Marty Nemko

Host, Work with Marty Nemko

Marty Nemko was called "job coach extraordinaire" by U.S. News and "The Bay Area's best career coach" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2014-15, he has written 20 essays in Time.com's Ideas section, and writes daily for PsychologyToday.com. Previously, his career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and then wrote The Big Idea continuing series on WashingtonPost.com and the Working it Out column on TheAtlantic.com. In his 26th year as a career and education coach, Marty Nemko has served 4,600 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate. He co-teaches a Foundations of Patient Care course at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Marty Nemko holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and subsequently taught its graduate school. He is the author of seven books including Cool Careers for Dummies, How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Ideas for a Better America.  Those and his 2,800+ (!) articles on career and other issues inform his radio program. Those articles are archived free on www.martynemko.com.

Marty Nemko has been a repeat guest on many major programs including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NPR's Talk of the Nation and The Today Show. Toastmasters names one non-member its Northern California Speaker of the Year. Marty Nemko was a winner, in part because of his KALW program.

Is the Disparate Impact Theory good for the workplace? For America?  The theory holds that if a racial group is underrepresented in a workplace, it is evidence that the workplace is practicing discrimination, even if there is no overt evidence of discrimination. 

On the  Sep. 23, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, two expert employment attorneys will debate the question. Jim Finberg, partner at Altshuler Berzon will argue for it. Fred Alvarez, partner at Wilson Soncini will argue against it. Callers will then be invited to weigh in.  

I will have made five presentations during the Commonwealth Club's month on The Future of Work. In the Sep. 2, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I distill those presentations into one hour on:

  • under-the-radar careers for 2013 and beyond
  • ahead-of-the-pack strategies for landing a good job
  • not-obvious strategies for getting ahead (or at least not laid off)
  • how to beat the odds against successful self-employment.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM, San Francisco.

Of course, individuals will vary, but, as a group, Millennials/Gen Y workers are different than Gen X'ers or Boomers. For example, not only are Millennials more technology-savvy, they saw their parents getting spit out by our ever more competitive workplace and so are less likely to take crap from an employer. 

Bruce Tulgin, author of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage Generation Y and Managing the Generation Mix will be my guest on the August 19, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko.

When I was selecting the careers for U.S. News' Best Careers feature, optometrist ranked #1.  It excelled in success rate with customers, salary, prestige, and quality of life.

On Sep. 16, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with top optometrist and U.C. Berkeley adjunct instructor, Dr. Larry Sarver about what it's really like to be an optometrist. Planned questions: 

What might surprise an educated person about what it's really like to be an optometrist?

What, in the end, differentiates the excellent clinician from the mediocre one?

On the Sep. 9, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  Barbara and Marty Nemko will debate when and what sorts of dress codes in the workplace are appropriate.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on 91.7 KALW, San Francisco

On the Aug 12 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with Mark Brewer, the respected principal of American Canyon High School about what the job is really like. He has impressed me not only with his ability as a principal but his willingness to be candid. 

In the second half of the show, as usual, you can call in for a Three-Minute Workover. I'll do my best to help you solve your work problem. I'll intersperse my favorite new career tips. 

This show airs Aug. 12, 2012 at 11 am.

On the July 22, 2012  edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I shared my favorite ideas from the book The $100 Start-Up.  Then, listeners called in for a three-minute WorkOver.  The show aired Sunday, July 22 at 11 am.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on 91.7, KALW, San Francisco.

It's one of life's great dilemmas:  Do you follow your passion and risk starvation? Or should you express your passion in volunteer work or as a hobby? On the Aug 26, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  I'll take both sides of the debate, conclude with decision rules about when you should and shouldn't do what you love,  and then invite you to weigh in.

Plus, you're also invited to call in for a Three-Minute Workover. I'll try to help you solve your career conundrum.

The show will air Aug. 26 at 11 am.

Should entrepreneurship be the 4th R? On August 5, 2012, Marty Nemko will debate that question with his wife and member of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's cabinet, Dr. Barbara Nemko. To ensure both sides are explored fairly, in the middle of the debate, they'll switch sides.

Plus call in for a three-minute Workover. Marty and Barbara will help solve your career conundrum.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM.

Is it ethical to hire a resume writer? On July 1 at 11 am, Marty Nemko will debate his wife, Napa County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Nemko on those questions.

And to ensure both sides of each question are covered fairly, in the middle of each debate, Marty and Barbara will switch sides.

They'll also invite you to call in with your work problem. They'll debate what they think is the right solution, in what they call a Three-Minute WorkOver.

What's your Communication Quotient? Marty will give Barbara (and you!) a Communication test he's cooked up.

Ever hear a recording of your voice? If you're like many people, you don't love the way you sound. 

Sometimes, that's simply because you're not used to hearing your voice externally but sometimes it reflects deserved unhappiness with your tone, your articulateness, etc.

On Sep 30, 2012, my  guest on Work with Marty Nemko will help us out. She is Dr. Carol Fleming, a speech consultant and author of the books, The Sound of Your Voice and It's the Way You Say It: Becoming Articulate, Well-Spoken and Clear.

Lew Hunter, former head of UCLA's screenwriting program, told me that he asked a cabbie, "How the book coming?" The cabbie, surprised, replied, "How did you know I was writing a book?" Hunter smiled, "Everyone is."

Indeed, so many people "have a book in them" or have written one, but which isn't selling.

On July 15 at 11 am my guest was Rick Newman, author of Rebounders: How winners pivot from setbacks to success.  We had a realistic, not pop-psych discussion of how regular people (not just those who got on Oprah) can rebound from failures.

At 11;40, I invited listeners to call in for a Three-Minute Workover, in which I try to help them take at least a baby step forward in solving their work/career problem.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 am to noon on KALW 9`.7FM, a National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco.

On July 8 from 11 am to noon, I offered the strategies that have most often helped my clients improve their time management, and importantly, be motivated to work on it.

Also, I did Three-Minute Workovers on callers. 

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 am to noon on KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco

When I ask listeners what they like about Work with Marty Nemko, the most frequent answer is something like, "I like to hear you and your wife Barbara go back and forth on issues."

That's what we''ll be doing from 11 am to noon on July 1. We'll have some career-related topic to bat around and we'll debate how to respond to callers' worklife questions.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 am to noon on 91.7 FM, KALW, San Francisco.

It's the Holy Grail of careers: A good and ethically unchallenged career requiring only a bachelor's degree--and in which job openings are plentiful.

One of the few careers meet those criteria: medical technologist, more often referred to as lab tech.

On Work with Marty Nemko on June 24 at 11 a.m, my guest was Hanna Poczter who has hired and supervised many lab techs for the North Shore Health Care System.  We'll talk about how best to prepare, the various niches, the careers' upsides and downsides, and other insider advice.

It seems that an ever larger percentage of job openings is for a marketer.

Everything from peas to non-profits to people need to be branded and then marketed every which way from face-to-face to Facebook.

Hype over substance, sizzle over steak.

I guess that's why I've been averse to doing a show on marketing careers. But alas, with all those marketing jobs out there, I feel it will serve my listeners to succumb.

 

Terry Bradford, who was Celine Dion's duet partner for five years, has impressed me not just with his incredible singing and performing ability, and not just with his huge heart. It's easy to mistake someone with a big heart as being naive about the practicalities of how to make a living as a performer. That would, indeed, be a mistake. Terry is one savvy guy.

And Terry Bradford will be my guest on Work with Marty Nemko, Sunday June 10 from 11 am until around 11:30.  He'll share secrets of the trade and yes, you'll get to hear his truly compelling singing. 

Every Sunday from 11 am to noon, I try to help you solve your career conundrum, no matter how serious. Usually, I only devote part of the show to those Three-Minute Workovers. But on Sunday, June 3, I'll do Workovers for the entire hour, interspersed with my favorite new career tips.

 

 

On Work with Marty Nemko on May 27 at 11 am, my guest:  Josh Waldman, author of Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies.

At around 11:30, I'll invite listeners to call in for me to do a three-minute Workover on them.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 am to noon on 91.7 FM, KALW San Francisco.

On Work with Marty Nemko on Sunday May 20 from 11 am to noon, Drs. Marty and Barbara Nemko debate these questions:

How do you assess whether you're competent enough at your job?

How do you assess when it's time to ask for a raise or promotion?

How do you decide whether to pursue a creative career or a less risky option?

How do you assess if you have a personality problem that's damaging your career?

How do you know when to quit your job?

How do you decide whether to go back to school?

I discussed new, no-and-low-cost ways to improve workplace morale plus I did three-minute Workovers on caller

Work with Marty Nemko

Apr 22, 2012

Barbara Nemko and I read scenes from famous plays that addressed work issues: Death of a Salesman, Prisoner of Second Avenue, Pygmalion. That led to a discussion of the nearly unprecedented plight of today's job seekers. An Associated Press analysis reported on April 22, 2012 found that HALF of new college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. Here's the link: http://www.theledger.com/article/20120422/NEWS/120429784/1410?p=1&tc=pg. I also did three-minute Workovers on callers.

In today''s (Apr. 15, 2012) show, I shared some career (and life) lessons I learned from my dad and callers shared theirs. I think it was a particularly warm and instructive show.

I received more positive emails in response to my career counseling client Jeffrie Givens' appearance on Work with Marty Nemko on Mar 11 than to any show in my 23 years hosting the show. So, I've asked her back. She'll be the guest on Sunday May 13 at 11:00 AM.

This time, she'll tell how, as a U.C. Berkeley graduate, she coped with having to be a data-entry clerk...and what she's done to rise up. She'll also, again, demonstrate her amazing singing voice, doing songs from her one-woman show, Big, Black, and Shy. I'll accompany on the piano. 

Smart Franchising

Apr 2, 2012

Might you like to be self-employed but are scared to start a business from scratch? A franchise can be tempting. Alas, too often, franchises fail.

Conversely, if you run a successful business, it can be tempting to franchise it. Perhaps you see images of money rolling in while others are running clones of your business.  Alas, there are governmental, legal, and other roadblocks galore.

This Sunday, on Work with Marty Nemko, I'll devote the entire show to helping you with your career. In between offering my favorite new tips, I'll invite you to call in for what I alternately call a WorkOver or Three-Minute Career Makeover.

With molecular biology and aerospace engineering degrees from MIT and an M.D.from Harvard, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Diamandis, founded the X-Prize Foundation to award up-to $10-million prizes to scientists that could make serious inroads into the world's greatest problems: poverty, energy, disease, etc. 

Not surprisingly, he has received all sorts of proposals. He has synthesized what he learned plus his current thinking and predictios in the just-published Simon & Schuster book, Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think.

Brian Jones' goal was never to run his own business. He always wanted an 8 to 5 job with benefits, and to retire as early as possible. That's not quite how it worked out. And no, it's not the typical rags to riches story.

He'll tell his story on Sunday, March 25, plus you can call in for a three-minute career makeover, on Work with Marty Nemko, Sundays from 11 am to noon on 91.7 FM, KALW San Francisco.

I've had 3,900 career coaching clients. The experience I had with Jeffrie Givens is my most memorable.  She'll be on the show this Sunday, Mar. 11.

Plus, as usual, I'll do Three-Minute Workovers on callers. So if you or someone you care about has a work-related problem, feel free to call into the show.

That's on Work with Marty Nemko, Sundays from 11 a m to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM San Francisco.

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