Joyce Lain Kennedy

Joyce Lain Kennedy, author of the nationally syndicated "Careers Now" column, has been an expert in the employment field for nearly four decades. She is the original careers columnist in syndication and her work is now distributed twice weekly by Tribune Media Services.

Kennedy estimates she has received more than 3.5 million letters from readers and has answered more than 5,500 queries in her columns since 1968. The vast majority of her reader mail now comes by e-mail to Kennedy at her Web site, www.sunfeatures.com. Her advice on jobs and career management issues addresses the problems experienced by virtually all working people: job search, layoff, discrimination, specialization, keeping up with technology in the workplace and networking both on land and online.

She began her writing career by offering advice to teenagers and young adults before broadening the scope of her column, which now relates to all ages. Kennedy is the bestselling author of seven career guides, including "Resumés for Dummies," "Cover Letters for Dummies" and "Job Interviewing for Dummies."

A former resident of Washington, D.C., and New York, Kennedy grew up in St. Louis, and earned a business administration degree from Washington University. She now resides in a suburb of San Diego.

Joyce Lain Kennedy Samples

Flee or fight when job cut rumors rattle your company?

DEAR JOYCE: My employer is alive with scary rumors of reduction and roll back. When your job could be shaky, conduct cool-headed research on your company and industry and make judgment calls: HEADED FOR HISTORY.

Virtual reality job interviews coming: why it matters

DEAR JOYCE: I bet a friend $10 that we will experience virtual reality job interviews within a few years -- maybe 2015.

Tired job syndrome? Don't give up. Tune up!

DEAR JOYCE: My professional job has bottomed out, becoming the sameo-sameo. When they can, many people with tired-job syndrome find their way to new jobs and don't look back.

Yes, tech jobs are still golden, but...

DEAR JOYCE: I'm in my 20s and considering investing in education to pursue a high-tech career. The technology jobscape remains welcoming and is widely expected to offer a number of the hottest jobs for the next decade.

Will you lose money with a liberal arts degree?

DEAR JOYCE: Earlier this year you commented that earnings for liberal arts majors start off trailing most others after graduation but catch up about midcareer.

Jump on rejection recovery tip you never thought of

DEAR JOYCE: In one of your books, you go into helpful detail about how to write "after-interview messages that are sales letters at heart." I didn't mention the tip because I didn't think of it.

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