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.

A Level Playing Field

By, 12/26/2014

Even with lots of preparation, it’s easy to psyche yourself out before a job interview—especially when it seems like you’re at the mercy of the interviewer. If he or she stumps you with a tough question, will that create an unfavorable impression? Or what if you give a wrong answer? Or your joke falls flat? Or, or, or? But before making your interviewer into an omnipotent being, don’t forget he or she is a person too, a point nicely shown here.

Now this doesn’t mean you should assume your interviewer is inept or indifferent. After all, it’s his or her job to assess whether you fit in the company, and the interviewer’s opinion will play a big—if not decisive—role in whether you get an offer. But remember, your interviewer doesn’t hold any special knowledge or insight about you—you determine what experiences and accomplishments to highlight and sell about yourself. As much as you may want a job, companies also want to hire talented individuals to work for them—it’s a mutually beneficial relationship, so don’t lose sight of the leverage you hold too.

Know Your Market

By, 12/09/2014

Most people agree “fairness” is a reasonable guiding principle for sensible decision-making (though what constitutes “fair” can be a more contentious debate). When it comes to gauging your “fair value” on the job market, there are at least two inputs to consider: What the market says you’re worth and what you believe you’re worth. An honest job seeker will allow the former, not the latter, to shape an appropriate expectation of one’s labor value.

It all goes back to the first lesson of Economics 101: supply and demand. If you possess a specialized skillset few have and employers desire, your relative market demand is higher than the average job hunter—meaning more options, higher compensation, etc. The general job market “fairly” sorts potential employees based on what employers want.  

If you’re trying to calculate your general labor market value, assess everything you bring to the table—skills, experience, education—and see what the market is paying for it. This doesn’t mean the price you see is the price you’ll get—markets are fluid and individual companies may value you differently—but you can get an objective and fair gauge of where you stand relative to other job seekers, free of any biases or preconceptions you personally may hold.   

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