I’m thrilled to announce that Firsthand is leveling up. We’ve been acquired and are joining forces with Vault, the leader in employer rankings and career guides. Both companies were founded on the idea of democratizing access to great careers. By integrating Vault’s unique content with Firsthand’s engagement platform, we aim to take that mission to a whole new level. Combined, the new entity will serve more than 500 higher education institutions and over 8 million users annually.

For the staff, students, and alumni who rely on Firsthand and Vault, it will be business as usual for now. You’ll be able to interact with the products and our teams as you always have. I’ll be heading the new Vault-Firsthand division, and the entire Firsthand team is coming with me. We’ll be joining forces with the exceptionally capable team at Vault and our new corporate parent, Infobase. As we begin merging Vault and Firsthand over the course of 2021, you can expect us to announce some improvements and a more streamlined experience between the two services. 

I’ve been a fan of Vault since college. For an international student and total career outsider like me, the Vault guides were my bibles. They offered what at the time was a radically transparent view of life inside the companies everyone wanted to work for. In doing so, they turned vague but lofty career goals into something that was real and attainable for a generation of job seekers, including me. It’s no wonder Howard Stern in 1999 called Vault.com “the greatest idea I’ve ever heard.”

We were heavily inspired by Vault when we founded Evisors.com, the precursor to Firsthand. The idea was to go beyond the insights a guide could give you, by making it personal and connecting you one-on-one with someone who worked where you wanted to work. 

In some ways, this acquisition takes us full circle, but we’re also blazing light-years ahead. Pairing Vault’s robust rankings and content with Firsthand’s engagement platform means we can deliver personalized career guidance more contextually, on a grander scale, and to brand- new audiences. 

For the hundreds of employers who work with Vault, we’ll have an unmatched ability to surface, segment, and target potential job seekers. Overall, that means time and money saved. It means better informed job seekers and better informed employers. It means more meaningful connections and a more democratic path to putting the best candidates in the best jobs.

I’d like to give a big shout-out to the Firsthand team and everyone who helped us get to where we are today. I’d also like to thank our clients of 10+ years for putting their faith in us and helping us grow. Our commitment to the mission of democratizing careers and to supporting the success of enrollment, career, and alumni offices remains rock solid. We’re excited to get started on our journey together as we work hard to give our academic institutions, employers, students, and alumni a big upgrade.

If you’d like to learn more about how Firsthand or Vault could help your organization engage its audience and improve outcomes, please click below to learn more about:

Firsthand’s Engagement Platform for prospects, student, and alumni

Vault Campus‘s career intelligence offering for universities

Vault’s Recruitment Marketing offering for employers