Isabel Sperry

Isabel Sperry

Isabel Sperry is a Marketing Associate at Vault. A graduate of Yale University, she earned her BA in American Studies with a focus on American literature and art history. Isabel is a contributing Vault blogger on topics such as undergraduate career development and working as a young professional.


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How to Build a Brand: a Startup Founder’s Perspective

by Isabel Sperry  |  February 21, 2018

Science and fashion may seem to be an unlikely pairing, but Nicholas Harris created a startup that successfully marries the two. His company, Human Performance Engineering (HPE) Activewear, has become a leading technical sports apparel brand that's sold in high-end stores ranging from Bloomingdales to Bandier. With over 15 years of experience working as a human performance specialist with Formula 1 Champions and Olympic medalists, Nicholas Harris wanted to start a company focused on the... Read More >

5 Tips to Ace a Career Fair

by Isabel Sperry  |  February 07, 2018

Career fairs can be overwhelming, to say the least. In many cases, you'll be vying against scores of other students for the attention of company representatives. The following infographic provides strategies that will help you stand out to employers and make them want to move you along in the hiring process. Read More >

How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

by Isabel Sperry  |  January 31, 2018

While progressing to the phone interview stage of a hiring process is exciting, it's also nerve-racking. In a phone interview, you can't rely on your interviewer's visual cues to guide your next move, and you can't expect your unique sense of humor to come across as it would in person. But don't fear, we've compiled several concrete strategies to prepare for a phone interview, which will help you make a positive impression on your interviewer and hopefully a Read More >

How to Answer the “What Is Your Weakness” Interview Question

by Isabel Sperry  |  January 22, 2018

One of the most difficult questions you may face in a job interview is, "What is your weakness?" This question is hard to answer for several reasons. For starters, it's hard for people to recognize their own flaws. What's more, it's even more difficult for people to discuss those flaws in a situation such as a job interview, in which they're trying to impress an interviewer. Below are several tips for how to answer the trying weakness question. Pick your weakness strategically The first... Read More >

The 2018 Golden Globes: A Standout Night for Women’s Rights in the Workplace

by Isabel Sperry  |  January 08, 2018

A sea of black dresses dominated the red carpet on Sunday at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. This year, celebrities wore all black in support of Time's Up, an initiative created by women in the entertainment industry to combat sexual harassment. If you watched even just 30 seconds of the Globes this year, you know that this was no ordinary awards ceremony-it centered on the much deeper issues of the #MeToo movement, equal pay, and women's rights in the workplace. On the red carpet and in... Read More >

4 Ways to Recharge over the Holidays

by Isabel Sperry  |  December 19, 2017

While the holidays are undoubtedly fun, they can be stressful. You're probably just finishing up an exhausting final few weeks at work, while juggling your holiday shopping and making holiday preparations. While you have some time off over the holidays-whether it be just a long weekend or a few weeks-it's important that you set aside time for yourself to reset. Here are four ways you can recharge over the holidays, so you can return reenergized to the office in the New Year. 1. Do a yoga... Read More >

8 Tips for What You Should Wear to Work

by Isabel Sperry  |  December 13, 2017

Do you struggle to put together an outfit for work every morning? Are you unsure what exactly constitutes "business casual" attire? Then be sure to follow us on Instagram to get fashionable yet business-appropriate outfit inspiration through our #WearToWork series. From tips on how to immediately spruce up an outfit, to what to wear for casual Fridays, to which accessories to don for work, we have you covered. We also cover strategies that can save you time and money buying new clothes,... Read More >

5 Benefits of Attending the Office Holiday Party

by Isabel Sperry  |  December 12, 2017

Last week, my colleague Phil Stott wrote an article titled "4 Reasons Why You Should Skip the Office Party," in which he raised some very valid risks that holiday parties present. And while I agree that work parties can present some potential problems-such as embarrassing yourself in front of your colleagues due to overconsumption of alcohol-they can also offer many benefits. Here are five reasons why you should attend your office party this year. 1. Rais Read More >

How to Get Ahead in Your Career

by Isabel Sperry  |  November 29, 2017

Do you feel stagnated in your current job, unsure of how to continue growing or developing your skill set? In the following Forbes video, Hearst's Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles reveals specific strategies she took to get ahead in her own career.     While Coles begins with the all-important-albeit obvious-"work harder" and "negotiate for what you deserve," she offers two more unconventional career tips toward the end of her video Read More >

Why the near Win Is so Important for Long-Term Success

by Isabel Sperry  |  November 15, 2017

When you don't complete a project perfectly, it can feel as though you've failed. However, near wins are crucial in motivating us to achieve a goal as best we can. In this respect, near wins are almost more important than actual wins, as they set in motion a constant pursuit of improvement. In her TED Talk "Embrace the Near Win," art historian Sarah Lewis delves into the concept of the near win and how it is instrumental to achieving success. She begins her talk discussing her first job at... Read More >

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