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.

On the Jan. 11, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kerry Yip about what it's really like to run a Chinese Restaurant. He owns The Great Wall restaurant in Oakland. 

In the program's second half, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum is besetting you, I usually can help you take at least a baby step forward, sometimes a big step.

On the Jan. 4, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: An hour of your call-in requests for a Workover. Perhaps I'll help you come up with a resolution you might actually keep...at least for a while.

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 Dec. 21, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko debate the work-related issues in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Plus, you can call in for a workover. Whatever career malaise ails you or someone you care about, we usually can help.

On the Dec. 14, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Alvin Felzenberg, author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't,) on lessons about career success from ratings of U.S. presidents. Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career malaise ails you or someone you care about, I usually can help.

On the Dec. 7, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble. Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career malaise ails you or someone you care about, I usually can help.

On the Nov 30, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer my favorite new career tips, including how to make the Holidays the best time of the year to look for a job.  Plus you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you love, I can usually help.

The Art of Teaching

Nov 12, 2014

On the Dec. 28, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, perennial award-winning high school choir teacher Travis Rogers and his Napa High School choir are my guests. We'll discuss the art of teaching and, of course, his choir will sing for us.

Plus, I'll offer my career and workplace predictions for 2015 and my wife, Barbara Nemko, will probably try to tell me why they're likely to be wrong.

Liberals and conservatives alike are well aware that declining unemployment rate masks the struggles that people are increasingly having in finding good, decent-paying stable employment. The labor participation rate—the percent of people age 16-64 who are employed or looking for work is down to 62.7%, the lowest since early 1978.  The median household income in inflation-adjusted dollars is at its lowest since 1995.

On the Nov. 2, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko:  Under-the-radar helping professions. Plus a new approach to managing procrastination. And as usual, 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.

Thanksgiving and Your Career

Oct 19, 2014

On the Nov. 23, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss career issues related to Thanksgiving:

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 Apr. 10, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe how to deal with three kinds of bad bosses. Plus listeners call in for Workovers.  

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW-FM, 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org

The program is archived on NPR.org and iTunes and permanently on this web 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.

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