People use “luck” as a way to explain or even take away from the hard work that needs to be put in to get to where you are. But, why? Often it’s because the focus of the good news can make the recipient feel embarrassed, singled out or, even worse, badly for what they have accomplished. Instead of shifting the focus of your hard work and dedication to that of “luck” and happenstance, let’s try to shift the focus of “luck” to dedication and sacrifice so that we all accomplish our dreams.
Here are a few ways to create your own luck through dedication, hard work, and planning.
Before you sit down and start to search for a job, or promotion, or even before you start to network with industry peers, make sure that you create a job search plan. This plan should outline what you are looking for, why you are needing/wanting that function/location/industry etc, and when you want to move into a new position or start working by. This plan will allow you to stay on task and drive yourself further and further through the process.
There is no such thing as a magic phrase that will automatically qualify you for the position you are interested in. However, phrasing your resume and cover letter to mirror the language used in the job description allows you to qualify directly for the position. Using the keywords and phrases that the company itself uses gets you through the first stage of the application process; getting past the ATS.
3. Personal and Personable
Create a connection with your potential hiring manager by always drafting a well-written, direct, and personal cover letter to each position that you could see yourself working in. Being personable goes a long way, it shows sincerity and authenticity. This is why you should always send a follow-up email after you have a phone screening or interview thanking the person(s) for their time and expressing your interest and excitement over the opportunity.
Finally, be persistent. Don’t give up at the first, second, or even tenth hiccup or decline. Simply refocus your efforts, edit your plan and materials, and try again. It might take a little extra time to find that perfect fit but, in the end, it will all be worth it and you will be so proud of yourself for the hard work and dedication that you put forth.
Don’t let “luck”, or lack thereof, get you down this St. Patrick's Day. Take it one step at a time, create your own luck, and reach your dreams. If you’re feeling stuck and aren’t sure how to make that first or next step, our Employment Specialists are here to help!
Written By: Phylicia Vallier