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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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 >

The Government Shutdown & the Private Sector: How Companies Feel the Impact

by Stephan Maldonado  |  January 14, 2019

The partial government shutdown, which began on December 22, 2018, continues with little indication of a resolution in sight. At 24 days and counting, it has become the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States. At least eight government departments are no longer operating beyond "essential" duties, impacting more than 800,000 federal workers who are either furloughed-placed on temporary, unpaid leave-or working without pay. The causes of the shutdown are well-known... Read More >

The Top Job Trends to Watch in 2019

by Stephan Maldonado  |  December 26, 2018

With 2018 winding down, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the biggest career trends coming up in the New Year. For all the job seekers, career changers, and everybody else who wants to know more about what to expect from 2019, here is a breakdown of some of the top industry trends and high-demand jobs to watch in the coming year. Five of the Top Jobs for 2019 Predicting job growth isn't an exact science. Keep in mind that each company or resource that releases a list... Read More >

10 Tips for Updating Your Online Portfolio

by Stephan Maldonado  |  December 18, 2018

There are plenty of reasons why an online portfolio might be exactly what you need to make a splash in the New Year. Perhaps you're an architecture student showcasing a project to bolster your internship applications. You might be a writer looking to build your readership through blogs and writing samples, or maybe you're a graphic designer highlighting successful freelance work to snag a promising new full-time position. Any creative professional or student entering a creative industry... Read More >

Do I Need a Website? An Answer to a Digital-Age-Old Question

by Stephan Maldonado  |  December 11, 2018

Websites are an incredible way to build a personal brand and take control of your online presence. It doesn't bear repeating that the job market is becoming increasingly digitized. These days, one of the first things an employer does is search for you online. What they find can tell them a lot about you and potentially set you apart from the rest of the applicant pool. What do you want people to find when they search for you? A Vault contributor defined persona Read More >

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