Hi Everyone and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Melissa Varischetti here, owner of FindAJobPA.com. 

This time of year, everyone’s talking about luck, four leaf clovers, and pots of gold. That made me think of an adage people often use to describe finding a job: “it’s just being at the right place at the right time.” Basically, they’re saying the job search is no more than luck. However, if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll remember that last month we talked about some strategies behind job searching, meaning job searching also involves skills. 

That’s why in our March blog post I’ll be building a case for why job searching is actually a combination of luck and skill. I’ll lay out a few ways to capitalize on those lucky situations, and then I’ll walk through some skills you can hone to make your job search the absolute best it can be. 

So, grab your shamrock shake and put on a green top hat for this month’s edition of the FindAJobPA.com blog series. 

What to do if you find yourself in a lucky situation

I firmly believe in the value of building a skill-set and honing interviewing skills to help snag the perfect job. I have a whole other business that helps companies strategize around HR and recruiting to attract top talent and retain the talent they have. However, I’ll also be the first to tell you that job searching absolutely involves luck. We all have either been in a position where this happened, or we know someone who has – you were randomly talking to a friend or family member who mentioned a job opportunity which you were basically offered on the spot. Or after interviewing and going through the application process you found some common ground with the hiring manager or uncovered a unique way to help your application stand out. 

The unfortunate thing about these “lucky breaks” is that they are impossible to predict and also not really possible to control. Which makes them hard to write a blog about since we’re all about giving you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. However, I can provide some advice for how to manage those lucky opportunities should they occur:

1. Is this worth it?

For starters, and this should be obvious, figure out if this position is actually something you want to do. You could have all the lucky breaks in the world, but if you think (or know) that you’d hate the opportunity, it’s probably not worth pursuing further. 

2. Pitch yourself

Second, take this opportunity to showcase all of your talents, skills, and experience. Think of it as your “elevator pitch” moment – what you would say if you only had 30 seconds with the CEO of the company you’re applying to. Take this lucky opportunity to pitch yourself and why you’re a great fit for the company. 

3. How did it happen?

Finally, analyze what happened to lead to this lucky break. How did you end up in this amazing situation? If there are factors that are repeatable, work on repeating them to maximize the chances of this happening again. After all, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself in a similar situation again in the future. 

Job Searching Skills

Alright, now that we’ve covered the lucky components, let’s dive into the skills that can help you excel in your job search. These are things that are 100% in your control, unlike those lucky opportunities which by definition are not. 

Skill #1: Know Your Audience.

In the job-searching world, it’s a terrible idea to use the same thing over and over again with no customization. Every time you submit a resume and cover letter, make sure it is tailored to the position you’re applying for. Even if the same information is presented each time, there are ways to emphasize certain skills and previous experience that make it more likely a recruiter will notice the ways you align with their position. 

Skill #2: Pitch Yourself Well.

Whenever you are talking to a potential employer, do the absolute best job you can explaining why you are a great fit for the role. Something may be obvious to you, but that does not mean it’s obvious to the recruiter. Assume the person sitting across from you knows nothing about you, and work from there. Connect the dots for them and help them see what you already know – that you’re the best candidate for the position. 

Skill #3: PROOFREAD.

I can’t emphasize this enough. If you are submitting ANYTHING regarding a potential new job, make sure there are no typos. Google Docs is free and has a spelling and grammar checker – please use it. There are also tools like Grammarly that can help with proofreading. I could go on, but you get the point. It’s super important to be 100% accurate and professional in the job searching world. 

And there you have it folks, a few ways to make those lucky opportunities count, and a few skills you can develop to help along the way. 

What are some lucky opportunities you’ve had while job searching? Let me know with a comment on this post (or on social media)!

Until next time,

Melissa