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

Need job yesterday? Check websites for hourlies

DEAR JOYCE: Although I am an experienced engineer, I'm over 60 and having a hard time in the job market. My quick, but hardly comprehensive tip is to make a fast assessment of websites that specialize in hourly jobs.

Interview answers: the good, the funny and the goodbye

DEAR JOYCE: For 13 years I've always been able to sell myself in a job interview and get the offer. Your response should not paint you as arbitrary and mindless, but as purpose-driven and focused. WINNERS.

Is 'digital native' recruiting age discrimination?

DEAR JOYCE: At 54, I needed a new job when my old one left town without me. Fortunately, I have a technical mind, am plugged in to the way business is done today and quickly found employment in a mid-tier organization.

Job search: Be picky about perks

DEAR JOYCE: As I get serious about finding a new job, I'll want not only higher pay and better benefits, but also more attractive perks. I'm unaware of sites exclusively dedicated to perks from an employee's perspective.

Dealing with difficult bosses, situations

DEAR JOYCE: I found out that my previous employer is unfairly bad mouthing me. I rejected his personal advances.

When getting hired requires storytelling talent

DEAR JOYCE: Graduating soon, I interviewed with high hopes at a well-known company but received a thanks-but-no-thanks email. -- Tell me about an instance when you didn't have enough time to finish a class assignment and how you handled it.

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