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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Job Search Tips for International Students in the Age of Trump

by Derek Loosvelt  |  January 23, 2018

Potential changes in immigration rules and laws dominated headlines in 2017. And many of these changes could significantly impact international students' ability to find jobs and start careers in the U.S. So, last week, Vault again spoke with international student career expert Marcelo Barros. Vault asked Barros what he recommends international students do now to navigate the uncertain world of employment and H-1B visas in 2018 and beyond. Below is an excerpt of that conversat Read More >

3 Career Lessons from Spike Lee

by Derek Loosvelt  |  January 09, 2018

Three decades ago, a 29-year-old NYU film school grad named Spike Lee wrote, directed, produced, and acted in She's Gotta Have It, a feature-length film that launched one of the most successful careers in American film history. Since that first release, Lee, now 60, has put together an impressive film resume, which includes iconic features Read More >

The Biggest Workplace Stories of 2017

by Derek Loosvelt  |  December 11, 2017

These are the year's work-related stories that most consumed us and changed us, confused us and angered us. Here are the top workplace stories of 2017. 5. The distracting onslaught of political news lowers worker productivity. Hours after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, the onslaught began. Remember Sean Spicer? Alternative facts? How about crowd size, Steve Bannon, the immigration ban, and the Paris acco Read More >

What Is Bitcoin and How Do I Get a Bitcoin Job?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  December 05, 2017

The digital currency bitcoin turned nine years old this past October. And in the past few months, available bitcoin-related jobs have risen by more than 80 percent. In addition, some 100 hedge funds have recently been formed with the sole purpose of investing in bitcoin (and other digital currencies). All of which means bitcoin appears to be here to stay and is thus an industry well worth looking to join. Before getting into which types of Read More >

How to Be a Professional and Not Just an Employee

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 20, 2017

While some people think professionalism and being a professional is a state of mind, I say it's more about action: the things you do make you a professional, not the things you are. And here, below, are some of the basic things that true professionals do, in pretty much any industry, that set them apart from even their hardest-working colleagues. Read More >

10 Things Men Should Never Wear to an Interview

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 13, 2017

Two weeks ago, we posted a blog including a handful of interview-attire don'ts that were geared toward women. Today, we shift our focus to men. Here, below, are two handfuls of things men should never wear to an interview. 1. Unusual-color suits Gone are the days when men 100-percent absolutely have to interview in a blue or gray suit with a blue or white shirt, conservative tie, and black or brown leather shoes. Read More >

5 Tips for Reporting Sexual Harassment at Work

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 10, 2017

In the below video, Claire Dawson, an employment-law attorney in the U.K., offers several tips for anyone who believes they've been a victim of workplace sexual harassment. The tips focus on how to go about reporting harassment and how to get support if your mental or physical health have been affected. Although the video was produced a few years ago, it's perhaps never been more relevant than it is today. Here's some of the advice that Dawson covers: Read More >

When English Majors Earn More Than Engineers

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 07, 2017

It's commonly thought that if you major in a so-called STEM area (science, technology, engineering, math), then you're nearly assured of landing gainful employment upon graduation. And that if you do very well in one these majors, and go to a highly prestigious school, then you're more or less assured of receiving gainful employment with a very prestigious employer, perhaps even with one of the "Frightful Five" (Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Face Read More >

The Single Most Revealing Interview Question

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 01, 2017

Last week, Adam Bryant wrote his final Corner Office column for the New York Times. And I was sad to hear it was his last. Bryant's weekly interviews with CEOs (which I pointed to often during the past few years, such as Read More >

How to Answer the 3 Types of Tech Interview Questions

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 26, 2017

Kevin Dolan, the chief technology officer of Metric Collective, knows a thing or two about tech interviews. Dolan has been on both sides of the interview table dozens of times, and so he knows about both the common pitfalls and best answers when it comes to interviewing for top tech positions. In the video below, Dolan discusses how to nail the three types of tech interviews, which he breaks down as follows: 1. Quizzes These are questions about specific tech concepts and general computer... Read More >

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