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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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Be a Problem Solver

Ken Blanchard’s classic management book The One Minute Manager [BJ82] is an allegorical tale of business life. In one part, an employee comes to The Manager and says, “Sir, I have a problem,” to which he replies, “Good, that’s what you’ve been hired to solve.” The employee came in looking for a solution to his problem, and the boss reminded him that problem solving is exactly why he is involved in the company at all.

Your boss-to-be is looking to hire you for one reason, and that’s to solve problems for him. If all he needed was someone to do grunt work, to crank out some code, to string cable, or to dispense IP addresses, he could hire a trained monkey off the street to do it. What he really wants is someone to take care ...

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