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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Stressed? Be Kind to Your Coworkers

by Vault Careers  |  February 27, 2013

Feeling extra short lately? You might blame it on the dreary weather, your bosses' bad mood, or too much work on your plate. But whatever you do, don't take it out on people at the office. Studies have shown that bad behavior is contagious, and, like a cold, can pass through entire offices in a flash, the linger. So how to handle all the bad moods? Jedi mind tricks: kindness and smiles to trick you (and others) into feeling better. Here's what to do: 1. Resist rudeness A recent... Read More >

6 Interview Questions Designed to Make You Blank Out

by Vault Careers  |  February 21, 2013

Business Insider posted a list of 13 popular Wall Street Interview questions specially designed to make job seekers "stutter." Ranging from trick questions to brain teasers to out-of-left-fielders, we selected a few of the toughest queries-along with guidelines for preparing a response. Put your thinking caps on! 1. "If I gave you an offer that lasted for the next 30 seconds, would you take it?" As BI notes, this one's all about your "follow up": the interviewer wants to see you ask... Read More >

What Is a Digital Resume—and Do You Need One?

by Vault Careers  |  February 15, 2013

by Juliana Weiss-Roessler A statistic came out a few years ago about how the first thing 70 percent of people do when looking for local businesses is fire up their browsers and head online to do a search. Pretty amazing, right? Not too long ago, Googling something was called "using the Yellow pages," but now you're lucky if you can find someone under 30 who knows what the Yellow Pages are. How does this relate to you, your job search, and digital resumes? It's pretty simple, really: every... Read More >

The Results Are In: Vault's 2013 Office Romance Survey

by Vault Careers  |  February 14, 2013

Don't have a valentine? You might want to cozy up to the next cubicle. Not only are half of your coworkers doing it, but according to's 2013 Office Romance Survey, most people are okay with it too! Majority rules: 56% of survey takers have had office romances-to varying degrees. It looks like working love is what you make of it: random hookups and casual, coworkers-with-benefits situations each represented 21% of reported romances, while 17% got a little more serious with LTRs,... Read More >

Keeping an Office Romance AND Your Job: 8 Questions to Ask

by Vault Careers  |  February 06, 2013

Plus: real input from people who have been there! February has rolled around, and that brings the mid-month occurrence we're all hot and bothered about: the release of Vault's annual Office Romance survey! Just kidding: we mean Valentine's Day! (But also a little bit of the survey… check back for that next week). With all the heart shaped chocolate and red construction paper abound, you might be glancing around your cubicle with the look of love. But before you hone in on that cute... Read More >

Stretch Yourself: 4 Career Development Tips

by Vault Careers  |  February 04, 2013

Many who are new to the working world arrive there from a path that has been shaped by many "guides." These include high school counselors, college career services professionals, and even parental input into career options and choices. Once you've landed that all-important first "real" job, however, all of that help can dry up; at that point, your career development is down to you, and you alone. In this post, L.E.K. Consulting's Rose L. provides four ways that new consultants can ensure... Read More >

Office Romance: There's an App for That?

by Vault Careers  |  February 01, 2013

Today in news-we're-hoping-is-just-a-bad-joke, we bring you an app that helps you find office romance. Well, depending on your definition of "romance." You know that new app, Bang with Friends? The one that scours your Facebook contacts for hook up fodder? Well, since it's currently at 30,000 and counting users (with 5 new people signing up per minute), somebody decided to take things a step further with the piggy-backing app "Bang with Professionals." Sound like a terrible idea? It... Read More >

Law Students: Get the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

by Vault Careers  |  January 29, 2013

Lainee Beigel, Career Esquire Often times law students think they know exactly what they want out of their careers. They then arrive at the big firm office (mine had a view of the Statue of Liberty) and realize, shortly after the glamor wears off, that this was not the right move. This leaves you in a position asking yourself, "did I just waste 3 years and an obscene amount of money on law school?" A summer internship can prevent this kind of traumatic entry into your legal career, but... Read More >

Impossible Is Nothing: Final Words of Career Advice from Aleksey Vayner

by Vault Careers  |  January 24, 2013

Sad news has been making the internet rounds this week: Aleksey Vayner, of Youtube, Gawker, and Ivygate fame apparently died last week at the age of 29. Don't recognize the name? Vayner, who later changed his last name to Stone after months of harassment, is the auteur of a video resume grandly titled, "Impossible Is Nothing." It features an interview with Vayner, as well as dramatic scenes of the then 23-year-old power lifting, catching air on a ski slope, slamming serves on the tennis... Read More >

Career Path Profiles: Software Engineer at GE Healthcare

by Vault Careers  |  January 23, 2013

Ever wonder how people find their career paths? We certainly do. Finding a job fit for your education, talents, and interests can be tough, but it's definitely possible. Today we're talking to Rodolfo "Rudy" Chavez, who combined a family background in healthcare with a knack for technology in his role as a software engineer at GE Healthcare. Here's his take on what he does and how he got started: Q: How did you become involved with the GE Edison Engineering program? I became involved in... Read More >

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