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FIVE WAYS TO FIND TOP JOBS WITH SMALLER COMPANIES

 FIVE WAYS TO FIND TOP JOBS WITH SMALLER COMPANIES
 GREAT FALLS, Va., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Experts agree that the


majority of today's top new positions are being created by small-to-mid size companies. Many of these companies are growing rapidly and are seeking experienced managers to round out their teams, institute management systems and controls and take them to their next stage of growth. The dilemma for the job seeker is how to find these companies. Knowledgeable individuals can power their way in front of the competition by using the following resources.
 -- Identify industry resources. Many companies seeking people in their industries rely on specialty or trade resources to help them identify top candidates. Check with your local librarian. In addition, take a look at the "Professional's Job Finder," published by Planning/Communications in River Forest, Ill. This book lists over 2,000 sources of hidden jobs with companies in hundreds of career specialties.
 -- Seek out high growth companies. Even in this recessionary economy, there are companies that are experiencing explosive growth. Resources are widely available to identify these fast growing firms. For example, individuals seeking positions with technology-related firms should seek out a copy of the "Corporate Technology Directory" published by Corporate Technology Information Services of Woburn, Mass. This directory contains in-depth profiles of over 35,000 high growth companies nationwide. This resource is a gold mine for today's job seeker. CorpTech's 50 most recent additions to their directory have added 2,928 new jobs at their companies in the last 12 months.
 -- Join networking organizations. Outplacement experts advise that the majority of positions are located through networking. This is a skill that does not come easily to many candidates and others become frustrated with the small size of their contact base. Today, formalized networking organizations exist to help job seekers expand their networks exponentially. These organizations perform investigative research for the executive job seeker, helping them find hundreds of jobs that have not been widely advertised. Members also forward leads on jobs that have been located through their own networking activities. One such organization, The Beacon Group of Great Falls, primarily focuses its network on mid-to-upper level positions located in small to mid-size companies throughout the United States and overseas. Members receive a bi-weekly newsletter listing 90-130 new positions, membership in a matching service and information on resources and job hunting tips.
 -- Attend association and professional meetings. Trade shows, industry events and association meetings are excellent vehicles for identifying small-to-mid size companies. Such often overlooked events afford opportunities for face-to-face meetings, network expansion, and research on industry trends. One association that attracts top executives of growth companies is the Association for Corporate Growth. Local venture capital clubs and organizations also provide a forum for those seeking involvement in start-up firms.
 -- Access government contractor lists and databases. Many smaller firms bid on contracts awarded by the federal government. Once a firm receives such a contract, it often goes into the hiring mode. The majority of these lists and databases are available to individuals by filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. One excellent guidebook on these sources of government information is Matthew Lesko's "Information USA" (Penguin Press). This book contains listings of thousands of names, addresses and phone numbers of government experts who may be able to help you.
 For information on additional ways to locate promising small-to-mid-size firms, send a self addressed, stamped envelope to The Beacon Group, P.O. Box 641, Great Falls, Va. 22066.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy C. Schretter of The Beacon Group, 703-759-4900/ CO: The Beacon Group ST: Virginia IN: SU:


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