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.

Starting Your Career Path

By, 12/19/2013

For many people, deciding what career path to take is a difficult decision. Where do you start in trying to figure it out?

Start talking—to family members, friends, previous business associates or anyone else you think might be able to offer valuable advice. As with any project, if you’re stuck, keep doing your research. These conversations may spark an idea that leads you down a promising road. Conversely, they may also provide insight as to what you don’t want to do.

Don’t constrain your career search based on your degree alone. Just because your field of study doesn’t directly relate to a certain position, it doesn’t necessarily mean an employer won’t see traits that would make you a valuable employee. Let the employer make that decision—not you. There’s always a chance an opportunity will present itself when you least expect it.

Finding the Right Job

By, 12/16/2013

Finding a job isn’t always easy. Often, people will be so tired of job hunting they’ll take the first position offered to them—even if it’s not necessarily what they want to do. But be careful of making hasty decisions when it comes to your employment—they could be detrimental to your career down the road.

When considering a career move or finding your first real job out of college, it is important to think about your employment as long-term, not just something you can do for a while until something better comes along. Sure, you may not end up working at the company forever, but you don’t want a resume that shows you’ve bounced from job to job with no consistent work history either.

There are many reasons why taking a job you don’t necessarily want may not be a good idea. Most people are motivated to do well in a job they really like, but much less likely to do well in a job they’re not excited about. Additionally, if you jump from job to job, when you find the one really want, the employer may be less than impressed with your spotty work history—moving around can show inconsistency and prove to them you may not stay there long either.

To give yourself the best odds of building the career you want, stick it out for the right position.

What to Say When You Don’t Know

By, 12/10/2013

The interview process can be quite daunting, especially with so many questions to answer. What’s your greatest weakness? Why would you be a good fit for this role? But when it comes to certain questions, initially answering “I don’t know” may not necessarily keep you from getting the job.

Every interviewee wants to answer every interview question correctly. After all, you’re trying to show them you’re qualified for the job. But what happens if you simply don’t know the answer?

Sometimes, it’s ok to admit you don’t know. But it’s important to not just leave it there. Follow up with a clarifying question perhaps if you aren’t sure exactly what they’re asking, or provide an answer (truthful, of course) along the lines of what you think they might be looking for.

To some employers, having the ability to acknowledge you don’t know something is a characteristic of something greater: honesty. Saying “I don’t know” but following up with an appropriate response likely shows the interviewer you’ve answered their questions to the best of your ability and truthfully. This is an important quality employers look for during the hiring process.

Becoming a Subject Matter Expert

By, 12/04/2013

It’s often said becoming a subject matter expert is a great way to become irreplaceable at work. And that may be true, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect honing all the skills for your role.

Though it’s always good to be able to do something well at work, it’s important to be a well-rounded employee. Being able to perform all the roles on your team is arguably just as, if not more, important than being able to do one task exceptionally well, because you can handle almost any project your manager hands you. More specifically, for capacity reasons, if a team member is sick or on vacation, you can step in and get the job done.

Furthermore, an important part of professional development is addressing your weaknesses. Before you begin to build a skill you’re already good at, managers like to see you’re developing skills that aren’t necessarily your strong suit.

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