a resume here, a resume there
Indeed, Monster, LinkedIn, everywhere
rejections galore, day after day
forever pursuing other candidates
networking events, mentors, webinars
light at the end of the tunnel stays so far
reaching out, keeping it up
what else is there? just me and the hunt
grad school? freelance? give it a try!
building skills, growing knowledge,
budding self-actualization, oh my!
but look, an unexpected email...
with no watching opportunity comes knocking
"enthusiastic, bubbly, genuine, bright"-- they loved me
2 week notice written, just so ready to begin
oh, but wait: the project/position postponed again
and again and again
back to the drawing board, this time with help
three more offers, ready to go? just getting grip!
furniture store, start-up growth,
recruit maybe? tell me more!
decisions, decisions, must only pick one
start-up excitement beckons my soul
plus low pay and conflict of interest (with business of my own)
respectively, settle the score
ballin' salary, owners love Hayek, total cloud nine
somebody pinch me, I swear I can fly
big day forgotten, hospitalized stress,
walkouts, "chivalry", just disorganized at best
true gentlemen know that no means no
body and mind, also my car and my home
this is my ship, I run it, it's my say so, I am my own
too good to be true as colors begin to show
demeaning, yelling, texting all hours of the night
damned if you do, damned if you don't: it's somehow my fault
Jekyll and Hyde, fear over anger fuels the flight
in the siren's open arms, prodigal barista has yet to lose hope
making it up, along we go, just like Jobs, just like Schultz
always new players, ever changing rules, nobody really knows
the long game sucks, but it's the only way to grow
as both pawn and queen, to each their own
(formerly "Bare Barista Threads" and "Memoirs of a Pizza Girl")
With a year of delivering pizza, two and a half years as a barista, and some more time in the trenches, I have plenty of stories, thoughts, and musings. The days that threatened to break me all the while built me. I want to help others in my profession view their work as an opportunity, too. This is my soap box.