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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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 >

3 Reasons A Strong Online Photo Prompts Career Gold

by Vault Careers  |  July 11, 2013

These days few jobs require a candidate to put a photo on their resume for reasons which include discrimination, technology glitches, and misjudgments. Ultimately the aim is to power a career through professional expertise, achievements, qualifications, and role suitability. Yet in the age of global business social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, it's an unspoken given that a good profile will feature a quality professional photo. With Google now also highlighting photos in billions of... Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Senior Associate at PwC

by Vault Careers  |  July 09, 2013

Lindsay is a senior associate working in the Personal Financial Services tax group in PwC's San Francisco office. Lindsay started with the firm as an audit intern, spent a year and a half as an audit associate, and then transferred into tax, where she has spent the past two years. Now a senior associate, she describes an average day in her job.     6:30 a.m. - Take BART into workThe PwC office is located in San Francisco and I live in Berkeley, which is about 45 minutes outside the city... Read More >

Find Your Employer “Culture Fit” With Social Media

by Vault Careers  |  July 09, 2013

Make no mistake about it: finding a job is tricky business. You search online job boards, go to career fairs, network with your connections-all hoping that you'll find the right job for you. When you find one, then you've got to determine if you're qualified. Then, do you have the necessary knowledge and skills to do the work? On top of that, you've got to have the passion for the work. Do you care enough about the material and duties of the position to do a good job? Can you align with... Read More >

5 Interview Questions Investment Banking Interns Need to Nail

by Vault Careers  |  June 24, 2013

Although most investment banks in North America and Europe have already hired their 2013 summer intern classes, banks in Australia are just beginning to accept applications for their latest internship programs, and interviews are on the way. For those interested in an investment banking internship, here are five interview questions every prospective intern should be able to nail.  1. What interests you most about a career in investment banking? This is one of the most common questions... Read More >

3 Ways to Trouble-Shoot Your Resume

by Vault Careers  |  June 20, 2013

The average resume gets less than 10 seconds in front of a recruiter, before being cast aside-and that's assuming that a recruiter is reading it at all in an age where automated scanning software is increasingly being used to filter applications by keyword search before a human ever sets eyes on them. Here are three ways that you can trouble-shoot some of the most common resume problems. Beat the machines Automated filters that scan resumes are the bane of the job-seeker's existence.... Read More >

Vault Launches Redesigned Website

by Vault Careers  |  May 30, 2013

On May 31st, launched the first significant redesign of its website in more than four years. Along with a new look, the redesigned site provides a better overall user experience and expands the depth and breadth of's existing content. The new site provides easier navigation and enhanced functionality. Search results have been greatly improved, and there are now helpful "finders" for companies, schools, internships, and professions. Our career guides in law, finance,... Read More >

8 Ways to Take Control of Your Career--At Work

by Vault Careers  |  March 19, 2013

By Sean Conrad, Halogen Software We often think of switching jobs as one of the best ways to advance our careers. And while that may be true-a new job does often offer new opportunities to learn and develop, take on greater responsibilities, move up the ladder, etc.-we sometimes overlook the career development resources our current employer offers us. Your company's talent management programs offer you a whole variety of opportunities to develop new skills and prepare for career... Read More >

How to Change Careers: A Hop, a Skip and a Jump

by Vault Careers  |  March 14, 2013

The New York Times recently reported on a shifting dynamic in how companies are finding employees: a significantly higher reliance on internal referrals, and a further retreat from applications submitted through online job boards such as and the like. That's a troubling development for job-seekers who either don't have a professional network in place, or have a network that's deteriorated due to long- term unemployment. It also raises a critical question of strategy, especially... Read More >

3 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search

by Vault Careers  |  March 12, 2013

As a modern day career counselor, nothing is more fascinating to me than the opportunities that social media can give job seekers. Any of these online networking sites can lead to internship and job opportunities if you do it right. And when you're doing it really right, the internship and job opportunities could actually come to you.  I've watched this happen to many students and heard countless stories of social media success in the job search. Every time, it's just as amazing a story as... Read More >

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