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.

Providing References

By, 06/25/2013

References are an important part of the job application process, so picking the right people to provide them is key.

It’s important to speak to people before you list them as a reference. Since it won’t be such a surprise, the conversation will probably go better with the interviewer than if they are caught off-guard and unprepared.

Be selective about who you choose. After all, you do want this job, so you’ll want to give yourself the best chance of success. Your first choice may be friends or family, since they’re the people who know you best, but stick with professional references, if possible. List people who you’re confident will give you a positive reference, like co-workers or managers with whom you had good working relationships.

Finally, provide as much contact information as possible. If the interviewer can’t reach your references on the phone, then email or mail might be a better option.

Meeting Deadlines

By, 06/20/2013

Chances are you have deadlines at work—at least one, if not several. Working to meet these can be challenging, so here are some suggestions to help you complete tasks at or before their deadlines.

Create a due list for the deadlines of each of your tasks. Some may not have hard deadlines, but listing a general time by which these should be completed will ensure they don’t fall through the cracks. Utilize a calendar application, if available, to set reminders for when tasks should be finished. Next, plan your work schedule by allocating an appropriate amount of time for each project. You can also utilize calendar reminders throughout the day if you want to ensure you get to multiple projects.

The biggest piece of being able to meet deadlines is time management—and having good time management skills involves knowing when you’re at maximum capacity. But this doesn’t mean you aren’t able to do your job. It just means you have the ability to ask for help or turn down projects if you know they aren’t feasible. It’s better to have these projects delegated to someone else with more capacity to complete them than allow them to be forgotten.

Emailing at Work

By, 06/19/2013

Email is the most common form of office communication, which makes the chances of a hectic inbox almost certain. However, there are several ways you can better compose those emails to ensure they’re read—and responded to.

As the subject line is likely the most common field readers will use to determine importance, concise and direct wording is key. Utilizing the high importance flag only when necessary will also alert the recipient of the significance.

Along those lines, only pertinent information should be placed in the email. It’s important to include salutations and be polite, but too much chit chat might detract from the message.

Professional emails should include professional grammar. If you aren’t sure how to phrase something or how to spell a word, utilize the spell check function if it’s available to you.

Finally, end with a clear message or action item if necessary. Noting exactly what you need, e.g. a response, approval or completed project and by when you’ll need it (politely, of course) will also help ensure your request is completed.

Relocating for Work

By, 06/14/2013

Congratulations! You’ve just landed a new job. But there’s a catch—the job isn’t located where you currently live. You’ll be relocating to start your new career.

Relocating to a new area can be scary, but it can also be very exciting— it’s an important decision you’ll have to make. There’s a lot to consider, like cost of living or activities you can do in your spare time. The human resources department at your new employer may have information for you on these topics. You can also contact the local Chamber of Commerce, or check their website to get more information about the city to which you’ll be moving.

You can also try your own exploring. Bring a friend of family member with you to look at housing and see what the commute to work might be like. Actually being in the community can help you get a real sense of the area, rather than just looking at websites or pictures. Making a decision without all of the pertinent information may do both you and the employer a disservice, so it’s important to be confident in your decision before you make the move.

Internal Career Changes

By, 06/10/2013

Internal movement and transitions are common stops along the career path. Though you may have an advantage applying for a job at the company for which you already work, it’s important to take steps as if you were a brand new candidate.

Even if you’re not sure what you’d like to do next, applying for every available position may not be a good idea. Utilize job shadows or reach out to co-workers in departments in which you have an interest to get more information and narrow down one or two in which you could see yourself working.

Don’t let the fact the hiring manager may already be apprised of your current duties and responsibilities dissuade you from updating your resume or re-writing a cover letter. External candidates most likely have these as well and they can clarify your interest in the role.

Finally, talk to your current manager. It’s important to make them aware you’re looking for a job before you apply. They can also be a great resource for feedback or advice for transitioning to a new job and what your strengths and weaknesses may be.

“Why do You Want to Work Here?”

By, 06/07/2013

The interview process can be stressful for many reasons, especially when it comes down to the face-to-face question-and-answer session. There are always questions you expect and questions you don’t, which can throw you for a loop. One of those might be “Why do you want to work here?

It’s easy to say something generic like “I really like this company” or “Everyone around here seems really nice.” Both are fine, but the interviewer may appreciate a more thought out and in depth answer. This is where doing research on the company ahead of time can really come in handy. A thorough answer might highlight the research you’ve done and explain how the role would benefit from your skillset. A good rule of thumb is 2-3 different reasons you want the job for which you’re interviewing.

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to questions like this—their purpose is more to gage your general interest level in the position or company and to show the interviewer how much you’ve prepared for your meeting.  

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