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

Bailing out? Why your goodbye matters more than you think

DEAR JOYCE: For nearly a year, I've been an administrative assistant in a small office.

What to do when your boss is a scold

DEAR JOYCE: My manager is quick to snipe and slow to praise. Maybe not. Without being defensive, explain why you do not feel the criticism is fair.

Help when online job applications demand your pay figures

DEAR JOYCE: I've always heard that it's a mistake to talk money before you're offered the job. When you ask for too much pay, you're out of the running; too little pay and you're stuck with peanuts; leave the space blank and you're history.

No achievements? Look again

DEAR JOYCE: I'm still looking for my first job after graduating from high school and striking out. Whether you're a new grad of high school or college, when you haven't held a paying job you face a version of a classic, circular dilemma: "Need a job?

College loan forgiveness and your first job

DEAR JOYCE: After my college graduation, I quickly began a new job that I hadn't checked out very well.

Franchising for you: beauty or beast?

DEAR JOYCE: At 32, I'm thinking about leaving my good job and starting my own business. A Google search will confirm that viewpoints on the franchising option have changed in recent years.

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