Creator, Founder and Chief Encouragement Officer at Recruit the Employer, Jena is an ex-Wall Streeter turned career coach and entrepreneur. She started out her career as an investment banker, transitioned to the New York Stock Exchange where she reported live from the trading floor and then made a massive pivot into sales at the career advice startup, The Muse.
Over the past 5+ years, Jena has worked with 800+ clients from around the world, been featured on and written for Business Insider, Monster, Glassdoor, Bustle, The Muse and Grit & Virtue. Her favorite thing? Creating courses and presentations for companies LinkedIn, LinkedIn Learning and professional organizations like YPO.
Outside of Recruit the Employer, you can find her bopping around Nashville with her husband Brent or serving faith-based female entrepreneurs over at Jena Viviano & Co.
— Jena Viviano
"Once women truly own and understand the value they bring to the workplace - they become unstoppable."
Jenn Smith is one of our fearless Career Coaches over here at Team RTE. And boy, does she know what companies are looking for when it comes to hiring top talent. As a former talent acquisition and HR leader whose experience spans more than 15 years across multiple industries – she has recruited, coached, and hired hundreds of professionals in positions ranging from human resources, finance, and engineering, to IT, sales and operations.
Jenn is known for being 110% career driven with a bias for taking action. She has been told this passion for career and business is called a “voluntary obsession” and she’s totally OK with that.
As a career crusader, Jenn is on a mission to support heart-based + career-minded professionals navigate the changing world of work by resetting boundaries and igniting action to live their happiest, healthiest lives.
I'm so happy you're here.
Fortunately (and unfortunately!) I know a thing or two about being miserable at work and asking, "Is this what I worked so hard for?!"
I also know a thing or two about realizing that what you got your degree in is NOT what you want to be doing in your career.
In 5 years, I worked at 3 companies and had 4 jobs. Needless to say, I had to become expert at reinventing and selling myself.
Me and my team want to help you do the same.
Here's the thing though: You have to be willing to invest in yourself.
You've unfortunately been fed the lie that the only way to invest in your career is through formal education. Or that you should just magically "know" how to get a job.
Friends, hear me when I say that the DIY approach will only get you so far.
We have seen that the most successful women invest in themselves....specifically with personal and professional development and coaching.
Are you ready to be a successful woman?
Courtney keeps the Recruit the Employer ship running. Have you read our podcast shownotes? Courtney writes those. Or been at one of our live workshops? Courtney is the one making sure you all get the TLC you need.
As Jena's Executive Assistant, Courtney not only makes sure all the nitty gritty details get tended to - she also helps keep Jena organized and on track. Prior to working with us at Recruit the Employer, she has spent the past decade working from home in medical administration and transitioned to being a virtual executive assistant in 2019.
Courtney currently lives in Alabama with her husband, Josh, and five kids – Gabe, Elijah, Jo, Sam, and Abby Kate. When she’s not helping Jena with her to-do list, you can find Courtney snuggling with her kids on the couch watching Disney movies, drinking sweet tea and eating chocolate.
click on your answer for a fun quiz!
Jena's favorite cocktail is...
Margarita. Anytime. Anyplace.
Always add salt!
Jenn's favorite Saturday night would be...
That waterside patio life with her husband!
cups of coffee
followers on linkedin
times we've said,
"Your resume isn't the (only) problem"
To celebrate her Mondays with The Monday Method: specifically planning something FUN for the middle of your Monday.
Follow her #MondayMethod journey on LinkedIn.
Jena launched her career coaching side hustle while at The Muse
Jena moved to Nashville and took her business full-time
The Recruit the Employer methodology was born
Launched the Your Career Story (now Recruit the Employer) podcast
Collaborated with LinkedIn Learning on various online courses
Revamped the Recruit the Employer methodology to be even better!
Brought on a DREAM TEAM of coaches and rebranded company to Recruit the Employer
Helping ambitious women around the world become irresistible hires
Taking a personal branding approach to the job search
Unlocking massive, game-changing confidence
The Recruit the Employer podcast
Creating resumes and LinkedIn profiles that convert!
AS SEEN IN