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.

The Importance of In-Person Communication

By, 11/30/2011

As you may have read on this blog before, Fisher Investments’ offices are designed in an open seating environment, where we’re able to freely communicate without cubicle walls or doors. After a long enough time working here, it’s easy to take the advantages of an open layout for granted, though. However, I was recently reminded of its advantages by an article in the Harvard Business Review. The piece highlights the importance of in-person workplace communication in the age of email and social media. Although the volume of email communication has risen in business usage, there’s evidence to suggest the quality and efficiency has suffered.

The piece highlights several downsides to email or social media communication. 1) Getting EQ (emotional intelligence) across to the recipient is difficult. With an in-person conversation, unless you’re the most stoic of people, it’s almost a given. 2) Email tends to elicit reactive responses. Although a recipient has more time to think through a response, most often people don’t and instead respond impulsively. 3) Email often prolongs debate, where a simple conversation could clear up issues much more quickly.

Working in an open-seating environment isn’t always comfortable at first. It takes some getting used to—dealing with personal phone calls for instance. But over time and with practice, it becomes a valuable resource. If you’re just starting out your career and happen to work in an open environment, try establishing a regular practice of visiting someone’s desk to chat instead of sending an email. It’s a great way to become a more effective workplace communicator—no matter the medium. Meeting with co-workers and having regular in-person conversations means you foster more cordial relationships than you might otherwise. And that means even when you do have to resort to email, the intent of your messages are less likely to be confused.

Home for the Holidays

By, 11/03/2011

With the turning of the calendar (or I should say with Siri now looking at a new month of data to remind you from) we head into November and the official start of the holiday season. I’m sure you have already spotted the holiday decorations in the stores, and even though we still have a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, the conversation of where you will be for the holidays is already common. Amongst my team here at Fisher Investments, the talk of holiday plane tickets is a hot topic. For some it means taking a tropical vacation, but for many this means heading home for the holidays. Those of you wrapping up your last winter as a college student may even be looking at a couple weeks of the ever so welcomed “winter break”. Instead of planning all the stuff you aren’t going to do during your break – think about your career search. It is easy to get caught up in relaxing at home, especially during these times, but it can also be a great time to start looking at career options.

You now have the time to research without a school deadline hanging over your head, and for those of you who may want to relocate closer to home for your career, this could be the only time all year you are in the location you want to focus your job search on. In this case, you have a unique opportunity to “knock on the door” of those local companies. Contacting recruiting departments to follow up on resume submissions with the addition of “dropping” the fact you’ll be in the area can sometimes land you the holy grail opportunity of the recruitment process – the “in-person interview”. It never hurts to reach out and save a future airfare that could be a hurdle if you are looking for jobs remotely. When I was a corporate recruiter for Fisher Investments, I actually had this scenario play out with a candidate, and it was a great opportunity for both of us as it related to the recruitment process. Take a chance and consider being home for the holidays as your chance at invigorating your job search.

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