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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Does Your Resume Have a Perfect Sales Pitch?

by Vault Careers  |  March 09, 2015

No matter your field, there's plenty of selling in the job search, with prospective employers as buyers for the products, which are the applicants themselves. As a result, sales skills matter, and they get a lot of attention. But they're mostly thought of as the skills you need to bring to the interview, a place where your performance is akin to a sales pitch. That perspective is far too limited, however, because knowing how to sell is critical to many other parts of the search. Nowhere is... Read More >

Women in Tech: How to Avoid Burnout

by Vault Careers  |  March 04, 2015

When it comes to discrimination against women in the workplace, few industries have as big of an image problem as tech. As Hillary Clinton noted in a recent keynote speech, around one in five software developers and just one in ten executives in Silicon Valley are women. As she told her audience at the Santa Clara Convention Center, "We're going backward in a field that is supposed to be all about moving forward […] We can literally count on one hand the number of women who have actually... Read More >

Top 5 In-Demand Skills You Can Learn Online

by Vault Careers  |  February 26, 2015

Don't take this personally, but no matter the career path you've chosen, your skills are quickly becoming obsolete. With the speed at which technology is advancing and the business landscape is changing, new skills are becoming in demand at a lightning-fast pace. Ten years ago, could you have imagined getting hired as a social media manager or a Node.js programmer? Not likely-these job titles and the skills associated with them didn't even exist.  For those who need to enhance their... Read More >

Finding Love at Work is More Acceptable Than Ever

by Vault Careers  |  February 11, 2015

Another year, another sign that office romances are gradually becoming more and more acceptable in workplaces throughout the United States. Indeed, the most striking statistic from this year's Vault Office Romance survey is that just 5 percent of respondents believe that no office romances are appropriate, down from 9 percent in 2011. Additionally, more respondents than ever (29%) are of the opinion that all romantic connections in the workplace are appropriate-including those between... Read More >

Don't Want to be a Desk Jockey? Try These 7 Alternative Careers

by Vault Careers  |  January 22, 2015

Are you bored out of your mind even considering a 9-5 behind the confines of a desk? Sitting at a desk in a cubicle isn't for everyone. There are plenty of career options out there that are interesting and keep you out in the field. Some require extensive education while others have lower average salaries. But, if experiencing new things or places is what you want from a career, then, according to Vault contributor JT Ripton, these seven positions might just be perfect for you. JT Ripton... Read More >

49 Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask

by Vault Careers  |  January 21, 2015

Since December, Vault has been asking accounting professionals across the U.S. to tell us what it's like to work for their firms. So far, we've surveyed about 6,000 accounting professionals, and one of the questions we've been asking has to do with interviews. Specifically, we've been asking accountants to tell us the questions that they were asked during interviews with their firms. And, to that end, below you'll find 49 common interview questions that top accounting firms ask. You'll see... Read More >

Have you got stories about love (or lust!) in the workplace?

by Vault Careers  |  January 21, 2015

Have you got stories to share about love (or lust!) in the workplace? Don't be shy … that's what Vault's Office Romance Survey is for. is renowned for its thorough, substantive research and insights into the vital matters facing today's workforce. It is in that tradition that we invite you to our latest survey, which deals with that most pressing subject: Love. The Vault Office Romance Survey is our most popular study, and previous installments have been featured in prominent... Read More >

5 Careers With a Promising Job Outlook

by Vault Careers  |  January 20, 2015

There are lots of different reasons why people choose one career path over another. While some target careers with good earning potential, others choose vocations that allow them to help others, or to work with their hands. One thing everyone has in common, however, is the desire to know that there will be jobs available when they complete their training. Here is a look at five careers where the future looks bright. HVAC/R Installers and Mechanics According to the United States Bureau of... Read More >

The Top 7 Apps for Your Job Search

by Vault Careers  |  January 07, 2015

In today's competitive job market, you have to use every tool at your disposal. These seven apps can help you find job openings and make yourself look like the great applicant you are.   Resume Builder Pro   It's hard to get so much as an interview without a great resume that makes you look more qualified than other job applicants. Resume Builder Pro provides a flexible template that lets you include important information such as: Contact information Previous work... Read More >

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