Derek Loosvelt

Derek Loosvelt

Derek Loosvelt is Vault's senior finance editor. Derek has a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. His writing has appeared in several online and print publications. Previously, he worked in investment banking as an M&A analyst and associate.


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How to Stop Worrying About Interviews and Learn to Lessen Your Stress

by Derek Loosvelt  |  June 19, 2018

Many people stress out about interviews and experience stress in interviews. The reason for this is many people treat interviews like performances, as though by interviewing they're performing some sort of one-person show. And so, to prepare for these solo performances, they try to memorize all sorts of lines (answers to questions such as the "strengths and weaknesses" question) and even long monologues (the "tell me about yourself" and "Read More >

Google or NASA: Which Employer Is More Prestigious?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  June 13, 2018

What employees really want out of a job is something that's continually on the minds of hiring managers and recruiters. It's also something that should be more on the minds of C-suites executives across the country. The reason for this is young jobseekers are increasingly rating "meaning" over "monetary rewards" when it comes to where they want to build their careers.  A recent example of this phenomenon can be seen in a survey of more 62,366 students at 352 universities done by the... Read More >

The Most Important Thing to Do When Receiving Negative Feedback

by Derek Loosvelt  |  June 05, 2018

No one likes getting negative feedback on their work. And yet, studies show that those who ask for negative feedback perform better and are more successful than those that don't. The reason for that is they're able to quickly change (or, at least, change faster than those not getting negative feedback) the things they're not doing well and thus they improve their overall performance. So, then, why don't more employees and managers ask f Read More >

David Sedaris' Commencement Advice That Your Parents Will Hate But You Will Love

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 30, 2018

If you're a fan of David Sedaris' essays, you're likely feeling like I am of the 2018 graduating class at Oberlin College: jealous. Jealous because, last Monday, the best-selling author and comic genius delivered the class of 2018 commencement address. In the address, Sedaris gave the class of 2018 much of the wisdom he'd gained in his 61 years. After passing Read More >

4 Takeaways from Starbucks' Racial-Bias Training

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 29, 2018

On Tuesday, Starbucks closed approximately 8,000 of its stores for four hours so some 175,000 employees could go through a "racial-bias training" session. The closings and training were a direct response to a recent i Read More >

How Cooking at Home Can Make You More Productive at Work

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 16, 2018

Cooking at home can save you money, but it can also eat up a lot of your time. That is, in the time it takes you to buy groceries, chop vegetables, heat your food, eat your food, then clean up, you can go out to dinner (or order in) and watch three episodes of Atlanta. And yet, there are some side effects of cooking at home that, overall, can save you time in your day. In fact, cooking at home can Read More >

The 7 Skills You Need to Get Hired Over a Robot

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 09, 2018

According to a recent study of 2,000 U.S. employers, 91 percent say they plan to increase headcount due to automation and the rise of AI. Which is certainly good news for American workers and jobseekers. But there is a catch: You need to have the right skills in order to succeed in this changing labor climate. And those skills, say the employers surveyed, are these seven: communication, customer service, collaboration, problem-solving, organizational, leadership, and management. Read More >

3 Career Lessons from CNN Anchor and Novelist Jake Tapper

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 07, 2018

Jake Tapper isn't afraid of conflict. The CNN anchor and debate moderator is well known for asking his subjects and guests tough questions. So much so that The Washington Post has called him "tenacious," "a merciless slayer of alternative facts," and "the dogged deflator of political egos." It's likely that you've seen Tapper's contentious interviews of trusted Donald Trump advisors Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway (trusted Read More >

How to Save Your Career When AI Kills Your Job

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 02, 2018

If someone tells you they're sure that when artificial intelligence has infiltrated every corner of our working lives there will be plenty of jobs to go around, they are: a) lying, b) a human being, or c) both. Which is to say no single human can be certain what the future of work will look like when AI is as common as a head cold. That said, there are certainly some very knowledgeable human beings putting in a fair amount of time and effort into trying to predict what the future of work... Read More >

The 5 Best Benefits Big 4 Firms Offer

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 25, 2018

Last week we released our new Accounting 50, a ranking of the best accounting firms to work for. The rankings were based on our annual Accounting Survey, the most recent of which surveyed more than 8,800 accounting professionals, asking them about life at their firms (they were asked to rate their firms in categories like hours, work/life balance, compensation, training, and more). Of those surveyed, approximately half (around 4,000) work for one of the Big 4 professional service Read More >

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