Steve Cadigan

Steve Cadigan

Founder & Talent Hacker

Cadigan Talent Ventures

Santa Fe, NM USA

Your job doesn’t define who you are as a human being—look at your working life as just a journey.


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Steve Cadigan

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My road in life took a while to figure out.
Growing up, my father was a minister and my mother ran a few daycare centers—watching them ask other people for money throughout their careers, I knew I didn’t want to follow the same path.
In college, I majored in history because I liked the subject, but I had no real ambition about what I was going to do for a living.
During my senior year, a fashion company from San Francisco made me a job offer, so after graduation, I moved from the East Coast to California to work in the company’s credit department.
After about a year and a half in the department, I realized it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing, so I transferred to human resources to work in recruiting and fell in love with the work.
About a decade into working in human resources for various industries, I decided that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life—and I wanted to become great at it, so I got my master’s degree.
I joined the team at LinkedIn in 2009 as vice president of talent, and took the company from a private firm of 400 employees, through an IPO, and helped it become the powerhouse it is today.
I started my own business, Cadigan Talent Ventures, where I do a lot of career coaching and advising for students and professionals.
I’m also a sought-after speaker and advisor—I’ve delivered conferences at Stanford University and the Harvard Business Review Summit, and advised companies like Twitter, Google, and Eventbrite.
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High School
History, General
Wesleyan University
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
University of San Francisco


Founder & Talent Hacker

I help leaders and organizations build compelling talent solutions for today and tomorrow.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Working with Others

Day to Day

I work with individuals and organizations to forge talent solutions. I help envision creative approaches to help individuals find success. This includes speaking to people and helping them to figure out their skills, interests, and passions and then speaking with companies to determine the type of employees they need to achieve more success. I also present at conferences on a variety of topics, including the future of talent, building high performing organizations, and building culture.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The ability and willingness to ask for help is crucial in any work environment. I've found that my desire to keep learning and educating myself has provided me with a lot of success in various industries. The ability to think critically and communicate different ideas is also an invaluable skill that everyone should develop.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

I believe that who you know and how they can help you is more important than what you know. There will be times in your life when you need to ask for help, so having a good network of peers that can help and support you is incredibly important. Many people think asking for help is a sign of weakness, but it's actually a sign of strength.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't do this."

Challenges I Overcame

School Stress
Career Change