Actress Charlize Theron was struggling financially, so she moved to Hollywood to try and make it as an actress. One day, she went to the bank to cash a check she had received from a modelling job. The cashier at the bank refused to cash her check, causing Charlize to erupt in anger at the bank teller. A talent agent just so happened to be standing behind her in line and was suitably impressed by her theatrics. He slipped her his card when she made her way out.
Now Ms Theron is one of the biggest names in Hollywood and is in no way strapped for cash. All this because of a series of events that proved to be ‘lucky’. But if she hadn’t been in that town, surrounded by talent agents and trying to make her mark, this story could have turned out a lot differently.
You can facilitate luck when looking for a job – don’t discount it.
Take risks: Calculated risks can be rewarding. If you’re used to being in a particular position, but only in one sort of industry, you’re going to land yourself in trouble if you’re not willing to look outside your current space. But if you know that your industry is going to take a downturn, don’t be afraid to try the same position in a new area. Skills can translate rather easily over different industries.
Recognise advantageous positions: The chances of landing your ideal role by simply walking out your front door and into the path of a prospective employer are extremely low. However, if you position yourself correctly through networking, applications and an active online presence, your chances of getting in the path of someone in a hiring position who likes what you have to offer dramatically increase.
Stay vigilant and prepared, because luck may just play a role in landing you your next job.