Monday, August 27, 2018

After 60

Tips for older adults on making the most of their remaining productive years. That's my article today.

Seeming Smarter

My article today offers tips for seeming smarter and may even help you get smarter.

Friday, August 24, 2018

What I Wish I Knew When I Was a Kid

Parents, you might want to share this, my article today, with your school-age child. It’s appropriate for kids from bright first graders through high school.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Coaching a Challenging Client Who Wants to Lose Weigiht

As my article today, I paraphrase an actual client-coach dialogue I had today.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Verbosity: An under-considered contributor to career and personal failure

In my article today, I discuss causes and cures for verbosity, an under-considered contributor to career and personal failure.

Work Wearables: Promise and Perils

A University of London study found that wearables increased productivity by 8.5 percent and  job satisfaction by 3.5 percent. So, not surprisingly, a Tractica Reseach report projects that workplace wearables, variations of AppleWatches and FitBits, are projected to increase from 2.3 million units shipped in 2015 to 66.4 million by 2021. In my article today, I discuss upsides and downsides.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Unsuccessful in Love? 12 questions that can unearth new hope

You’ve tried, perhaps tried a lot, to meet that, as they now say, special someone. With the plethora of dating advice out there, it would be hubristic of me to assert that I could offer you much that’s new. But you may find a distillation useful. 

So, my article today offers 12 questions that could tease out something you want to do differently, in finding a new relationship, improving a current one, or resurrecting a past one.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Marty Nemko Gives a Public Lecture at UC Berkeley Extension: Changing Careers: Myths and best Practices

I return to U.C. Berkeley Extension to give my third public lecture. This one Changing Careers: Myths and Best Practices.

For information and registration:

"Why Can't I Get Into Graduate School?"

This is the third installment in a series, "Why not me?!" The first was Why Can't I Land a Job? The second was Why Can't I Get Promoted?  

My article today offers ideas for people who tried and failed to get into an acceptable graduate program and would like to give it another try.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

"Why Can't I Get Promoted?!"

This is the second in the series, "Why Not Me?!"  

The first was, "Why Can't I Land a Job? 

Here we turn to people who are employed, believe they deserve a promotion but are frustrated that they haven't gotten one. A typical lament, “Some people who got promoted are much less competent and hard working than I am!”

What’s a good employee who’s constantly passed over to do? My article today addresses the issue.

The ideas derive from my new book, Careers for Dummies.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The "Pretirement Sabbatical"

You’re thinking of retiring in the next few years. You might not find it fun to think about that, so you suppress thoughts of retirement. Or if you think about it, you focus on retirement savings, activities in retirement, and so on.

But there’s a usually overlooked opportunity for your pre-retirement years. I call it the pretirement sabbatical. It’s a variation on the professor’s sabbatical, that six-month or year-long unpaid release from regular duties to acquire a new skill or knowledge while reinvigorating one’s motivation. But unlike the traditional sabbatical, the pretirement sabbatical is not primarily to enhance your career but to set the stage for your central retirement activity.

In my article today, I offer examples, including for people employed in situations in which it would seem approval would be unlikely.

Monday, August 6, 2018

"Why Can't I Get Hired?!" Help for the discouraged job seeker

So often, my clients apply for jobs they feel well qualified for, apply solid tactics in writing the cover letter, including collateral material, and in the interviews, follow-up, and references. They're optimistic and then, they don’t get the job. And that occurs in job application after job application.

Not infrequently, they learn of who got the job and are shocked or angry: “That person was far less qualified than I am!”

What’s a good job seeker who’s constantly passed over to do?
I offer help in my article today.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Ghosting at Work

The term “ghosting” originated in the dating world, in which, to avoid the awkwardness of saying, “No,” the person just goes silent: stops returning calls, emails, and texts.

Alas, ghosting has metastasized into the work world. As my article today, I offer the Ghosted's 3-Step as a way to respond to getting ghosted, as well as offer a tongue-lashing for ghosters.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Becoming a Public Intellectual

In many fields, the best-selling product may not be the best one but the best-marketed one. Alas, that may sometimes be true of scholars. The most famous researcher may not have generated the most useful findings.

In a modest attempt to right that wrong, my article today offers some thoughts on how researchers might gain deserved acclaim.