When it comes to career advancement, most candidates look for opportunities from larger companies and smaller organisations are generally out of their radar. Big-size organizations have better brand recognition, which works in their favour and smaller companies get unfairly overlooked.
But not everybody wants to be another number in the headcount.
Few think about the advantages that one can have while working in a small-size company. Here are some:
1. Getting Noticed by People Who Matter
In a larger company, you’ll find it harder to come into notice of the executives who are the real decision-makers. The people who are supervising you are often not in a position to offer you a raise or a promotion. At a smaller place, there would be less people between you and the top executive, so you’ve more chances of making the right impression on the right people and advancing your career.
2. Switching to Different Jobs Without Quitting
Larger organizations have a set template for every job. People at various positions have their tasks specifically defined and there is a set process for every function. A smaller company, however, may require you to exercise a different skill set at various times of a day without actually leaving your desk. In morning, you may be creating content; post lunch, you may be diagnosing PC problems; and by the end of day, you may be updating the company website. This will enable you gain different set of skills, something which may help you later when you are in managerial position.
3. Having More Control Over Your Position
If you want your current position altered, it is easier to do that in a smaller company. You may just knock at the boss’ cabin and explain to them why you will appreciate them changing your role. It is easier to bring your ideas up and take a more active role in the way the company is operating. Larger companies, on the other hand, have a set process, which may sometimes get a little too bureaucratic.
4. Developing More Personal Connections
In larger organizations, it is practically impossible for all employees to know one another. Employees may not have that kind of ‘part of family’ feeling which is usually there in smaller organizations. People working at a smaller place are more likely to know other resources personally. This enables you build more effective and long-lasting professional relationships.
5. Acquiring Entrepreneurial Experience
Running a large corporation requires a well-oiled machine and each executive is just a tiny part of system. However, at a small business, a single executive may fit in for various machine components. You may be a digital marketing expert, a content developer, and an HR resource at the same time, which enables you to get apprised of various aspects of operating a business. You’ll gain insight and hands-on experience, which is sure to prove handy in the long run, when you move on to become a manager, or start your own business.
6. Discovering What You Do Best
Tenure in a small business allows you to try your hands on a variety of business functions. You may get opportunities to try things you haven’t done before and, in the process, may discover a side of personality you previously didn’t know. For instance, you may find that you’re at home interacting with clients, or promoting your company on social media. What better way to find what you’re good at, rather than doing it yourself?
If you’re a sort of person who thrives on getting involved in all sorts of new and varied projects, you’re probably a perfect fit in a smaller company. Take a step back, consider what kind of person you actually are and your future goals, before deciding on the organization you’re going to join.