There is power in the word “YET.”
YET is a word we use to indicate urgency or impatience, but there are other times when we use YET to mean transition or journey.
Career transition is hard.
It’s a process that takes a lot of time, and because we are human and live in a culture where we want immediate information and gratification, we aren’t always patient.
I hear this a lot when I’m talking to people at networking events or online or discussing how I can help them as their coach.
“I haven’t found my dream job.”
“I’m submitting my resume a lot, but I’m not getting any responses.”
“I’m miserable in my job, and I know I need to find a new job, but I haven’t found the time to update my resume and apply.”
Now, imagine adding one word to the end of each of these sentences.
“I haven’t found my dream job, YET.”
“I’m submitting my resume a lot, but I’m not getting any responses, YET.”
“I’m miserable in my job, and I know I need to find a new job, but I haven’t found the time to update my resume and apply, YET.”
How does that change the energy in the intention and statement?
When we don’t acknowledge the “transition” or the “journey” we are in, we make things seem definite. Is that how we want to SHOW UP?
As a career transition coach, I help my executive and career clients navigate this arc purposefully, gracefully, and intentionally. And sometimes, I have to remind my clients that we need to be patient in this process as our timelines don’t always sync with that of an organization or HR rep.
If you are getting anywhere over a 10% response rate from your resume submissions that lead to some interview, your resume is gaining traction. Companies are overwhelmed, and they can’t always get to everyone. And if your resume has ended up in Applicant Tracking Purgatory, there’s not much you can do other than move to the next application.
We want feedback about our application, and YET we don’t always get it.
Stop wasting your time and energy worrying whether you will hear from Company ABC and move on to the next one. If that company isn’t responding to your application quickly enough for you, why wait when someone out there desperately needs your skills?
You only need to get one offer to know that whatever you have done in the career transition process has worked fully. Whether you accept that offer is up to you and how much that offer aligns with what you are seeking.
How we SHOW UP is about how much we “Welcome New Opportunities.” Being focused on the process of welcoming these opportunities allows you not to be tied to the outcome. Once we get tied to the outcome, meaning we get hyper-focused on getting the job offer, we fail to SHOW UP authentically because we appear to be “needy” in the interview. Take the time to build a relationship with the hiring manager. Slow down. Listen to the energy in the questions and answer them from the heart about how you can help them.
Perhaps you have never hired a coach, YET.
What if now is the right time?
If you are looking for a clearly defined path through your career transition that centers on how you want to SHOW UP energetically to make the impact you want, we should talk. Email me at email@example.com, and let’s talk about how I can help you as your coach.