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What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

In the end, nothing beats the old tried and true

➔ 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 are against you. No one like you could be lucky enough to land a job on Friday the 13th. That’s because you need luck to land a job, right? You can’t really believe that, do you? Luck?

The experts all agree

Luck has no more to do with your job search, than your type of camera has to do with the quality of pictures you take.

Legendary baseball executive Branch Rickey once said, “Luck is the residue of design.” Now, that sounds like a job search.

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.

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

Ask anyone what advantages bring you back – permanently we hope.


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