Finding Your Confidence for Interviews

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I am a big believer of the phrase, “fake it until you make it,” especially when it comes to interview for a job or meeting a potential new client. Chances are, the interviewer will notice if you are full of self-doubt and begin to doubt you as well. When you’re trying to sell yourself to a potential employer, even when you have no idea what you’re doing, you gotta have confidence!

At the end of the day, you are your

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Emily Stinchcomb

EmilyStinchcombFullEmily Stinchcomb is the founder of The Simplified Bedding concept.

Her goal was to introduce a convenient bedding solution to the retail marketplace that eliminates tangles and streamlines the bedding make-up and laundering process. The patented system keeps the top sheet securely in place via a seamlessly zippered-in flat sheet attached directly to the underside of the duvet cover.

Now that she has surpassed her goal on Kickstarter, she tells us some of the things she has learned along the way:

1) You can’t do it alone.

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Career Confidential: Jen Appel

JenAppelHeadshotFull name?: Jen Appel

Position / Job title?: CEO & Publicity Director of The Catalyst Publicity Group

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid I wanted to be an Interior Designer just like my mom. I had a passion for art from a very early age. Watching my mom pick out color samples to new furniture it really made me want to do just that. When I went to college I started in their Interior Design

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Ashley Tyrner

image004From living the dream in Malibu to being a single mother on food stamps to starting her own company in Manhattan, Ashley Tyrner is the true definition of a comeback story.

At age 27, with a newborn baby girl, Ashley became a food stamp recipient after a nasty divorce. She moved to New York City in 2011 for a new beginning and worked as a business manager in the fashion industry.

As a busy, working mother, Ashley had little time to shop for food products. However, she wanted to make sure

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Career Confidential: Shayna Leigh

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Full name?: Shayna Leigh

Position / Job title?: Singer-songwriter

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an entertainer. At a point I thought I would be an actor. There was a minute where I thought I might be a scientist. And I minute I thought about becoming a lawyer. But those minutes never lasted too long. I always found my way back to this.

Tell us what a typical work day looks

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Tips for hiring the right people

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When you are a freelancer, trying to hire new people can be scary. For the longest time I thought I could tackle everything myself, only to realize that meant working almost 24/7 to complete all my tasks. In the end I turned to outsourcing work I didn’t love or wasn’t great at, so I could keep my business running and focus on what I do best.

There is definitely a conundrum when it comes to hiring, especially if you’re in the

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Stacey Horowitz

Headshot2Stacey Horowitz is the Founder & CEO of Shopping for a Change (SFAC), a marketplace for fair trade products by artisans, artisan co-ops, and companies that employ artisans from economically disadvantaged areas.

Stacey’s story began in 2009 when she visited Peru with her family. She witnessed the ugly face of hunger and poverty in sharp contrast with the innate beauty of these regions first hand. Noticing the wealth of artistic talent passed down through generations, she knew that given the right circumstances, this could be their means to a

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Career Confidential: Neha Gajwani


Full name?: Neha Gajwani

Position / Job title?: CEO, SmackTom

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Early on, I found out that when you scribble a bit with a pen that’s not working, that it begins to write again. I imagined only I had this unique and magical gift, so I figured I had to use it in some way. I thought for certain I would grow up to be a pen doctor, and people would bring their pens

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Bouncing back from mistakes

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Mistakes are inevitable. No matter how hard you try to avoid them, no matter how well you keep tabs on projects; mistakes will happen and things will fall through the cracks. How you deal with a problem once it arises can make all the difference in how people ultimately feel about both you and the issue that arose.

Don’t let simple mistakes ruin your whole day, instead use these tools to lessen the blow a bit:

Admit the mistake

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Elizabeth Ghaffari

Elizabeth GhaffariElizabeth Ghaffari has an eclectic career spanning economics, technology, governance, and leadership studies. She is the author of three books on the topics of “how women do succeed – as corporate directors, as leaders in a wide variety of business activities, and how women view mentorship and their roles as mentors or mentees.

In her latest book, TAPPING THE WISDOM THAT SURROUNDS YOU: Mentorship and Women (Praeger, September 30th), readers will learn how to recognize invaluable mentorship and guidance all around them—from family members, at school, at work,

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