My Favorite Thing: A Fresh Start

Allow me to share a guilty pleasure with you – I am utterly hooked by shows like “Clean House.” Invariably, watching the perky team of experts declutter, clean, paint, and redecorate some poor slob’s house gets me twitching to do the same. One of the things I have discovered about myself is I love nothing […]

10 Reality Checks of Job-Hunting: Overcoming Common Job-Search Mistakes

by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. If you’ve been searching unsuccessfully for a new job for some time now — or if you’re about to start a job-search — you’ll want to review the 10 job-hunting concepts we discuss in this article. We refer to these job-search concepts as reality checks because […]

Resume Keywords

by Tracy Laswell, CPRW, JCTC – More than ever before, a job seeker’s resume must be carefully composed to appeal to applicant tracking systems, recruiters, and hiring managers. Each word on the page should support your specific career objective. And it better be all about benefits of hiring you: most the content needs to […]

The Smallest Companies are the Biggest Employers

It has long been my observation that those job seekers who are unemployed the longest and have the highest levels of frustration frequently focus almost exclusively on very large  companies. Very large employers are harder to get into because they attract so much candidate attention, they are forced to create systems and obstacles to protect […]

Helping Friends & Family Through a Job Search: 10 Do’s & Don’t’s

By Tracy Laswell, – 303-424-1700 No doubt about it, job searching is a trying time, not just for job seekers, but for family and friends as well. And of course we want to help, we really do. Sometimes we’re successful, and sometimes we need to be more understanding. So friends and family, listen […]

Connecting with Recruiters in Your Job Search

by Tracy Laswell My job search clients often ask me for referrals to a good “headhunter.” Other folks find me on LinkedIn read in my profile that I work as a Contract Recruiter and want me to “work with them” on finding a new job. After a little Q&A on the subject, I often find […]

Caffeinated Careers Club Westminster – 2nd Friday of the Month

What’s the Caffeinated Careers Club? Caffeinated Careers Club in Westminster (formerly Olde Town Arvada) is one of the Denver metro area’s longest-running job search club. Often imitated, but never matched! At the Caffeinated Careers Club, we network, share advice, job leads, resources, and encouragement. Facilitated by job search expert Tracy Laswell, is uplifting and focused on […]

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 […]