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8 Secrets of “Lucky” Job-Seekers

Nina Kim | NonProfitPeople

Be Prepared

It’s important to embrace spontaneity, but random situations will only be beneficial for you if you’re prepared for them. Imagine that you strike up a conversation with the woman sitting next to you on the airplane and find out she’s an executive at a major nonprofit where you’d love to work.

Are you prepared to impress her with all your knowledge about that nonprofit? Do you have interesting and intelligent questions prepared about the workplace culture and industry news? Or are you going to fake your way through it or not even bother telling her you are a nonprofit job-seeker?

If you’re prepared, this chance encounter would be a major break and a giant step toward your dream career. If not — well, sorry to say, but there probably won’t be a next time.

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