Joyce Lain Kennedy

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, 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

Enduring career advice for 2015 and beyond

DEAR JOYCE: My brother mentioned a list of general success tips you occasionally refresh and present at the end of a year. Here are 10 key guidelines for arriving where you want to go in your career: PAY ATTENTION. UPDATE STALE SKILLS.

Is your 2015 resume overweight? Probably

DEAR JOYCE: I haven't revised my resume lately and I may want to change jobs next year.

Great answers for why you're ditching your current job

DEAR JOYCE: When I'm in a job interview and asked why I want to change jobs, I never know exactly what to say, other than mutter a cliché like "to advance in my career."

Oops! When social media blunders kill job offers

Dear Joyce: After graduating this year with a pile of tuition debt, I've applied for employment at numerous companies. A zillion things could be keeping you outside employment venues with your nose figuratively pressed against a window.

New and old job ways to get jobs in secret

DEAR JOYCE: As the new year approaches, I keep thinking about improving my job compensation and security. A silent job search, for many reasons, is tough to execute when you're still on an employer's clock and payroll.

How many job holidays will you get in 2015?

DEAR JOYCE: My wife receives only three job holidays off each year, but I get six. Your wife is getting the short end of the holidays stick. * Christmas Day. * Thanksgiving Day. * New Year's Day. * Labor Day. * Memorial Day.

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