Work with Marty Nemko

Sundays at 11am

Marty and guests discuss job & work issues and phone-in workovers:  415 841-4134.

Find archived episodes at the show's website.

Lessons Learned from My 13 Careers

Oct 18, 2014

I’ve been everything from a billing clerk to a cab driver, drug counselor to career counselor, professional pianist to rose hybridizer, teacher of inner-city kids to co-facilitator of a class of medical students at UCSF.

On the Oct. 26, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll share lessons I've learned from my 13 careers. Plus, you can call in for a Workover. 

On the October 19, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko discussed  smartphone apps for your career. The show was as good for a laugh as for information.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

An Hour of Workovers

Sep 23, 2014

On the Oct. 5, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I did an hour of Workovers on callers, including one who is emblematic of the oversupply of degree holders: a UC Berkeley graduate who can't find a better job than pizza delivery person. 

On the Oct. 12, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Richard Arum, author of Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates.

Plus, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can be of at least modest help.

On the Sep. 14, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I debate how high schoolers and the people who love them should explore careers, majors, and colleges...and get motivated.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the Sep. 21, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Gregory Theyel who just collected and analyzed biomedical industry hiring and projections and is the director of the Bay Area's Biomedical Manufacturing Network.

Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you, I can usually help.

On the Sept. 28, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to you: Call-in Workovers. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can help. At least the price is right. I'll also offer my favorite new career tips and musings.

On the Aug. 31, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I began with opining on who should deserve the most credit on Labor Day.

Then I talked with Connie Brock from ProMatch--Silicon Valley, a national award-winning job search support group. We talked about how weak networkers can build and optimally use a network, plus best advice for would-be career changers.

I concluded with an interview with Gail Ward on what it's really like to work in a fast-food restaurant.

Career Lessons from Amazon.com

Aug 19, 2014

On the Sep. 7, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my guest will be John Rossman. He spent four years as an executive at Amazon before authoring a book that presents both Amazon's up- and downsides: The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World's Most Disruptive Company. 

Plus, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can be of at least modest help.

On the Aug. 24, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Yelp top-rated career coach Adrian Klaphaak and I kick around thorny issues in career counseling: Dealing with client fears, procrastination, etc.  Plus, you can call in for a Workover.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the Aug. 17, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Judy Melinek, author of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.  Plus, you can call in for a  Workover.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the Aug. 3, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Lewis Lin, the author of Rise Above the Noise, an excellent book on job interviewing. Plus, you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover. 

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

We often grow, not from fat books, but from simple stories. Among the simplest are children's picture books. On the July 27, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I read aloud children's picture books that embed interesting career and life issues for adults.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the July 20, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer 13 metaphors to help your career, 10 questions to help you decide if and when to retire, and invite you to call in for a 3-Minute Workover.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the July 13, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Barbara Nemko and discuss careers as a hair stylist, esthetician, etc.  Plus, as usual, you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you love, I usually can help.

On the June 29, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, the main topic: today's and tomorrow's energy jobs. I'll discuss that with California Institute for Energy and Environment Co-Director, Merwin Brown.

Plus, as usual, you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you love, I can usually help you take at least a baby step forward.

On the June 15, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Many people accept that employers have the right to drug-test employees and prospective employees. But there are two sides to the issue.

My wife, Barbara Nemko, and I will do a switch-sides-in-the-middle debate. In the first half of the debate, I'll argue that employers--with some limitations--should have that right. In the middle of the debate, I'll take the position that employers don't have that right, ever.

Need Customized Career Help?

Jun 11, 2014

On the June 22, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer my favorite new career tips plus you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can be of help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

What's It Really Like to be a Commercial Fisher?

Jun 4, 2014

On the June 8, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Mike Hudson, veteran commercial fisher.  Can you actually make a living sustainably harvesting local salmon? How hard is it? Is it as freezing a venture as it sounds?  Any tricks of the trade? Any ways to be kinder to the fish? Any fish stories?

Plus, in the second half of the show, call in with your career conundrums. I try to help with a Three-Minute Workover.

  

NPR recently reported that people are more stressed at home than at work. On the June 1, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I invite you to call in to share your experiences. In between, I'll offer my favorite new career tips plus take your call-in work questions. I usually can help.

What's Really Best in Management and Leadership?

May 23, 2014

On the May 11, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I kicked around the recommendations in Harvard Business Review's Top 10 Reads on Management and Leadership. For example, we did a switch-sides-in-the-middle debate on whether to err on the side of a more or less collaborative management style.

On the May 18, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with C-Span's veteran interviewer, Brian Lamb, author of the new book: Sundays at Eight: 25 Years of Stories from C-SPAN's Q&A and Booknotes.

Yes, we'll discuss his career as an interviewer and the art of interviewing,  but also what he's learned from interviewing some of the world's most interesting people, from Isabel Wilkerson to Christopher Hitchens, Michael Lewis to Malcolm Gladwell to Charles Krauthammer.

On the May 25, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent, Mark Leibovich about his book, This Town.  Written by a Washington DC insider, this book reveals the Grand Canyon between many politicians' stated and true motives. 

I rarely have a guest make a repeat appearance, especially within a short time. But the listeners and I much enjoyed and benefited from Robert Greene's recent appearance to talk about his book Mastery, which profiles 50 people and what they did to obtain mastery.

His previous book is a true classic, The 48 Laws of Power and on the Apr 20, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Robert Greene will be back to discuss it.

On the May 4, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to helping you with your call-in career conundrums. I call those Three-Minute Workovers. I invite you to call in. I'll intersperse those with my favorite new career tips.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

  

Most workplace skills are acquired outside of school, if they’re acquired at all. Should schools teach them? On the April 13, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko debate that question as well as your call-in worklife conundrums.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the April 27, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, a second long-form conversation with Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration and advisor to the Obama Administration.  We discuss employment issues of the day: income inequality, minimum wage, and a spirited exchange on the wisdom of using Disparate Impact to abet minority employment.  We also had a fun exchange about career and life lessons from our early life. 

Can You Make a Living in a Plant Nursery?

Mar 21, 2014

 Update: We discussed a number of great plants to grow in the Bay Area and a listener asked me to write a blog post that listed them. Here it is, with pictures: 

On the April 6, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Sloat Garden Center Manager, Dustin Stroebel on careers in a plant nursery.

Could You Use a Workover?

Mar 6, 2014

On the Mar. 23, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to trying to help you with your career conundrum or that of someone you care about. I call those three-minute workovers although sometimes they can take as long as ten. Plus,  I intersperse my favorite career tips.

On the Mar. 30, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Linda Lysakowski, author of  Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy? and co-editor of The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook:  a collection of writings from 25 leaders in the field.

Plus you can call in for a three-minute workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you love, I usually can help.

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