PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

Portfolio/Penguin Random House, September 2016

Jenny Blake, author of Life After College and former career development program manager at Google, reveals how to methodically make your next career move by doubling down on what is already working. Learn more about the book and related programs at PivotMethod.com, and listen to the Pivot Podcast here.


Click to visit the PIVOT book website at PivotMethod.com.

Click to visit the PIVOT book website at PivotMethod.com.

Careers are not linear, predictable ladders any longer; they are fluid trajectories. No matter our age, life stage, bank account balance, or seniority, we are all being asked to navigate career changes much more frequently than in years past.

The average employee tenure in America is just four to five years, and even those roles change dramatically within that time. Our economy now demands that we create businesses and careers based on creativity, growth, and impact. In this dynamic world of work, the only move that matters is your next one.


Drawing from her own experience and those of other successful pivoters, Jenny Blake has created a four-stage process that teaches anyone how to seamlessly and continually:

  • Double-down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences
  • Find new opportunities and identify skills to develop without falling prey to analysis-paralysis and compare-and-despair
  • Run small experiments to determine next steps
  • Take smart risks to launch with confidence in a new direction

This book is for anyone searching for an answer to the question, “What’s next?”

Whether you have hit a plateau in your perfect-on-paper job, are considering taking on a new role in your current job, are thinking about starting your own business, or you want to move into a new industry altogether, one thing remains clear: your career success depends on your ability to determine your next best move.

If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it.


Jenny Blake is a career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout and create sustainable careers they love. She is the author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One (Portfolio/Penguin Random House, September 2016). Jenny left her job in career development at Google in 2011 after five and a half years at the company to launch her first book, Life After College, and has since run her own consulting business in New York City.


“Pivot is a book you will turn to again and again, whether you’re seeking a new career direction, a second career after retirement, or just on the lookout for new ways to use your talents. Jenny Blake takes a strength-based approach to managing the risk that comes with making a change and provides tons of helpful examples and exercises.”
— Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive
“A sharply reasoned and immensely practical guide to crafting a meaningful working life in an unpredictable world.”
— Cal Newport, author of Deep Work
“If you don’t manage your career, who will? Jenny Blake is here to remind us that we live in a different time, and the possibilities are endless—as long as we’re willing to pivot.”
— Seth Godin, author of What To Do When It's Your Turn
“To pivot well is the difference between millions and failure. Former Googler and entrepreneur Jenny Blake (one of my favorite human beings) dissects the pivot, how to do it, and how to do it right.”
— James Altucher, author of Choose Yourself and Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth
“It’s not a matter of if you’ll need to pivot your career, it’s a matter of when. Let Jenny Blake show you how with this wildly practical guide to the career changes headed your way.”
— Jon Acuff, author of Do Over
“Non-traditional career journeys are not only the new normal; they’re how innovators throughout history changed their world and ours. With actionable insights and lucid prose, Jenny Blake illuminates the path to building your own destiny.”
— Shane Snow, author of Smartcuts and co-founder of Contently
“Are the tectonic plates below your sturdy career suddenly splitting into a deep abyss of unknown? Let this book be your rope ladder out.”
— Neil Pasricha, author of The Happiness Equation and 1,000 Awesome Things
“Well-researched, well-written, and well-organized, this book will appeal to those willing to invest time, energy, and effort into the process of “pivoting” their careers for the better.”
— Alan Farber, Library Journal

Life After College

Life After College is an essential manual for every graduating student and young professional. It features practical, actionable advice that helps people focus on the BIG picture of their lives, not just the details. Life After College will leave you feeling inspired, confident and ready to take action toward creating the life you really want.

In Life After College Twitter meets What Color is Your Parachute for 20-somethings. Written by popular blogger and life coach Jenny Blake, Life After College provides tips, inspirational quotes and coaching exercises for every area of life including: Work, Money, Home, Organization, Friends & Family, Dating & Relationships, Health, Fun & Relaxation, and Personal Growth. 

The book is like having a portable life coach by your side -- it is a "one stop shop" that is part journal, part motivator, and part guidebook. Life After College is a powerful life-planning tool that no twenty-something will want to be without!

Click to visit the Life After College blog at LifeAfterCollege.org.

Click to visit the Life After College blog at LifeAfterCollege.org.