The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career

The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career

by Hillary Kerr, Katherine Power


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The co-founders of the hugely successful Who What Wear empire share their best career advice for smart, stylish, self-starting women of all professional levels.

In The Career Code, the third book in the smash-hit Who What Wear series, fashion and digital entrepreneurs Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr bring you the Everygirl’s guide for creating your own professional success, on every level, flawlessly. The book is filled with insightful, pragmatic “career codes” to follow, as well as all of the practical, how-to advice they’ve learned while building their company from zero employees in 2006, to the thriving, multibrand, multiplatform, multi-million dollar company it is today.

In this approachable, authoritative, and inspirational book, you will find the most useful and accessible tips and tricks to strategically build your career into exactly what you want it to be, from negotiating your salary to avoiding the biggest mistake most people make when they quit. Chapters include advice on résumé building, dressing for the job you want, and how to effectively communicate at work—even with the most difficult colleagues—all done with the Who What Wear girls’ practical and polished signature style. It gives you total insight into how you can excel at work in every arena, whether you’re just starting your very first job, contemplating switching fields, or finally a boss who’s building her own team. The Career Code also includes over 20 of Hillary and Katherine’s best “life hacks” to ensure your out-of-office life runs just as smoothly as your career.

Take your ambition to the next level and give your career the stylish edge it deserves. This is the must-have handbook for every woman at every stage of her career, no matter where she sits in the boardroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419718021
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,112,803
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power are the cofounders of Clique Media, which includes,, and They are the authors of two other books: Who What Wear: Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life (2009) and What To Wear, Where: The How-To Handbook for Any Style Situation (2011). Prior to the launch of, Kerr was a Los Angeles–based writer for publications such as ELLE, Teen Vogue, and Nylon; Power was the West Coast editor for ELLE and ELLEgirl. Both authors live in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: #thisisnotamemoir 8

1 Find Something You Love to Do, and Then Figure Out a Way to Get Paid for it 16

2 Your Résume Speaks Before You Do, So Make Sure It's Articulate 24

3 Interview like a Boss 38

4 Social Media Should Help You, Not Hurt You 50

5 Dress for the Job You Want, Not the Job You Have 56

6 When In Doubt, Err on the Side of Formality and Professionalism 76

7 The Most Proactive People Win 82

8 Resourcefulness Is Next to Godliness 88

9 Avoid Death by (Mis)Communication 92

10 Never Present a Problem Without a Solution 98

11 It's Who You Know That Gets You There, and What You Know That Keeps You There 102

12 Quantify Your Worth 108

13 Hire Well, Delegate Better 114

14 Have Specific, Clearly Defined Goals, and Write Them Down 128

15 Manage Your Stress Like It's Your Job 136

16 "That's Not My Job" 142

17 Your Last Impression Is the Only One That Counts 144

Bonus: 27 Life Hacks to More You More Efficient, Effective, and Happier (and Your Life Less Stressful!) 150

Acknowledgments 166

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