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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Are You Leaving Vacation Days on the Table? Don't!

by Vault Careers  |  May 04, 2012

Thinking of planning a vacation? In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, do it. Do it now. According to a December survey, the average employee left two unused vacation days in 2011, which, according to CNNMoney (who used the average salary of the workers, $39,000, to calculate) adds up to $34.4 billion in time. Want to guess where those profits go? Yup, directly to employers. Which may explain how many companies have reached ever-increasing productivity numbers in the past few years... Read More >

Interns Are Ready for Their Close Up

by Vault Careers  |  May 01, 2012

Shortly after a period of real-world publicity from several law suits, interns are once again in the spotlight, but on the fictional front: with a wildly popular HBO show Girls and two new films in the works: The Internship, and The Intern. Girls, which has prompted many an opinion piece on millennials, follows a group of 20-something interns as they struggle at building careers and relationships in New York City--and hit mom and dad up for rent money. Many actual 20-somethings are finding... Read More >

To Tell the Truth: Is Honesty the Best Policy on a Job Interview?

by Vault Careers  |  April 27, 2012

New research suggests that frankness and honesty on a job interview won't hurt a candidate's chances of getting hired, but it will help them land a suitable job. Two surveys conducted by the London Business School and the University of North Carolina had participants rate their transparency at work with "self verification" of prompts like, "It's important for an employer to see me as I see myself, even if it means bringing people to recognize my limitations." The studies found that, of... Read More >

Your Brain On The Internet: Bad For Your Work Performance?

by Vault Careers  |  April 26, 2012

Facebook gets a lot of flack for reducing the quality of its users' social lives, but what if the same could be said of information, and how the internet trains us to handle it? It's easier than ever to have access to answers to questions, background on an issue topic, or headlines from the world's news. But what if, like our approach to relationships on Facebook, our processing of all this wonderful information is being stilted and even eliminated by our constant easy access to it? What's... Read More >

How to Make the Most of a "Dead End" Job

by Vault Careers  |  April 24, 2012

A career is preferable to a job or a gig. But what if a "job" is all you can get? Business Insider writer Travis Okulski needed work after a summer job ended, so he filled out an application at Walmart. Glamorous? No. But a waste of time? He doesn't think so. In a piece taking a surprisingly positive stance on working for the retail giant, Okulski notes that the employees who have negative experiences at Walmart tend not to be proactive about making anything of their time on shift. "They... Read More >

Responsible Careers: Doing Good Even if it Isn't Your Job

by Vault Careers  |  April 23, 2012

The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been the source of much controversy over the years. Some believe that corporations have a responsibility to do nothing more than turn a profit. Others, meanwhile, think that companies should take steps to mitigate the negative impact of their actions (or--even better--require that they have a positive impact) on society. Whichever point of the spectrum you happen to be on in that debate, it's difficult to deny that proponents of CSR... Read More >

Should Facebook Be Allowed at Work?

by Vault Careers  |  April 12, 2012

There's a lot going on in Employers vs. Facebook news. Wednesday, legislators in the state of Maryland passed a bill banning employer requests for employees' and job candidates' social media passwords. Thursday morning, Facebook announced plans to provide its users with "archives" of data the company stores--helping Facebookers of what information is floating around the internet. This is all great news for job seekers seeking more privacy protections for their online activities. But as... Read More >

5 Ways to Improve a Bad Day in 15 Minutes or Less

by Vault Careers  |  April 03, 2012

Maybe you're just having a case of the Mondays a la Office Space, or you're having a full scale meltdown. Either way, you can turn it around. Just stop, breathe, and read this. We'll get you through it. 1. Go for a walk If you're far gone enough that you're in danger of throwing a hissy fit or bursting into tears, do no collect $200, do not pass go-remove yourself from the situation immediately and take a walk. Physically leaving the scene of office turmoil can work wonders for your state... Read More >

10 Tips to Beat Job Search Burn Out

by Vault Careers  |  March 20, 2012

The weather's heating up, but are your job hunting efforts cooling off? Fight the urge to abandon your search-stay on track and refresh your motivation with these tips: 1. Do Something You're Awesome At One of the best ways to right burn out is to feel A. successful, and B. energized. This is most easily and effectively achieved by doing something you enjoy, and you kind of rule at. Be it table tennis, interpretive dance, or beating your niece at Crazy Eights, do it. The sillier (and most... Read More >

How to Deal with Job Search Anxiety

by Vault Careers  |  March 19, 2012

Searching for a job can be a frustrating process. Perhaps most frustrating is that there's no one size fits all methodology to landing the right opportunity. You can follow someone's advice to the letter and keep missing out on opportunities, while someone else can stumble into their perfect position seemingly at random, and while breaking all the "rules" in the field. On top of that uncertainty, the various pieces of the job seeking process can be a source of anxiety-even when the issue... Read More >

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