Nhat hay Lieu ? Wimpy or Supermannish?

Joe viết ngày 08/05/2018

Thu Nhat: Toi muon bien bai blog nay bang tieng Viet, nhung toi khong co du chu chu dong...Eh uh then in English. Noboby wants to be beholden as a wimp. But as a superman? Eh..uh...

An Indian English word "fresher" is somehow natutalized by Vietnamese. And I dislike this word. Not because it's Indian English but it is WRONG in good English. It suggests an university student of the FIRST year, not a graduate. Freshers...NO, "fresh" graduates always face the toughest question of life: "How to get a good job?"

The answer is usually dubious. Asking around is never a good idea. The reason is simple: nobody likes to bear the responsibility for the future failure of the young man or young woman. Hence the advice is more or less generic -or in other word: useless. The "freshers" learned a lot in the university (Latin: universus and it means an Entity or a Wholeness. In Vietnamese Dai Hoc = Great Learning). But they didn't learn how to jump into the working world. No, to be more precise: they weren't taught how to prepare themselves before leaving the friendly, nice campus and plunging into a dangerous shark tank. Shark tank? Yes. It's about life or death. Full of deceptions and lies.


The newbies are easy meat for the Headhunters (HH) and Human Resource managers (HRM). They are stooges of the men and women in the shadow called "Bosses". If the men and women in the shadow (MaWiS) really concern about their company they have, emphasize HAVE, to interview the applicants personally. It's about their company, isn't it? One lets his "property" administer by a stranger (HH or HRM) only when one wants quick money before one scuds incognito to the Bahamas or Monaco.

HH and HRM task is to hunt the best meat at the lowest cost for the MaWiS. Because, they -the HH and HRM- have nothing to do than day in, day out to sharpen their only tool: grill the newbies, to barbecue them as deli for the bosses: best brains for some meager dollars. Hence they've learned by heart a lot of buzzwords: SQL-AI-ML-DM-DS-NodeJS-SPRING MVC-Angular-PYTHON-Android-iOS-Bla..bla...

And if you think that they're "really" experts of that what they "palaver" then you err tremendously. They are solely the modern Eunuchs who just talk loudly about Making-Love without being able to perform such a thing that they talk about. And if you believe them you become their easy meat.

In case that you confront such a loudmouth I recommend you to use your trained "Great Learning" to counter his/her buzzwords with your own buzzwords (e.g. "You certainly know that CP -stands for Concurrent Programming- can solve a lot of BN -stands for Bottleneck- IT problems, don't you?". What IT problems, what CP/BN you naturally won't tell him or her, right?).

Now what? The youngsters who mastered the "Great Learning" behave helpless and act awkwardly like some bad-oiled-bad-developed humanoids. Easy meat. Their parents duck. Their governement ducks. All duck. The newbies start to duck, too. What a shame!

"it walks like a duck
it quacks like a duck
it looks like a duck
it must be a duck"

The newbies become the ducks- Peking ducks for HH and HRM and the MaWiS.


I ask myself why won't you behave like your western counterparts and take the initiative into your own hands? Be independent, be more confident (because you have finished the "Great Learning") and work out what you have trained for during the "Great Learning": global thinking, systematic planning and schematic acting. All that is what the Dai Hoc is purposed and prepared for.

Let start with the CV. Curriculum Vitae - a brief and concise reflection of your life. Brief means short, concise means short-and-precise. A brief and concise CV should be drafted carefully and precisely about oneself, not a verbose biography. The reason is simple: YOU are not the only one who apllies for the job. There're probably hundreds or thousands. Also hundreds or thousands of CV pile up in front of a HH or HRM. He/she has no time for every CV. So, his/her reaction is foreseeable: throw the long CV away, look briefly on the concise CV. Long CV goes straight to the basket.

The CV must be precise and concise: It should consist of:


  • name,
  • address
  • email and phone


  • school (name, years)
  • college (name, years)
  • university (name, years)
  • final certificate (with note).


  • IT (e.g. C/C++, JAVA, etc.)
  • DB (e.g. SQL)
  • advanced (Machine Learning, Big Data, etc.)


  • training (short description)
  • project in the school/college/university (short description)

Don't be too naive and expose your religion (HH or HRM may against your religion), your family status (single, married, divorced because HH or HRM can draw some negative conclusion about your living status) and your hobby (which could tell HH/HRM that you a lone wolf).

Life awards only those who have courage and dare to take initiative into their own hands. Everyone sends his application to the company where (s)he want to apply and waits for weeks for an answer. Why you do the same? Why don't you put your CV and papers in a map and go straight to the company and demand to talk directly with the Boss (or HRM)? Surprise is the mother of every success -in the battlefield or in a workplace. Twenty Plus years ago I went to SUN and demanded to meet Scott McNealy and got the job without having to go thru the tedious filter of HRM and HH.

My only advice: Freshers, eh NO. "Newbies", be independent, be confident, be self-assured. Take initiative into your own hands and do what you want to do. Don't let the other interfere your approach. Think about your long future. It's yours, and believe me: the HH or HRM never care about what you do or suffer. And the MaWiS reap the fruits from your sweaty work...and become rich, very rich, filthy rich like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg...

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