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

Interviews: Smoke out hidden concerns

DEAR JOYCE: Using networking contacts, I have been able to arrange six job interviews in the last two weeks.

How young must you be to get hired?

DEAR JOYCE: A friend advises me to shave a few years off my resume to beat ageism and get hired. Most employers run a Social Security Number scan to verify basic information, such as name, address and age.

Career launch: Breaking through the choke point

DEAR JOYCE: I graduated with top grades from a little known college in a small Southern city I hope never to see again. Should I go in hock to pay for grad school, relocate to a large city where jobs are more abundant, marry an heiress or what?

Calling all techies: See top trending tech jobs

DEAR JOYCE: Am in my early 20s and have been working as tech support for four years., the popular career site for technology and engineering professionals, has recently compiled a list of the technology job skills that employers most want.

What to say when you can't say anything nice about a boss

DEAR JOYCE: The former boss who fired me was such a snakehead I would choke if I had to say anything good about him.

New job offer? Hold the phone: points to consider

DEAR JOYCE: I'm ambitious and ready to move up while the job market is the best it's been in six years. A job offer is a pat on the back, making you feel special, valued, successful, appreciated and needed.

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