Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus is Vault’s Associate Law Editor. She received her BA in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She has worked for a literary magazine and a nonfiction music publisher and now creates career advice content for Vault’s blog.


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How to Talk About Desired Salary

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 04, 2018

I hate talking about money. My parents had a very strict "we don't talk about money" rule-not just at the table or at parties, but ever. Discussions about taxes or partisan fiscal policies make my palms sweat. I don't even know how to barter at street stands-I just overpay what they ask me to. And that's why in the final steps of an interview process, I clam up like the tide's coming in. Because that's when the hiring manager puts in his or her "let's get down to business" face and asks how... Read More >

The Number-One Rule for Cover Letters

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 30, 2018

Okay look-resumés are great. When done right, they're clean, concise, and well organized. And if you've been following all the great advice out there, yours should be in pretty good shape. Cover letters are different-they're freewheeling, making them more difficult to write. Think of the resumé as the multiple-choice part of a test, and the cover letter as the essay portion-the essay portion where your teacher gives you a 7/10, but you're not really sure why. It's so tough to know if your... Read More >

Gift Guide for Job Seekers

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 27, 2018

It's Cyberweek, and you know what that means-I'm broke now. I don't know if it was the Kindle sales that did me in or the ill-advised attempt to get my Christmas shopping done early, but let's just say I'm glad Friday's payday. This time last year, though, things were a little grimmer: ya girl was a grad student, unemployed except for a few inconsistent side-hustles. Pretty much no one got a gift from me, so I'm trying to make up for it this year. And as I was emptying my wallet on various... Read More >

Keeping Your Holiday Party Professional

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 20, 2018

'Tis the season to be jolly-or is it? According to consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the number of planned holiday parties have reached decade lows. Approximately 65 percent of companies reported that they will be holding a holiday party this year, compared to last year's 73 percent. There haven't been this few parties in the works since the recession nearly ten years ago, and this time, it's not due to the economy. In fact, many believe that Read More >

Thanksgiving Survival Guide: How to Talk About Your Career During the Holidays

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 16, 2018

Let's all be real with ourselves: Thanksgiving is a tough holiday to get through, for reasons that are unique to every family. My family gathering, for example, is no Norman Rockwell painting. We're a group of about 60 Irish/Italians from Jersey. In other words, it's loud and kind of insane. There's an annual Billy Joel sing-a-long, which is at least two hours long. There's a Bloody Mary bar and "shotskis" off a Jersey Devils stick. The kids play Super Smash Bros. and things eventually take... Read More >

5 Tips to Crush a Rainy-Day Slump

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 13, 2018

I don't know about you guys, but I'm basically useless if it's raining outside. I can't get up at my usual time, no amount of caffeine can jumpstart my brain, and it's all I can do not to put my head down on my keyboard and hope I can accomplish something via osmosis. I always thought it had to do with the barometric pressure, but Bustle says that because we don't see the sun, our brain never really wakes up for the day. And now that it's officially fall (we had a late s Read More >

Showing Off Soft Skills in the Interview

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 08, 2018

Let me drop a quick truth-bomb on you: the more experience you have, the easier it is to fill your resumé. I know, right? Mind-blowing. If you've worked in an industry for years, your resumé should be loaded with quantifiable experience: I manage a team of fifteen people and we've increased site traffic and ad revenue 12% over the past three years-that's the kind of thing everyone likes to see on a resumé, and it's the first thing a hiring manager's going to look for. But when you're just... Read More >

Summer Internship: Plan B

by Kaitlin McManus  |  November 02, 2018

It’s that time of year—leaves are crunching, turkey prices have skyrocketed, and someone in your neighborhood’s putting up their holiday decorations way too early. Summer is probably the furthest thing from your mind, but it shouldn’t be! Right now—yes, now—is when all those big corporate companies have their deadlines for summer internships. I hope your CV is nice and shiny. Despite how many interns these places can take (and they take a lot—Seattle had to Read More >

Bosses from Hell and How to Handle Them

by Kaitlin McManus  |  October 29, 2018

'Tis the season for scary movie marathons, chock-full of your favorite villains and monsters. Of course for some, real life has its nightmares too-including at work. Maybe it's the commute. Maybe it's that gossipy co-worker who always parks himself by your desk during his coffee break. Or, even worse, perhaps your boss makes you want to run screaming like Jamie Lee. There are all kinds of awful bosses out there, and some great movies have been made about them. But sometimes the characters... Read More >

Networking When You Have No Network

by Kaitlin McManus  |  October 24, 2018

Today's job search is nothing if not convenient. We can all sit in our beds wearing jammies, resumé at the ready, sending off applications as quickly as we can whip up the cover letters (and you should definitely spend some time on those cover letters-they matter). The process itself couldn't be easier, but that doesn't mean the hunt is less stressful. Let me tell you something that definitely won't shock you: the easier something is to do, the more people will do it. There are more people... Read More >

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