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.

Protecting Your Career From Yourself

By, 08/27/2013

In the modern workplace, a huge number of pitfalls threaten to sabotage your career. Follow these guidelines to save you from your biggest enemy.

  • Use social networking sparingly at work. In some cases, companies ban the use of social networking in the office altogether.
  • Be mindful of what you Tweet. Before you angrily spout off, remember that Tweets are public, the Library of Congress is attempting to save billions of them for posterity and your public image and reputation aren’t easily rebranded.
  • Avoid sensitive topics in conversation. Steering clear of issues such as politics and religion prevents divisions and loss of efficiency.
  • Be on time — for work and for meetings. Showing up on time for work is a requirement and shows respect for your employer. Showing up on time for meetings demonstrates you place a value on others’ time —and encourages them to similarly respect your efforts and time.
  • Professionalism first. Simply because you work with someone for 40 hours a week doesn’t make you best friends. With this in mind, share your personal life only as time and your friendships progress.

First Job Tips

By, 08/22/2013

If you’re starting your first full-time job, you may be nervous. That’s understandable. Follow these tips for excelling at your first real job.

  • Admit what you don’t know. Taking positions on topics which you are ignorant of will come off as arrogant. Remember that your boss expects you, the new-hire, to be willing to learn.
  • Be grateful. If your boss or a co-worker goes out of their way to help you, give them a sincere “thank you.” People enjoy being appreciated.
  • Take the initiative. If everyone is avoiding a laborious task, take it on as your personal project. This will ingratiate your team to you and build rapport. Just be sure to allocate time to your responsibilities.
  • Be positive. Be approachable. The two work in concert and create a positive public image of you, which helps make people more willing to work with you. Adopting an attitude that something or someone is beneath you will garner the attention of your boss, but not in a positive way.

Here are links to helpful articles:

Four Ways to Earn Respect at Your First Job

Five Tips for Standing Out in Your First Job

Succeed in Any Position

By, 08/19/2013

Many professionals have aspirations of becoming a manager and climbing the corporate ladder to success. Those are all well and good, but there are also many ways you can become successful before getting to that point.

First and foremost, be good at what you do and show your boss there is a reason you should stay in the role—especially if that’s where you’d like to remain. Be available to others as a resource and show your willingness to learn more and possibly take on more responsibilities.

Have a positive attitude. Doing your job well is important, but having a positive attitude will show others you enjoy what you do. Co-workers will also enjoy working with you.

Finally, make yourself irreplaceable by becoming the go-to person for a specific task or duty. Being someone your boss or department can lean on is a great value-add beyond just completing your normal responsibilities.

“It’s Not My Fault!” and Other Excuses

By, 08/15/2013

Search for “excuses” online, and you’ll pull up countless websites providing “30 Believable Ways to Get out of Work Today,” and “Excuses 1 through 100.” Sure, we’ve all missed deadlines or shown up late to work before, often for legitimate reasons. But even at those times, it may seem much easier to resort to an elaborate excuse than take the responsibility. Why?

Ultimately, we make excuses to rationalize. When it’s “not our fault,” we don’t have to examine the circumstances, causes and impact of our actions—or lack thereof. While excuses may not seem particularly harmful at the time, they can keep us from growing, both personally and professionally—and can have unintended consequences for us and our colleagues.

The next time you find yourself thinking up an excuse, take a step back and ask: Why don’t you want to be at the meeting? Why weren’t you able to complete the assigned task? Why don’t you want to take responsibility?  By addressing these questions, you increase your self-awareness and give yourself the tools necessary to change. Further, your honesty will show others how trustworthy, cognizant and competent you are, all of which are qualities necessary to foster opportunities both inside and outside of work.

Appreciate Your Contacts

By, 08/13/2013

“I have the perfect job opportunity for you!” Such an exclamation might be music to your ears. In a competitive employment environment, having an inside contact at a hiring company helps separate your resume from the rest in the pile. Not only do your contacts know you on a deeper level, they also know more about the company–and possibly if the position is a good fit. 

Understand also a contact’s recommendation directly connects the two of you, and thus your actions can reflect that person—for better or worse. So if a contact presents you with an opportunity, passes along your resume, or provides an introduction, it’s crucial to thank him—not only for the time and energy spent, but his trust in your ability and character, as well.

Lastly, make sure to update your contact throughout the hiring process. Even if you don’t get the job, it’s still important to acknowledge your contact’s time and assistance. After all, someone who feels appreciated will be much more likely to provide help in the future.

Don’t Get Caught in the Net (of Networking)

By, 08/06/2013

We’ve all heard the old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” While this isn’t entirely true, it does emphasize the direct link between networking and potential business opportunities. With available mediums like business conferences, company meetings, and online professional networks, you can connect with others in a variety of ways and times. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember true networking requires time and effort–don’t let the attractive lure of networking lead you into “friending frenzy.” Instead, here are some tips for connecting effectively:

  1. Networks take time to build. It is much easier to network early rather than in a moment of need.
  2. If you have neglected networking and find yourself in a transition, reach out with a purpose. Look for connections with whom you already share common ground.
  3. Don’t assume everyone you network with will help you. They may not feel comfortable recommending you if they don’t feel they can properly vouch for you.

Whenever you build connections, remember a network is a relationship–it requires trust, authenticity and, most importantly, work, to succeed.

Turn Your Extracurricular Activities into a Resume

By, 08/02/2013

After spending a majority of your life in school, you’re probably ready to leave the classroom and gain some real-world, hands-on experience. However, it’s not always easy to find a job with little to no work history. But if you participated in extracurricular activities or internships in college, chances are you’ve already gained several valuable—and transferrable—skills to help you land a job.

Sports or clubs may not be directly related to your field of interest, but chances are you’ve learned a universally important skill—time management. Between classes, homework and maybe a social life, you likely found time to juggle many activities and became successful doing so. This is relatable to many jobs because chances are you’ll be juggling tasks and deadlines the same way. Proving that you participated in activities and managed to keep up with your coursework shows employers you can effectively manage your time.

Variety is also helpful. Showing you are multi-faceted by participating in several different activities can be helpful when distinguishing yourself from others in the candidate pool.

 

Please reference Blog Commenting Guidelines found here.