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In this interview series, we caught up with Marty Nemko who shares his expertise and insights about the job search, career change, etc.in today’s marketplace.

Tell Us a Little Bit about Your Company

I’m a career and personal coach who specializes in high achievers who nonetheless have issues.

How Did You Get Started in This Path?

Self-study. I already had a Ph.D. in another field and couldn’t stomach more school.

Is This Something You Decided Early on in Your Career?

When I was told, again and again, that a white male with moderate views, even with an impressive background was undesirable, I decided to become a self-employed career counselor.

I chose that because I believe that helping people find and succeed at well-suited work is an honorable pursuit.

What Is the Best Career Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Work hard. Notwithstanding what the lifestyle gurus say, “Work smart” is rarely enough.  

The most successful AND contented people I know work long hours.

Yes, they’ve taken the time to find work that they’re good at and enjoy reasonably, which makes them less likely to burn out. But they are never clock watchers. They work a lot.

What Is the Most Exciting Part of Working in This Industry?


How Do to Stay Abreast of the Industry as an Expert?

I’m constantly reading.

What Are Some of the Things That You See Job Seekers Struggle with the Most?

Laziness is the answer to that question. But most of my clients are well-employed and their biggest problem is being gifted in a not-gifted world.

What Are the Common Mistakes That You See Them Do?

A drips and drabs job search–the same lack of drive and/or intelligence that got them “laid off.”

applying for your first TEFL job

How Should Job Seekers Approach Job Search Today?

An excellent targeted LinkedIn profile was sent to their extended network.

Unemployment Is at the Lowest Levels, Why Do You Think That Is?

It’s misleading. What counts is the number of WELL-employed people.

What Is the Biggest Trend(s) You See That Job Seekers Will Face in the Next 2-3 Years?

Expansion of government – especially in health care but also anything to do with redistributing resources from middle-class white males: mass legalization of illegals, higher taxes to pay for a panoply of initiatives, notably free college, which disproportionately benefits the poor and people of color.

Men’s deficits such as dying much younger will continue to be ignored–We’ll see yet more initiatives for women – breast cancer research, women and heart disease, etc.

What Is One Advice You Would Give Someone Just Out of College Today?

Unless you’re a star, get a job in the federal government.

What Is One Advice You Would Give Someone Who Is Switching Careers?

Rely on your network. If someone wanted to hire someone with no experience, they’d hire a friend.

How Should Job Seekers Get the Most Out of LinkedIn?

Humans are a visual species, alas. So your headshot is critical: head-and-shoulders, no shadows, wearing your favorite top that you’d wear on your target job.
Practice various smiles in front of a mirror until you can reproduce it on command. Then get a friend (using the camera on your phone is fine) to take a bunch of pictures.
It’s easier to be natural when your friend rather than a pro is taking the pix. Then, put yourself in your target employer’s shoes and pick a jpg to upload onto LinkedIn.

What Is the Biggest Trend(s) You See That Hiring Managers Will Face in the Next 2-3 Years?

It will be easier for them to find talent because of the ease of placing ads seen worldwide. Online assessments will get more sophisticated enabling more accurate screening.

Marty, What Is You Currently Working on?

After 12 books and 3,500 articles, I’ve pretty much said what’s of any value.

When something fresh comes to mind, I write it as a Psychology Today blog post.

What Are the Best Resources You Recommend to Job Seekers?

What Is the Best Way for Our Audience to Reach You?

My Email 

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Marty Nemko has also been featured in our recent compilation of the most resourceful career experts and career blogs  Top Career Advice Websites.       

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