How to Get Lucky in Your Job Search

November 15, 2021 | Teresa L

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When asking job seekers what attributed to their job search success, many attributed it to “being lucky.” Yet job seekers who are in the thick of it can sometimes feel like finding a job is more difficult than winning the lottery. Here are few ideas to help you increase the chances of getting lucky in your job search!

Get lucky by being at the right place at the right time

Dr. Richard Wiseman, psychologist and author of The Luck Factor, stated in his book that lucky people maximize their chance opportunities. In other words, in order to be at the right place at the right time, you have to be there. Being open to different events and seeing various moments creatively as learning opportunities can increase your luck.

In line for a coffee? Why not strike up a conversation with others in line, who knows what may come out of that conversation. If you’re currently in school, take advantage of the networking and employer events hosted by your institution.

Opportunities can also happen online. Try attending one of many online Meetup group events or getting in touch with speakers after attending an interesting online panel. By putting yourself out there in more of these situations, you will get lucky!

Screenshot of an online panel of career coaches at the Toronto Public Library
The library can also be a place to network and meet people. Whether it's booking an appointment with a career coach or attending an online panel program, you can use those opportunities to connect with other people.

Get lucky at predicting the future

If only there was a magic eight ball that could predict our future jobs! Unfortunately, there isn’t, but we can get better at predicting the future by paying attention to labour market information and industry trends. The Labour Market Information Council and government resources can give you a glimpse of where there are industry shortages and can help you make better career decisions. It is also a good idea to set up Google news alerts on industries and/or companies you’re interested in working in, so you can stay on top of trends. Get free access to digital newspapers with your library card.

Get lucky at reading recruiters’ minds

One of the most confusing aspects while job searching is trying to decipher what employers want. What are hiring managers and recruiters looking for on your resume? What are interviewers looking for when they ask certain interview questions? Answers to these questions depend on the recruiter you talk to, but you can better understand the perspectives of recruiters by networking and getting to know them. A quick LinkedIn search should generate a list of recruiters and many of them are responsive to polite and personalized messages as well as requests for informational interviews or career chats. Use these opportunities to better understand their point of view.

Lastly, luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. As Wayne Gretzky famously put it “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” So take action to get lucky in your job search.

Whether you are in need of a bit of luck, motivation, or support in your job search, start by booking a one-on-one appointment with one of the library’s Career Coaches in Residence or attend one of our upcoming career and job search programs.

Post written by E-Lin Chen, 2021-2022 Career Coach in Residence.

The Career Coaches in Residence program is generously supported by RBC Foundation and with the support of several donors.

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