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Looking For a Job – Show Up Like a Grow Up



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It is wonderful to know that when you are looking for a job, you need to show up like a grown up and get things done. Sometimes it is hard work looking for work! It doesn’t matter if you are an entrepreneur, blogger, employee or person looking for a side hustle. Looking for work is sometimes full-time work on its own. The fact of the matter is that work is often hard, full of disappointment and a pain in the neck. However, none of that matters. Work needs to be done and sometimes you are the one who has to do it. Perhaps that is why it is called work and not fun.

When you show up like a grown up, you go and get done whatever it is that needs doing. Grown up do the hard things like paying the bills, wash the laundry and provide for the family emotionally, spiritually, mentally and financially. Even when the grown ups don’t feel like it, they still have to do the things that grown ups must do.

Similarly when you are looking for work, you must show up like a grown up. You must look for positions, fill out an application, go on interviews and then repeat as often as necessary until you have found a new job. The process is similar when you are an entrepreneur looking for new clients or a freelancer looking for new assignments. Sometimes, you can get the work you want with one simple try. More likely, though, you it is more likely that you must follow the steps over and over again until you have accomplished the mission and then you must start the whole process over again.

When you show up like a grown up, you understand that things are hard but you keep going. When you show up like a grown up, you look at the big picture and look long-range. When you do look at the big picture and think long-range, short-term problems, difficulties and tribulations seem less important. When you show up like a grown up you keep your eyes on the prize and never stop thinking about the end game. When you show up like a grown up keep in mind the old saying, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

Perhaps the best way to think about showing up like a grown up is to think of the words from the Langston Hughes poem, Mother to Son. 

Well, son, I’ll tell you: 

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. 

It’s had tacks in it, 

And splinters, 

And boards torn up, 

And places with no carpet on the floor— 

But all the time  

I’se been a-climbin’ on, 

And reachin’ landin’s

And turnin’ corners, 

And sometimes goin’ in the dark 

Where there ain’t been no light. 

So, boy, don’t you turn back. 

Don’t you set down on the steps. 

‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. 

Don’t you fall now— 

For I’se still goin’, honey, 

I’se still climbin’, 

And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. 


The words to this poem exemplify the idea of showing up like a grown up perfectly. This mother explains to her son that life is hard, but still she shows up like a grown up and continues to move forward to accomplish her goals. No matter what the obstacle, no matter how hard things are, no matter how hopeless things seem, she continues to climb. to move forward to show up like a grown up.

When you are looking for a job, there are going to be hard days, sad days and even some good days. But, no matter what the day is like,  you must show up like a grown up, face it and move forward. Be encouraged, stand still and know that no matter what the problem, no matter what the obstacle, you can do it, you can do it, you will find a job. No matter what else you do, you must remain hopeful. After all, the greatest part of showing up as a grown up is keeping hope alive and believing that in the end, you will achieve your goals.


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In conclusion, it is wonderful to know that when you u are looking for a job, you need to show up like a grown up and get things done. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, when you are looking for the next job, client, customer, freelance assignment are you going to show up like a grown up or are you still a kid at heart?





26 thoughts on “Looking For a Job – Show Up Like a Grow Up”
  1. OMG!!! I have never heard of such a thing. That is showing up like a middle schooler! I hope that person learns soon so that she/he can get and keep a job.

  2. It is hard to let our children grow up, but we need to help them be grown ups so they can become self sufficient.

  3. All grown-up here. I’m not looking but if I were, I’d take it seriously since jobs are hard to come by!

  4. This is a lovely post. And once again, timely, as I have an interview today for a position as a reiki practitioner!

  5. I have always hated looking for a job which is why the military was such and awesome place to be it took all the guess work out of it. Then when I got out I had jobs looking for me which was a pretty awesome feeling. I agree that people who are looking for a job do need to show up like a grown up.

  6. Great porter. Love the poem. Especially since this day in age jobs are hard to come by!

  7. Great advice, and loved the poem. So many people don’t quite get this in their adult years.

  8. What a great poem. I have a few family members that need to read this post.

  9. That’s such a great poem, and, yes, grown ups need to start acting like grown ups.

  10. I think some grown ups need a lesson on what it is like to be a grown up these days!

  11. I love this quote. I have heard way too many stories from hiring managers who had people show up dressed inappropriately, or their resumes were filled with text speak.

  12. Great article and tips!! Love everything you said!

  13. Love these tips. I have a friend who was a hiring manager and had someone show up with their best friend and insisted they attend the interview to help “fill any gaps”. Seriously? That’s far from being an adult. lol

  14. These are such great tips. My cousin just went to an interview and my aunt who coddles him went with him. He didn’t get the job and regardless of what my aunt says, I know exactly why 🙂 all the points you just made here.

  15. This is great advice – a little bit of tough love, a little bit of tenderness and a lot of understanding. Just perfect.

  16. Good advice..perfect advice for the many that are looking for work.

  17. I love the “things are hard but you keep going” part. It’s sometimes hard to remember, but so true!

  18. I agree wholeheartedly. Even my teenager on her way now to college is job hunting and I’ve been telling her that she needs to dress appropriately and not like the teenager she is. They’ll respect her and take her more seriously that way.

  19. I agree that a lot of people need to read this! Great tips and inspiration!

  20. Great perspective so many people should read this, I enjoyed it immensely!

  21. I always say dress for the position you want – and the same goes for acting like you want it.

  22. Great and insightful article. I know full well that looking for a new position is a job unto itself. Thanks for the new preservative.

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