Career success doesn’t come easy, and unfortunately, there isn’t a magic formula to follow to land your dream job. However, there are steps you can take to get yourself closer to pursuing a career you love! It just takes hard work, dedication, and learning from the pros.
Here at Bloguettes, we’re always looking for new ways to improve ourselves and grow in our careers. So, when we heard about the book The Career Code, and knew we had to give it a read! It’s written by #girlbosses Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power, the founders of WhoWhatWear!
Read along as our Photography Director shares her thoughts on the book and how she’s applying what she learned to her career!
Bloguettes Book Club: The Career Code
What is the overall gist of the book? What is it striving to achieve?
The book is basically every girl’s guide for creating your own professional success, on every level! From finding your perfect job, résumé building, dressing for the job you want, and how to effectively communicate at work, this book shares many tips and tricks to strategically build your career into exactly what you want it to be!
What audience is the book geared towards?
The book is geared towards women in every stage and step of their career!
Did you have any preconceived notions about the topic? Did this book teach you anything new?
I knew the book was going to be about building your career and achieving professional success, but the book offers a lot of insight in other areas as well! In the last chapter, “27 Life Hacks” Kerr & Power give tips on outfit planning, good sleep habits, and time management!
What are some things mentioned in the book that you have implemented in your daily life?
There are so many things that I have implemented into my daily life but here are a few things that stood out to me!
Code #14 “General Goals 101”
In this chapter, Kerr & Power talk about setting goals for yourself and how to go about doing it. I love making lists so I was super excited for this! Sometimes, I feel like there are so many things I want to accomplish, but I get overwhelmed and find myself not knowing where to start! The first thing they suggest doing is to physically write down all of your dreams and goals on a piece of paper. This is important and helps you to really visualize everything. Once you have written them down, create a step-by-step plan to achieve them and set deadlines. I have started doing this and feel much more motivated on the goals I want to achieve and feel like I am making progress both personally and professionally. I’ve also learned to reflect on them often to measure the progress I’m making and to celebrate every success!
Code #10 “Never present a problem without a solution.”
I love this tip because being a problem solver shows that you care, that you’re thinking strategically, and that you’re a team player-all good things!
"Being a problem-solver shows that you care, that you're thinking strategically, and that you're a team player."
Did anything in this book surprise you?
Not really! The book met all of my expectations. 🙂
There were so many awesome quotes in this book, but here are a few of my faves!
“Find something you love to do, and then figure out a way to get paid for it.”
This is so important because I think ultimately, when you love what you do and you enjoy your career, your work will be fulfilling and that will empower you in every other aspect of your life and make you a happier person!
“One of the keys to getting what you want in life and in your career is having clear cut goals that you systematically plan for, and go-after.”
Because of this book, do you think you are better equipped for the future and your career?
Totally! From communicating with co-workers, to learning how to delegate better, and even managing stress at work and at home to create a better work life balance. I have learned so many new things from this book that I can apply right now and to the future.
If you could go back to when you were first starting out your career and tell yourself any “Codes” from the book, what would it be?
I really liked the resume and interview tips and would definitely recommend them!