An Inspiring CEO Shares the Mantra That Could Change Your Career

In honor of our co-founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($13), we’re running an interview series featuring 17 questions (to parallel the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of inspirational female leaders who are at the top of their fields. We last spoke with interior design maven Kelly WearstlerThis week, we quizzed Kathryn Minshew, CEO and co-founder of career website The Muse, to find out how she turned a fledgling idea into a thriving business with over five million users. 


Have you ever had a moment when you wondered if you were in the right field? Or perhaps you took a job and realized that it wasn’t at all what you thought it would be? While the rest of life’s most mundane needsfrom finding a cab to ordering takeout—have gotten a tech upgrade, the tools for finding—and landing—the job of your dreams stayed woefully in the aughts.

Tired of archaic job-hunting tools, Kathryn Minshew decided it was time for change. The 30-year-old quit her prized job in consulting to live off “ramen and hope” while building the business that she believed would help millions. With less than $3000 in personal funding, Minshew launched The Muse, an all-encompassing destination where career coaches, listings, and industry information are a click away—packaged in a slick, millennial-friendly website that promises to make “office culture” a priority.

After launching in 2011, The Muse has since overtaken its fair share in the job-board marketplace, having serviced more than 50 million users and growing in five million new users every month. She’s been hailed twice by Forbes in its annual 30 Under 30 list and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, where she shares lessons she’s learned as a young CEO. Naturally, we turned to the inimitable entrepreneur to get her tips for starting a business, how she manages her schedule, and what she wears to blitz a meeting (there’s one item she swears by for “instant badass vibes”). Meet your new career muse, Kathryn Minshew.

Ready to put Minshew’s inspiring career advice into action? Shop The Career Code to transform your work life.