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.

A Primer on #SocialMedia

By, 07/25/2014

Social media can be a helpful ancillary tool when you’re on the job hunt. Friends post about job opportunities on Facebook, your favorite news source Tweets an article about resume tips, LinkedIn allows you to directly connect with professionals—and all this information is available through your computer or smartphone! As more and more companies become comfortable using social media to recruit, being at least familiar with how some of the major social media websites work can benefit you.

However, social media can be a double-edged sword. The accessibility goes both ways, and what you make available to public eyes (intentionally or not) may not always be in your best interest as an applicant. Stories of job offers getting rescinded because of an inappropriate photo or comment found on social media are commonplace today. So if you’re active (or even not) on social media, it may behoove you to check what exactly is publicly available via social media about you—and remove or restrict anything that may cause a potential employer to think twice.     

The Value of an Internship

By, 07/22/2014

It’s summertime, and if you’re a college student, you’re likely doing one of the following: working, studying or interning—maybe even a combination of the three. And every year, the question arises: Are internships worth it? In my view, the answer is yes, so long as you learn something worthwhile from the experience.

Notice I didn’t say “fun” or “entertaining.” If you end up having a great time at your internship, that’s terrific. But something doesn’t have to be fun for it to be valuable. As an intern, you likely haven’t had many opportunities to participate in a professional working environment for an extended period of time. When you go back to school in the fall, the fulltime employees you met in the summer will still be working. Interacting with them can give you a sense of what life is like after your academic career concludes. So embrace the opportunity by keeping an open mind and asking lots of questions—you just may learn something that your professor didn’t lecture about in your theory class.

This Message Was Sent With High Importance

By, 07/09/2014

Previously, I wrote about how to get the most out of your emails. In this post I want to focus on a very specific part of the email: the subject line.

First, consider the mediums through which one can access email. Besides the traditional desktop and laptop, many professionals now read a lot of their emails on a smartphone. A short, pithy subject line stands out a lot more than a sentence-long description, especially on a smaller screen.

That said, your line needs to pack a punch too—otherwise, your email could easily get overlooked. Stating what you need up front (e.g. “Review Required: Project”) tells the recipient right away what the email is about. However, make sure you are selective with your language. If you include “URGENT” with every email you send, and they’re not all time-sensitive, you risk being the “boy who cried wolf.”

Though there are other ways to make your message stand out (some applications allow you to flag your email with “High Importance”), a solid subject line can be just as effective in grabbing your recipient’s attention.

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