How do you do a job application?
One step at a time.
At this moment, it’s Sunday night and I’m staring at the computer screen, desperately trying to motivate myself to start the fellowship application I’ve put off for weeks.
It’s due tomorrow.
And the looming deadline gives me a fresh sense of deja vu, of school assignments past when I was in the same predicament. Except one thing’s changed: I don’t have to do this application.
From my months of being a college grad, I’ve learned a few things about being an adult–the most important: it sucks.
Adulthood (a lot of it) involves doing things you don’t want to do (i.e. being responsible) and being extremely nice even when the other person is not (i.e. politeness).
For me, it also involves pursuing my talents for tomorrow (unpaid interning part-time) while ensuring stability for today (working part-time). And after all that, there’s not much left of me to give. After a full day of doing what I absolutely have to do, do I have the energy to do what I want to do? What I should do?
That’s the best explanation for my absence over the past few months I can give.
But I’m back because we’re in that transitional period where a swell of change occurs–whether for you that means seasons changing, the semester ending, the new calendar year beginning, etc.–take it as you will, but prepare for it.
As Malcolm X once said, “The future is for those who prepare for it today.” And one that I recite to myself on a daily basis–“In life, you have three choices. Give up, give in, or give it your all” (Charleston Parker).
So even though I don’t have to do this application nor do I want to do this application right now, I’m going to. I’m going to push myself because I know my options improve if I receive this position. I know that the only chance I have in receiving this position is by applying.
And if you’re putting something off that you should be doing and you’re looking for a sign to start, this is it. This is your sign! This is your sign to start, to work, to finish.
Don’t remain where you are if you have a chance to move forward, even if it’s only baby steps. “If you’re going through hell, keep going” (Winston Churchill).
So let’s roll up the sleeves of our sweatshirts, rub the sleepiness out of eyes, and without further procrastination, step one–attach a cover letter and resume: we are looking for a succinct, thoughtful…
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