Career Success, Step by Step

Best advice on how to choose your career, land a job, and succeed at it.
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  • Lectures 70
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Many people are unhappy or unsuccessful in their career--unnecessarily. That's why I created this course. It distills what I've learned from having been a career coach to 4,800 clients with a 96% client-satisfaction rate.

Get what you need for career success

In this course, you'll learn:

  • Two potent but not-obvious ways to find the right career for you. And if you're already in a career, these approaches will give you reassurance you're in the right career--or suggest that you might want to consider a change.
  • Best practices for landing a good job in a tight market. The standard, sterile resume, LinkedIn profile, and cover letter are not enough. You'll learn what works best today.
  • How to find the right career training for you--in or out of school.
  • Important but not obvious strategies for becoming successful in your career: managing stress, time, procrastination, and even your boss.

Why this course

When I started out as a career counselor, almost 30 years ago now, I followed the standard advice: Give career "tests" , help clients write resumes and cover letters using job-seeker language like "He drove profitability" and "She saved the company $9 ziillion."

The trouble is, that those don't work as well today yet, too often, that's still the advice given. And it's not enough to convert your resume into a LinkedIn profile and consider careers that are off-shore resistant. I created this course to help today's career-minded person.

Join me

I hope you'll join me and take this course. You'll find it jam-packed with not-obvious, helpful nugget. And it's enjoyable--no boring lectures, I promise!

And if you do your part, this course could well change your life.

What are the requirements?

  • If you're willing to look inward and take the doable baby steps I'll show you in the course, you'll do fine.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Find a career that suits their strengths, preferences, and the job market.
  • Know best practices about how to land a good job in a tough market.
  • Know how to ensure you get trained for your career so you're competent and confident.
  • Develop the competencies, attitudes, and behaviors to succeed in your career.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is aimed primarily at people with one or more degrees who have not yet found career success.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: A Holistic Approach to Choosing a Career

Why scanning a list of careers can be a deceptively simple yet effective way of identifying one or more careers worth exploring.


Get introduced to 14 careers that score high on job satisfaction, compensation, and job market.


How to use Google to easily learn about a career. Plus, six great questions to ask in an informational interview.


A tip on validly using job shadowing and volunteering to see if a career is right for you.


A quick refresher on the four steps to choosing a career using the Holistic Method.

Section 3: An Analytical Approach to Choosing a Career

An explanation of the difference between the approach to choosing a career to be presented in this section compared with the one presented in the previous section


15 skills that are often required in professional-level careers. Which are your best ones that you enjoy using?


14 interests that are key to well-liked careers. Is there one that's core to you?


Are one or more of eight values important to you in your career?


Is one or more of these six characteristics of a career important to you?


Here's a fun exercise to confirm or refute what you've identified as important to you in your career.


Here's a review of what you need to do to wisely choose a career. Do that and you'll have chosen a career more wisely than do most people.

Section 4: Getting Well-Trained for Your Career Without Going to School

You'll learn how, more often than you might think, you can get well-trained for your career without going to school. Perhaps even BETTER trained.


How to convince an employer that you're MORE worthy of being hired because you got your training outside of a university.


How to use articles, books, videos, short courses, online discussion groups, and tutoring to get well-trained for your career.


Reassurance that You U may be worth trying. Worst case, it doesn't work and then you can go back to school.

Section 5: Finding the Right Training Program, Getting In, and Making the Most of It

How to identify good training programs and then vet them to see if they're a good fit for you.


Tips for increasing your chances of admission to the training program of your choice.


The five keys to making the most of your training.


A tiny pep talk on the value of finding the right training.

Section 6: Overcoming Fear of Looking for a Job

The six most common fears people have in looking for a job.


Even though this lecture is very short, you'll learn two ways to overcome the fear that no one will hire you for a decent job.


How to tell people you're looking for work without sounding like a loser.


Why losing a bit of fun may ultimately make you happier.


Ways to help ensure you're happier and more successful in your next job than you have been in the past.


A way to reframe your fear that if you succeed, you'll make a loved-one sad.


An effective way to "sell yourself" without at all being too pushy or dishonest.

Section 7: Networking for People Who Dislike It

Why networking works and how it needn't be as off-putting as you may fear.


A systematic approach to using your network to find good work.


Specific advice, including a sample dialogue, on how you can make a real connection with someone quite quickly.


How to best use LinkedIn, Yahoo Groups, and email to build career-boosting relationships.


Why contacting targeted employers that are NOT advertising an appropriate job may be THE most potent networking technique.

Section 8: The One-Week Job Search

Working no harder than you will when hired, in just a week or two, you can knock out much or all of what you need to do to line up interviews.


How to make the most of Day One of your job search.


Making the most of your job search's second day.


Making the most of your job search's third day.


Making the most of your job search's fourth and fifth and hopefully final day before those requests to interview you come in.


A tool for motivating to to stay the course during this admittedly tough week.

Section 9: The Effective (Yet Ethical) Resume and LinkedIn Profile

Job-seeker language such as that used by "professional" resume writers, such as "seasoned, dynamic, self-starter who drives profitability" is often perceived as sterile, off-putting, and even BS. There's a better way.


How to make the most of those first seconds that may be all your resume gets before an employer decides whether to nix it.

How to compellingly convey your accomplishments with resorting to hyperbole or not-credible numbers--e.g., "I saved the company $340,000."

Why a few hours may be all you'll want to spend writing your resume.

Section 10: The Effective, Ethical, and Less Stressful Job Interview

How to prepare, practically and psychologically for a successful interview.


You need to convey that you're smart enough, have the skills and motivation, and are easy to work with. This lecture shows you how.


The three things that can help put you at ease in a job interview.


Six things you can do in the interview to maximize your chances of success.


A quick reminder that may help you be your best self in the interview.

Section 11: A Kinder, Gentler, Yet Effective Approach to Negotiating Your Compensation

Why negotiating but not too aggressively, may be the wisest approach.


The information you should gather for your negotiation.


Five tips that can increase the success of your negotiation.


Advice on how to maintain calm and perspective in a negotiation.

Section 12: Getting Off to a Good Start on Your New Job

Great questions to ask in an initial meeting with your boss. Plus, if you'd like your job description changed, this is a good time to do it. This lecture will show you how.


It's often wise to meet not just with your boss but stakeholders. This lecture suggests questions to ask plus how to build rapport.


How to get an early win without being too aggressive. Plus a question to ponder.


A quickie reminder.


A brief anecdote suggesting that procrastination is often a career killer..


The first four of this section's eleven ways to reduce procrastination


The next five methods of reducing procrastination.


Two more methods of reducing procrastination.

Section 13: Nine Ways to Improve Your Time Management

Even poor time managers know they should do better. Sometimes the problem is they don't care enough. This little lecture may help you realize there's something you need to do first before you're ready to improve your time management.


The first five methods I'll describe for improving your time management.


The next four ways to improve your time management.


Why, from a practical, even spiritual perspective, time management matters.

Section 14: 13 Ways to Reduce Your Stress

This is just the briefest of introductions to this section.


The first four of this section's nine methods of reducing your stress.


The next four methods for reducing your stress.


The final four methods of reducing your stress.


An anecdote that has changed my life.

Section 15: My Journey to Figuring Out How to Live Life

My various attempts to live the life well-led and what I've settled on.

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Instructor Biography

Marty Nemko, Career Consultant

"Career coach extraordinaire." US News & World Report

"The Bay Area's Best Career Coach" San Francisco Bay Guardian

Been career coach to 4,800 clients, 96% client-satisfaction rate.

26th year as host of Work with Marty Nemko on KALW-FM (NPR-San Francisco)

Author of seven books including Cool Careers for Dummies and How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school.

Author of 2,800 published articles including 20 for, 12 for, and 320 for plus six years of columns in the career section of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ph.D. in educational psychology from U.C. Berkeley and subsequently taught there.

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