Here’s a well-kept secret. Less than 1 percent of U.S. employers have more than 500 employees. The majority of our nation’s jobs are offered by employers with less than 99 employees. In my 20+ years as a professional resume writer and career coach, I’ve seldom come across someone who wants to work for a company that flies totally under the radar. Most choose to target larger employers that typically receive thousands of resumes for each advertised position.
Many small employers are unlikely to have large recruiting budgets (or even in-house recruiters), so reaching out to a friend who works there . . . or to a hiring manager directly . . . is often more productive.
What does that mean for the savvy job seeker? You can dramatically increase your chances of being selected for an interview and securing a new position if you aim your search efforts at an employer that is unlikely to attract thousands of candidates for each available position.
Based on my work with thousands of job seekers across the Metro St. Louis area, I can tell you confidently that there are employers here that are profitable, offer competitive compensation and treat their employees fairly.
To your success!
Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC