Your Career: What’s luck got to do with it?

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

An old boss of mine used to say that. He also said things such as “Beerful of fridge,” “I don’t often have five-syllable days,” and “Anyone who can fire me: Do not annoy,” but that’s another matter. (And yes, I used to write these down when he’d come up with them. You just don’t want to forget a saying like “We’re the drug dealers as far as sales are concerned.”)

I came across that list of boss-sayings the other day, and the one about luck got me to thinking: How much of what we do as tireless job seekers and career climbers is due to our own good hard work, and how much to being the right personality, the right charisma, the right cultural fit?

Soft skills vs hard, sending out resumes vs networking…when it comes to getting or holding onto a job, is it just the luck of the draw?

Or is the answer, “All of the above?”

How to Avoid an Interview Massacre


From first impression faux pas to bombing in the soft skills department, we’ve all had our share of interview horror stories. It’s not just the landing of interviews that can have you beat. How do you make it a success when you finally get one?

Our Twitter #careerchat discussed how to stop the self-sabotage at the door and turn even the stickiest situations around.

Here are a few quick takeaways:

  • @YouTernMark: You can recover from tripping on a rug, or saying something strange. You can’t recover from being a bad fit, or a bad personality.
  • @JenGresham: You may think you made a fool of yourself when you didn’t. I once couldn’t answer a question and said so. Got the job.
  • @TyUnglebower: The key is to just remember it’s two people, not two machines. Stuff happens and it’s okay.
    Get more in the chat recap