A CEO clears hurdles fueled by early life lessons | Interview checklist: Portfolio, fancy pen, dental floss | Not sure the new gig will fit? Ask questions
April 26, 2017
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A CEO clears hurdles fueled by early life lessons
Leila Janah's childhood challenges as the daughter of immigrants who eventually divorced prepared her for the hurdles she would face as the founder and CEO of beauty brand LXMI and anti-poverty organization Samasource. "If you want anything great in life, you have to be willing to go through the very dark and painful moments of building something," she said.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/21) 
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Interview checklist: Portfolio, fancy pen, dental floss
Bring personalized business cards, a nice pen and a leather portfolio to your interview to appear more professional, Vicki Salemi writes. Carry dental floss with you and check your smile in the mirror just before the meeting.
Forbes (4/24) 
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Not sure the new gig will fit? Ask questions
Ask questions about performance measurement, communication and the average tenure of employees during the interview to ensure that a new company will be the right fit, writes Robin Reshwan.
U.S. News & World Report (4/24) 
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Retailers on the Rise
1 Atelier personalizes the ubiquitous designer bag
Business partners Stephanie Sarka and Frank Zambrelli met while working at Coach and last year launched 1 Atelier to give luxury shoppers a way to design their own one-of-a-kind bags. Customers design bags online from different shapes and materials, and the bags are handmade and delivered in 21 days.
CNBC (4/18) 
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Food keeps Costco competitive in the digital age
Food keeps Costco competitive in the digital age
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Eighty percent of Costco members cite groceries and food as the main reason for shopping there, giving the warehouse retailer an advantage when it comes to fending off Amazon and other online competition, according to Barclays. The category accounts for 57% of the retailer's total sales.
CNBC (4/21) 
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Retail has more to offer tech students than you might think
Today's digital and technology leaders are becoming retailers' most valued assets. And retailers are paying a premium for skilled hires, among other benefits the retail industry provides tech talent. Read the article.
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