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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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Dear Class of 2013

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 22, 2013

Dear Class of 2013, I know what you're thinking. 'Why didn't I just drop out of high school, create a simple blog service, then sell the darn thing to a company down on its luck for a you-know-what's-cool one billion dollars?'  No, seriously. College is much more than a path to gainful unemployment. It's about connecting with your peers. It's about sitting in your dorm room, alone, eating Doritos, Facebooking, tweeting Kierkegaard and Louis CK quotes, choosing between the Early Bird and... Read More >

27 Interview Questions That Weed Out the Weak on Wall Street

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 15, 2013

If you're preparing to interview for a position in investment banking, sales and trading, or investment management, it's likely you've already practiced answering a host of interview questions, including: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why do you want to work for this firm in particular? How do you value a company? Can you walk me through a DCF? Can you pitch me a stock I should buy? Can you tell me about a time when you worked on a team? Why are you interested in finance? What... Read More >

Vault's Working Parent Survey: Do Women Even Want It All?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 09, 2013

Can women have it all? Do women want it all? What do women have to sacrifice to have it all? If women could do it all over again, would they stay at home after having children? Stay at their jobs? Work less? More? Are working mothers happy with their employers? Ticked off at them? If so, why? And what can and should employers do differently to accommodate working mothers?  These are just a few of the questions Vault aimed to address last month when surveying more than 1,000 professionals... Read More >

LinkedIn: The King of Social Recruiting

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 07, 2013

LinkedIn recently turned 10 years old. And the Mountain View, Calif.-based social network has much to celebrate. Founded in 2003, LinkedIn now has 225 million users worldwide, and its share price has nearly doubled since the firm's 2011 IPO. Meanwhile, other highly anticipated social media IPOs have fared rather poorly. Facebook's shares have fallen 40 percent since going public last year, and Zynga's shares have fallen nearly 70 percent since going public at the end of 2011. Perhaps most... Read More >

Dimon, Blankfein, or Gorman: Which CEO Sounds Most Like a CEO?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 25, 2013

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal cited a new study showing that the way you talk-your pitch, tone, and vocal tics-strongly influences how others see you. For example, if you have a quiet voice, you're seen as weak; if your tone is high-pitched, immature; and if you ... um, like, uh ... stumble over words, not so smart. In fact, the study shows that your "voice matters twice as much as the content of the message," and that "a strong, smooth voice can enhance your chances of rising... Read More >

PwC Ranks No. 1 in Latest Vault Accounting 50

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 15, 2013

From December 2012 through February 2013, more than 7,900 accounting professionals took the Vault Accounting Survey, the results of which are used to compile our annual accounting rankings. And this year, New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers was the big winner, as it ranked No. 1 in the top two categories: the Vault Accounting 50 (a ranking of the firms deemed the "best to work for") and Prestige (the most prestigious firms to work for). This year marked the first time that PwC took the... Read More >

At Big 4, Men More Satisfied Than Women

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 11, 2013

This coming Monday, on Tax Day-which is either your least favorite day of the year or your favorite, depending upon how many deductions you take, how many dependents you have, and which tax bracket you fall into-Vault will be releasing its annual ranking of the top accounting firms in North America. We'll be unveiling which firms topped the latest Vault Accounting 50 (a ranking of the "best accounting employers to work for"), which firms topped the Vault Prestige Rankings ("the most... Read More >

When Parents Lean In at Work, Do Kids Suffer at Home?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 03, 2013

In article after article in the aftermath of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer ending working-from-home options, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg publishing Lean In, about the only related subject I haven't read much if anything about is children. That is, I've came across little about children whose parents' work/life balance tips more toward work than life. In fact, there's such a void on the subject that I decided to hit the street, which is to say playground, where I came across two kids whose... Read More >

Why Google’s a Great Place to Work and Your Company Isn’t

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 26, 2013

Quick, without spending more than two seconds to think about it, answer this yes-or-no question: Do you love your job? If you answered no, then you're in the majority (a recent study showed that more than half of U.S. workers hate their jobs). In addition, if you answered no, there's a good chance the following statements are true: 1) your employer couldn't care less about your happiness, 2) you feel no loyalty to your employer, and 3) your employer is likely not very innovative, nor is it... Read More >

A Day in the Life of the Pope

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 20, 2013

Do you know what it takes (and how much Leaning In is necessary) to rise to the C-suite of the Catholic Church? Or why the Church always elects popes with more than six decades of experience? Or what the heck the Pope actually does all day? Although I don't know the answer to the first two questions, I do know the answer to the third. And so below is a summary of a day in the life of the Pope (which, while perhaps not as busy as a day in the life of a certain CEO of a certain Wall Street... Read More >

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