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 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...

May 13, 2017

Speech I delivered at the May 2017 ICT event.

Here is a link to the ten-minute video:  https://youtu.be/BkAzQfIufsM

My name is Ed. I am an over-55, unemployed white male. I used to work as a software trainer. I’ve been without a full-time job since Halloween 2016. Every...

May 10, 2017

Ever look in your neighbor's garage?
Is it a single, double, or three-car garage?
How many cars are in the garage?

Odds are, there are no cars in your neighbor's garage.
Or your own for that matter.

Because, as George Carlin said, "All I need is a place for my stuff." An...

May 5, 2017

What is memory? Is it a recording? Is memory accurate?

The evidence suggests memory is neither a recording nor accurate. In fact, there's lots of evidence that we shape and build our memories.

For example, at a two day boot camp I once attended, some attendees disagreed...

March 18, 2017

This is the written form of a speech  I presented at an ICT conference in December 2015.

Good morning. Last May I spoke at the ICT reboot-camp about the emotional highs and lows of the job search and compared my experience to the Five Stages of Death.

I discussed how as...

March 18, 2017

This is the written form of a speech I gave at the December 2016 ICT conference.

Ten years ago the hiring manager said “Great presentation. “You have a professional presence, good voice, and nice way of explaining the concepts. Good slides too. But...”

She then went on t...

March 18, 2017

This is a written form of a speech I presented at a May 2015 Institute for Career Transitions' conference.

I was asked to talk to you about emotions---What one feels, and what one deals with, while looking for a job. So, the first thing I want to do is find out---how do...

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Ed Lawrence                       


Natick, MA                          


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