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Should Employees Have the 'Right to Disconnect' after Working Hours?

by Vault Careers  |  March 28, 2018

In New York City, a bill was recently introduced that would give employees in the city the legal right to ignore after-hours emails and texts sent to them by their employers. The bill was based on a similar law enacted in France not that long ago. And like the French law, the NYC bill wouldn't make it illegal for employers to email Read More >

Why Your Smartphone Is Killing Your Productivity at Work Even When It's Off

by Vault Careers  |  March 27, 2018

We've all likely experienced, on more than one occasion, an inability to focus on something at work when we're waiting for someone to text us back, or when we're itching to check out Instagram, or when we can't wait to see if a certain someone emailed us on our personal Gmail account (and we're unable to check our Gmail on our work computer). And so, it makes sense that when we leave our smartphones on and next to us (or on us), we might not be working at our most productive. But what we... Read More >

How to Answer the 'Why Do You Want to Work for Us?' Interview Question

by Vault Careers  |  March 21, 2018

One of the more common interview questions these days, especially for entry-level positions, is some form of "Why do you want to work for us?" Other forms of this question include "What attracts you to our firm?" and "What about our firm excites you?" Whatever the exact phrasing you receive, there are a few things you want to get across as clearly and concisely as possible when answering. 1. You know a lot about the firm; you've done your research. One of the things this question ai Read More >

15 “Tell Me About a Time” Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask

by Vault Careers  |  March 14, 2018

It's tax season, which means tens of thousands of accountants across the country are working overtime to complete various forms so individuals and organizations can file their taxes on time, by Tax Day, April 17.  Speaking of hardworking accountants, some 8,800 of them recently took our annual Accounting Survey. The results of this survey will be used to create our new Accounting 50, a ranking Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Managing Partner

by Vault Careers  |  February 28, 2018

Considering a career in law, or a transition within the legal profession? The following profile of a day in the life of a managing partner is an excerpt from the Vault Career Guide to Law. Kelley Clements Keller is the owner and managing member of The Keller Law Firm, LLC, a boutique firm practicing intellectual property (IP), which includes assisting clients in IP prosecution, procurement and maintenance, licensing and enforcement, brand expansion and management, domain name and Web site... Read More >

Teens Who Have Changed the World

by Vault Careers  |  February 27, 2018

In the two weeks since the Parkland mass school shooting, several of the students have risen to prominence in advocating for gun control measures. Emma Gonzalez gave an impassioned speech at a gun control rally just two days after the shooting and has since racked up a serious social media following (1.1 million Twitter followers and counting). She and fellow prominent student activist David Hogg have been interviewed by several national news outlets and, with several other Parkland... Read More >

What Does a Career in Animation Look Like?

by Vault Careers  |  February 27, 2018

Animators are artists who design the moving characters that appear in movies, videos, television shows, commercials, and other digital media such as web sites and video games. Animators are also known as digital animators and motion cartoonists. Currently, there are more than 31,000 multimedia artists and animators employed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries for animators can reach well over $100,000 per year. So what does a career in animation look like?... Read More >

How to Answer the 'What Don't You Like About Your Current Job?' Interview Question

by Vault Careers  |  February 26, 2018

Many interview questions aren't what they seem. For example, when interviewers ask, "What don't you like about your current position?" (or, put another way, "Why are you looking for a new job?"), they're looking to gauge your character more than exactly why you want to leave your current position. That is, interviewers use this question to see how you might talk about your current managers and company. Will you badmouth your managers and employer and come across as someone who complains... Read More >

How to Answer the 'What Sets You Apart from the Rest?' Interview Question

by Vault Careers  |  February 20, 2018

An extremely common interview question these days is some form of "What sets you apart from the rest of the candidates for this job?" Other incarnations of this question include "Why should we hire you?" and "What makes you so different from all the other people interviewing for this position?" No matter exactly how this question is worded, it's getting at the same thing: what are your greatest strengths and skills, what might make you unique, and how those strengths and skills and... Read More >

Best and Worst Things About Working in Biotech

by Vault Careers  |  February 13, 2018

Opportunities in the pharma/biotech industry exist at every career level. Scientists with graduate degrees are in high demand, as are workers with science-related bachelor's and associate's degrees. Workers with no scientific background may find jobs in administration, finance, law, marketing, and other areas. Even high school graduates may find work in production as capsule-filling-machine operators and tenders, fermenter and granulator machine operators, tablet testers, and... Read More >

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