Are you into charms that will bring you good luck when carried around, especially during interviews? What about fortune-telling or praying at the Four-faced Buddha to be granted that dream job? Do these actually work in your favour to improve your career luck?

According to Stuart Vyse, a psychologist and author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition, some athletes practice certain rituals as a way of fending off anxiety and creating a mantra-like focus prior to the performance; e.g. Judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison wears the lucky socks that were a gift from her grandmother, and Tennis player Rafael Nadal takes alternating sips from two water bottles at every break between games.

While there seems to be some truth in the above, let’s look at the top 5 ways to improve your career luck in getting a job if you are looking for one:

  1. Adopting the right attitude - Humility
    According to Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, humility is one of the key traits of the high performing individual. Having a lucky attitude begins with humility and open vulnerability towards your own limitations.
  2.  Surround themselves with positive people
    Surround yourself with people who try to bring out the best version of yours. Shifting your group of friends changes the energy around you and it can even change your luck.
  3. Be Curious about Everything
    Being curious gives you a fresh perspective on things, providing you with an ability to identify solutions to problems that others might miss. The more creative and innovative you are, the more luck you can create for yourself. As Steve Jobs says, Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.
  4. Have a Clear Purpose
    Lucky people have a crystal clear objective. Set clear career goals. Write them down and say them out loud repeatedly. Are your goals SMART — simple, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound?
  5. Visualise getting your dream job
    The best athletes see themselves winning a game long before it starts. If you are going for a job interview, imagine how you are adding value to the job, and collaborating with your peers in the prospective organisation.

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc

Keep Hustling!