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.

Don’t Sell Yourself Short … or Long

By, 11/26/2014

Most of us learned at a young age that it’s uncouth to brag about ourselves—humility is a desirable personality trait, arrogance an unbecoming one. And when it comes to the recruitment and job interview process, this approach makes sense, to a degree. Seasoned recruiters can sniff out fluff words and over-the-top proclamations, and if you ever get called to shed more light on an embellishment, you could be left in an awkward spot—so it seems like a modest approach would be preferable to a showy one.

But that doesn’t mean you should downplay your accomplishments either. You are trying to convince the recruiter you’re an ideal candidate, worthy of being hired. If you dismiss your credentials as “not a big deal,” the recruiter may end up agreeing with you—to your detriment! Rather than relying on hype or humility, rely on another “h” word—honesty—to guide your job hunt. It may take more than a couple of interviews and letdowns, but being comfortable with what you do (and do not) bring to the table means you’ll likely find a position that fits you better overall.    

How to Write Right

By, 11/18/2014

“I’m not a good writer,” is a common complaint I hear from students and business professionals alike. As someone who’s lucky enough to both enjoy writing and do it for a living, I take issue with that statement for two reasons:

  1. You write more often than you think, so whether you like it or not, you need to be able to do it
  2. If you can think, you can write

Writing, just like speaking, is a form of communication. And the most important tenet in communication: clarity! Sure, your prose may lack the elegance or wit of your favorite author, but if you can get your point across without confusing your reader, that’s successful writing—and much more important in your day-to-day life.

Plus, considering how much communication is done through writing these days (e.g. email), being able to write clearly and succinctly is an important skill to develop and have in your professional arsenal. While plenty of outlets offer advice on how to become a better writer, just remember Occam’s Razor: Simpler is, often, better.   

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