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

Make smart relocation moves

DEAR JOYCE: I've been offered a very attractive promotion in a city several states away. Do you have some suggestions from other readers who decided to accept what could be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and relocate? I do.

Are you working too hard?

DEAR JOYCE: I assume you're aware of the recent news about Amazon's exhausting company culture for employees who want to succeed, get promoted and make more money -- or simply avoid being fired. Maybe. Maybe not.

Beware of job scam flim-flams

DEAR JOYCE: It seems that a week doesn't pass that we don't hear about hacking or another dishonest online practice. We're on the same page. Scams perpetrated on unwary job hunters continue -- many old, some new -- as I mention periodically.

Best new advice on job hopping

DEAR JOYCE: Is it true that, to gain higher pay and better jobs, a worker should change employers every two or three years? This isn't a simple yes or no question in contemporary times.

Human side of growing your career

DEAR JOYCE: As a new college graduate, I worked hard to secure an entry-level job with a well-regarded corporation. Consider this: 1. At in-person meetings, try to sit across the table from the person with the most power.

How to spot solid job facts

DEAR JOYCE: I'm ready to upgrade my career with a better job and do not want to waste time and effort chasing useless facts and outdated figures, as I've seen some of my friends do.

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