'Who What Wear's' Hillary Kerr Cracks 'The Career Code'

Michael Kovac
Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

"Mostly I’m just excited for it to go out and have its own life, that it helped in some way. That is what it was meant to do."

"We wanted to create something that was actionable and practical and useful, so that people could really read it and then go out and follow it and create their own best career," digital darling Hillary Kerr tells The Hollywood Reporter of her newest co-authored tome, The Career Code.

The book — the third from the co-CEOs of Clique Media Group (Who What Wear, MyDomaine, Byrdie, Obsessee) Kerr and Katherine Power — is a modern-day guide to navigating one’s career written in a smart, well-heeled fashion. Considering Who What Wear, the blog-turned-powerhouse fashion institution, is about to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, it's safe to say that the former Elle editors know a thing or two. In their latest book, they get down to the nitty-gritty of the workplace in 27 “life hacks” — without the anecdotal fluff of a memoir. (Think: Where Sophia Amoruso's #Girlboss left you hanging.)

A stand-out in a sea of hundreds of books on the subject,The Career Code is the cool-girl's guide to improving one’s career. This book isn’t just all about fashion and how to post a great Instagram, but rather gives thoughtful insight about how to conduct oneself on social media as well as advice on the dreaded "what to wear to an interview" quandary. The ladies also emphasize that evergreen, albeit, old–fashioned, advice never goes out of style: "Don’t interrupt, especially when the person you’re trying to get a job from is talking,” and the earth-shattering “never present a problem without a solution,” included.

The phrase, "create your own experience” is an easy to understand concept that Kerr believes has revolutionized the workforce for women. "If someone cares so much about something that they’re willing to come home at night to work on their side project, their side hustle — give it their everything — then, even if the taste level isn’t quite there, or they need something else in some way, I know that the drive is there and the desire is there. And you can’t teach that.”

Perspective is one of the key gifts of The Career Code; a recent college grad and a well-seasoned CEO can equally gain insight from the book. “We’ve all dated someone who’s good on paper, the one for you, and sometimes you have to look outside just what you think you might want to look at what people are actually doing to prove themselves,” says Kerr. This book isn’t for those that twiddle their thumbs hoping a dream job falls from the sky. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and do the work — and you now have your guide.

"I think ultimately, when you love what you do, and your work is fulfilling, and you enjoy your career, that empowers you in every other aspect of your life and helps you make better decisions in general and makes you a happier person and who doesn’t want to be happy?” laughs Hillary. "Light stuff.”


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