You’re ready to find a new job, and you’re excited about the prospect of working for a new company. You’ve done your homework on top employers and read about the perks that bigger companies are touting. You’re thinking, “big pay, big bonuses, big opportunity.” But are you missing the big picture when you leave out small business?
The last couple of years have been hard on small companies, but as those that survive the pandemic bounce back and make adjustments in reaction to the labor market, you might consider the small business advantages. Here are five benefits of working for a small company:
1. Direct access to decision-makers
Small businesses have fewer layers of management. What that means when you’re working for a small business is you may get the ears of the CEO, or your boss may even be the owner. Greater visibility allows you to learn firsthand from their experience and showcase your abilities directly to the people who matter. You can build valuable relationships and job skills that will help you throughout your career.
2. Workplace flexibility
Small companies also may have more flexibility when it comes to considering alternative work arrangements, such as working from home and innovative scheduling. To keep up with the rapidly changing workplace, they may implement hybrid business models and add contract professionals to their teams.
3. Chances to move up
It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle at a large company. You can’t always make a big impact, or your work may be overshadowed by others. Working your way up the ranks may take longer, too. If you like making a direct impact, working for a small business, whether it’s a family-owned firm or a new startup, can give you the opportunity to take on more responsibility. It’s also more likely your hard work will be noticed.
Working for a small business often means it’s “all-hands-on-deck.” The upside is you may get to try something completely new and, in the process, learn something unexpected about yourself. You might find that you really love interacting with clients directly. Perhaps you are happiest managing the financial side of the business or taking on the role of social media ambassador. What better way to identify your strengths and talents, and discover what you enjoy most and do best?
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5. Less red tape
Have an idea and want to implement it fast? You might have to push it through many channels and levels at a large company. Smaller firms simply have less red tape and protocol to wade through. This often means projects are completed more quickly and with less frustration. You likely won’t need to seek approval every step of the way, and you’ll gain some amazing insight and hands-on experience.
Another upside of working for a small company
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? If you’re working for a small company, you may have a better chance of getting to know your manager. Maybe that manager will become a mentor who will play an important role in your future growth.
A wise bit of career advice is to consider widening your focus beyond the larger companies in your job search. Your next big break could be at a small business.
Robert Half works with small businesses across the country and may be able to help you find the right opportunity with the right company. Submit your resume to start your search.