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Do You Know Why Every Great Employer Is ALWAYS Hiring? (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

August 12, 2011

It’s totally ridiculous when “career experts” write articles to notify job-seekers which organizations are hiring.

This is ridiculous because every great employer is ALWAYS hiring!

When I conducted a job search at the start of the recent recession, I was able to get offers from multiple organizations for jobs that each would have paid me at least $100,000-$125,000 in year one.  I was only 26 years old at the time, and several of the organizations who made me those offers were in industries I had never even worked in before.  I also only knew about 10% of what I know now about how to conduct a job search.  

While none of the employers was officially hiring, each organization was willing to create a job for me because of how I approached them.

Hiring someone is nothing more than an investment.  Every employer can and should create a job any time the right person comes along.    

If you can prove to the real hiring decision-maker that you will provide a positive Return on Investment (i.e. your value will significantly exceed your salary), then it would be stupid for the employer not to hire you. 

Great employers recognize this.  Employers who don’t understand this are organizations you shouldn’t want to work for anyway. 

If an organization is not consistently looking to hire top talent, then that organization is headed absolutely nowhere in the future.  Employees get promoted, change departments, leave to work somewhere else, get fired, get sick or injured, or even die.  (Sorry to be morbid, but it’s true!) 

Great organizations recognize that they need to have a pipeline full of talent since they will inevitably experience change and turnover within their organization.  If someone tells you his organization is not hiring, he either doesn’t want to hire you, or he isn’t the real decision-maker.

P.S. To receive a FREE 25-page report on Job Search and Career Success Secrets for Students and Young Professionals, visit my web site at

-Pete Leibman (

-Author of “I Got My Dream Job And So Can You!  7 Steps Towards Creating Your Ideal Career After College” (due out through AMACOM in spring 2012)

-Founder of Dream Job Academy

-Keynote Speaker for The Dream Job College Tour

Creator of The Washington Wizards’ Sports Careers Day


To Get Your Dream Job, Does Size Matter? (Written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

April 6, 2011

To get your dream job, you have to first identify the organizations you would ideally want to work for.  As you identify your target market of ideal employers, you also have to consider the size of the organization you want to work for.  Working for an employer with 27 total employees will be a very different experience than working for an employer with 27,000 total employees. 

It’s similar to attending a major state school with 50,000 students versus a small liberal arts college with less than 2,000 students.  As a result, spend some time reflecting on what you liked or disliked about your collegiate environment.  That experience can help you determine your ideal company size.  In addition, here are 4 benefits of working for small organizations (less than 100 employees) and 4 benefits of working for large organizations (100-10,000 employees, or more).

4 benefits (in general) of working for small employers:

  1. Greater individual impact.  Smaller employers often give new employees more responsibility at the start, simply because they have fewer people on staff.  This can be rewarding since you can wear a lot of different hats, run your own projects, and even start projects of your own, all of which make it very easy to see the impact of your work.  You certainly won’t be free of any grunt work in a small organization, but you’ll likely have to endure more of it initially in a large organization.  It can also be harder to see the impact of your work in a large organization where it is easy to feel insignificant in relation to the big picture.
  2. More day-to-day variety.  In many cases, your day-to-day responsibilities can be much more diverse at a smaller organization since you often end up wearing a lot of different hats.  Many smaller employers also give their employees more freedom to determine how to get their work done.
  3. More intimacy with colleagues.  Because there are fewer employees, it’s more likely you will get “face-time” with key executives and that you will get to know most of your fellow colleagues when working for a small employer. 
  4. Faster growth potential.  Smaller organizations usually have less bureaucracy and less complicated organizational structures.  As a result, you can usually move up faster in a small organization; large organizations usually have much more deliberate (i.e. slow) processes of promoting from within.

4 benefits (in general) of working for large employers:

  1. Greater organizational impact.  While your personal contribution might feel more significant at a small organization, the impact that your employer can have on the world is usually much more significant at a large organization, simply because of a much greater supply of resources (i.e. more people, more financing, more equipment, and so on).
  2. More name recognition.  Working for a large organization that is a household name provides some advantages.  First of all, you get to align yourself with the organization’s brand next time you look for a job.  Sorry, this will probably not be the last time you will look for a job!  Secondly, small employers usually don’t have as much name recognition within an industry, and this is especially important if you are looking for a sales position.  When I worked in the NBA, nearly every prospect I contacted had heard of our organization, and this made it easy to start conversations.  When I later worked for a small direct marketing firm (that was not very well-known outside of our existing customer base), it was much more challenging to start dialogues with new prospects. 
  3. Greater stability.  Larger organizations are usually much more well-established and stable than smaller organizations, who tend to have less predictable futures.  However, anyone who worked at Circuit City or Lehman Brothers knows that this is not always true.
  4. More opportunities to change directions.  Larger employers often have offices worldwide and are actually multiple organizations (sometimes in totally different markets) operating under 1 large umbrella.  As a result, once you get inside a huge organization, there can be many more opportunities to move to new cities, branch out, and change professional directions.  On the other hand, smaller employers often have fewer office locations (sometimes just 1 office location), and they often play in a very specific niche.

These are all broad generalizations that are definitely not true across the board.  For instance, a small employer could actually have great name recognition or actually provide very little variety on a day-to-day basis.  On the other hand, a large employer could actually have a very negative reputation in an industry or provide a very entrepreneurial environment where you have the ability to implement new projects and see the impact of your work from day 1. 

While you could likely achieve great success and satisfaction at a small or large employer (if you are in the right industry/position and working for a great organization), it’s worth taking some time to think through your ideal company size.  Most students and young professionals ignore small employers altogether (I certainly did as a young job-seeker), simply because they don’t know what’s out there. 

Don’t limit your job search just to organizations recruiting on your campus or organizations you are aware of through traditional advertising.  In many ways, it is actually much easier to break into a smaller organization.  It’s considerably easier to connect with the real hiring decision-makers at small companies, and those individuals can usually move on hiring decisions much more quickly.

P.S. To receive a FREE, 25-page report on Job Search and Career Success Secrets, visit my web site at

-Pete Leibman

-President of Idealize Enterprises

-Creator of The Dream Job College Tour

Creator of The Washington Wizards’ Sports Careers Day