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.

Addressing Interruptions

By, 07/24/2013

Interruptions are everywhere at work—meetings, emails, phone calls, you name it. How exactly you handle these interruptions could mean a less stressful work day.

It’s easy to let phone calls go to voicemail and unread emails stack up in your inbox. This can be helpful for short periods of time when you really need to concentrate on a project, but don’t let that happen for too long. If possible, check emails as they come in and assess whether the matter is urgent or if it can wait until later. This is also helpful so important messages don’t fall through the cracks as more and more emails arrive. Write a follow up list so you can be sure to address them later. If answering phone calls, ask if you can follow up with the caller later if the request isn’t time sensitive and add it to your list. This way you can continue with the task at hand, but you’re still aware of the rest of your workload so you can adjust your schedule accordingly.

The key when following up, to further diminish stress, is setting proper expectations with those around you. If you can’t complete the task right away, provide a timeframe for when you can so you’re both on the same page and there’s no miscommunication.

How to Get Back on Track When You Lose Focus

By, 07/23/2013

It’s not uncommon to reach points in your career when you lose focus, motivation and drive—but it doesn’t have to be that way for long. Here are some suggestions for refocusing your efforts and putting your professional life back on track.

First, identify the positives. What do you like about your job? What don’t you like but think you could change for the better? Reminding yourself why you like doing what you do is a great way to rediscover motivation.

Start from scratch—sort of. Revisit your to-do list and reprioritize your tasks. What have you already completed? Which tasks have short-term deadlines and which are long term projects? Reacquainting yourself with your workload may provide just the motivation you need to buckle down and get back to projects in process.

Reset your goals—both personal and professional. Your personal and professional life can correlate quite a bit so take the time to assess your goals for both to remind yourself what you would like to accomplish. 

Be a Great Mentor

By, 07/17/2013

Mentors are part of the professional landscape, offering advice and words of wisdom as they guide others through a new career. Here are a few ways you can enhance your mentoring abilities.

Once you’ve been asked to become a mentor, stick with it. If you aren’t willing to make the commitment, another mentor should be assigned so the mentee can fully benefit from having someone available consistently.

First and foremost, a mentor is a teacher—but they’re also there to listen. New hires will likely have frustrations and concerns with learning the job, so just listening sometimes is more helpful than trying to give advice or tell them how to do something. Further, be open-minded. In order to give good advice or feedback, fully understanding the problem is key.

But quite possibly the best way to be a great mentor is by being a mentee first, so you know what it’s like to be in their shoes. Additionally, by having your own mentor first, you can learn what works and what doesn’t. For example, learning and communication styles can vary in the workplace, so talking about what works well for you in the beginning should help avoid confusion down the line.

Improve Your Speaking … Over the Phone

By, 07/11/2013

Many times, meetings, presentations and conferences can be held over the phone—especially in an era of telecommuting and global corporations with offices all over the world. Here are a few tips for speaking over the phone on these occasions.

Don’t multitask. Since your audience can’t see you, it’s tempting to respond to emails or work on other projects while you’re meeting, but being distracted from the task at hand will detract from your comprehension. Furthermore, they may take offense—or think you don’t care at all—if they feel you’re not paying enough attention.

Most importantly, use a pleasant tone and enunciate. Phones, and especially speakerphones, can distort your voice or make it harder for others to hear you. Speaking slowly can also help you communicate better, likely decreasing mumbling and using filler words. Plus, speaking too fast can sometimes make people feel flustered, so speaking slowly and confidently will help you get your point across more clearly.

Maintaining a Professional Image from the Start

By, 07/08/2013

It’s important to maintain a professional image throughout your career, so starting out on the right foot is key. Here are some steps you can take to look professional and stand out when applying for jobs.

Email is the primary medium for communication when applying and interviewing for most jobs, so having a professional email address is important. You may want to consider changing your handle if it’s something other than, for example, your first and last name. This way your address will be simple and recognizable.

It’s likely an interviewer will reach out to you via phone if they’d like to set up a meeting. That being said, having a simple voicemail message is also key. Though your friends might get a kick out of your funny outgoing message, chances are the interviewer might not be as entertained. Stick to something short and sweet, like indicating your name and a promise to return calls as soon as you’re able.

Additionally, beware of sending resumes and cover letters without proofreading. It’s true everyone makes mistakes, but even one can show the interviewer a lack of attention to detail.

Getting Started on the Job

By, 07/01/2013

After four years of college, many are eager to jump into a new job and start a career with real hands-on experience. Here are some ways you can get the most out of your first few days on the job.

Take a lot of notes. It may be helpful to have one notebook for permanent notes you will utilize often and another for short-term notes, like daily tasks. Your email inbox is also a helpful place to keep important templates or notes you can reference quickly by utilizing a search function.

Building relationships with your mentor, if you have one, and other co-workers will be very beneficial. Chances are you’ll have a lot of questions in the beginning, so it’s good to have several people you can utilize as resources.

Finally, stay organized from the start. The better you keep your workspace organized (including your computer), the easier it will be to complete your tasks and responsibilities.

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