Starting Out

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Hayley Barna

Hayley Barna/Starting Out

Co-founder, Birchbox

A: I would tell her the same thing my mom told me. While it might seem that your first job is an incredibly important decision, it is only a first step ...

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Cortney Novogratz

Cortney Novogratz/Starting Out

Co-Founder/Designer, The Novogratz

A: Surround yourself with people in the field that you think you would like to work in. Offer to work for free or intern at first. Spread the word to everyone. ...

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Dee Poku

Dee Poku/Starting Out

CEO & Co-founder, WIE Network

A: Don’t stress out about your first job. Your first job doesn’t define you so just try and find a great position doing work that you like and use that time ...

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Lauren Maillian Bias/Starting Out

Founder & CEO, LMB Group

A: Work harder than expected, do more than you’re asked, always be genuine.

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Caroline Ghosn Levo League portraits

Caroline Ghosn/Starting Out

Co-founder & CEO, Levo League

A: 1. Negotiate your starting salary. Even in our first year out of college, women make 88 cents to a man's dollar - the pay gap starts immediately. 2. Do your research ...

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Rachel P. Goldstein

Rachel Goldstein/Starting Out

President, Agent of Change

A: Intern at a company that interests you. Get as much experience as possible but never sit still. Start with your breath every morning and stay in tune with your body ...

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