Many of us are automatically drawn to the idea of working for a big company and while it is of course great to get a well-known brand on your CV, working for a smaller company can be just as beneficial to your career.
Whether you’re just starting out in the world of employment or you’re thinking of changing jobs, below we have listed four benefits of working for a smaller company.
It broadens your skillset
As tempting as it may be to go for roles at bigger companies, it can actually be more beneficial to take on a role in a small company. A lot of placements with smaller organisations are project-based which means that you can take ownership of a task and see it through to the end.
Within a larger organisation you may be responsible for one specific aspect of a project whereas in a smaller company, you can be involved in the entire business process which allows you to gain a real insight into how the business operates. You will also be able to practice your skills and increase your responsibilities which is something that would probably take a very long time in a bigger company.
You can make a bigger impact
When you’re working for a large company amongst thousands of other people, it’s natural to feel like a small fish in a big pond. In a smaller organisation however, it’s much easier to make an impact.
Processes in SMEs tend to be shorter and more visible which means that you can see the effect of your work relatively quickly. Not only is this great for your self-esteem and career prospects, but being able to clearly highlight your achievements on your CV will make you an incredibly attractive prospect to any recruiter.
Gives you greater responsibility
You are likely to be given more responsibility much quicker with a smaller company. You can also gain access to more senior level staff who can offer you advice and act as a mentor. The extra responsibility you can be given at a smaller firm allows you to develop your leadership, team-working, time management and organisation skills – all of which look fantastic on your CV.
Your placement can be tailored to suit you
Possibly one of the biggest benefits of working for a smaller company is that your time there is unlikely to follow a standard and pre-determined schedule. There is a lot more flexibility in an SME than there is in a huge corporation which means that you can be given opportunities that reflect your interests and the career path you want to go down.
If you would like help finding your next finance role, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist. Alternatively, you can also take a look at our current vacancies or submit your CV via our website.