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April 26, 2015 / austreberto

the tale of the ever elusive first job (day twenty six)

the tale of the ever elusive first job

you have prepared nearly your entire life for this moment
fine tuning your arsenal
at the ready

in one hand
your resume
that recently completed it 321st revision after finding a typo that seemed to have eluded you until now

in the other
your references
that needed an updating after half of them replied who when they were contacted

3 am
five cups of coffee deep
with eyes that won’t quit
you find fresh tracks
stillness is in the air
it’s nearby

furiously clicking away
uploading and submitting your application
you give off its calls to try to entice it to accept you

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
WELL ORGANIZED
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
PATIENT
where the HELL is this job
(okay
still working on that last one)

day 463 and still no luck

so you fine tune everything yet again because there is always something wrong with you
scattering resumes in every direction
in every place that can fit
rapid fire
left right
here and way over there
overseas and down the road

desperately calling out
HARD WORKER
DETERMINED
SOMETHING PICK ME
SOMEONE PLEASE PICK ME
just give me a chance

day 464
465
489
523
642
giving up
this was the moment you could never prepare for

you’re inexperienced
need more experience
not good enough
never good enough
you can’t be good enough

you’ve heard this enough
that you started believing in it

day 643
you heard the distant call of what you’ve been waiting for
couldn’t believe your eyes

what a beaut

you brushed off the dust that had gathered
laid your resumes nearby
handpicked the best references
and you laid in waiting for that perfect opportunity to come by

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