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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3 Ways to Trouble-Shoot Your Resume

by Vault Careers  |  June 20, 2013

The average resume gets less than 10 seconds in front of a recruiter, before being cast aside-and that's assuming that a recruiter is reading it at all in an age where automated scanning software is increasingly being used to filter applications by keyword search before a human ever sets eyes on them. Here are three ways that you can trouble-shoot some of the most common resume problems. Beat the machines Automated filters that scan resumes are the bane of the job-seeker's existence.... Read More >

Vault Launches Redesigned Website

by Vault Careers  |  May 30, 2013

On May 31st, launched the first significant redesign of its website in more than four years. Along with a new look, the redesigned site provides a better overall user experience and expands the depth and breadth of's existing content. The new site provides easier navigation and enhanced functionality. Search results have been greatly improved, and there are now helpful "finders" for companies, schools, internships, and professions. Our career guides in law, finance,... Read More >

8 Ways to Take Control of Your Career--At Work

by Vault Careers  |  March 19, 2013

By Sean Conrad, Halogen Software We often think of switching jobs as one of the best ways to advance our careers. And while that may be true-a new job does often offer new opportunities to learn and develop, take on greater responsibilities, move up the ladder, etc.-we sometimes overlook the career development resources our current employer offers us. Your company's talent management programs offer you a whole variety of opportunities to develop new skills and prepare for career... Read More >

How to Change Careers: A Hop, a Skip and a Jump

by Vault Careers  |  March 14, 2013

The New York Times recently reported on a shifting dynamic in how companies are finding employees: a significantly higher reliance on internal referrals, and a further retreat from applications submitted through online job boards such as and the like. That's a troubling development for job-seekers who either don't have a professional network in place, or have a network that's deteriorated due to long- term unemployment. It also raises a critical question of strategy, especially... Read More >

3 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search

by Vault Careers  |  March 12, 2013

As a modern day career counselor, nothing is more fascinating to me than the opportunities that social media can give job seekers. Any of these online networking sites can lead to internship and job opportunities if you do it right. And when you're doing it really right, the internship and job opportunities could actually come to you.  I've watched this happen to many students and heard countless stories of social media success in the job search. Every time, it's just as amazing a story as... Read More >

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 >

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