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What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

You finding a job is not in the stars

➔ It’s Friday the 13th and all the triskaidekaphobics are avoiding black cats, throwing salt over their shoulders, not walking under ladders and skipping (or purposely stepping on – depending on your predilection) the cracks in the sidewalk.

If you’re a 50+ job seeker, you might as well just stay home today. The gods and the forces of evil are all against you. No one like you could be lucky enough to land a job on Friday the 13th. Right?

That’s because you need luck to land a job, right? You can’t really believe that, do you? Luck?

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” – Benjamin Franklin

One career coach we know claims that finding a job is an accident. That may be true. He goes on to say that, as a career coach, working with the candidate, his job is to create quality accidents. That’s where the jobs happen. He never talks about luck.

Our old high school football coach used to say that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If you study that statement and apply it to a job search, Bingo! That’s why you’re going to land that job. It will be because you were prepared and when the right job opportunity presented itself, Bingo! You were there and you grabbed it. It had nothing whatsoever to do with luck.

Some people have actually studied the part that luck plays in a job search. While there may be some benefits, ultimately it’s up to you. How to Create Your Own Luck

So, black cat or calico, today is just another day. Lucky for all us that’s the way it is.


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