In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses an underutilized tool for job leads

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I want to talk with you about a source for job leads that is extremely underutilized. Let me preface this by saying that there is intrinsic bias in job hunting that is propagandized by the media and by the government and that's a bias toward large companies. After all, large companies are much more stable than small companies. Yeah right.

Yes, small companies go out of business. Large companies go out of business. Both lay people off. In the current economic environment there's been no security beyond the skills and individual brings AND there is no security in that those, too.

So, when all is said and done, you only have yourself to rely on. Don't be a sucker and fall for the propaganda about big companies. They do a great job mortgaging themselves; the media supports that marketing but they are no guarantee of your security.

In finding work, you want to find organizations that will value you properly, where you can learn what you need to in order to continue to be marketable.

Everyone knows about the Fortune 500 or the Forbes 500 list but one of the list is completely underutilized and overlooked is the Inc. 5000 list. This list is a list of small companies that are going through huge growth.

Does that mean there is a job for you there? No, of course not any more than the other lists that I mentioned are guarantees to have jobs either.

One of my beliefs is that when you swim with other fish, employers can pick the fish they want. If you swim where there aren't a lot of fish present, you look much more prominent there and that's one of the things you need to do. Put yourself in the position of being a huge fish to them with great skills and small firms are an underutilized target for job hunters.

So don't ignore the Inc. 5000 list of the top small businesses. Do find this list; it's available and a great tool for job hunters. Once you identify a firm in your state or in your locale, you can go to LinkedIn or to Google searches, not just to see if they have a job for you but who you might be connected with that these firms who might be able to provide an introduction or perform an informational interview and talk with you about the organization, the kind of things that they do and where you can help.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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