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

Choosing a college major

DEAR JOYCE: First in my family to attend college, I'll soon finish my freshman year. Smart preparation is one of life's most crucial success drivers; don't stint on research for your future. THE BOOK.

Big bucks in at-home direct sales: true or false?

DEAR JOYCE: Recently I watched a video in which a homemaker claimed she uses social media and a team of 200 other moms to earn an annual six-figure income by selling products directly to customers at home parties.

A business degree can stretch technology career

DEAR JOYCE: My daughter, who will be a college sophomore this year, says she hopes to become a software engineer. My daughter will call her shots, but as the bill-payer-in-chief, I could use some straight advice.

Is a small company your best bet?

DEAR JOYCE: With 28 years of solid work experience, I thought my career was set for life. Add social recruiting to changes in "talent acquisition" -- a new term for how humans are spotted, vetted and hired.

Think before you take the leap

DEAR JOYCE: I have a good track record in advertising products and am now interviewing with potential employers. I'm wondering if I'm being taken advantage of.

Be a champ survivor

DEAR JOYCE: My dad is 61 and terrified that he's going to lose his job to a younger person.

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