The Lure of Working for a Small Business
As a small business owner, you may feel that candidates will not be looking your way for a job. Perhaps you feel that you do not have the big salary to offer, and there are no affordable health benefits you can provide. Or, you think that you may not have enough to keep a full-time employee busy, but can you find good part-time help? And, as a small business owner, you are protective of your business, and if you are going to hire someone, they need to be outstanding…how will you find those people? Why would they work for you and not the big corporation down the street? Here’s why.
Working at a small business provides an environment that is very attractive to some candidates. They want to feel like they are part of a “family” and really know their employer and co-workers. Some candidates avoid a large business, because they do not want to be placed at a cubicle and not sure their boss even knows their name. While some people like the feeling of some anonymity at work, others search out the opportunity to work for a small business where they feel important to its growth and prosperity.
When you work at a small business, there is always potential for growth. Some candidates want to work at a business that will someday have three times more employees than it has now. When an employee has been there since the beginning with a business, they may end up in a leadership position in the future.
Some candidates may search out a small business environment, because chances are, the leaders will be a bit more flexible about your schedule. It may not be true in all cases, but since the business is smaller, the employer may be a bit more understanding about running to an event at school or leaving a few minutes early on some days. Corporations with a large staff often can have strict rules about any time taken off during the day, making it difficult for working parents or people trying to earn a degree at the same time.
If candidates are nervous about starting their career or getting back in the workforce and taking on new responsibilities with different skills, working for a small business provides an environment to learn. It is less intimidating to ask questions, and there are not 20 other staff members competing for time with leadership. Many new teachers say that working in a small school when they first begin teaching helped them to grow as an educator and feel confident about moving into a larger school. The same can be said for growing with a small business to begin a new career.
Small businesses that are locally grown and owned can be the magic words to some candidates. They want their community to grow from the inside and want to help small, local businesses to flourish. Big business is not their thing, and they seek out working for smaller businesses with ties to the community.
As a small business owner, you should feel confident that there is a pool of applicants looking to work for you to grow, learn, and help you build your business.
If you are sitting in a dead-end job, are unsure about what you want to do, or like having flexibility and freedom while working, you need to read this! There may be a perfect option waiting for you with a client of ours as a temporary or contract employee. What is a temporary or contract job? It is a job that is only for a certain range of time, perhaps because someone is on leave, or it is a project-based position, or they may be “trying things out” to see what is needed long term with the company. Through these temporary jobs, you can become more marketable than some people coming out of long term careers. Why?
It’s time to get real. As recruiters we love working with qualified candidates who are a match for career opportunities, but often we see some bad habits and mannerisms that are not helping you achieve the job you want. We see it in our office, and we hear it from our clients, so here goes with what NOT TO DO as a job candidate. Don’t forget the old saying, “the job interview starts the moment you walk through the door.”
Look at your phone while waiting in the lobby. And, absolutely do not look at your phone during the interview. Instead, turn your phone off, and put it away before you walk in the door. The best option would be to leave in your car. Nothing feels more like you don’t care about what we are saying or the job than watching you glance at your phone or (gasp) answer the phone or a text during the interview time.
Disregard the person at the front desk of the office you are visiting. Instead, introduce yourself, be friendly, leave a great first impression that this person can talk about with the hiring manager you will be interviewing with that day. And, again, stay off your phone!
Take for granted the value of a firm handshake and look into the hiring manager’s eyes. Instead, smile, offer your hand, shake firmly, look the person in the eyes and say, “It’s great to meet you” or “It’s great to be here” or something along those lines. And, when you leave, shake their hand firmly again, look the person in the eyes, and say, “Thank you for your time and consideration.” It’s important, and they WILL remember it.
Act like you are too important for anyone you are talking to. You never know how important their voice may be in the hiring process. And, if you get through part of the interview and realize you do not really want the position, finish strong. Do not show that you don’t care! There could be another position in the company that you are more interested in later, and you will want them to remember you!
Have bad manners. Period. If you are not sure exactly how to act, ask your recruiter if your manners are up to par. If they are not, take their advice about what to do, how to dress, how to act. It’s all about impressions, first, middle, last at an interview or visit with a recruiter or hiring manager. Even if you are not the perfect fit for a position, the way you carry yourself will can place you in the candidate pool for a good placement. Improving your manners and ways of acting could mean getting the job, or not.
We are here to be your advocate but if you are not treating hiring managers or recruiters with respect, it’s hard to promote you to our clients. We recommend following this advice, you will feel more confident and have a better shot at getting the job!
The moment you find out you got the job offer.
Recruiters are in the “know.”
Not only do they know a candidate pool, they’ll know the way to identify the perfect candidate for you. Once you spell out your needs, they are able to look over their active and even find passive candidates that are potential fits for what you are trying to fill, saving you time (and therefore money).
They screen for you.
You don’t have to interview a line up of possible candidates because a recruiter has already screened them. Recruiters like to bring you their top “A” candidates to choose from, and weed out the “B” and “C” level ones.
Packaging the Position.
Recruiters take what you have and package it beautifully to sell it to a candidate who may not even be looking for a new position right now, but see the package and want to look into it. Packaging your position is sometimes hard when you stare at it every day, but recruiters are objective 3rd parties, which helps them to see what will attract or repel someone about a position you are offering.
It’s their job.
Recruiters work to get paid, literally. If they do not fill positions, they are not seeing their paycheck. So, they are motivated. They want to find a good hire for you, and they likely won’t stop until they make you happy. Their energy and motivation keeps hiring managers and business owners focused on more important tasks, and helps them to also stay motivated!
Contact our Recruiters today. We will find the qualified talent you have been looking for!
What will a typical day look like for you? Well, as a Recruiter, everyday is different and at any second your priorities can shift! If we had to sum it up….
- Actively source candidates for open positions using available resources including job boards, word of mouth, community outreach, and social media
- Interview qualified candidates to analyze skill set and experience
- Proactively grow active candidate pool
- Manage all external job boards including company website job board
- Responsible for advertising of all active open positions
- Manage internal applicant tracking system
- At least 5 years of Human Resources and Recruiting experience
- Ability to grow and maintain relationships with candidates and outside sources
We want you to join our group of humans! If you do too, contact us at 712.224.4208
If you are asking yourself this question, there could be a number of reasons ranging from the way you present yourself on paper to the way you present yourself in person. Here are some reasons why you might not be landing a job you really want, or even an interview.
Your resume and cover letter are far too general. If you are using the same resume and cover letter for every position you are applying for, it’s a problem. Employers can tell when you have spent time learning about their company and reflect how your strengths would be valuable to them. You need to show this in your cover letter and highlight your best attributes for that position in your resume. If the employer already senses that you did not spend a lot of time on your application process, chances are they will not think you’ll spend a lot of time working hard for them, even if you would. (Also, make sure you get another pair of eyes on your materials for typos and editing mistakes!)
You are not following up. Are you acting like you care if you get the interview? Have you called to make sure they received your materials? If not, you probably are not going to make a strong impression on them, especially if your resume and cover letter is extremely general. Follow the advice in #1 and then follow up!
Your interviewing skills are subpar. Are you answering the questions with articulate, well-researched answers? Are you asking articulate, well-researched questions in return? Make sure you are looking at each company very closely and find certain niches where you know you can add to their work in a valuable way. Every employer wants to see that you are on the team, and you are going to grow with them. If you do not act very interested at the interview, they won’t be either.
Your appearance is shabby. Yes, it’s sad but true…shine those shoes, trim your nails, iron your clothes. This is important. And, don’t overdo it on the perfume or cologne; you don’t want that to be the lasting impression you left in the room, and not in a good way.
You have not consulted with a recruiter. Recruiters know the field where you are applying. They know what employers are looking for in a candidate. Have a recruiter go over your resume and cover letter for each type of company, and practice interviewing. Ask questions about your style. A recruiter wants to place you, and they are not going to charge you! They win when the company picks their candidate, so they want you to shine.
It’s sometimes hard to look at ourselves critically when we know we work hard and have many skills that can add value. Resumes and cover letters are not always fun to work on and update, but if you contact a recruiter to help you, chances are, you’ll land a job much faster!
April 26, 2018
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If you would have asked us Day 1 where we thought we’d be in 5 years we would have answered…we’ve made a difference in many local job seekers lives, helped business owners reach their goals by hiring top talent, gave back to our community, and started recruiting nationally. Well, with great pleasure I can say we’ve done all of these and much much more. One thing we didn’t expect to be so great, the family we have created at Elite. In the recruiting industry, there are lows, but even more highs. We are so grateful that we have each other to celebrate these wins together. Please join us in celebrating yet another win, our 5 year anniversary!
You’ve been at the same job for over 10 years. You like it, but you don’t love it. You don’t see any room for growth, and let’s face it, you haven’t had a raise since you started. You want to look around for another job, but you want to do something really different! You want to reinvent yourself using the skills you have, so how do you do it?
Evaluate your skills:
If you are working as an administrative assistant now, it’s a sure bet that doesn’t mean you are only greeting people and answering phones. You are probably helping each department with their work, perhaps some accounting, some data input, some marketing…write down the tasks you most enjoy helping with and what skills you have in that area.
Determine the Salary Range You Want:
Now is the time to really figure out how you want your life to look in the future. What salary would make you very comfortable in your lifestyle and even help you save more money for retirement? Set the bar high for yourself, knowing that maybe you will have to come down a bit. If you are going to try something new, you may as well shoot for the stars!
Learn some New Things:
What skills can you build upon? Do you sort of know Excel, but now really well? Find a class or workshop that you could attend, or for that matter someone who knows how to use it. Buy them dinner and sit down and have them show you. Learning an extra skill and being able to showcase that on a resume is always a plus.
Find a Mentor or Two:
Think about the people in your life you admire. Make a list, and see if a few of them will mentor you in your job search and in your career moves in general. The mentor should be someone who is real with you, lifts you up, and helps you to advance in your work and personal life.
Contact a Recruiter:
A recruiter will evaluate your resume, help you find the positions that most interest you, fine tune your interview skills, and work with you to find a great position! They are experts at what they do, and remember that it does not cost you to use a recruiter! The companies pay them when you are placed.
Reinventing yourself is a great way to keep life interesting and help you to not grow stale in your career. Some people say they reinvent themselves every 5 years, which may be too much for you, but reinventing yourself in your career at least once could mean getting the job of a lifetime!