Luck: A Job Search Essential

Luck is a part of every job search. Now, a LinkedIn survey reveals a range of luck-related insights – including the luckiest country on the planet. 


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Ever felt like your job search is boiling down to being in the right place at the right time? Sooner or later, most job seekers come to the realization that whether they like it or not, luck is part in the job search process.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (luck of the Irish, right?), LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 users regarding the role luck plays in a successful – or not so successful – career. The survey found that while an impressive 84% of professionals believe in career luck, only 48% consider themselves to be lucky, at least when it comes to their job and career.

Other survey findings include:

  • Based on the 15 countries surveyed, Japan is the “luckiest”, with almost three-quarters (73%) of respondents considering themselves more lucky than their peers.
  • U.S. professionals came in seventh in the luck sweepstakes, barely ahead of the global average (49%); the Netherlands finished last with just one in three professionals perceiving themselves to be lucky.
  • Among all respondents, the characteristics thought to be most important for luck and success are: (1) Strong communication skills, (2) Flexibility, (3) A robust work ethic, (4) The ability to exploit opportunities, and (5) A healthy professional network.
  • Women outpace men in identifying communication skills and the ability to exploit opportunities as key factors of success.
  • The U.S. ranks #1 in assigning value to a strong work ethic, with 70% of Americans pointing to hard work as a factor in success.
  • Only younger professionals, aged 18-29, identified “learning from mistakes” as an important ingredient for success.

Additional statistics and tips for making your own professional luck can be found in Nicole Williams’ LinkedIn blog post:

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