By Miranda Grace, FASPR, Physician Recruiter, Geisinger Health System, Lewistown, PA
Success: Due to luck or labor?
Luck can be described in many different ways – fortune, chance, even fate; however, how much of our professional success is due to luck and how much is due to our labor? As physician recruitment professionals, we put a lot of hard work into what we do, working tirelessly to produce quality candidates for our organizations. Hours are spent making and taking phone calls, attending career fairs and responding to emails – often times resulting in no viable candidates. Other times, the perfect candidate seems to come out of nowhere and is a perfect fit. Did we have something to do with it or was luck on our side?
The reality of luck has been debated for years and many people have different perspectives on its influence in their lives. A story, printed by the Reader’s Digest, details one woman’s “stroke of luck” when she found her long lost diamond wedding band wedged around the base of a small carrot that she was harvesting from her garden. The ring had been lost for more than 16 years but “as luck would have it,” fell into her lap that afternoon. However you define luck – divine intervention, coincidence or destiny – we’re all thankful when it happens our way.
When it comes to the recruitment of physicians, luck – or good timing – can play a significant role in finding candidates. However, recruitment isn’t just about finding candidates; it’s bringing them in, making sure the fit is right, and eventually signing them. This is where luck loses its power. Hard work and follow through are required to see a candidate through the entire process.
Some don’t believe in luck, others put all of their faith in it. Whether you feel you have good luck, bad luck or no luck at all, just remember that hard work and dedication are a “sure thing” – it’s your “best bet.” I’ll leave you with this quote from Elmer Leterman, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Be prepared so that when the perfect candidate surfaces, you’re ready!