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

How to be there for pal blindsided by job loss

DEAR JOYCE: To his utter shock, last week my friend Ted suddenly lost his job of 23 years along with 14 others at his workplace. Ted is shell-shocked. Many of us know someone who's lost his or her job suddenly.

What to do when office newbie's manners need a remake

DEAR JOYCE: A June college graduate is grating on everyone's nerves. Among the young coworker's irritating actions: He eats lunch at his desk, stinking up the office, rather than eating it in the lunch room.

New: informational interviewing now moving online

DEAR JOYCE: Have you heard about a slick new way job seekers can get inside a company and ask one of its recruiters or other employees some specific questions and get fast answers? This creative development is informational interviewing on steroids.

Holiday networking: tips to score big starting today

DEAR JOYCE: Is it a time waster to hunt for a job during the holidays? Holiday networking is far from a waste of energy and events -- it's time well spent. -- Holiday spirit.

You need paper resumes to sell yourself, because?

DEAR JOYCE: I've been told that paper resumes are antiques, like manual typewriters. Yes, and I don't buy it.

Need a job? Get experience. Need experience? Get a job

DEAR JOYCE: After graduating in May with a bachelor's degree, I still don't have a job because every place I've applied wants someone with related experience. You're caught in a classic workplace runaround.

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