Phil Stott

Phil Stott is a Vault Editor. Since joining Vault in 2007, he has covered a variety of industries including consulting, consumer products and technology. He is also well-versed in general career issues, having worked in a variety of fields including freelance journalism, consumer banking, English language teaching, soccer coaching and more. Originally from Scotland, he holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Modern History and a Masters in Research in Civil Engineering. 

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The Most and Least Ethical Career Fields

by Phil Stott  |  January 09, 2018

If you want to work in a job that earns the trust and respect of your peers, you should probably choose a  career related to health care, and stay away from, uh, just about anything that involves talking about politics. Those lessons, while probably intuitive to anyone who's been paying attention to any form of media in recent years, are underlined by a recent Gallup survey that asked Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of a variety of professions Read More >

Will 2018 Be the Year of the Female Tech Leader?

by Phil Stott  |  December 12, 2017

As we look back over the smoking ruins of 2017, it's already clear that this year will be remembered as the one in which society as a whole was forced to begin to confront sexist behavior in the workplace, from allegations of harassment and assault to the insidious biases that hold women back in terms of career attainment and equal pay. Even clearer: the fact that the reckoning we're seeing in every field from the media and entertainment industries, to politics and-most recently-the... Read More >

4 Reasons Why You Should Skip the Office Party

by Phil Stott  |  December 05, 2017

In the wake of the ongoing wave of sexual harassment and assault revelations that are sweeping the landscape, a number of companies are considering limiting their potential exposure to future problems by scaling back on their holiday parties. Vox Media, for example, has reportedly dropped the open bar from its annual bash this year, while citing the following rationale in an email to its employees: "We recognize that even though alcohol isn't always the reason for unp Read More >

How Companies Use Interviews to Identify Your Potential

by Phil Stott  |  December 04, 2017

If you want to know what companies are looking for in the hiring process, one of the best things you can do is learn to look at the world from the perspective of the person making the hiring decision. As the following video from the Harvard Business Review shows, the qualities that companies are seeking in new hires has shifted over the years, from brawn to brains, to capabilities and-currently-to potential. Therefore, it stands to reason that if you know how companies define potential,... Read More >

Veteran Careers: Positive Traits Veterans Should Stress in Interviews

by Phil Stott  |  November 13, 2017

This is the last of three posts on veteran careers, based on an interview I conducted with branding expert Lida Citroën that I conducted earlier this year. In the two previous posts, I focused on Citroën's comments on some of the challenges facing veterans as they attempt to transition into the civilian workforce—chiefly related to cultural differences and Read More >

Veteran Careers: Dealing with Stereotypes

by Phil Stott  |  November 10, 2017

Veterans face several issues when transitioning out of the military and into civilian careers. In my last post, I shared a number of structural and cultural barriers that veterans face, as told to me by branding expert Lida Citroën earlier this year.  In this post, the second of three from my interview with Lida, we'll look at another issue: stereotypes that veterans face when dealing with hiring managers, and what both parties can do address them. Read More >

Veteran Careers: Overcoming Cultural Barriers in the Civilian World

by Phil Stott  |  November 08, 2017

"I had never considered what someone in uniform goes through as they transition out of the military into a civilian career. I had no military connection myself. But I saw it as an opportunity to take what I was doing in the corporate world-helping executives and professionals position themselves-and offer my services to veterans."-Lida Citroën  Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to talk to Lida Citroën, a branding expert who specializes in helping military veterans to transition into... Read More >

The Best Business Book of 2017

by Phil Stott  |  November 07, 2017

I had the pleasure of spending last night at the FT/McKinsey 2017 Business Book of the Year Award ceremony in Manhattan. In the competition: six of the best business books that have been published this year, ranging from dense tomes on economic theory and socio-political history to books dealing with sexism, the rigging of financial markets, and the history of the iPhone. Having spent the past few weeks catching up on some of the titles, I was delighted when my favorite, Amy Goldstein's... Read More >

How Workplace Harassment Holds Women Back

by Phil Stott  |  November 01, 2017

In almost any other year, sexual harassment-and especially the Harvey Weinstein story-would have been the biggest story of the year. But it's 2017, and there are lots of other things going on that are competing for airtime and eyeballs. As crowded as the market for our attention may be, we c Read More >

Interview Hacks: Explaining Porter's Five Forces

by Phil Stott  |  October 24, 2017

If you've taken any kind of business class in the past 25 years or so, you're probably familiar with Porter's Five Forces-the theory of competition named for Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, who developed it in 1979. As business strategy tools go, it's as foundational as it gets-but can you name Porter's Five Forces off the top of your head?* Can you explain why each of them differs from the rest? What if you were in a job interview and asked to explain the theory? Could... Read More >

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