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Entries from July 2009

The zero vacation day dilemma

July 22nd, 2009 · 8 Comments

I have four weeks of vacation days each year. I use all of my vacation days every year. But, I feel I haven’t taken any vacation for the past three years. Okay, I might be exaggerating a little bit. But, honestly, I feel that I haven’t taken a vacation for a very long time. The […]

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Tags: Work/Life Balance

The dirty secrets of performance review

July 20th, 2009 · 20 Comments

Have you wondered how performance reviews are conducted behind-the-scene? When I was an individual contributor, I bought into what management told me — setting SMART goals in the beginning of the year. Work hard throughout the year. Write thorough and insightful self-reviews and peer reviews. Get 360-degree feedback from colleagues. And I’ll get a review […]

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Tags: Corporate Ladder · Frustration@Work · Management

I grew up in the hood

July 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

People laughs when I tell them I grew up in the hood. I guess I don’t look, sound, or act like someone who grew up in the hood. But, I really did. For one year. Probably the most important year in my life. It was almost twenty years ago. My family just immigrated to the […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · News

How my friend got a high-power finance job by walking his dog

July 15th, 2009 · 4 Comments

The job market was very bad in 2003 while I was in business school. It was a few days before the end of the school year. My friend Jacob was still without an internship. The recruiting process had been particular hard for Jacob because he came from an unconventional background and he was trying to […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · Recruiting & Job Hunting

The brutal negotiator

July 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Ninety-five percent off. That’s the steep discount big-time CEO and entrepreneur Ken was able to get from negotiating with a large enterprise software company. I used to work for Ken’s company. I once talked to the business development guy in the other company who negotiated with Ken. He told me Ken was so brutal in […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · Management

Are you nice to yourself?

July 13th, 2009 · No Comments

I used to get really frustrated by office politics. I would bring the negative emotions home and feel bad for a long time. Once I complained to a aunt, and she told me a story. She attended a Catholic kindergarten when she was a kid. She wasn’t very popular among her peers. She would feel […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Learning and Growing

How to prepare for Second Life Job Fair

July 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments is doing something very interesting in the hiring front – it’s holding its first-ever virtual job fair in Second Life. According to the announcement from Amazon Web Service blog, job applicants will have access to amazon hiring managers and recruiters  around the world. Also, they’ll be conducting first-round interviews virtually. Amazon has many job […]

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Tags: Recruiting & Job Hunting

The first time I cried at work

July 6th, 2009 · 11 Comments

I’m usually a reserved and calm person. But, I cried really hard once at work a little bit over a decade ago. I still remember it vividly. At that time, I just started working as Associates Product Manager at a medium-sized enterprise software company. My job was to manage the Application Programming Interface (API) product. […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Leadership · Learning and Growing · Management