Confidence is King: One Day in a Job Search

One day a call will come from a networking friend.  Someone I’ve shared coffee with and someone who knows my job search objectives.  Turns out that a job has opened up with one of my target companies.

One day my resume will be walked into a hiring manager whose eyes will sparkle as they read about my background.

One day I will get a call from that same company who thinks I might be a good fit for their new position.  They will be right.

One day the phone will ring and I will interview with a person in human resources.  Someone who I connect with.  And they will push me through to a first round interview.

One day I will walk with confidence up to a big door.  One of my target companies.  As I enter, I will have a good feeling about this one.

One day I will meet and interview with the people that will be my new associates from 8-5.  I see myself working closely with them to make great things happen there.

One day someone will call and ask whether I have references.  And my heart will jump.

One day I will wonder why things are taking so long.  I will be impatient.  But I won’t show it.

One day I will be tempted to follow-up a second and third time. But I won’t.  I will let it linger.

One day I will get a call.  And a job offer.  The company will ask me to join them.  I will be their top candidate.  And they will want me to start as soon as I can.

One day I will put down the phone, walk into the other room and share the news.  Hey, guess what?

One day I will send an announcement to my network.  I will have arrived at a new job.  And I will tell them my story.  How I did it. And I will offer to help them.

One day I will turn off the alerts from

One day my resume will be a quiet file on my laptop.  Back to the obscurity.  Buried deep in a folder called “My 2011 Job Search”.

One day I will stop attending networking events four days a week and sometimes in the evenings.  Instead I will be home more often playing with my kids or enjoying a movie with my spouse or friends.

One day my life will be back in balance.  I will be part of a new team as a leader or key contributor.

One day my pockets will again be full and the savings will start to peak ahead to a better day.

One day I will miss this challenge.  This opportunity to prove myself.  And compete with other great people.

One day I will realize that I am a better person as a result of this job search process.  I will have learned about what I can do in difficult times.  And I will appreciate all the new friends I’ve met.

And, one day, I will pull up to a new parking spot.  At a new building.  I will walk to the door and grab the handle.  And smile.

One day . . .

This post was inspired by the song One Day by Matisyahu.


About the Author: Tim Tyrell-Smith is a career, marketing, branding and strategy coach focusing on small business, non-profits and individuals. A veteran executive in consumer marketing, Tim spent 23 years growing premium brands including Nestle Quik, Mauna Loa Macadamias and Meguiar’s Car Wax. Learn more about Tim at  or  You can also follow Tim on Twitter:  @FixBuildnDrive and @TimsStrategy.

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