Sunday, September 30, 2018

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: a job offer, a good one!  It’s tempting to just say yes, maybe gently asking for a bump in the salary Don’t!

Sure, sometimes, negotiating accomplishes nothing or even results in the offer being withdrawn but following my article's advice offers great potential benefit with minimal risk.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Fine Art of Cutting Corners: 7 major career time-savers

Some people need all their ducks in a row. They do everything the complete way. For example, if they want to counsel people, they get a doctorate in clinical psychology. If they want to start a business, they spend big on a marketing survey, their website, business cards, image consultant, etc.

And some of those people are happy to be that way. But others would prefer an easier route. Alas, they don’t have a cut-corners mindset. My article today is for them. It offers examples of ways to cut corners with minimal downside and often significant advantages.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Unearthing Nuggets from the Information Mountain

Every once in a while, I long for the 15th century—Before the printing press, one could hope to stay somewhat abreast of the best ideas. Of course, usually, I’m grateful for today’s ready availability of so much information. But it can be overwhelming, so in my article today, I describe how I try to efficiently unearth nuggets from our information mountain.

Career-Change Stories

I began writing my article today by profiling a few of my clients who succeeded in changing careers. 

But on reflection, I decided that you might find greater value from composite examples with nuggets drawn from among the literally thousands of clients I've worked with over the last 30 years.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Career Do's and Don'ts for Parents of College Students

Conventional wisdom is that parents should be pretty hands-off once their child goes off to college. I believe that is incorrect. My article today offers lots of ways parents can be invaluable, especially in improving their child's career prospects.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Boomer's Career Survival Kit

In the workplace, being older can be one, two, even three strikes against you. Quietly, they may whisper, “He’s deadwood. We need fresh blood.”

My article today may help you avoid striking out, and even help you hit some home runs.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Commencement Address I'd Give

One of my life’s more rewarding experiences was giving Columbia College's (MO) commencement address  If I were to give another, my article today tells what I’d say.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Marty Nemko Kicks off a Stanford Distinguished Speaker Series

I'm kicking off a Stanford Distinguished Speaker Series on October 9 at 11 AM. The topic; "Career Advice for Stanford Parents." Its VP says there's limited space for other attendees.  So if you'd like to come, email me at & I'll let you know if space is available.

Friday, September 14, 2018

My 34 Best Ideas on Career, Relationships, and the Life Well-Led

I'm entering my 30th year hosting Work with Marty Nemko on an NPR station in San Francisco and for my membership drive show this coming week, I will offer the pieces of advice that my listeners, readers, and career and personal coaching clients have found of greatest value. 

I thought you might find them of value, so I give you an advance look as my article today.

I am honored that many of them were included on the Inspirational Quotations website. That site has pages for the likes of Einstein, Lincoln, and Ben Franklin..and me?!

Ethical Dilemmas

I present two sides of common, difficult ethical dilemmas

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hiring the Best , Not Just Who Seems Best

My article today offers a few tips on how employers can suss out the honest and high-quality job seeker.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Influencing Letter: A superior alternative to the job-seeker's thank-you note

After a job interview, standard advice is to send the interviewer(s) a thank-you note. You can do better.

Thanking them for opportunity, for no pay, to get grilled can be perceived as toadying if not disingenuous. It’s unlikely to help levitate you to the top of the applicant pile.

Far better to write what the 5 O’ Clock Club calls an influencing letter. My article today offers is an improved version of what it recommends.

Be a Generalist or a Specialist?

My article today explores the question of when it's wise to be a specialist versus a generalist.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Case for Bright Self-Starters Dropping Out

Today, it’s an article of faith that nearly everyone should finish high school and probably go to college. After all, so the argument goes, high school and college curriculum exposes you to important concepts and improves thinking and communication skills while allowing young adults to explore career and personal directions they wouldn’t pursue on their own. Plus, for most decent jobs, a college degree is virtually required. That, however, doesn’t provide the complete picture.

In my article today, I attempt to offer a fuller look at the issue as well as an alternative to college for smart self-starters.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Against Labeling of Personality and Mental Issues

Labeling is comforting but often yields more liabilities than benefits. I make that case in my article today.