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10 Tips to Conquer New Job Jitters

by Vault Careers  |  January 06, 2017

You nailed the interview, wrote flawless follow-up emails, and now you're preparing for your first day on the job. Although you made it through the hiring process, the first few days present a whole new set of challenges that can cause a lot of anxiety-but they don't have to. Here's what you can do to make the new job jitters disappear. 1. Absorb all you can about the company culture. Before your first day, read and learn everything you can find about the company culture. This includes... Read More >

Our Favorite Blog Posts of 2016

by Vault Careers  |  December 28, 2016

While we already told you which posts you liked best (Our 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016), all of the writers and editors here at Vault have our own personal favorites. Some of these were pretty popular, but a few flew under the radar. Here are the posts that weren't the most popular but that we think you might want to revisit none the less.   Read More >

How My MBA Prepared Me For a Career at CVS

by Vault Careers  |  December 12, 2016

Jessica Dias is an Advisor at CVS Health, specializing in health services. A Harvard grad (for both undergrad and business school), she found some time to talk to Vault about her career to date, her experiences at CVS Health, and how her MBA helped prepare her to face her current career.   Vault: Can you tell us a little about your background?   Jessica: Sure! I grew up in Somervill Read More >

9 Office Party Don'ts

by Vault Careers  |  December 06, 2016

Every December, companies nationwide host informal or formal holiday parties. And every December, excess celebration and improper etiquette at these gatherings become fodder for morning-after watercooler stories. So to make sure you don't become part of company lore, here are nine office party DON'TS.  1. DON'T Arrive Late. Pay attention to the time you arrive and time you leave. Arriving "fashionably late" is inappropriate. Don't arrive early, but do plan to arrive within the first 15 to... Read More >

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 >

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