A Wall Streeter turned tech startup junkie - I know what it’s like to feel stuck in a soul-sucking job and what it’s like to feel invigorated, inspired and excited to go to work every day. My goal is to get you from stuck to thriving in your job.
Helping catapult people’s confidence in their careers - especially my fierce females.
Breaking up with resumes. ;)
Taking a personal branding approach to the job search process and giving clients the WOW factor that employers are desperate for.
Talking about a rather taboo topic: Christianity in the workplace.
A coaching style that is firm, but kind. With a mixture of quick wit, come-to-Jesus moments and a swift kick in the tush, I push my clients in the direction they need to be successful.
My love of red wine.
I’m a career coach and entrepreneur who knows what it’s like to go through multiple career changes. I’ve worked on Wall Street as an investment banker, reported live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and scored a job at a growing career startup, The Muse, before launching my consulting practice full-time. My sweet spot is helping mid-to-senior level ambitious professionals articulate their personal branded career story to land their dream jobs via my signature program Recruit the Employer.
I’ve worked with 800+ clients from around the world, been featured on and written for Business Insider, Monster, Glassdoor, Bustle, The Muse and Grit & Virtue. My resume work is highlighted in the WSJ Bestseller The New Rules of Work and I’ve spoken at various panels, colleges and churches about the intersection of work, branding and faith.
On a more fun note: I recently moved to the Nashville area and spend my days exploring new coffee shops, loving on my new puppy Bentley, launching an entrepreneurial group called The Breakfast Club or sampling the best wine bars around.
In case you were wondering - I’m an Enneagram 3.
I was born on Friday the 13th. And yes, that makes me lucky not unlucky.
I became a Christian because of a coworker on Wall Street. That’s why I’m so passionate about people not having to be in ministry to minister to others.
I’ve run 2 half marathons and 2 Tough Mudders. Next up: a Sprint Tri!
Music was a huge part of my life growing up. I was in the musicals, did choir competitions and actually got a small voice scholarship at Lehigh.
My business name - Viviano Media Co - pays homage to my family’s macaroni company - Viviano Macaroni Co. (VIMCO)
While at the NYSE, I got to interview Jeff Gordon.
Started at Lehigh University
Switched majors 3 times before declaring Finance & Marketing
Interned in NYC and London for Citi
Started my job as an investment banking analyst
Took sales job at small startup, The Muse
Launched career coaching side hustle
Switched internally to Sales Trainer
Moved to Nashville & launched business full-time
Quit IB job & started at the NYSE
"Since working with Jena, I’ve received 2 promotions and have increased my yearly income by almost 30k!"
"I can confidently say working with Jena was one of the best decisions I could have made for my career. Jena helped me revamp my resume and LinkedIn so that it reflected my more creative side. She also helped me prep for interviews and we discussed everything from possible questions and scenarios to interview outfits. I’ve noticed a difference in the way I approach interviews now and the confidence I have in portraying my strengths definitely comes across. In the past year since working with Jena, I’ve received 2 promotions and have increased my yearly income by almost 30k! Not only is Jena great at what she does, she’s a sweetheart. She’ll make you feel at ease discussing the things that you’re having trouble with and will help you fix these issues so employers can see the amazing candidate you are. I would recommend Jena to anyone looking to get some career coaching." - Karen
"I walked away with a confidence that I would not have had otherwise."
"When I began working with Jena I found myself frustrated with the whole career discovery process – I was sending resumes out, applying for jobs that remotely interested me, and writing letters that would be never be returned. Within just a few minutes with Jena, I knew I had made the right decision. She coached me through networking and making meaningful connections, something I truly didn’t understand until she provided me with tips, a template and action items for marketing myself to potential employers. She helped me reflect on my own career goals through great questioning, impeccable listening and helpful homework that allowed self-discovery of what I wanted out of my next step. In just 6 weeks, Jena helped me revamp my ‘brand’ and how I was selling myself on paper and in person. I walked away with a confidence that I would not have had otherwise. It truly was a transformational experience that set me on the path toward a more meaningful career. " - Tyler
"Choosing to invest in the 1:1 Coaching Program was the best decision I made this year!"
"I am forever grateful for the time I spent working with Jena! She helped me go from completely lost, without any direction to focused and confident. We transformed my resume and LinkedIn profiles to show my experience and expertise in a way that I never could have done on my own. Jena gave me the tools to define my ideal career and encouraged me to push through my comfort zone to explore all of the options available to me. She even helped me navigate the emotional side of leaving my previous position on good terms. Working with her helped me create a plan, and kept me accountable through out the process. Choosing to invest in the 1:1 Coaching Program was the best decision I made this year." - Charlotte
"Sessions with Jena are edifying."
"Sessions with Jena are edifying; I have always walked away with deeper insight and clearer strategies for job-hunting, résumé-building, and advantageous networking. Jena takes a holistic approach with each of her clients--deep-diving not only into their professional backgrounds and interests, but taking the time to understand the individual's unique strengths and weaknesses. It is this approach that enables Jena to tailor the strategies and facilitate her clients' path to success. She's also a very warm person, easy to approach, and instantly likable due to her authenticity. Highly recommend!" - Minnie
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