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.

Resourcing Self-Reliance

By, 03/21/2013

Very often, the best way to resolve a problem is to do your own research before asking help. Not to say co-workers don’t make excellent resources—they do!—and sometimes their help is the only way to find a solution. But keep in mind co-workers are often busy with their own tasks, and doing your own research may help you either solve a problem on your own or at least get enough background information to get started.

Here’s a list of steps you can take before turning to a co-worker:

  1. Look for instructions, even out of date ones—almost any background information can be helpful.
  2. Review past iterations of the situation—what can you deduce from them?
  3. See if you have past emails related to the issue—your inbox may have some hidden help.
  4. Do a web search—this is especially helpful when trying to figure out a computer program.

In the end, the more you do your own research, the more efficient you’ll become at problem solving—and overall more knowledgeable and independent.

Productivity, Not Lost in Transition

By, 03/04/2013

Here’s an interesting realization: “productivity tools can waste your time.” I’ve certainly caught myself thinking of more efficient ways to organize, when dedicating focus on simply finishing my outstanding tasks would have been a better use of my time.

Not to say taking some time to organize isn’t helpful—we’ve condoned it before. But knowing where to draw the line on productivity boosters can be an effective tactic. New organizational methods can be exciting, and waking up from a stale routine sounds great. However, before you move to a new method, it may be worth taking the time to remember why your current routine works for you.

Knowing what you like when switching to a new method could help lessen potential disruption during the transition. Most importantly, if you understand your current routine, you’ll likely sooner figure out the tipping point between productivity booster and productivity waster.

 

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