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, 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

Be a champ survivor

DEAR JOYCE: My dad is 61 and terrified that he's going to lose his job to a younger person.

Negotiate salary for fatter paychecks

DEAR JOYCE: The good news is I received the job offer I'd hoped for; the bad news is I was so excited my alarm bells didn't go off when the hiring manager said, "Your background fits the job perfectly, but we can't pay the increase you likely are ...

Frustrated with your job search? Try this.

DEAR JOYCE: When I was a high-school drop-out, I stumbled around with minimum-wage jobs but finally got the message. But things haven't worked out as I expected.

Are company dress codes old hat?

DEAR JOYCE: Is it advisable to dress up for a job interview? My most important tip: Present yourself as one of the tribe.

Who says you can't find good job after 50?

DEAR JOYCE: At 61, I'm out of gas in a fruitless job search despite good experience and skills. They understood that unhappiness does not sell! FOCUS ON YOUR SELLING POINTS.

Become big fish in small pond or little fish in big sea?

DEAR JOYCE: I'll be a liberal arts grad this June, and I'm scouting jobs. Generalizations are risky but here are three common observations: -- Training at big companies usually is better than that offered at small companies.

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