Stuck Holding You Back

I have talked to about a dozen job seekers over the last two weeks that are stuck.

They are waiting until they perfect the language on their resume before they send it out, and they keep asking for feedback.

And they get different feedback every time, so they are in constant resume editing mode, but not contacting anyone for interviews.

They want precisely the right list of contacts to reach out to before they start reaching out.

They want to have interview preparation down pat, yet they haven’t sent out a resume.

This is one of the bigger ‘stuck’ scenarios: One person is worried about getting an offer at a company he is not entirely sure he likes, where the recruiter called with interest stemming from his LinkedIn profile.

Except he hasn’t called back or submitted a resume yet.

Although I feel honored to hear these stories, it pains me to hear them.

I could feel the pain and frustration experienced as each person told me their story.

Assuming things had to be perfect before moving forward.

Worrying about a problem they didn’t have yet.

We want progress – not perfection.

Perfection is paralyzing.

And it’s subjective.

You are chasing something that is different for everyone.

And here is the best news.

You are already perfect.

Stand with that knowledge.

Send what you have.

Reach out to one person to start.

And then the next person.

Do as much research as you can to prepare for an interview and know that you, as you are, are enough.

If you get an offer you don’t resonate with, you can always turn it down.

That’s a great problem to have.

I tell my kids: You are always going to have problems.

Always.

So get good problems and not bad problems.

An offer you don’t want is better than no offer.

Some interview prep with a confident stance is better than too much prep and stressed out or no prep at all.

Sending out an awesome resume and making connections is better than making your resume perfect (whatever that is) and not chatting with anyone.

You get unstuck by doing what’s in front of you imperfectly.