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

Will downgrading your degree backfire?

DEAR JOYCE: Several years ago, while working at an insurance company, I had the opportunity to earn a B.S.B.A. in accounting. Being a long-term employee with a lack of general accounting experience, I could not find a comparable role.

Top social sites to network for jobs

DEAR JOYCE: Do you have a list of promising social media sites where I can network to boost my career and bump up a job search?

Can boss demand social passwords?

DEAR JOYCE: Out of the blue, my supervisor came to ask that I turn over my user names and passwords for my personal social media accounts. The answer depends on the state where you live. UPDATE FROM LEGAL EAGLE.

Acing the uncommon interview

DEAR JOYCE: Not a neophyte at job interviewing, I've always met with a single manager who spoke one-to-one with me. But last week I found myself being quizzed by six people in the same room at the same time!

Stressed-out commuter needs solutions

DEAR JOYCE: I like my job, but getting to and from it has become an irritating and pricey experience. I don't live where I can hop a commuter train to work and read or socialize along the way.

Changes possible for overworked, underpaid

DEAR JOYCE: I'm going to switch jobs or even my career field. Recent big news may lead to a vast improvement in your paycheck: Up to 5 million American workers could soon receive bumps in their salaries. MORE TIME, MORE MONEY.

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