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Contest: Write a Poem, Win a Prize

April is National Poetry MonthDid you know April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. and Canada? I bet you didn't. And I bet you haven't read or written much poetry lately, what with your ongoing job search and all. Well, now's your chance!

In honor of National Poetry Month, we're asking you to share your poetic talents in the comments section at the end of this post. And...

We'll send a prize to anyone who posts an original poem related to the theme of "Job Search"!

Meanwhile, here's an ode to get you in the spirit:

A Job Seeker's Lament
By Julie O'Malley

I edited my resume and cover letter
And sent them to the firm
They called me for an interview
But now I sit and squirm.

We really seemed to hit it off,
That interviewer and I.
We talked, we laughed, we formed
A connection you couldn't deny.

"We'll call you before the week is out,"
They promised as we said goodbye.
I quickly emailed a thank you note,
While my mood was still sky-high.

But that was a week-and-a-half ago
And here I sit and wonder.
Do I call and ask what's going on,
Or would that be a job search blunder?

When I couldn't take it anymore,
I built up my courage and called.
I left a nice message but no one called back.
I was so disappointed I bawled.

But wait, the phone is ringing now,
And it's the employer on caller ID!
A second interview? Yes, Yes!
I'll see you tomorrow at three.

I'm on top of the world, it's in the bag,
My future's looking bright.
They'll offer me the job for sure,
We'll celebrate tonight!

But the second set of questioners,
Were clearly unimpressed.
We didn't click, there was no rapport.
I'm getting seriously depressed.

I've done my best and followed advice,
I've been well prepared and real.
But either they don't like my skills,
Or the fit is not ideal.

This scene played out again and again,
As weeks and months transpired,
Until the day I heard the words
That changed it all: You're hired!

It's hard to believe the day has come
My search has come to an end.
I'll do my job and ply my trade
For paychecks I can actually spend.

No job search lasts forever,
You'll beat this dreaded curse.
It'll fade away in memory…
If it doesn't kill you first.

Or, as poet Maya Angelou said in a mere 11 words: "While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated." Now let's hear from you!


  1. Write a poem that has something to do with job searching and post it in the comments section below. No talent necessary. Any kind of poem you like. Just keep it fairly clean.
  2. Be sure to include your email address in the signup field so we can contact you for shipping instructions (no one will see it but us and we won't spam you).
  3. We’ll notify you by email then send you a prize!
  4. Contest closes at 5:00 pm EST on Friday, April 23, 2010.


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