Happy, passionate, fulfilling, growth-filled. That’s what I strive for in my own career, and I’m passionate about helping others do the same.

I’ve run the gamut of career experiences: I worked at a political-polling start-up as the first employee (and saw it grow to 30+ and get acquired), I worked at Google for 5+ and saw it grow from 4,000 employees to 30,000, and I recently left Google after five and a half years at the company to pursue life as a solopreneur. During my time at Google I worked for over five years in training, coaching, career development and Authors@Google. I’m also a certified Co-Active Coach who helps people find fulfilling careers they can thrive in – no matter what form that takes.

The posts below are a sampling of my own career experiences, philosophies, and exercises to help you assess what’s next and build a kick-butt career.

Start here: Career Planning and Optimization

My own career path: From Start-up to Google to Solopreneur

You don’t have to pursue your passion full time: Thoughts on side hustles

Philosophy on Career Development

Full Archive:

Written by Jenny Blake One of my biggest goals this quarter has been taking the Pivot Podcast pro. Ladies and gentlemen, that time has come! For the last year, I have been sporadically recording episodes on my iPhone mic and uploading to SoundCloud—the bare bones basics. I knew if I didn’t start somewhere, however scrappy, I would never make […]

Written by Jenny Blake In Part One we talked about ditching the “spray and pray” networking approach, instead identifying clear goals for a small set of people that you are most excited to connect with this year. In Part Two, relationship-building expert Michael Roderick shared his daily GATE strategy: Give, Ask, Thank, and Experiment. Today’s […]

Written by Jenny Blake In the kick-off post we talked about setting clear relationship-building goals: who are your people? Who is on your wishlist for friends, career contacts, and groups? How do you prefer connecting with new people, and recharging afterward? Once you have narrowed down who you are most excited to connect with, it […]

Written by Jenny Blake Lots of exciting learning opportunities for solopreneurs and side hustlers this Fall! We are in the thick of back to school mode, so sharpen your pencils—and your marketing and systems skills—with an awesome suite of offerings In honor of my birthday on Friday, I’m giving you a present! Pay-what-you-want pricing for my […]

Written by Anna Davda “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. […]

Written by Melissa Anzman Last week, I hit my ceiling for drama tolerance at a company I’ve been working with. Over the past several months, I tried troubleshooting, I asked for guidance, I talked to all of the people I could to get some traction, I elevated my concerns, I did… everything to improve the situation. […]