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New LinkedIn Research Reveals Eighty-Four Percent of Professionals Believe in Career Luck

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New LinkedIn Research Reveals Eighty-Four Percent of Professionals Believe in Career Luck06:00 EDT Tuesday, March 13, 2012MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than 150 million members worldwide, today released data about global professionals' perceptions of the role Lady Luck has played in their career trajectory. LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 professionals globally and found that 84 percent of professionals do believe in career luck. Forty-eight percent consider themselves to have better career luck when compared to other professionals. Out of the fifteen countries LinkedIn surveyed professionals in, the United States ranked as the seventh luckiest country. Forty-nine percent of respondents from the U.S. reported feeling slightly luckier, or much luckier, than other professionals. Globally, the top five most important factors that contribute to luck are: Having strong communications skills Being flexible Having a strong work ethic Acting on opportunities Having a strong network The number one most important factor that U.S. professionals attribute to luck is, "strong work ethic," which seventy percent of respondents selected. "With St. Patrick's Day upon us, we thought that evaluating what professionals can do to enjoy that proverbial 'Luck of the Irish' in their careers would be a fun and useful exercise," said LinkedIn's connection director, Nicole Williams. "It's clear from the results that you need to make your own luck to succeed. Nothing beats being proactive and building a strong network!" LinkedIn is a great way to get a bit of the "luck of the Irish" in your own career:Professional Pot-o-Gold Once you reach fifty LinkedIn contacts you'll start noticing more professionals that connect you to cool companies and opportunities. Professionals have a lucky LinkedIn number which reflects how many people you are linked to beyond your first-degree connections. Find your own lucky LinkedIn number here.Fortune in a Photo Add a profile photo – people never forget a face and you're seven times more likely to be viewed for opportunities if you've got a picture on your LinkedIn Profile.Find a Four-Leaf Clover By using LinkedIn's Advanced People Search you can find fantastic professional contacts. Uncover new clients, business partners and mentors when you search for professionals by title, company, location and other facets. Find out which countries think they're the luckiest professionally and download LinkedIn's career luck infographic on LinkedIn's Blog. An infographic accompanying this release is available at LinkedIn Founded in 2003, LinkedIn connects the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. With more than 150 million members worldwide, including executives from every Fortune 500 company, LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the Internet. The company has a diversified business model with revenues coming from member subscriptions, marketing solutions and hiring solutions. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, LinkedIn has offices across the globe. The LinkedIn logo is available at  CONTACT: Press contacts