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Written by Abby Kohut   

Recently I had the good fortune of spending some time in Las Vegas, which made me start to wonder about why some people seem to be luckier in life than others, especially when it comes to landing a new job.

When it comes to job searching, I believe that you need lots of skill, lots of ingenuity and a little bit of luck. But is it really luck, or is it about always being prepared for an interview that comes into play?
Consider an aspiring actress who is working as a waitress in NYC until she lands her next role. If the producer of a new Broadway show happens to get hungry at the exact time that the waitress' table is ready for more patrons, is that luck?

What about the conductor who is jolly every morning despite the train delays and the rainy weather? If a sales manager is searching for customer service representatives and asks the conductor to stop by his office to fill out an application, is that luck?

Or how about a grocery store clerk who takes extra special care of her customers? What if the customer checking out was searching for a new receptionist for her office and invited the clerk in for an interview? Is that luck?

Better yet, think about a computer technician who attends a new networking event and happens to sit at a table next to an unemployed CIO. If the CIO gets hired a week later and then offers the technician a position, is that luck?

So is there a way to improve your "luck" or are some people just naturally luckier than others? As the saying goes, you have to be in it to win it. Staying at home all day and applying for positions online reduces the opportunities for serendipitous occurrences. Being at the right place at the right time can only happen if you start with being at the right place.

How do you know what the "right place" is? You don't. That's the fun of the Never Ending Interview. The more that you put yourself out there, the more chance you have to be "lucky".

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Perhaps you believe that your "luck" is really good karma, destiny, positive thinking, prayers being answered, just being in the right place at the right time, or the Law of Attraction, but whatever it is, a dose of "luck" certainly comes in handy.
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!