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.

Public Speaking 101

By, 04/23/2013

Public speaking is becoming more and more of a mandatory skill in the corporate world. Honing your public speaking skills can be a great way to help develop your current career or even better prepare for a job if you’re entering the workforce. Here are a few ways to improve this integral skill:

Nothing is worse for an audience than sitting through a long, dull presentation. To help avoid this, make your points short and sweet. This is also helpful when presenting visuals, like slides—stick to key words or phrases and speak to your audience directly to explain the rest. Utilize a question and answer session at the end, if appropriate, to answer any questions the audience may have.

The same is true of your energy level. It’s easier for an audience to sit through a lively, interactive presentation than listen to someone speak in a monotone voice and read directly from a note card. Engage your audience by consistently making eye contact, moving around, or even telling a joke if the opportunity presents itself (and the occasion is appropriate).

Finally (and most importantly) … be prepared! Speeches and presentations can go more smoothly if you’re adequately prepared and comfortable with the material.

Maintaining a Professional Image ... Online

By, 04/17/2013

Before the days of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, maintaining a professional image was mainly confined to tangibles like clothes, your car, how you spoke and personal hygiene. Now, it’s highly likely a potential employer’s first impression (and possibly lasting image) of you will happen online. That said, it’s important to make sure any representation of you on the worldwide web is something that makes you (or your parents, for that matter) proud.

Photos are a huge part of many social media websites. Most people looking at your profile will likely be friends, but remember the information you post online is also out there for any internet user to see (privacy settings aside). Employers often utilize Facebook and other social media websites to collect background information when recruiting or interviewing candidates. An easy question to assess whether or not to post a photo: Would I want my parents to see this?

Impressions aren’t just limited to how your look—they can equally be tied to what you say. Keep this in mind the next time you tweet, update your status or even comment on a fellow user’s page.  Once the information is available, it’s hard to make it disappear. Rather, it’s easier to have it never exist in the first place.

3 Questions

By, 04/12/2013

Here’s an interesting take on job interviews, from a recent NBC Chicago article. Every question in a job interview can fit under the umbrella of one of the following:

“Can you do this job?

What kind of personality do you have?

Do I like you?”

This article seemingly targets interviewers, but it certainly gives interviewees insight, too. Whether or not the above questions completely summarize interviews, they importantly address ability and company culture fit—two vital aspects of a successful career. So the questions likely do surface at one point or another during an interview, and it’s important to recognize you can’t always prepare perfect answers for them.

Leading to another excellent point the article makes: Having some prepared answers is good, but too many prepared answers can hurt your overall interview. Over-polishing interview answers may come off as insincere and could hinder your ability to think on your feet—an important job skill.

Write Well

By, 04/10/2013

No matter what profession you enter, writing well will only help your career. Many of us think we’re pretty good writers—but haven’t had a writing class since high school. It’s likely we’ve forgotten a few things. Here’s a brief refresher:

  1. Theres little more frustrating poor punctuation, your writing professionally; so review you’re work for it. (Wasn’t that awful?)
  2. Short, simple sentences are easiest to understand.
  3. Erroneous expression selection can utterly amend your connotation. (Don’t use big words when you don’t need to. Your reader shouldn’t need a thesaurus.)
  4. Keep your audience in mind—i.e., I’m writing this blog post for those who want to jumpstart or further their careers. If I were writing for new puppy owners, it would read very differently.

There’s much more to writing well, but the above examples are a start. If you’re interested in learning more—I know I have more to learn—I’d recommend reading William Zinsser’s On Writing Well or Deirdre McCloskey’s Economical Writing, which discusses many common writing fallacies.

Indefinite Interviewing

By, 04/04/2013

When interacting with a firm during your job search, you usually interact with one or two recruiters the entire time. This allows the recruiters to get to know you and see if you’re a good fit for the company. Likewise, it gives you the opportunity see the company’s culture through the recruiters’ behavior.

But while you’re building rapport, remember to stay professional. Every interaction with a potential employer should be considered an interview until you hear, “You’re hired.” Not to say you can’t be friendly during these interactions—you should be! But only as long as you are also courteous, prompt and conscientious of your own behavior. Keeping this in mind, you can become a more promising candidate.

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