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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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 >

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 >

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