Sunday, April 26, 2015

4 Reasons Job Seekers will want to work for Your Small Business

Small Businesses get it wrong.  
Many think that because they are small, they have less to offer their new hires than the big companies. Because of this, they often settle instead of pursuing the great hires they need!

Even job seekers can fall into this trap. Their goal is to work for a large company, often without even considering what a small business has to offer. They don't recognize the benefits that working for a small business can bring to their level of experience and confidence

It is time to change that mindset. 

There are Big Advantages to Working for a Small Business!  “Tweet This”

While it is true that some small companies may not be able to offer the salary associated with working for big business, they can offer many other things that will create a valuable working experience.   

Working for a Small Business can offer you something different

By nature, a small business atmosphere is more hands-on and close knit. Employees have a much more tangible stake in the success of the company and often have a chance for greater input. Even flexibility of work hours, telecommuting, and promotions are often part of the small business culture.

The success of a small company relies on flexibility. They depend upon being able to adapt quickly to changing external and internal forces. And their employees can learn a lot from this ever-changing environment. 

Small business employees have the opportunity to learn many rolesStrict adherence to job titles and work responsibilities is not often practical for companies with fewer employees. This allows for more job responsibilities and the chance to really make a difference ~ all of which is a great resume and career builder.

The collaborative and nurturing characteristics of small business are also a plus for employees. It is a chance to really get their voice heard and to get their ideas implemented much sooner and more often than will occur in a larger company. And as small businesses slowly start recovering from the effects of the pandemic and are once again hiring to bolster their workforce, it is more important than ever to keep them on your job search radar.

As a small business owner, are you finding yourself losing out on great talent because you can’t compete with the “big boys”? Then it is time you sell the real advantages of working for a small business!

4 Reasons You Should Work for Small Business!  “Tweet This”

Here is what Your applicants need to know ~ 
Working for a Small Business will.......
  • Give them a Chance to Learn all Aspects of the Business
In large companies, job titles and job duties are often clearly defined. This is less common in a small business where an employee has the opportunity to wear different hats. This is especially valuable to an employee that may be uncertain of where their interests really lie. The chance to explore different avenues is rarely a part of big business culture, at least for new hires.
  • Give them More Responsibility and Independence
With less people to rely on to get the job done, small businesses count on their employees to make decisions and take on more. Employees learn to work independently at an early stage. In turn, management is more apt to listen and implement their employee’s ideas. 

This level of responsibility and decision-making are invaluable to building a strong resume. Having the opportunity to do this in the early stages of a career is especially rewarding.
  • Help them Get Noticed and Advance
With added responsibility comes the chance for employees to really get credit for the work they do. A smaller number of workers allows hires to work more closely with management and get noticed. This is often not possible in a larger company.  

Getting recognized for good work and tangible contributions to the company's success can lead to even more responsibility, raises, and promotions.   
  • Allow for a More Casual & Close-Knit Atmosphere
Many small businesses are more casual. Employees may work from a small storefront, the owner’s home, or even out of their own homes. This non-traditional atmosphere usually results in things being much more laid back.

Even things like lunch, breaks, and start/stop times may be less rigid. This often translates to more relaxed dress codes too. This more casual atmosphere can appeal to new, and often younger, job seekers.

Small Businesses are also more intimate. While this may not appeal to all, the chance to work where “everybody knows your name” can be a great draw. Forging close working relationships is a fantastic way to gain valuable connections and learn skills from those around you. It can even lead to an important pool of future references.

As a Small Business employer, you will play a huge role in attracting the best talent. It starts with learning “When & How” to hire (you can find out more about this with these 10 Tipsand continues by creating an appealing company culture.
Here are a couple things you can do to up the ante: 
  • Give Your Employees Better Work-Life Balance & More Flexibility
Vacation time and Flex time ~ both are especially attractive to new hires. If at all possible, offering 2 weeks, or more, vacation is a great draw to job seekers. Knowing that you place value and importance in their “down time” goes a long way towards an attractive company culture.

This goes the same for allowing flexible start times and telecommuting. Both enable your employees to combine their work and family life with less stress. Having the chance to work from home and start at a time that allows for school schedules and snow and sick days can make all the difference in getting and retaining quality hires. 
  • Offer Competitive Compensation and Benefits
In addition to creating a great company culture and atmosphere, giving your employees a fair and competitive wage helps attract and keep them. Offering the best you can afford is the way to start.
Good health benefits also go a long way towards gaining the loyalty of your employees. By all means shop around for the best deal, but skimping here and on wages will not help you in your quest to gain top talent.
  • Offer Quality Perks
Bonuses for quality work are key. While bigger companies may wait for the routine holiday bonuses, as the owner you can offer them any time. Your employees will really appreciate the timely recognition and it will make others strive to succeed.

Other perks like local restaurant or store gift cards, company sponsored “Friday Lunches”, or even an occasional golf outing or some other group activity, are some easy ideas that won’t break the bank.

These benefits and perks should be at the front and center of your marketing campaign to attract new employees. Be sure to emphasize what you and your Small Business can offer.

Flexibility, the opportunity to add quality skills and responsibilities to their resume, and a feeling of partnership in your success are definite draws to working in a Small Business.

It is Your Responsibility to create an atmosphere where these things are possible. And if you are a small business that has been hurt by the pandemic, now is the perfect time to "sell" your business to the top talent you need. Just be sure to spread the word!
Start by sharing and commenting on this article.  It is a great way to get the benefits of working for a Small Business out there. Thanks!

Authored by   

We are dedicated to helping your Business succeed. Contact Us Now to find out more.  

You can find out more About Us & Our Background InvestigationServices too!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for visiting our website. Contact Us! We can answer your questions and offer you a consultation on how we can help You with your Hiring, Business, and Security Needs!

We also invite you to Subscribe. Just leave your email and you will get one new article each month with tips and information focused on You and Your Business!