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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Intern Lawsuits: Round Two

by Vault Careers  |  March 15, 2012

Consider the ball officially rolling: another intern is suing. Lucy Bickerton, a former intern at the Charlie Rose show, worked 25 hours per week, without pay. Her law firm, Outten & Golden (the same one that's representing Xuedan Wang's suit with Hearst), is hoping to turn the suit into a class action for all the show's unpaid interns as far back as March 2006. As the lawsuit notes, "an unpaid internship is only lawful in the context of an educational training program, when the interns... Read More >

Barnard and Queen Bees

by Vault Careers  |  March 08, 2012

Today's the 101st annual International Women's Day, and it couldn't come at a more relevant time. Recent birth control legislation controversies have already raised women's rights to the forefront of the public consciousness, but it was Rush Limbaugh's statements about Sandra Fluke, who testified on the issue at a Democratic hearing, that are causing huge stir. Labeling her a "prostitute" for her pro-birth control insurance coverage statements, Limbaugh caught a firestorm of public... Read More >

Game-Inspired Tactics to Get You Motivated

by Vault Careers  |  March 06, 2012

Ever wonder why it's so hard to focus on work, but you can effortlessly play Words With Friends for hours? The steady flow of challenges and rewards may be the reason why your motivation to play games exceeding that to fill in spreadsheets. And employers are getting wise. The same concepts that make both games and social media tools like Facebook so addicting-instant feedback! "likes!"-are being used to fuel employee motivation in the workplace. And we mean that literally: companies like... Read More >

5 Ways to Cut Down on Your Sick Days

by Vault Careers  |  March 02, 2012

Flu season's nearly over, but the debate on sick days is just getting warmed up. Revisited legislation on paid sick pay may bring about better working environments for employees at small businesses (those with 5-50 workers). This is great news for employees who have been trudging to work with the sniffles, or sending their ill kids to school, to avoid having to stay home and miss a paycheck. But so far, the laws are on a state level-with only Seattle, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., San... Read More >

How to Succeed in Banking Without Really Trying

by Vault Careers  |  February 28, 2012

Vault's written before about how hard the finance lifestyle can be on most people. Long hours, high stakes, intense competition, and instability all contribute to an incredibly stressful lifestyle. That lifestyle can take a toll on your average 30-something--but maybe it's only a rare breed that's truly hacking it in banking. Psychopaths in general are pretty rare; despite their prevalence in films and TV shows (Dexter, anyone?) they only make up 1% of the general population. Finance,... Read More >

How to Find Job Fair Success

by Vault Careers  |  February 27, 2012

Whether you have a job and are looking to make a change or are currently unemployed, job fairs can be a great way to meet with recruiters. But, they can also be quite intimidating to the uninitiated. With some job fairs attracting thousands of applicants, it's important to arm yourself with a plan of action before you arrive. Think of attending a job fair as analogous to a visit to Disney World®. Do you want to spend valuable time waiting in a line to get on a random ride you may or may not... Read More >

Your Morning Meeting—Discouraging to Women?

by Vault Careers  |  February 24, 2012

As we discussed in our introverts piece, for many quiet workers, the mere thought of presenting in front of colleagues can be a serious performance killer. When you're too worried about everyone looking and listening to you to think straight, gathering your actual ideas is going to take the backseat. We already know that introverts find social interactions challenging because, by definition, they're more aware of all the social cues happening than your average Joe. But turns out, gender... Read More >

3 Tips for Cracking the Case Interview

by Vault Careers  |  February 21, 2012

When it comes to interviewing, practice may not always make perfect, but it can certainly increase your chances of getting the job. That's especially true for case interviews-an interviewing technique that is pretty much mandatory in the consulting industry, and catching on in other industries too. While many candidates spend hours practicing their answers to questions such as "tell me about your biggest weakness," it can be tempting to overlook case interview preparation. The reason:... Read More >

Introverts: Not Necessarily Doomed?

by Vault Careers  |  February 07, 2012

The death of Steve Jobs might have brought about the end of an era: that of the personality cult. For the last few years, big personalities and small (initially, at least) companies have dominated the market. Tech jobs-and culture-have created a new idea-central workplace, with an explosion of social media tools that's prompted us to constantly share them. And Steve Jobs, well, he brought about the notion that, to be successful, everybody needs to be the guy with the big, innovative ideas,... Read More >

Career Alternatives: Starting a Business to Fill a Void, Par

by Vault Careers  |  February 02, 2012

The Daily Muse targets a tremendously under-served demographic: confident women who want insightful articles and career advice written just for them, who are fed up with the Cosmo diet of sex tips and how to drop a dress size. Vault spoke with CEO Kathryn Minshew to get a better understanding of the decision to create The Daily Muse, the reasons behind leaving McKinsey, and the difficulties of running a new business in a bad economy. Her story is discussed in Part II of a special Q & A... Read More >