Career Tips by Fisher Investments

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Job Fair 101

By, 06/18/2012

Job fairs can be daunting. As CareerBuilder puts it, they “can seem a little like speed dating”—meeting potential employers in quick succession and hoping you make enough of an impression to stand out from the crowd.

Intimidated? CareerBuilder offers a few pointers:

  • Come prepared: Approach it like a typical job interview. Research the firms you’re targeting, and prepare some questions demonstrating your familiarity with them.
  • Practice your pitch: Time is precious at job fairs, and you may get only 30 seconds to sell yourself. Write, memorize and practices a pitch that establishes who you are, your qualifications and how you can help the company.
  • Fly solo: It may seem tempting to bring a friend for moral support, but job fairs are for reaching out and making new connections. You’re likelier to do that if you attend alone.
  • Follow up quickly: When you get home, email a thank you note to everyone you pitched yourself to. Let them know you appreciated their time, reiterate what you can offer, and remind them of “any distinguishing points you discussed.”

Life and Career Readings from Last Week

By, 06/13/2012

I’ve been a little behind on life and careers readings the last two weeks, but hopefully this (somewhat) longer list catches you up. Enjoy.

  1. Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning: What you want and what you want to ignore.
  2. What Captures Your Attention Controls Your Life: Advice that should go without saying.
  3. Design thinking—solving complex problems or developing products or services by seeing how they’re used—is quickly gaining recognition in many business circles.
  4. Do Headphones Really Help? (In the office.) A long-time user of headphones—I say yes. But as the piece points out, it all depends on the person … and the music.
  5. New study shows a shorter, slower jog might be better for your longevity than a longer, faster run. As with all studies though, take it with a grain of salt.
  6. The comma is often a writer’s worst enemy—but it needn’t be.

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