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Smaller Companies Hiring While Big Ones Are Firing

News Flash: Small Companies Hiring While Big Ones Are Firing

From a hiring standpoint, small companies are exhibiting more stability compared to larger ones and you may consider pursuing positions at these less sizable businesses if you're looking for a job any time soon. In August, unemployment reached its highest point in five years and more large companies instituted hiring freezes.

Small companies aren't exactly ramping up their recruitment efforts as hiring has remained flat, but it's a more hopeful job market compared to some large companies showing signs of contraction in their workforces. Even better, there is some optimism that small businesses may be expanding the number of new hires in the next few months.


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pklotus pklotus 9 years
I work for a small company that's been running for about 50 years. We are expanding within the company and a few positions are opening up. I'm still in school but I have secured a full time position with a healthcare plan and 401k. My friends who have graduated college can't even get that right now.
verily verily 9 years
And yet my very large company has to be the weirdo and is trying to scoop up as many new hires as they can in a short period of time. Job fairs, large ads, employee incentives for finding people... Makes me wonder what they're prepping for...can't just be Christmas.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i was laid-off from a start-up a while ago, which just shut down entirely last month. if you're looking to work for a one, please, for the love of your income, ask them how they're funded and find out how stable their situation is.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I work for a large company but my division is only 6 people and our business is actually growing because of what we manufacture. So I can see it being true to some extent!
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Working for a small company can be more rewarding than working for a large company, because there can be more upward mobility, or at least opportunities for your talents to be recognized. This cyclical hiring/firing makes sense to me, since large/small companies experience different pressures and fluctuations.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
this is probably in the States right??? Cuz I work for a small company and I know the turnover is SO HIGH because all the bigger oil and gas companies are offering WAY better incentives...liek STARTING 6 weeks vacation!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 9 years
I work at a small company, and we just hired 2 new people (making our total now 15). A friend of mine who works at a large company just got laid off... so I guess it's true. :[
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Weird, it seems that it's becoming harder and harder to secure a position even with typing skills and MS Office experience. It's becoming bare.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
My best advice is to get your typing speed and MS Office skills up, and you should pretty much always be employable. Most big cities ALWAYS need temps to type/data entry and these skills are so so handy as a fall back. I am a little worried about my job, as I work in a very small UK branch of a large USA company. And smaller companies dont usually have the benfits of a larger one - pensions, health care etc, so they have less overheads.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i was just talking to my fiance about this last night. he said that it would probably make sense to find a position in a smaller company or a start up since they will be the ones more apt to hire right now -vs the larger companies. it does make sense if you think about it - since the smaller agencies probably have lower costs to maintain the business since they don't have the massive health insurance and salaries to deal with.
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