Career Tips by Fisher Investments

Whether you’re interested in an opportunity at Fisher Investments, or simply looking to further develop your current career path, our career tips can help you stand out from your peers.

Avoiding the Resume Black Hole

By, 02/11/2014

Let’s say there are multiple companies you want to apply to. You update your resume with relevant details for each company and craft personalized cover letters to show the recruiter you’re not just blasting out a generic application. Surely they’ll be impressed by your research! But two weeks later, after checking your email on an hourly basis, you haven’t received even a confirmation email. What gives?

Well, dear job applicant, you may have entered the Resume Black Hole. While the Internet has made it faster and easier to find and apply to jobs, it’s a two-way street: Your competition has also increased exponentially. Recruiting departments’ email inboxes are stuffed with resumes, and it’s very easy to get lost in the shuffle.

How do you steer clear of the resume black hole? Use your personal and professional networks. A current employee can bypass the regular application channels altogether and put your resume directly in front of a recruiter, giving you a much better chance to get a response. And don’t forget the power of personal touch—following up and even calling the company directly (if you haven’t heard back in a while) can get you an answer, with the added benefit of showing off your initiative.

Filtering Through the News

By, 02/07/2014

Why follow current events? Besides the educational aspect, knowing what’s current has social value too—being familiar with the news means you can talk about it. But considering how much news is out there, where do you even start? And more importantly, how do you filter through what’s important and what’s just noise? Here are a couple of tips to ensure your news consumption is well-rounded and meaningful.  

Read a Variety of Sources

Don’t depend on just one source—your local newspaper, for example— for all your news needs. Mixing up where you get your news (The New York Times one day, BBC the next) keeps it fresh and may even provide different perspectives on the same story.

Just Because It’s in Print…

… doesn’t mean it’s true! Question everything you read. A journalist aims to tell a story for a particular audience and will carry natural biases in his or her writing. Recognizing these biases and the limitations journalists carry—they’re often not subject experts, they’re reporters—will make you a better news consumer.   

Be Wary of Distractions  

While there’s nothing wrong with reading a human interest story or sports/entertainment news, remember to separate leisure reading from your news reading. It may not be as exciting to read about a new law passing or an upcoming election, but it may come in handy when chatting with a future potential employer!   

Make Sure Your Resume Says Only Good Things About You

By, 02/05/2014

I recently volunteered at a resume workshop hosted by my college business club. After speaking with a number of students and reviewing their resumes, I came away with three observations to keep in mind when either creating or updating your resume:

  • Be able to speak in-depth about everything on your resume. Some students I spoke with wanted to highlight certain parts of their resume over others (like internship experience vs. a summer job), so I peppered them with questions about the activities they seemed less passionate about or familiar with. The point being, you don’t know what a recruiter is going to focus on, so you need to be enthusiastic and well-informed about everything you share.
  • Don’t “name drop” skills or knowledge. Distinguishing yourself through specialized knowledge—like speaking a foreign language or knowing how to write a particular computer code—is a plus. But be prepared to defend that knowledge. Does “proficient in Spanish” mean you can converse with a native speaker? Or can you just repeat a couple of phrases you remember from two years of high school classes? Vastly different! 
  • Keep it uniform. One thing I noticed on nearly all the resumes I reviewed: one or two small formatting inconsistencies. For example, a dash was used when the list was primarily bullet points, or the date was written out in some places and not in others (March 2011 vs. 3/11). If a recruiter notices formatting inconsistencies, that’s less time he or she is spending reviewing content.  

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