive B-School

by Vault Careers  |  April 29, 2015

When it comes to surviving and thriving at B-School, the following infographic from contributor JT Ripton has a lot of sound advice. Says Ripton: "If you're looking to increase your employability and advance your career, continuing your education is a natural choice. You can build on your bachelor's degree and gain valuable skills for nearly any industry with an MBA. MBA courses are designed to help you hone your critical thinking skills and become a stronger problem solver. This degree... Read More >

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