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Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus is Vault’s Associate Law Editor. She received her B.A. in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School. She has worked for a literary magazine and a publisher focused on nonfiction music titles. Now she writes career advice content for Vault’s blog (most notably for the undergrad blog) and works on Vault's various law guides. She always told her parents she'd never be an attorney—they think her current position is extremely funny.

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Professional Etiquette Basics: Unspoken Rules and How to Navigate Them

by Kaitlin McManus | February 25, 2020

Being new to the workplace means that you might not know some of the unspoken rules. Let's review some of the basics of professional etiquette so you can start your career off on the right foot.

Do You Need an Objective on Your Resume?

by Kaitlin McManus | February 17, 2020

Putting an objective on your resume has been common for the last few years, but is it necessary? Read on to find out.

Diverse Voices: A Black History Month Reading List

by Kaitlin McManus | February 11, 2020

Diverse voices are crucial in all facets of life—from the workplace to the media we consume. In honor of Black History Month, we've compiled a reading list of some of the best contemporary works by black authors.

What’s the Number One Skill Employers Seek?

by Kaitlin McManus | January 31, 2020

Employers generally want their candidates to be well rounded, with a variety of skills and attributes. But what's the one that they value most? Read on to find out.

What Even Is Business Casual?

by Kaitlin McManus | January 24, 2020

Business casual is slowly becoming the standard for office dress codes. But what does it mean, really? We break down the dos and don'ts of business casual.

Are You a Bad Emailer? Best Practices for Written Communication

by Kaitlin McManus | December 31, 2019

Email is one of the most important tools of communication—but are you using it well? Check out some tips and tricks to being a better communicator at work.

Winter Break Career Prep

by Kaitlin McManus | December 24, 2019

With prime recruiting season around the corner, winter break is the perfect time to get organized for your job search. Here are four goals to strive for over the next few weeks so that you are ready to land your dream gig.

Thank You, Thank You—Writing a Thank You Note After a Legal Interview

by Kaitlin McManus | December 19, 2019

Sending a thank you note after a legal interview can help you reaffirm your interest in the employer, as well as stand out among candidates. Whether you’re in the middle of 1L interviewing, wrapping up OCI, or breathing a sigh of relief after a long day of callbacks, here is some advice for crafting an effective post-interview thank you.

5 Recession-Proof Industries

by Kaitlin McManus | December 03, 2019

Rumors of an eventual economic downturn have been cropping up in the last half of this year. These five industries have weathered past recessions well, which may make them stable options to consider if the economy dips.

How to Network at Family Gatherings

by Kaitlin McManus | November 26, 2019

Being on the job hunt is tough, but luckily the holidays are just around the corner! Family gatherings are a great networking opportunity—check out our advice on navigating the holidays while looking for a job.

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