When it comes to getting a job at a small business, who you know is what really matters. Many small businesses won’t turn to an executive search firm or post an advertisement on a job board, relying instead on referrals from friends, family and colleagues. Because of that, job seekers have to go about their search much differently than when trying to work for a large corporation.
If you’re looking for a full-time job, you may not even consider taking a temporary position. But maybe you should, because more and more companies are looking for temporary workers.
You’re not ready to go public with your job search, but you want to cultivate higher visibility in your industry and grow your connections to key decision-makers. Before you go pasting on nametags three times a week, take a couple of lesson in stealth networking. Then consider how your career moves will look to your current boss, and what you’ll say if she asks you why you’ve been so active on the professional meeting circuit lately.
A recent report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce made headlines with the claim that “Not all majors are created equal.” The report, “Hard Times: College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings,” draws on data from the American Community Survey in 2009 and 2010 to argue that some majors fare better in today’s job market than others.
You did your research, tailored your resume, and applied for a great position. You may have even scored an interview, came prepared, and impressed the interviewer. Now it’s just time to play the waiting game, right? Wrong!
Next to a root canal appointment, few things in life are as nerve inducing as the job interview. In this day and age, the face-to-face interview is typically the first time a prospective employee will speak to an actual person. This “actual” person literally has your career in the palm of their hand. They will determine, based on this portion of the hiring process, whether or not the process will continue or come to a screeching halt. Wow! No wonder you’re nervous. Right? Below are a few ideas that will go a long way toward taking some of the pressure off of you and making the most of your time with the interviewer.
Job Hunting for Veterans is very different than it is for civilians. Veterans face misunderstanding and suspicion in their search for work. Translating military experience into something a civilian boss can understand is a unique challenge.
All businesses aren’t created equal. What may be normal for a small company could be strange for a large one. But when deciding where to work, those distinctions matter. “There are a number of differences,” says Kathleen Downs, a recruiting manager at Robert Half International. “I wouldn’t say one is better than the other, but they are certainly different.” From culture to job function, here’s a look at ten differences between working for a small firm and its larger brethren.