Book Review: The Career Code by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Powers


Title: The Career Code

Author: Hillary Kerr and Katherine Powers

Genre: Nonfiction, Self-help

Publisher: Abrams Image

Published: May 17, 2016

Page Amount: 208 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: 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.

Why Read: I am not usually the most interested girl in fashion or makeup, in fact – I rarely wear any at all due to a bizarre mixture of laziness and complete lack of caring. Despite all of this, I found myself interested in the whowhatwear phenomenon online and through that, a number of other lifestyle-focused websites. The Career Code was written by the two creators of this website, so naturally – it was right up my alley.

Review: The thing about self-betterment books is that they can be really quite irritating. What tone of voice used, how the reader is characterized is everything. Hillary Kerry and Katherine Power luckily have each other, and that for me, was the main selling point of the book. The two women have completely different upbringings, and therefore different ideas when it comes to business and how self-making your career can go.

The book is split into 26 or so different codes that women should follow in starting out a self-made career with style following a strategy. As someone who is currently “job-seeking,” I found the book enormously helpful and chock-full of both small and large tips. For instance, as a recent college grad – it’s intimidating to put your job experience first, rather than your academic experience. As Kerr puts it, it will always make you seem the student, rather than the qualified applicant that you are. Other advice I found helpful was to not only reach out to your contacts, but to attend career expos and reach out to middle-level managers at companies that inspire you.

Perhaps a lot of  this is knowledge that can be found online, but what also sold me on the book was how beautifully it is designed. I happen to have the book in hardback, and each of the pages are glossily designed to be somewhat like a coffee-table book, full of pictures and graphics that make each word seem more important. And despite a focus on a more entrepreneurial style career, a lot of the tips can be used for practically anything. I love too that they specify dressing for the job you want, not the one you have (something I need to personally work on).

I absolutely love this book. I love the casual style of writing, the graphic layout, the tips and tricks and little anecdotes that make it easy to customize your own solutions. For me, it’s a must read without question.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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