Unexpected Benefits of Working for a Small Company

When you are searching for a new job it can be temping to only apply to the well known larger companies in your industry. Have you given any thought to what it would be like to work for a small company? There can be a lot of benefits! Here are some of our top reasons to work for a small company.

Shape strong connections

In a small business there can be less hierarchy in the office.  Which means you can work for more then one boss. This can give you more opportunities for mentoring and may lead to the ability to make a big impression on people whom matter.  You may work close with owners, senior managers, investors, and give them the chance to see what you can do. These connections can last the rest of your life.

Knowledge of all aspects of the business

In a large corporate business you’ll only see a tiny piece of all the departments that work together on a single project. In a small business you will overlap tremendously with different departments and be introduced to more or all of the companies assets.

Expand your abilities

In a small company you will be able to work on a project from start to finish. This means you’ll be able to see the full process of brainstorming, engineering, and execution. You may even enter a new realm of skills and have to wear different hats in order to finalize a project. If you’re good with multitasking small business is more of an ideal job for you.

Find a new talent

While being experienced to these new skill sets within the small business you may find a new interest for something else.  Ever heard someone saying they “fell into” something else within there job, well this is how it can be done.

 

5 Ways to Feel Less Stressed and Overworked

It’s easy to let stress due to your job sneak into your life. The first step when trying to resolve this is understanding that you’re the only person who can change the way you’re feeling. Your pledge to change your routines will ensure more productivity, positive attitude, inspiration, and satisfaction.

Plan a daily agenda

If you don’t do so already, have a list of tasks, which will time manage your day.  These tasks can be prioritized by importance. What do I need to finish today? When is that due by? Surely we all have things we need to get done every day but how you manage this will benefit your workflow. This will also help you to never overbook yourself. Also, it will feel satisfying to clear things off your list when you’re done.

Step back from your work

We all know that work can get overwhelming and certain projects you’re working on can be intense.  The solution is to step back from your work. Give yourself some time to think and take a deep breath. Go for a walk, let yourself disconnect from what you’re working on and come back with a fresh mindset.

Eat right and sleep well

Eating a healthy diet will make you feel good and give you energy. Sleeping at least 8 hours a night will ensure your full attention and focus at work. This energy is what you need to get through those long days.

Positive Behavior

If you’re someone whom works with groups and interacts with people all day, it’s important to keep a positive attitude. Your attitude will affect the way others react to you and can help others stay upbeat. Your attitude may even affect the way other people work and help to flip negative thinking.

Set limitations

Sometimes it can feel like you are living at work. You should plan when you want to come into work and try and set a goal of when you will leave. Struggling with having to stay late to finish work? Come into work early and become better prepared for the day. Disconnect over the weekend and try to not bring work home with you.

We hope these tips come in handy when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed due to work.

Why Not Taking a Break Can Affect Your Workflow

 

While at work we are constantly busy moving from one task to the next. Sometimes powering through the day and realizing you never took a break.  Not taking a break can affect your health and your work. Here are our suggestions for you:

Make sure that your eating and not starving yourself to get work done. Your nutrition is important to your productivity. Some great brain food choices are fish, milk or dark chocolate, raw carrots, nuts, seeds, avocados, blueberries, and whole grains.

Working for too long can lead to errors and accidents by looking at a screen for too long. In order to reassess workflow you need to step back and let your brain recuperate. Exhausting the capacity of your brain will lead to broken creative bonds. Skipping breaks can also lead to stress and anxiety. These significant factors can affect your whole day.

But the good news is if you take those needed breaks for your own saneness you’ll be able to have a high level of performance to complete your workday.  You will feel fully refreshed and recharged with a clear mind. Taking the opportunity within your break to breathe in fresh air and maybe even connect with someone new.

Our Time Management Advice For You

Many times we get wrapped up in our day-to-day tasks and don’t take the time to step back and evaluate if we are managing our time correctly. You may feel like you are constantly busy, but are you being productive? There is a difference. We have put together some advice for managing your time. Our hope is that some of these will help you refine your own work habits, resulting in a better and more productive work life.

Start and end the day with a clean desk. You should get yourself organized for the next day before running out the door at 6pm…your morning will thank you!

Make a list of everything you have to get done, both your urgent and less important tasks. Now identify the top three things you NEED to get done today. Once you have completed these, move on to the less crucial things on your list.

Allow yourself some time in-between tasks. If you just rush onto the next thing you may have a harder time trying to stay focused or motivated.  This being said you should also always be aware of the amount of time you spend browsing the internet or talking with coworkers. This can be a major drain on productivity! By being aware of the time you are spending on this you can keep yourself in check.

Finally, we can get so caught up in being busy at work that we forget to enjoy what we’re doing. What can you do to spend more time enjoying what you are doing? Keep an open mind when it comes to new responsibilities or jobs given to you. If you are lacking joy in your work maybe trying something new with give you that extra boost of the happiness you need!

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Ask Our Recruiters: Connecting on LinkedIn

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We are back with another installment of our Ask Our Recruiters series. Today’s question seems to come up a lot, especially with recent graduates looking to get a jump start on their careers. So we asked Rayna to answer Steven’s question and hopefully you all find it helpful!

Is it ok to connect with someone on LinkedIn that you don’t know? 

Absolutely! LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service and the whole point of any social networking service is to interact with other users. If someone’s profile on LinkedIn intrigues you and you feel as though this person is someone you would like to add to your network, I say go for it! I do, however advise that when you go to “Invite to Connect”, you write a short introduction explaining why you would like to connect with this person–just enough to let that person know who you are and what it is about them that grabbed your attention. For example:

“I am a fellow member of the ABC Professionals Group and I really enjoyed your most recent post to the page. I notice you work for X Company and I’ve read a lot about their recent expansion. Please accept my request as I would like to stay connected with you and the company.”

Hope this helps and good luck with your job search! Interested in reading our past questions and advice? You can read them here.

Are You The New Person At Work?

When you start a new job or are moved into a new department it is common to feel like an outsider. Sometimes it is a matter of them being a close knit group or maybe you are just a naturally shy person.  Whatever the case may be we have put together some tips that may help ease the transition into your new group of coworkers.

Your First Day

Remember first impressions are important when working with new colleagues. On your first day if your supervisor doesn’t introduce you to the office, take it upon yourself to go around a meet everyone. This will show your willingness to building a friendly relationship with your colleagues. This is important not just on the first day but every day: don’t be late!  This will give your boss and your coworkers a bad impression of your work ethic. Every night don’t forget to say goodbye before you leave. These all seem like small things but they will form the foundation of how your colleagues view you in the days to come.

Take Time to Listen

As a new person in the office, give yourself time to get to know your colleagues. Try and find out their interests and how they collaborate with each other. Listen and pay attention to the topics they talk about and soon you will find a common ground, jump in when you have something valuable to say!

Be Willing to Help Others

Remember that you are part of this team now and working together is an essential factor to being successful.  Being friendly when someone asks for help with a project will strengthening your relationship with them and your whole team.

Feeling comfortable in a new group can take time but it can be accomplished. With your daily efforts and positive attitude, you will notice that you start to become closer with your colleagues and that is always worth the wait!

Big or Small Companies — What is Your Best Fit?

“Happiness is not about what we do but what we choose”. When it comes to choices, the first thing you need to know is yourself! Going to a big company doesn’t mean that you will have a happier career compared to someone working at a small business.  Here are a few suggestions our recruiters have when it comes to choosing the company size that is the best fit for you.

Don’t be afraid of applying to big companies as a new graduate.

If you are a recent graduate and don’t have years of professional experiences that doesn’t mean you can’t apply to large companies.  As long as you have the skills they are requiring for the job, you have just passed the first hurdle. The essence is not the size of the company, but your personal qualities and your professional skills. Don’t be intimidated, apply for the job!

Straightforward tasks vs. multiple roles

Big companies usually split work specifically because of the size and the number of employees. Therefore, working with a big company means you may have more straightforward tasks and specific responsibilities that would repeat on a daily bases. You could be a part of a big group and collaborate with each other. Compared to a small business your role here may be more defined and set.

In a small business, you may work on multiple tasks and take on a variety of responsibilities. The limited number of employees would allow you to work on a little bit of everything within the company. You could be introduced to new areas of the business you haven’t had the chance to work in.

Know the company and yourself

Before choosing the company, you should get a good idea of the culture of the organization. Whether is a big company or a small business, you need to know if it would be a fit for your personality. If you are an outgoing person, you may love to work with those people who are easygoing and talkative. In addition, small businesses may offer more chances of promotion and big companies may offer better employment benefits.

Consider your personality, check the company culture and think about the connection between your skills and the position. Ultimately, what matters is your willingness of success and hardworking attitude and that goes for either a big company or small business. 

Follow-Up “ASAP”

Are you feeling stuck in your small professional circle? Expanding your network and making new connections are important steps for potential job opportunities. The person you meet during a career fair or at a networking event could be your contact for a new job.  The sooner you follow up with people you meet, the more possible it will be for you to expand your network. Here is our advice for “ASAP” Follow-Up:

“A”= Asking for business cards:

During career fairs or while networking, you should ask for a business card. Don’t be shy when asking, it shows your interest in the person or their company. This is the first step to benefit your future follow-up.

“S”= Stressing your contact information:

Sending a note to your new contact shows your professional and personal manners, but don’t forget to include your contact information! Remember, stressing your contact information means you are willing to keep in touch and create the space for future conversations.

“A”= Associate yourself:

You’ve sent a note with your contact information, but that doesn’t mean that your follow-up work is done. The next step is to strengthen your new connection and LinkedIn is a great site to do just that. Add them to your LinkedIn connections, write comments on articles they post, follow the company they work for and keep updated on their opening positions. Your interaction will help you stand out and keep you fresh in their mind for when opportunities do arise.

“P”= Pop the questions:

Continuing to follow-up is essential for a long-term connection. You can contact them for a number of reasons: asking for business advice, related professional connections, future opening positions or recent career activities. It’s important to not reach out only when you need something from them.

We hope you keep “ASAP” in mind when following up with your connections; they can be such an important part of your job search.

Find Out What Your Strengths Are

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During the interview process you are often asked, what is your greatest strength? You may also be asked to identity your strengths during a yearly review. For these reasons it’s so important to ask yourself, what is my strength, what do I bring to my company that no one else can? Using these tips we have put together, you can learn to recognize your strengths. Here’s how:

Don’t be trapped by your job title. To figure out what your strengths are, you may need to explore new areas at work. Volunteer to help out while someone is out sick or on vacation, see how you like the new challenge. When you engage in an activity you are truly good at, your will be excited or proud of the work you have done.

When do people turn to you for help? In a situation where you are using your strengths, you will stand out from a crowd, your approach will be unique. To name your strengths, you want to try and think about those moments, how you are different?

Identify unique strengths. When you do find your strength, avoid overused words like ‘passionate’ or ‘dedicated’ when asked to identify it. You should try and come up with a unique term that captures your specific strength.

We hope this helps! Remember, you can always ask a coworker or mentor what they would say if they were asked to describe your work ethic. Their answer may provide you with just want you were looking for.