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Do You Have What It Takes to Work for a Small Business?

Do You Have What It Takes to Work for a Small Business?

Max Klausner | SmallBizLink

November 09, 2009

Insider Tips to Applying for a job in Small Business

There are two types of jobs you can apply for: Jobs that are advertised and jobs that don’t officially exist. If you are interested in working for a specific company it’s always worth it to reach out and show them you’re interested. Even if there is no open position at that time, you have established a relationship. This ambition will make you stand out if a position becomes available.

If you are applying for an advertised job opening, here are a few essential tips that will increase your likelihood of getting an interview:

Research: Know the company inside and out. Learn about what they do, who they work with, company history, and what you can bring to the table. This is an easy but essential first step that you will need for your resume, phone calls, and interview.

Resume Essentials: Tailor your resume to the job. You should have a custom resume for each job you are applying for that shows off your transferrable skills. If you feel compelled to include an objective, it should explain how you will help the company. Telling the company what you hope to get out of the job will most likely land your resume in the recycling bin. You are asking for a job, not an internship.

Call: After you submit your resume follow up by calling the hiring manager. If you don’t get an answer, leave a message and call again later. You want to speak with someone in person. It is easier to ignore an email than a phone call. Be aware you might be speaking with the owner or manager depending on the position you’re applying for and the size and structure of the company.

Persistence:Your chances of being contacted increase greatly with each attempt. Similar to marketing, the more impressions and points of contact the more exposure you’ll receive. This shows ambition and interest. A good employer will see this persistence as a valuable asset.

Small Business: The Time is Now!

As the economy emerges from the recession, there is no more exciting time to join the ranks and help write the next chapter in American innovation. The work may be hard and the journey unpredictable but ultimately you will learn skills and make relationships that will help you achieve prosperity and self-fulfillment. Who knows, you might just end up working for the next Apple!