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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History of the Male-Female Salary Gap: A 95-Year-Old Problem

by Vault Careers  |  May 02, 2014

Last year, the Equal Pay Act signed by John F. Kennedy turned 50 years old. The Act was designed to create a society where women were as valued as men in the workforce and to remove barriers that caused discrimination. Because of that Act, when discussing equality in the workplace, 1963 is widely considered the beginning of establishing a fair playing field for women in the workforce. However, the problem was not a new one in the early '60s. In 1920, a similar act-which served as the... Read More >

How to Network Your Way to a Summer Internship

by Vault Careers  |  April 03, 2014

I recently spoke to a handful of college students who, combined, have held 19 internships. These former interns came from various levels of education (sophomores to seniors) and various areas of study (geology and graphic design to French and engineering). When I asked them how they were able to secure their internships, all of them told me that finding an internship took persistence and courage and, most important, an element of networking. And so, below, are four networking tips I was... Read More >

5 Jobs on ‘House of Cards’ That Look Cooler and More Exciting Than They Probably Are

by Vault Careers  |  March 18, 2014

Let me warn you: if you haven't watched the first two seasons of the highly entertaining, highly addictive, highly thrilling Netflix-produced "House of Cards" but plan to, there are going to be some massive PLOT SPOILERS in the words to follow.  Okay, now that that's out of the way, here are five jobs on "HoC" that, in my estimation, the show's creator, producers, directors, writers, actors, and the rest of its crew make look extremely exciting but probably aren't as thrilling as they are... Read More >

Announcing Vault’s Instagram Account—@ VaultCareers!

by Vault Careers  |  March 18, 2014

Vault is excited to announce the launch of its official Instagram account VaultCareers! Follow us for career inspiration, office humor and beautiful images that will give you a quick break from the work day. Also, stay tuned for contests and giveaways. Let's get those hashtags started!    #VaultCareers #VaultRankings #VaultLaw #VaultFinance #VaultConsulting Read More >

Celebrating Black History Month in the Workplace: The Power of One

by Vault Careers  |  February 19, 2014

In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson and the Reverend Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Nine years later, Woodson and Moorland led a successful petition calling for the second week in February to be devoted to celebrating the heritage and achievements of African Americans. In the 1960s, that weeklong celebration became a month-long one, and in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month. In doing so, Ford... Read More >

Love Is In The Air: Vault's 2014 Office Romance Survey

by Vault Careers  |  February 12, 2014

While office romances are more accepted than ever in the workplace, men and women may be entering into these relationships for entirely different reasons. According to's 2014 Office Romance Survey, 56% of business professionals surveyed say they have participated in some type of workplace relationship, but the types of behavior associated with these unique company connections differ significantly between the sexes. For example, data from the survey indicates that women are much... Read More >

A Day in the Life: Provider Administration Manager, Humana

by Vault Careers  |  January 28, 2014

Karen Ball is a Provider Administration Manager for the South Florida Network Management team at Humana. Here, she shares her experiences of a typical day in her life on the job. Working at Humana for nearly five years has proven to be an exciting journey. When I first joined the organization as a Provider Contracting Representative for Medicare Service Operations, in October of 2008, I felt blessed to be part of a company that was so close to my heart. While many people in healthcare view... Read More >

The Power of Workplace Diversity

by Vault Careers  |  January 23, 2014

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." When Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote these words he lived in a society that struggled to embrace and encourage differences. Indeed, Dr. King had a vision of inclusion that's taken several decades to become a part of America, including the American workplace. But as his vision has become more prevalent in the workplace, it's raised the bar on industry... Read More >

Slim Down (Your Job Search) in 2014

by Vault Careers  |  January 02, 2014

It's the time of year when all the commercials you see on TV seem to have magically shifted from hawking toys and luxury goods to encouraging you to have less in your life: whether it's weight, nicotine craving or stress, the resolution season all seems to be about reduction. With that in mind, then, here are a few tips for ways to slim down your job hunt for 2014:  STOP: Blind-submitting your resume Seriously. When was the last time you-or anyone you know-got offered an interview after... Read More >

5 Most Common Internship Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

by Vault Careers  |  December 12, 2013

Securing the right internship while in school can make or break your career opportunities after graduation. And without a doubt, the most critical part of any internship hiring process is the interview-in which you'll be tested to see if you're a good fit for both the company and the team you're applying to. While every interview will vary, and you could be asked to field some rather strange questions-for example, Microsoft has been known to ask prospective interns questions such as "How... Read More >