Don’t miss the signal to fly.

Patience is brutal, especially when you’re ready to get in the race. You’re standing at that white line, next to all your fellow competitors. You’re really sweating it out, big time. There’s tingles all in your feet and your nails are just dug into that pavement. You know the gun will go off any second. OK, any second now. Then, ten minutes goes by. Another hour. Maybe a day. Weeks. Months.

All this time you’re just crouched there, anxiously waiting for the signal to run and never knowing when it’s going to come.

What I’m learning is a focus to stay on that white line and always be ready in case the sound to sprint happens. I want to just give up sometimes and go home, have a glass of wine, and call it a day. But I know I can’t get off that starting line, even for a minute. If I do, I might miss the gun going off, then I’ll be miles behind everyone else. I have to have the determination and focus to be ready for when it’s my turn.

So I’m still waiting on the outcomes of those interviews, but I’m also still looking for more opportunities. I’m open to everything, everyday, all the time. I don’t want to miss out on anything.

Job Hunt Tip #5: Apply, apply, apply. Anything that may seem worth your effort, get your resume to that company, especially if you have time to kill. I thought I wasn’t qualified for an ‘Editor’ position, but tried anyways. Two days later I got an interview. Don’t sell yourself short: if you applied for a ‘reach’ college, apply for that reach job too!

Music Motivation: Pop Song by Sigur Ros

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About CrookedFlight

Eileen Cotter Wright is an American expat living in London, UK. She is a freelance writer and owner of group travel site PureWander.com. Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for about a decade. Besides bolgging, she freelances for a variety of outlets, including Buzzfeed, matador Network and BootsnAll. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Twitter @Crooked_Flight and on her personal blog CrookedFlight. View all posts by CrookedFlight

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