The Art of Letting Go

JULY 19, 2012

Photo: Alice Plati

You put yourself out there. I mean this time you really, really put yourself out there. Perhaps attempts at making a connection in the past were half hearted, but you met, the chemistry was there—so why hasn’t the phone buzzed?

Spoiler alert: I’m not referring to your lackluster date from Friday night. I’m talking about your job interview.

Before you start cursing your friends and mother for texting and calling to chat when you’re so clearly waiting for an important call from a potential employer, practice the art of letting go.  If you’re like me, you’re looking for your golden ticket into the world of 9 to 5 and out of the world of waiting, whether it’s waiting for an opportunity to come through or simply just waiting tables like yours truly.

When I first graduated from college, I spent so much time focusing on getting a job that I did not stop to think about whether or not I would actually like it. A few months later I did land a job, and you guessed it: I hated it. Fast track six months: I quit and moved to New York to reevaluate.  Getting a career-type job is about so much more than being able to say you’ve got your big girl life in order. As cliché as it will undoubtedly sound, it is about being happy (and subsequent happy hours).

The job hunt is an exercise in the art of acceptance: accept the fact that everything works out in the end. Said ‘A-ha!’ moment may not come for years, but it will come.

And if the interviewer can’t see how perfect you are for the job, then you don’t want to work for that jerk anyway.



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