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.

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me

By, 04/21/2014

Are you a dynamic, results-driven, go-getter who is self-motivated and thinks outside of the box? If so, bully for you—but you may not want to use those words on your resume. The biggest reason, in my view: they don’t show you anything. And when recruiters quickly skim through resumes, they look for something tangible. Anyone can describe himself as “results-driven,” but there is a big difference between setting up a lemonade stand on your street corner and making a few bucks vs. organizing a school-wide bake sale that raised $275 in two weeks, came in under budget, and exceeded expectations by $30—enough to buy a new baton for the band leader!

That doesn’t mean you need to provide detailed spreadsheets with your resume, but quantifying your accomplishments (in the active voice!) gives much more information than vague descriptors. Which resume tells a recruiter more: Jane “mentored 3 new hires” or John “is a proactive leader”? A recruiter would note that management trusts Jane to train new employees, a serious leadership responsibility; John might perform the same task, but you wouldn’t know it from his resume. Show, don’t tell, recruiters why you’re great and you’ll look that much more impressive.

 

Operator, Operator Part 2

By, 04/17/2014

As I mentioned in my previous post , a phone interview presents its own set of challenges for a job applicant. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Ramble Alert!

Unlike an in-person meeting, you won’t receive any physical cues (e.g. an affirmative head nod) that prompt you to wrap up your response. Don’t mistake a gap of silence after you finish as dissatisfaction with your answer—your interviewer may be taking notes, or waiting to confirm you’re finished speaking. If you start rambling, you cut into time reserved for other questions and risk watering down the answer you already gave. When you’re done, you’re done!

Um, So, Like…

We all have our own speech crutches. But during a solely verbal interaction like a phone interview, these, um, crutches or something, can be, like, so very distracting—and even more noticeable. If you catch these leaving your lips, take a deep breath and make an effort to keep them in check.

Knowing the Score 

The first phone interview is just the beginning of the whole process. The company is deciding if they want to learn more about you, either through further conversations or an in-person meeting. Topics like compensation are for later interviews—keep this one focused on learning more about the company and selling your positive attributes to them!  

Operator, Operator Part 1

By, 04/11/2014

Considering all the ways we contact each other these days (text, email, video conference, social media), picking up and talking on a phone is becoming a lost art. But if you get through the resume black hole and are contacted by a recruiter, you can safely expect your next interaction with the company to be over the phone. Here are some tips to prepare for that conversation.

It’s an Interview…

As an applicant, consider any interaction you have with the company as part of the interview process. If you scrutinize your emails before sending them and you wear a suit for your in-person meeting, why treat a phone conversation any differently? Avoid unnecessary small talk and strike any slang or colloquialisms from your speech when speaking to a company representative—what you consider “casual” may be interpreted as “unprofessional.”

Location, Location, Location

Know exactly where you’re going to have the scheduled phone call so you can prepare as necessary. Is it quiet and distraction-free? Are you in a comfortable space (but not too comfortable, e.g. your bed)? Are you in a spot with a consistent, strong signal so your call won’t drop? And on that note, make sure your phone is fully charged too!

In my next post, I’ll discuss some tips about the phone conversation itself.

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