Career Tips by Fisher Investments

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Last Week's Life and Career Readings

By, 04/30/2012

Here’s the latest installment of Life and Career Readings from last week. I hope you enjoy them as I did.

  1. Get to know your boss’s boss.
  2. How exercise could lead to a better brain and how you might be able to make yourself smarter.
  3. Ambition and success doesn’t always = happiness.
  4. Innovation needs to tolerate (and even encourage) failure.
  5. 15 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time—but you can still do a lot with it.
  6. You’ve heard of IQ, but how about EQ, MQ and BQ?

Seven Life and Career Readings

By, 04/19/2012

A fair bit of life and career related news comes across my desk here at Fisher Investments. I often share useful stories or lessons with others throughout the firm, and I’ll plan to do that here going forward. The exact content will vary, but you can expect an array of jobs, life and career-related reading I found particularly noteworthy, interesting or useful. Enjoy.

  1. Here’s an interesting analysis of multitasking and how the brain works. Tony Schwartz at the Harvard Business Review takes it a step further.
  2. The secret ingredient of delicious BBQ? Teamwork.
  3. Willpower and self-control aren’t easy to master. But there are things you can do to help.
  4. The value of breadth and depth in a career.
  5. Do what you love.
  6. How to be a memory champion.
  7. At the end of the workday, stop working and go home.

Highlighting Strengths

By, 04/17/2012

Monster published an article describing how to make yourself sound like the best candidate you can be during an interview. In it are the usual tips like avoiding empty clichés (e.g., punctual, reliable, etc.), but also some useful information like how to pick out what the employer may be looking for by reading through the job posting carefully.

 One tip in particular stood out: Be Aware of Nonverbal Communication. We’ve all heard stories about how a limp handshake can be off-putting, but did you know a too-strong handshake can be just as bad? And it’s not just the handshake—little things like making eye contact when speaking to the interviewer and your posture can convey a lot. For example, Monster says leaning forward “can make you seem closed off”; sitting up straight is preferable.

 And finally, practice, practice, practice. Most everyone is nervous when going in for an interview—and practicing, whether by talking to your reflection in a mirror or getting a friend to help you, will go a long way in acing that interview and landing the job.

Keep It Simple

By, 04/12/2012

Last month, Fortune ran a piece on how lessons from the realm of ad copywriting can help folks improve their business writing. It’s a fun read, and the advice it gives is especially relevant for jobseekers writing resumes and cover letters.

 Take Lesson One: “Keep it short.” Hiring managers often get dozens of resumes, and most don’t have the time to pour over each one. If you make your submission as lean as possible, there’s a greater chance the hiring manager reads all you have to say. As you edit your writing, try breaking up long sentences, removing unnecessary modifiers and cutting clichés.

 My favorite advice is this: Keep your words “plain, simple and familiar.” As the article explains, some writers “seem to worry most that they won’t be considered smart, and so they have to keep typing, in increasingly puffed-up language.” If you use on fancy words or jargon to describe your qualifications, hiring managers may suspect you’re trying to appear more impressive than you are. However, if you use plain terms, your skills and accomplishments will speak for themselves.

 Editing takes time—often, more time than writing the initial draft—but the extra effort could set you apart from the crowd.

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