One of my regular reader, Pat has contributed an amazing and beautifully penned poem about the pains of job hunting. We’ve all been there, charting the unknown waters and feeling despondent. Pat has perfectly put those emotions into words.

I hope you enjoy it and drop by


If the sky is the limit,

Then why am I blue?

I’ve got my degree

Plus a masters or two.

I’ve had many jobs

As I moved through the ranks

When I’ve left for the next one

They’ve usually said thanks.

“For the energy and vision

You’ve brought to each task

If we offered more money

Would you stay?” they might ask.

But those days are behind me.

The market is colder.

I’m still the same person

Except I’ve grown older.

I’m still trying

To market my brand.

My future employer

May be close at hand.

I’m a very hard worker, not

A sloth or a slob.

You can find out for yourself

If you give me a job.


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38 replies on “Guest Post: Job Seeker Poem

        1. Wonderful. I’m a retired librarian and (fortunately) would not mind a part-time job but do not really need to seek a job. Since I retired, I have applied for several jobs and was only offered one. It was as a library technician (which is not the same as a librarian) but it only paid $1/hour more than my initial library job 30 something years earlier. I felt my experience was worth more than a dollar an hour raise so I turned the job down.

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          1. When I sought a job before, I think having to care for 2 small children puts potential employers off. As does age unfortunately. I don’t even bother looking for another job now – I’m happy to stay where I am.

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  1. Reblogged this on e-Quips and commented:
    Kally has very generously published a semi-biographical poem about an older job seeker. Check out her wonderful and informative blog for job tips, tips on how to be a freelancer (she is a very successful one), and inspirational messages.

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    1. Thank you, Priscilla for sharing your girlfriend’s experiences. It is very frustrating especially when you know your worth and you know you’re good but still running around in circles finding a job. If she need some advice or maybe someone to look through her resume, I’ll be happy to help. Just drop me an email at

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