When most people look for a new job, they focus in on the bigger firms. They do so because we have all been programmed to think that they offer the best career opportunities. Of course, many do. But, as you will see that is not always the case. In fact, there are several good reasons to look beyond the obvious, when searching for your next job.
There are millions of SMEs and family run companies in the world. For example, this specialist online print firm that just sells signage such as custom danger signs.
On the surface, they look like quite a small company. In reality, the internet allows them to sell their products across the world. Yet, they do not say much about this fact, on their website.
There is no doubt if you were to take a job with a company like this there would be plenty of chances for you to grow your career. Probably in ways that just would not be possible if you were working for a larger company.
A company like this needs accountancy staff, legal advisors, sales personnel and more besides just as much as any other firm. So, potentially there are opportunities for people with all kinds of skills.
If you are lucky you will find a firm like this that is based closer to where you live. Unfortunately, most of the biggest firms in the world still base themselves in larger cities. So, potentially, you could end up facing a long commute. That is a big chunk out of anyone’s day. Often, choosing to work for smaller firms offers you the chance to work closer to home.
When you spend more than a couple of hours, per day, travelling the quality of your life is bound to suffer. If spending time with your family is important to you that is another good reason to consider working for a local company.
It is also worth considering working for start-ups. If you like to be stretched and are not fazed by the fact things might not work out and you may be back in the job market fairly quickly, it could be for you. On the other hand, if things do go well and the startup you are working for takes off, you could be very richly rewarded. Many firms who want to attract the best people still offer stock options as part of the package. When things take off, usually, so does the value of your stock options.
Working in a more tight-knit company also means that the good work you do is more likely to be noticed. It is all too easy to get lost in a large organization and just become a minion.
Of course, you still need to do your due diligence and check the firm out before you apply or accept a job offer. In particular, you need to make sure that you are going to be paid the market rate. This short checklist will help you to do that.