While the job market in general is looking better, there is one type of business you should look to in particular if you want to amp up your job search: small and medium-sized businesses. They're doing disproportionately more hiring than their larger, national colleagues and that means those of us looking for work shouldn't overlook them when hunting for jobs.
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There may be some allure to working for a nationally recognised company or name, but a number of employer surveys compiled by the folks at Smart Money show that small businesses have been doing the hiring lately and there are signs that they'll continue to lead the pack.
So what does that mean for job seekers? First of all, don't neglect companies you may not be familiar with when you browse job boards. Look into them and visit their web sites, if they're hiring for a number of openings, you may stand a good chance at an interview. Also, don't hesitate to look into companies in your area that you may pass by without thinking about — check out the corporate parks and office buildings in your community and see which companies have offices there, and look into those companies.
Sometimes finding a new and exciting company is as easy as looking at the names on the high-rises on your commute home from work.
Whether the trend continues is anyone's guess, but as long as it's the small companies doing most of the hiring, it's a good idea to keep an eye on smaller, local businesses and the job openings they have. Do you have any tips for scouting small and local businesses in your community? Which job search sites do you think do a good job at listing openings at small companies? Let us know in the comments below.
Looking for Work? Try Small Employers [Smart Money]