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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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Which Font Is the Best for Your Resume?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 04, 2015

I'll give you a hint: it's not Comic Sans, it's not Times New Roman, and, as far as I know, it's the only font that's been the subject of a feature-length documentary film. Yes, Helvetica. Or should I say, Helvetica Yes! In any case, according to Bloomberg, "which asked three typography wonks which typefaces make a curriculum vitae look classiest," here's why the font is so well suited for your resume: "Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn't really lean in one direction or another. It feels... Read More >

Is Detroit the Coolest City to Work In?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 29, 2015

Detroit might not be the safest city, and it's certainly not the richest (in fact, it's the poorest), but it could very well be the coolest city to live and work in right now. Given that young people and creative people and especially young creative people have been largely priced out of New York, that the Bay Area is basically unaffordable for just about anyone who doesn't have a fair number of stock options, that Portland is overrun with unemployed mixologists, that Austin is still at... Read More >

Startup Jobs in Medical Marijuana

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 27, 2015

According to a handful of recent polls, a majority of Americans now support the legalization of medical marijuana. This means that legalization, if it hasn't already, is coming to a state near you. It also means that there'll be tons of cash up for grabs once medical marijuana is legal in your state. And so, if you aren't working for or investing in a medical marijuana startup, now might be a good time to get in on the action. To that end, Alex Thiersch, a medical marijuana private equity... Read More >

5 Banks That Care About Climate Change

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 22, 2015

Follow me @VaultFinance. Read More:Can Working on Wall Street Save Lives?Do Ivy League Grads Have More Fun on Wall Street?50 Best Investment Banks to Work For Read More >

6 Interview Tips From Tech Recruiters

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 16, 2015

There's no way around it: interviewing can be stressful. However, with a lot of preparation and, more important, the right kind of preparation, interview stress can be mitigated. To that end, below you'll find six interview tips from recruiters in the tech industry. These tips will help you prepare for an interview in this highly competitive field and should also help to alleviate a lot of your interview stress. The following was adapted from the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and... Read More >

50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 14, 2015

Follow me @VaultFinance. Read More:Big 4 vs. Regional Accounting Firms: Is the Gap Closing?10 Best Perks the Big 4 Offer 49 Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask Read More >

Is Working Remotely More Efficient?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 13, 2015

According to a recent study, 77 percent of employees say they're more efficient when working remotely rather than in the office. I, too, have found that I'm more efficient when working remotely. However, I'm not entirely sure why. And so, to try to get to the bottom of this, I spoke with Tim Eisenhauer, who's been working remotely for nearly 15 years with various startups and for the past nine years with a company he co-founded call Axero Solutions. Axero, which provides companies with a... Read More >

Why Is Silicon Valley So Un-Family-Friendly?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 08, 2015

I find it endlessly fascinating and perplexing that technology, which is supposed to better our lives and simplify them, often proves to complicate our lives and make them more difficult. And it's not just the products that do this but the companies themselves-the employers behind the products. Today, Silicon Valley, which is the stand in name for the tech industry (there are certainly tons of tech firms outside this tiny Northern California pocket), has largely taken the place of banking,... Read More >

Can Working on Wall Street Save Lives?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 06, 2015

I have a friend who's worked in BigLaw, for a big Wall Street bank, and for one of the biggest swinging hedge fund managers in the world. In other words, he's made very big bucks. In addition, he has donated a big amount of money to charities and worthy causes. Among a certain group of friends, he's the only person capable of cutting a several-thousand-dollar check when there's a worthy cause in need of funding-such as a girls' school in India, indigenous tribe in the Amazon fighting... Read More >

Is it Cool to Work for the IRS?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 06, 2015

According to the IRS it is. Thing is, the Internal Revenue Service is full of middle-aged employees nearing retirement age, and so the IRS needs some young blood to help it collect taxes and keep the country afloat. And to try to lure young folks into its ranks, the Service has unveiled a new campaign that makes it seem cool and hip to serve your country by making sure its citizens pay their fair share. Which does sound rather democratic. In any case, the following comes directly from the... Read More >

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