September 19, 2011
Small companies have different structures from large companies. When you are looking to enter a large company, you may find your job description is associated with a less impressive title. You may find yourself reporting to someone who holds the title you used to have in a smaller company. This is not a demotion; it reflects the difference in complexity working for a small company versus a large company. A difficulty may also arise in presenting yourself as a candidate to a large company. Suppose the large company needs someone to supervise 80 people. From their perspective, if your last position was with a company of 20 employees total, you could easily be overshadowed by candidates from larger companies. So what can you do if you want to transition from a small company to a big one? These four strategies may help:
- First, relax your requirements for a title. Concentrate on what is really important to you, such as opportunities for advancement.
- Second, seek advice about positioning yourself correctly. When I counsel clients transitioning from a civilian role to the federal government, for example, I can determine their “level” based on the amount of control they had in their previous jobs (not just the title).
- Third, make sure your resume highlights the breadth of your experience. Instead of worrying over the size of your current company, stress the size of your achievements.
- Fourth, when you interview, carry yourself with confidence. If you know you can do the job, you will go far toward convincing interviewers.