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.

3PM

By, 10/28/2013

You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get around 3PM. You’ve eaten lunch and have been digesting at your desk for an hour or two. And all you want to do is sleep.

For obvious reasons, falling asleep on the job isn’t appreciated by your boss, and working in a daze isn’t very effective. To sidestep the threat of an involuntary siesta, do the following:

  • Get moving! Step outside and walk for a few minutes to get your blood moving. If possible, schedule any physical duties for the afternoon.
  • Laugh! Take a moment to step away from your desk and enjoy a few laughs with co-workers. This will pump some energetic endorphins into your brain.
  • Eat smart! Enjoy a power-filled breakfast with low-fat protein and carbs. For a light lunch, stick with plenty of lean protein and keep the carb count low. For snacking, eat every few hours to keep your metabolism high and energy levels constant. When in doubt, stick with fruits and veggies, and when 3pm rolls around, reach for protein, not sugar.

With this in mind, go forth and conquer the dreaded 3pm hour.

The Ins and Outs of Social Media

By, 10/14/2013

If you’re below a certain age, chances are you’ve grown attached to social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. While these platforms are great for socializing, they’re not always well-suited for professional networking, hence the development of networking sites for business professionals.

Before deeming your new profile worthy of a potential employer’s eyes, consider its…

  • Completeness. Employers peruse thousands of profiles looking for candidates using varied search criteria, and the more complete your profile, the higher the chance of an employer seeing your profile while searching.
  • Uniqueness. To stand apart from the horde of jobseekers who claim to be (supposedly) “results-oriented professionals,” write about what drives you and what kind of work interests you. Be brief and specific.
  • X-factor. Attract employers to your profile by adding a picture and blurb that demonstrate your personality and professionalism.

When building your profile, avoid...

  • Asking to connect with someone you don’t know. You want a strong network that can vouch for you if a recruiter comes calling.
  • Coming off as “desperate”. Employers are often more attracted to candidates with a purpose, not necessarily those willing to accept any offer.
  • Letting your personal life clutter your professional profile. Employers care about your work performance, not your delectable lunch.

First Impressions

By, 10/08/2013

Before you even greet the interviewer, he or she is already building a first impression of you. Thus, it’s best to tailor your appearance to the job you’re seeking and the impression you’d like to leave. Consider these tips.                                                                                                                                                              

Prepare. The day before the interview, double-check what you’ll be wearing. If there are wrinkles, iron them. If there are minor stains, don’t wear it. If your shoes are scuffed, polish them.

Use your judgment. As far as attire is concerned, you’re trying to win a job, not a fashion show. Don’t distract the interviewer with low-cut blouses, overly flashy colors, distracting jewelry, or wild hair. Suit up. Play it safe. Keep it classy.

Smell good. Before you enter the interview, take a strong breath mint. You want to come off as clean and fresh, rather than smelling like your breakfast from two hours before. Also, avoid strong perfume or cologne. The odors could be distracting, overbearing, or potentially allergy-aggravating.

 

Problems—But No Solutions

By, 10/07/2013

It is easy to point out problems or process inefficiencies around your company in need of improvement, but what is more important is providing possible solutions for how to fix them.

But how do you propose a solution and who do you talk to about it? If your company doesn’t have a program for you to submit ideas, start with relevant departments or groups. Furthermore, find out who in the group who can best assist you. For example, if you think a database needs improvements, contact IT or the group who owns the database.

If you want to propose a more long-term solution to a problem, type up a proposal—or even put together a presentation if the relevant people are willing to listen. You never know—your idea could end up saving the company money or other valuable resources down the road by improving efficiencies or allocating resources more effectively.

Even if your idea doesn’t get implemented, it still shows you’re thinking of new ideas and confident enough to propose them.

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