5 Survival Tips from Successful Small Company Managers

Truth be told, few things in business are more complex than running or managing a small company.  While our counterparts in Fortune 500 organizations have the benefit of things like goals and job descriptions and long-term plans, the only constants small company managers have on their side are change and uncertainty. . . and a minimal amount of job security. …

5 Unique Traits of Great Small Company Employees

As many of you who regularly visit this blog know, my life mission is relatively straightforward: to stop small company owners and managers from running their companies like big ones.  And nowhere is it more tempting for entrepreneurs to emulate their larger counterparts than during the hiring process, where they compete directly with Fortune 1000 firms for the world’s best, …

5 Job-Related Lies You Might Be Telling Yourself (Guest Post)

A 2010 report released by The Conference Board says that American employees are increasingly unhappy—which they say is “a long-term trend that should be a red flag to employers.”  But is it also a wake-up call for employees who are experiencing increased workloads, ramped up stress and a lack of purpose? The kind of stress people experience working extended hours in a …

15 Signs You Might Lose Your Small Company Job

Over the course of my 18-year career, I have spent a great deal of time on both sides of some messy employment situations.  In addition to terminations, corporate reorganizations, company mergers and hostile acquisitions, I have been part of several multi-round company-wide layoffs . . . one of which resulted in me exiting the building with my personal belongings in …

Strategic Self-Promotion: 8 Rules for Marketing Yourself

On occasion, the workplace can be a confusing and frustrating place for a small company manager. Have you ever volunteered to lead an upcoming high-profile initiative, only to see someone else be selected for no apparent reason? Have you ever interviewed for an internal position higher on the organizational chart, then not been selected even though you meet 100% of …

A Hiring Manager’s Guide to Small Company Interviewing

When it comes to the hiring process, small company managers are used to carrying the bulk of the load.  While our counterparts within the Fortune 1000 have access to things like on site recruiters, online assessments and multi-departmental search teams, small company managers rarely have the time or the patience to endure an interview process of more than two rounds.  …

3 Tips for Finding (and Getting) a Small Company Job

For whatever reason, most people prefer to acquire their job search advice from store bought career guides.  If this wasn’t the case, books like What Color is Your Parachute?, Internet Your Way to a New Job and Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters wouldn’t be flying off the shelves right now.  But these factory-produced manuscripts all have one thing in common: they cater to people who are looking for jobs at LARGE companies.  Those of you …