15 must-have skills to land a job

Be aware of the skills most employers are looking for regardless of the position you are seeking.
Those include:
  1. Being punctual. Arrive on-time, preferably early, and stay till the quitting time, better live late.
  2. Being dependable.
  3. Having a good attitude.
  4. Having drive, energy, and enthusiasm.
  5. Wanting more than a paycheck.
  6. Being self-disciplined, well-organized, highly motivated, and good at managing time.
  7. Handling people well.
  8. Using language efficiently.
  9. Being committed to teamwork.
  10. Being trainable and loving to learn.
  11. Being project-oriented and result-oriented.
  12. Being good at problem-solving.
  13. Having integrity.
  14. Being loyal to the organization.
  15. Being able to identify market trends and opportunities.


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About the author: Hoan Do is a certified leadership coach. Hoan have led multiple teams at Symantec Inc. across the globe delivering world-class solutions to protect consumers and businesses. Hoan is an expert in building highly performing teams. He believes that the best leader is the leader that could grow his followers to be leaders. Hoan has been organizing mastermind groups to share with other leaders about transformational leadership and coaching. He has trained many leaders via mastermind groups, workshops, and one-on-one coaching.

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The secret of Tim Ferris’s 4-hour work week with applications and exercises

Why am I reading this?
  • To find out what Tim Ferris means by working only 4-hour per week. I’ve read his article on LinkedIn. He was able to live a life of his dream with a lot of traveling. I want to find out his method and how I can apply to my life.
An interesting exercise which is similar to what Steve Chandler talked about:
  • Contact high-profile people and get them to reply to your questions
Another practice:
  • Ask for phone numbers of at least two attractive members of the opposite sex on each day. It’s not important to get the number, it’s important to overcome fear of asking.
    Example of a script (a more challenge on is to ask 3 girls in a row in less than 5 minutes): “Excuse me. I know this is going to sound strange, but if I don’t ask you now, I will be kicking myself for the rest of the day. I am running to meet a friend, but I think you are extremely cute/hot. Could I have your phone number? I am not a psycho – I promise. You can give me a fake one if you are not interested.”
Secrets of efficiency and effectiveness:
  1. Pareto’s principle: Limit tasks to the important to shorten work time (80/20)
  2. Parkinson’s Law: Shorten work time to limit tasks to the important.
Application: identify few critical tasks that contribute most to income and schedule them with very short and clear deadlines.
An exercise: ask yourself constantly at least three times per day
  1. Am I being productive or just active?
  2. Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important?

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Should you make a counter offer when your employees receive another job offer?

Zig is an engineer working for manager Tim. Zig is not a top performance but an above average one. For various reasons, Zig like other engineers in the company is getting paid below the market level.

Zig comes into Tim’s office one day: “Tim, I love working with you and the project. However, company X offers me a job with much higher pay. With my current situation, I must go for it.”

Tim is shocked as he has gotten Zig into a critical project and Zig really loves this new project. Zig is a loyal engineer who has been with the company for over 10 years. Tim quickly rationalizes in his mind that he can’t lose Zig. Even though matching Zig’s offer would make Zig the highest paying employee in his team, Tim sees no other way out.

After some exchanges to understand more about the situation and the offer, Tim: “What if we can match the offer?”

Zig: “I would love to stay.”

Zig gets a bump in compensation. 

Unbeknown to Tim, the news about Zig spread across the organization like wild fire regardless of both Zig and Tim’s swear to keep the matter confidential. 

Employees quickly learn that to get a raise, they can generate an offer from another company and threaten to quit. 

Employees also learn that people get a raise anytime not just during an appraisal review. In other words, they learn that their managers lie to them when stating the company policy that raise can only happen during an appraisal review.

Employees also learn that they could ask for a raise. This encourages politics in the company. The aggressive employees would ask for a raise and would not back down till they get what they want. The less aggressive ones might ask but would not get it. Quickly, people learn that they must be vocal and aggressive.

While managers can save someone from leaving from matching the offer, it has a consequence that is difficult to deal with in the long run.

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Pick a boss, not a job


An engineer who is very smart and capable is transferred to a new team with a new manager. He soon finds out that he’s working for a manager who is only interested in delivering short-term results at all cost.

At first the engineer shows some great innovations, only found himself getting busier and busier with doing what the manager wants. Whenever he brings up some innovative ideas, the manager shots him down masterfully leaving the engineer being unfulfilled.

After talking with a coach, the engineer realizes that he is missing out living a life. He’s living in a prison that his manager builds and he himself unconsciously accepted. The engineer even thought that he has no where else better to go to. The coach helps the engineer to get insights into his life and his ability. He quits his job and immediately gets better offers from big companies.

The engineer picks the position with a boss who values him and gives him a lot of autonomy. In one year, he becomes  a shining star in the organization with award winning innovations.


1. Pick a boss, not a job.

2. Don’t be stuck in a prison. You are free to be and free to act. The world needs you to reach your full potential.

If you have to think before talking about your boss, quit

Engineer A asks engineer B: “You moved to a new team for 6 months now. How’s that working out with your new boss?”

Engineer B hesitates, thinks for a while, and says: “It’s different.”

It struck engineer B at night that why he had to hesitate when someone asked about his manager. He has to think of something good to say or tell the truth.

It’s better to tell the truth as long as it’s not a complaint.

Engineer B starts looking for a new opportunity with a leader who he admires and respects and whom he will not have to think when someone asks “how’s your boss?”

In choosing your job, work for someone you admire, trust, and respect. You will learn and enjoy your work a lot more.

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