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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4 Reasons Why Taking Breaks is Good for You

by Vault Careers  |  June 19, 2012

We're not suggesting you build a sleep center under your desk, a la George Costanza. But planning-and taking!-breaks throughout the day can be ask key to staying productive as your actual work. Feeling guilty about your blog habit or some under the desk texting? Don't! As long as you're toggling back to your work, those mental breaks can keep your energy up, your work high-quality, and your focus sharp. Here's why: 1. Your attention stays sharper Just like sights and smells tend to fade... Read More >

How to Change Careers and Get Hired in a New Industry

by Vault Careers  |  June 11, 2012

Karen Amatangelo-Block recently changed jobs after working nearly a decade and a half in recruiting at large law firms. She is now the Director of Global Recruiting at Abt Associates, a consulting firm with 2,300 staff worldwide that focuses on health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Here, she reports for Vault about the challenges she has faced since changing industry. (Note: for a taste of Karen's day-to-day life in her new role, be sure to check out her... Read More >

Cursing at Work: Yay or Nay?

by Vault Careers  |  June 05, 2012

Informality rules most of our offices, but how laid back can our language get? You may enjoy sneakers and T-shirts at work, but F-bombs and S-words are a little less straight-forward. Is it okay to joke around with bad words, in an informal setting? Can a well-timed curse win your respect, even at a serious meeting? There are really no hard and fast rules for profanity, and every workplace is different. But a few guidelines can help you play safely with risky words: 1. Keep your ears... Read More >

10 Ways To Get More From Your Summer Fridays

by Vault Careers  |  May 25, 2012

Memorial Day weekend is finally here! For a few lucky ducks, it also signifies the first of a weekly phenomenon: the summer Friday. Whether you're getting a half or a whole day off, or nothing (but scrambling to leave before the sun goes down) we've got some tips to help you get out of the office and onto the beach a little faster. Enjoy! 1. Complete your hardest tasks first The assignments you're dreading are the ones most dangerous to your beach time. Identify what you're most likely... Read More >

For the Class of 2012: Top 10 Ways to Build a Career

by Vault Careers  |  May 17, 2012

1. Consider a change in scenery A change of locale to where the jobs are might seem drastic, but can open the door to many opportunities. Increasingly, the areas with the greatest need for skilled workers are in places that recent college graduates used to abandon for the coasts such as Austin, Tex., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. 2. Continue your training While you may think that a college degree is the end of your education, many in-demand jobs require specialized training, such as... Read More >

Are you Whining Yourself Out of a Job?

by Vault Careers  |  May 15, 2012

It's funny how something as small as a malfunctioning copy machine can ruin your day at work. We all whine about silly stuff like technology fails--but are we setting a pattern for ourselves when we mindlessly complain? The Wall Street Journal thinks so--and according to their article today (hilariously sub-titled "How to Stop Whining"), even therapists are starting to rail against our constant moaning and groaning. It's hard to know if you're being whiny in your daily interactions (try... Read More >

5 Myths About Creativity

by Vault Careers  |  May 11, 2012

The Don Drapers of the world are having their moment at Creative Week in New York City right now. But far from exclusive to the advertising world, "creative" thinking, problem solving, and solutions are something all of us have been lectured on at some point. Just take a moment for a mental montage of the many times you've been instructed to "think outside the box." A lot, right? Outside of the 1960s advertising industry, though, booze, procrastination, the solitude of corner offices are... Read More >

Drink the Darn Kool-Aid: In Defense of Enthusiasm at Work

by Vault Careers  |  May 10, 2012

Work got you down? Try a nice, refreshing sip of office Kool-Aid! "Drinking the Kool-Aid" (or buying into the corporate rah-rah spirit) usually has negative connotations: that the enthusiastic employees are the dim ones, who can't think for themselves, or mistakenly think the company has their best interests at heart. But even if your employer is the bloodsucking kind, it may truly be in your best interests to believe in them. I know, I know-but hear us out. Just like forgiveness can be... Read More >

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... Read More >

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