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

Great idea that likely will waste your time

DEAR JOYCE: I've heard that the best time to find a good job is when it's in the embryonic stage. After that happens, as the theory goes, you'll be facing far more competition. In theory, this is an inspired idea.

Don't beat yourself up when job interviewer just doesn't like you

DEAR JOYCE: I recently graduated with a business degree, and I keep reading and hearing about today's great job market. I'm qualified for a junior professional position, but there seems to be a misfire.

Make time gaps in resume work for you

DEAR JOYCE: My employer allowed me to resign, but actually I was let go for too many early leaves and absences. How shall I handle the time gaps on my resume, or should I merely omit the entire dismal episode?

Kiss off your job? Kiss up first -- why it matters to your future

DEAR JOYCE: Several years ago, in a hurry to move fast up the pay scale, I rushed to accept a job offer hundreds of miles away. Yesterday, I heard from a buddy who's doing well at my old workplace. My guess is that it wasn't a casual call. Hmmm.

Who says professional tax work has to be ... well, taxing?

DEAR JOYCE: Before I married, had three lovely children and stayed home to be a full-time mom, I worked as an accountant. Have you considered becoming a tax professional and operating your own company?

Is it smart or dumb to quit early, quit often?

DEAR JOYCE: Now in my mid-20s, with degrees in business and computers, I've been in my job for two years. Having tracked the "quit early, quit often" issue for many moons, I call quick-job-change a viable strategy when you know what you're doing.

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