On a mission to make Zappos' staffers smile | How not to score the gig | Want to ace the interview? Take questions in your stride
August 16, 2017
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On a mission to make Zappos' staffers smile
As the resident "fun-gineer" at Zappos, Tyler Williams' mission is to brighten the days of the online retailer's 1,500 employees. The former drummer scored his first gig at the company on the strength of his video highlighting Zappos' 10 core values, and worked his way from the call center into a job whose description he created.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/4) 
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How not to score the gig
Never bad-mouth a previous boss, ask questions that have already been covered or admit you don't have an answer to a question, writes Lillian Childress. Other offer killers: admitting you don't have relevant experience and implying the gig would be a stepping stone to something bigger.
Fast Company online (8/14) 
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Want to ace the interview? Take questions in your stride
You know the interview went well if none of the hiring manager's questions threw you, writes Amy Elisa Jackson. If you weren't surprised by anything, it's likely you appeared to be informed and confident.
Glassdoor (8/11) 
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Retailers on the Rise
HuesBox aims to supply beauty needs for women of color
Sisters Jenae and Jasmine Harris started subscription beauty service HuesBox last year to provide products designed for women of color. The business filled a gap left by other services that cater primarily to white women and tapped into the $7.5 billion black women spend on beauty products each year.
CNBC (8/7) 
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8 Myles founder discusses his recipe for entrepreneurial success
Myles Powell developed his 8 Myles line of gourmet sauces and seasonings through his penchant for creating out-of-the-box combinations with flavors, and he has worked hard to grow his brand from selling at neighborhood farmers' markets to national distribution through deals with Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma. When "someone tries my sauce and their face lights up, for me that's success," Powell said during an episode of NRF's "Retail Gets Real" podcast.
National Retail Federation (8/14) 
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Noteworthy from NRF
Next Generation Scholarship provides $1,500 to attend Student Program in NYC
Did you know? Up to two students per NRF University Member school who submit an eligible application for the Next Generation Scholarship will receive a travel stipend of up to $1,500 to attend the Student Program at Retail's BIG Show. Recipients will be ambitious, adaptable and have the potential to impact the future of retail. Apply today.
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3 reasons your school should be an NRF University Member
If you're seeking to connect with top retail companies for career opportunities, attend one-of-kind educational experiences and gain access to nationally-recognized scholarship programs, partner with the NRF today. NRF is dedicated to helping young professionals take their careers to the next level and building the next generation of retail leaders. Learn more.
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