Hey Job Seeker, Do You Feel Lucky?

Luck plays a role in the job search--but you play a role in luck.

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Karen Burns
If you’re looking for a job and reading books and blogs about “How to Job Hunt,” you undoubtedly know about compelling cover letters, snazzy resumes, knock ‘em dead interviews, and the all-important thank-you note.

If you’ve been looking for a while now, you may be starting to suspect there’s another, less talked-about, element to the successful job search:

Luck

You would be right. Even in fat times, luck plays a major role in getting hired. In lean times, it’s correspondingly more important.

Now, this may sound depressing, if you believe that people are either naturally lucky or naturally unlucky. But guess what—people can learn to be lucky. How? It’s not easy, but it’s simple.

10 Steps to Getting Lucky

  1. Be good at what you do
  2. Work like mad
  3. Put yourself out there
  4. Be willing to shift directions
  5. Listen to your intuition
  6. Be open to suggestions
  7. Don’t freak out when you fail
  8. Expect to be lucky
  9. Be grateful when it comes
  10. When it goes, let it go
  11. Do most of these, most of the time, and good fortune will start coming your way.

    P.S. Take another look at no. 7. Your job search will inevitably involve setbacks. Please don’t let failure make you feel like a failure. Remember that lucky people fail more often than unlucky people because trying many things ups their odds of succeeding. You can do this, too.

    Failure is an essential part of success!

    Karen Burns, Working Girl, is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use, to be released by Running Press in April 2009. She blogs at karenburnsworkinggirl.com.