Stephan Maldonado

Stephan Maldonado

Stephan Maldonado is Vault's Senior Consulting Editor. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Cornell University. His professional experience includes more than six years of writing for the web as a digital marketer, copywriter, and editor. His writing spans numerous industries, including education, healthcare, retail, and fitness and nutrition. He is an aspiring novelist and is working on a novel in his free time. Stephan currently resides in New York.

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The One Book Every Professional NEEDS on Their Shelf--Regardless of Their Industry

by Stephan Maldonado  |  March 19, 2019

As an English major with an affinity for writing fiction that most academics might consider less than "literary" (think: less William Shakespeare than William Peter Blatty), I often disagreed with my professors on many things. However, there is one piece of advice I received from one advisor that resonates with me even to this day: as a writer, the single most important book I'll ever read is The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.  Strunk & White, as it is known... Read More >

15 of the Best Consulting Firms for Gender Pay Equality

by Stephan Maldonado  |  March 08, 2019

On March 8th, we celebrate International Women's Day to honor the achievements of women around the globe and continue the fight for gender equality. One issue that serves as a critical focal point for this ongoing discussion is pay equality. More and more, employers are recognizing the inherent unfairness of paying men and women differently based on gender instead of merit. As Women's History Month continues beyond International Women's Day, we thought we'd take a look at which employers... Read More >

10 Business Books on the New York Times Best Sellers List Right Now

by Stephan Maldonado  |  March 05, 2019

From rivetting exposés to inspirational leadership advice, The New York Times Best Sellers List for business books has something for everyone. Here are ten bestsellers that MBA students and other business-minded individuals are reading right now:  1.) Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Carreyrou Number One on The New York Times bestsellers list is the explosive story of Theranos, the multibillion- Read More >

4 Ways to Make a Good Impression With Recruiters

by Stephan Maldonado  |  March 04, 2019

We recently explored how to identify the signs that your recruiter is a perfect fit for you. It's definitely important that when working with a recruiter, that person is well-suited to help you achieve your career goals beyond your MBA program. However, working with a recruiter is a reciprocal relationship; their job is to sell you to potential employers, and to do that, it's just as important that you're a good fit for them. In order to motivate a recruiter to work hard to place Read More >

7 Signs Your Recruiter Is a Perfect Fit

by Stephan Maldonado  |  February 26, 2019

Working with a recruiter from a staffing agency is a great way to help you navigate the job search. Recruiters work to place candidates with the companies that need their talent, and they play an important role in helping many people find their perfect job. A recruiter might reach out to you after seeing your resume on a job board or your profile on LinkedIn, or you might contact a staffing agency to be paired with a recruiter. Either way, finding the right recruiter for you is essential.... Read More >

President's Day Reading List: 8 Books Written by Former Presidents

by Stephan Maldonado  |  February 12, 2019

February is just an awesome time for reading. Honoring Black History Month exposes us to an entire world of compelling fiction and nonfiction written by some of the most talented and important Black voices today. Many of the winter holidays have passed, yet the weather is still cold enough to find you staying indoors, hopefully giving you the opportunity to get some reading done once you've exhausted your Read More >

5 Tips for Using Social Media to Stand Out as an MBA Student

by Stephan Maldonado  |  February 08, 2019

These days, it's pretty much a given that your social media presence matters. It matters when you're applying to a school or making your way through rounds of interview for your dream job-even when you're trying your hand at the online dating game. It also matters once you're on the job, or in the program. If you have an online presence, anybody with Wi-Fi and your last name is only a few keystrokes away from a virtual treasure trove of information about you. What they find can leave a... Read More >

How to Organize Your Workspace Using the KonMari Method™

by Stephan Maldonado  |  January 30, 2019

When Tidying Up with Marie Kondo hit Netflix on New Year's Day, it started trending almost immediately. Tidying Up, like Bird Box before it, practically generated its own memes, and it flooded our social media feeds with phrases like "sparking joy" and cheerful (if not occasionally misconstrued) tips for organizing our homes, and by extension, our lives. For those without Netflix, each episode of Tidying Up finds Marie Kondo Read More >

5 Tips for Staying on Track after a Long Weekend

by Stephan Maldonado  |  January 22, 2019

If you had Martin Luther King Jr. Day off this past Monday, you might be experiencing that post-long weekend slump many of us feel after returning to the office from a holiday. Your days are jumbled: Tuesday feels like Monday, and now that important deadline is tomorrow instead of the day after. Friday seems to have happened longer ago than it usually does, so what were you working on again? You can enjoy an extra day off without feeling overwhelmed when you go back to work-losing a work... Read More >

20 Common Resume Buzzwords (and What to Use Instead)

by Stephan Maldonado  |  January 16, 2019

January 18th is National Thesaurus Day: a chance to celebrate the complexity of words and the variety of creative ways to express yourself. Thesaurus Day recognizes Peter Mark Roget (born on January 18, 1779), who published the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases in 1852. Until the advent of the digital age, Roget's Thesaurus was one of the most widely used lexicons of the English Language-a staple among writers, students, and virtually anyone who's ever put pen to paper (or finger to... Read More >

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