The numbers show smaller companies may be a good channel for job seekers so you want to pay attention to them in your job search. But getting hired at a smaller company requires different techniques. Here are some tips to improve your chances of getting in the door at a small company or start-up. Read More
Pros and Cons of Working in Small Companies
Your job search may pick up if you consider small companies as well as big names. The numbers show there are more jobs there. As you expand your job search to include small companies, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons. Having worked in both a small company and a larger well established organization, it is hard for me to generalize that one is better than the other. Based on my personal experience and from what I have learned from others, here are some pros and cons of working in small companies. Read More
Making the Most of the August Slowdown
Many job seekers notice a slowdown in openings, interviews, and hires during the warm weeks of August. Hiring managers and recruiters may be on vacation and it can feel like not much is happening. If you’ve noticed this, don’t let it discourage you and do not put your job search on hold. Read More
Don’t Ignore Smaller Companies in Your Job Search
Job seekers often focus their efforts on large firms with name recognition and, in the process, ignore smaller younger companies. However, by doing so, they are eliminating some good options. While looking for a job, you want to broaden your horizons and target a wide range of employers in your field of interest, regardless of size. Read More
Making the Most of Career Fairs
As the Fall Career Fairs approach, it is time to think about how to maximize your experience at these fairs. In today’s competitive job market, you want to stand out and be remembered by the recruiters. Having attended a few school fairs myself, I have learned from experience what a huge difference good preparation can make. Job fairs are rich opportunities to meet recruiters and learn about open positions. You may not get in the door of a company immediately, but career fairs are also a great venue for networking. Read More
Finding Openings at Small Companies and Start-ups
After looking at what you can demonstrate about yourself to increase your chances of landing jobs in small companies , let’s see where you can find some of these openings. Unlike large firms, small companies and start-ups do not always have formal job listings. There is no substitute for networking and it becomes all the more necessary when looking for jobs in small companies. Focusing on your networking efforts and broadening your network is the best way to discover these hidden jobs. Read More
A New Season with New Opportunities
Fall is in the air. For anyone looking for a job, it’s time to kick the job search into high gear. Although recruitment cycles vary, the numbers show that the highest rates of hiring are before and after holidays – fall and spring. Making contact during these periods may give you an extra advantage. The good news: Read More
Job Statistics – Focus on the Positives
We’ve all heard how tough the job market is, but the truth is that people are still getting hired. Here are some numbers that might surprise and inspire you:
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 4.3 million U.S. workers were hired in June 2010, including seasonal workers, part-timers, temps and contract workers.
- The number of job openings at the end of June was 2.9 million – an increase of 26% since the most recent series trough of 2.3 million in July 2009.
- Although job growth is down, it does not mean there are no jobs available. 4.3 million hires are still 4.3 million hires.
Making the Most of Hiring Ebs and Flows
Have you ever heard that no one gets hired in August? That’s not really true, of course, but there are seasonal recruitment cycles including peak and slow periods. Understanding them can give you an edge and improve your chances of getting hired. By knowing which months of the year are the most popular hiring periods in specific companies and industries, you can plan your job search process more efficiently. During the months of slow hiring, prepare yourself for the busy hiring period.