The Most Powerful Word in Job Search: Tomorrow
Examples surround us, every day: many of us have experienced the flood of emotions resulting from the word “love”. On the opposite end of the spectrum, many have been dramatically affected by a racial slur.
As internship or job seekers, we too have great potential to be impacted by a single, powerful word.
That word is: “tomorrow”.
Most of us use this word on a daily basis without a second thought. Perhaps therein lays the power…
Tomorrow as a Force for Good
During an employment search we often need positive re-enforcement. We send application after application, hoping each will result in an interview. Too frequently, however, our efforts are met with rejection (if we get any response at all).
In these times, we must stay focused on the positive. As the eponymous character sings in the signature song from the musical Annie, “Tomorrow, tomorrow… you’re only a day away!” Any good sales person will tell you, every “no” brings you closer to a “yes”. Similarly, each day we spend focused on our employment search is closer to that new internship or job we’ll get… tomorrow.
Tomorrow can also help us to set goals. By setting up a job search timeline, we may track our progress. Often, this timeline involves literal tomorrows as in “I’ll learn to use Google Analytics by the end of the day…tomorrow”.
Tomorrow, then… can be good; hopeful even.
The Dark Side of Tomorrow
Just as the word can motivate, “tomorrow” can work just as powerfully against us.
An employment search takes time, and the road is full of distractions. There are many timesucks and opportunities available for us to procrastinate: “Update my resume? Eh, I’ll do it… tomorrow” or “Ok, I’m really going to start focusing on my job search… tomorrow!”
And that is the power of the word.
Tomorrow doesn’t stand opaquely in front of us; it isn’t something we can hear or feel. Instead, “tomorrow” resides in the background… delivering an optimistic, energetic feeling that gives us hope. Or, “tomorrow” can be a time waster we don’t even notice… a sultry siren song, beckoning us toward the rocky shore of “American Idol”, the mall and video games. Soon, many tomorrows have gone by – and we’ve accomplished little.
As a young professional, remain consciously aware of how you relate to, and use, this single word.
Whichever side we choose… tomorrow represents the same period of time. It’s only a day away.
About the Author: Dave Ellis, is an original member of the YouTern team and instrumental to its success… in fact, he’s so awesome there wouldn’t be a YouTern without him (and he might have written this bio himself). In his spare time, Dave volunteers, rescuing and rehabilitating sea lions and baby elephant seals.