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

Smart to take a second swing at the job you lost? Maybe

DEAR JOYCE: I was laid off from a job about eight months ago. Focus a panoramic look at your quandary before finalizing your decision; include these factors: THE PLUS SIDE. -- A rehiring could be a significant break for you.

Want a promotion? Here's how to make it happen

DEAR JOYCE: At 26, I'm ambitious. The following six tips capsulate how to move up through a management structure: 1) MAKE A JOB PLAN; WORK YOUR PLAN.

Are robots lining up to snatch your job? Maybe

DEAR JOYCE: My daughter and son are in high school and it will soon be time for them to anticipate their future careers. As technology continues to fire away at work as we know it, routine and mundane tasks of many jobs will disappear.

Go for top student dollars in aid and internships

DEAR JOYCE: I would like to go to graduate school but the vision of racking up thousands and thousands of dollars from day one of grad school --instead of after graduation -- is scary.

How do you take your coffee? With a college degree, please

DEAR JOYCE: After hearing about the big employee scholarship program Starbucks is offering to employees, I'm surprised to note critics of the program.

Can boss cut lunch hour for hourly employees?

DEAR JOYCE: Is it against any laws or rules for a private employer to cut lunch hours to only 30 minutes for all hourly employees -- claiming that the workload demands the change?"

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