Welcome to "Edvice", where I offer you practical advice, including My thoughts on résumés and cover letters, the job search, interviewing, career transition, and more.

July 6, 2019

​I asked my friend the poker expert what separates the poker pros from the rest of us. He recited four characteristics that enable the pros to consistently win.

As he explained each point, I realized the mind-set and behavior that make a great poker player can make you...

July 1, 2019

The Old Rules No Longer Work

My friend John, a professional poker player and my poker mentor, once asked me, “If you ever did pay $10K to play in the World Series of Poker (WSOP), what would be your strategy?”

I told him I’d follow the strategy outlined by two-time WSOP...

January 5, 2019

Brigette Hyacinth (Author: The Future of Leadership: Rise of Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence) recently posted on LinkedIn, “If a sales manager asks you, "sell me this pen", on a job interview. THIS is how you answer” and then detailed the right way to...

January 3, 2019

In part one of the Interviewing Success series, you learned: Everyone is hired as a problem-solver.

In part two, you learned the first thing interviewers want to determine is whether you can do the job.

In part three, we told you the second question the interviewer needs...

December 31, 2018

Interview Success: Will You Want to Keep Doing the Job?

In part one of the Interviewing Success series you learned:

  1. Everyone is hired as a problem-solver.

  2. Companies only care about your skill set as it relates to solving their problem.

  3. In the early intervie...

December 24, 2018

In the first part of this interviewing success series you learned:

  1. Everyone is hired as a problem-solver.

  2. They only care about your skill set as it relates to solving their problem.

  3. In the early interview rounds, it’s all about them.

You must acquire thi...

December 20, 2018

You were perfect for that job. You had all the skills they listed in the ad. When they asked that softball “tell me about yourself” question, you were ready: You related your extensive experience and cited all the skills you had picked up over the years. In fact, in al...

July 26, 2018

This story is based on a real incident. The client worked with me on the story and approved it. Names have been changed to preserve anonymity.

A couple of days ago a client—let’s call him Walter--- phoned me. After just over one month at the new job, his boss pulled him...

April 14, 2018

The economy seems to be doing great. You've seen the official unemployment statistics. We keep hearing about a "skills gap."

Yet, so many of us know someone who is unemployed, under-employed, or "off the rolls."

These people need support. Studies conducted by sociologist...

March 8, 2018

Recently, someone asked me how I became so good at networking. My reaction was one of surprise. Me? Expert networker? (How did that happen…and when?)

And the answer I gave them surprised them: I decided to become a gardener.

Through the years I’ve learned a lot from gard...

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Ed Lawrence                       


Natick, MA                          


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