The Power of Positive Thinking

Article excerpt by Katie B. Smith …what keeps you thinking positive? How can you reframe your negative thinking into positive thinking, or at least thoughts of possibility? Read more at Katie’s Blog:

12 Ways to Stay Positive in a Long-Drawn-Out Job Search

by Tracy Laswell, CPRW, JCTC – No doubt about it, job searching can be a draining, emotionally gut-wrenching, and depressing experience. The world as you know it hangs in the balance throughout a long, anxiety-ridden jaunt through the unknown. As a job search expert, a big part of what I do is help clients […]

About that LinkedIn Profile of Yours…

No doubt about it, social media is now an integral part of career development. Whether you’re in a job search currently or happily working away at your job, it makes sense to ensure that your online presence is all it can be, especially by optimizing your approach on LinkedIn. A few points to consider: Is your […]

Top 10 Interview Tips

Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Interviewing – a quick review list by Tracy Laswell Valdez, Want to learn more? Call us for a coaching session: 303-424-1700 1.    Getting an interview is an accomplishment all by itself. Celebrate it and begin building the relationship! 2.    Interviewing effectively takes practice and preparation – […]

Identify, Connect with, Research Target Companies

Looking for work? Your mind may turn to Monster, CareerBuilder, and other sites of that nature. Instead, check out or for one-stop job ad shopping that covers many sources. These are smart employment metasites that index vital information multiple ways. Once you identify a job ad at a company, don’t just ‘click and […]

Taking the Guesswork out of Dressing for an Interview

by Dana Lynch “To suit or not to suit?” That is the question. It used to be a given, before business casual and casual dress codes came to be, that an interview always meant donning a suit. It’s not so simple anymore. Especially in the tech field, dressing for work sometimes practically means “come as […]

Jet-lagged and Culture-Shocked: Back to work!

Recently a client of mine abruptly returned to a 40-hour a week job after more than a year of unemployment. He related his surprise at how he felt returning the 9-to-5 in a busy workplace, even having had many years of such experience. The words culture shock and jet lag came to mind – after […]

Has Your Head Been Hunted Lately? Working with Recruiters in Your Job Search

My clients often ask me for referrals to a good “headhunter.” After a little Q&A on the subject, I often find that my clients often think of recruiters as “jobs dispensers” or in other words, a magical shortcut around the plain old hard, boring, and frightening work of a job search. Connecting with a headhunter […]

Twelve of the Toughest Interview Questions

Here are classic interview questions from one of my favorite books on interviewing: The Perfect Interview (2nd edition) by John D. Drake Tell me about yourself. What are your strengths? What are your major weaknesses or limitations? What are your financial requirements? Why are you leaving your present position? What are your career goals for […]

E-mailing Resumes: The Good, The Bad, The Unexpected

The following article is based on an e-mail I received from a “recently re-employed UNIX Guru” – we’ll call him Louis, because, well, that’s his name. Fresh from a relatively short period of unemployment, he still identifies with those still in job search mode – and nice guy that he is, he wanted to share […]