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Posted May 13, 2016 by

Basing your job search on company growth

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College students preparing to enter the workforce must consider jobs based on information that extends beyond the description of available positions, including company growth. By considering the characteristics of prospective employers, job seekers can make decisions that can improve their chances of having long, successful careers.

For many college graduates, getting involved with a growing enterprise represents an opportunity to share the benefits of company growth. Employers that currently experience growth and expect it to continue in the future often promote employees from within to fill vacant positions. The move controls recruiting and hiring costs, and gives employees opportunities for professional growth.

Company growth ranks as one of the most important factors in the job search. Although the stability of mature companies that have stopped growing might seem attractive, they could limit career development for new college graduates. Younger companies might bring a degree of uncertainty and increased responsibilities to the table, but they also bring an opportunity for new employees to quickly grow in their profession.

Expanding product lines

Companies that signal growth through the expanded product lines give prospective employees reasons to believe they can grow with the enterprise. Nike, an established company, once experienced periods of growth as the company extended its brand from shoes to clothing, accessories, and electronics. College graduates who see a company expanding in a similar way can expect to gain valuable experience in business and brand development during an extensive career with the same employer. After gaining work experience with such a firm, employees can market their skills and experience to other companies that want to grow.

Growth through acquisition

Growing companies may choose to buy other firms as a pathway to growth. Professionals working for businesses expanding this way can find themselves at the top of the overarching corporate structure. Such a situation exposes employees to diverse business models and organizational structures, as they assimilate new firms into the company. Good performance in positions of high responsibility gives workers a path to higher pay and promotions.

Blue Coat, a growing player in the cloud security market, provided a good example of growth through acquisition when the firm bought Elastica, a startup provider of software that can detect the inappropriate use of cloud-based applications. The company adds innovative technology to the acquiring firm, as well as the responsibility to create synergy with the combined company. Qualified job candidates might consider working for such a company because the business could continue to fuel its growth by buying other companies.

Market expansion

Companies with existing products that seek to grow by entering new markets need well-educated job candidates to fill positions within the growing organization. Graduates who choose to join a firm with a demonstrated pattern of market expansion can expect to have a long-term pathway to career development, as they learn how to deal with markets regionally, nationally, and globally markets. As their employer grows, workers can expect to assume new responsibilities that increase their value to the firm and possible future employers. Although many companies such as Netflix have entered different countries to pursue growth, smaller companies might grow by expanding into different regions of the same country. For example, Express Employment Professionals began as a small staffing firm in Oklahoma and has since grown by expanding into hundreds of markets around the USA.

A study referenced by Forbes.com showed companies that promote employees from within outperform those that fill positions with external hires. College graduates willing to join a business during its early stages might at first accept a lower wage, but the increased chances of promotion within the firm can compensate for any initial loss.

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Cameron Johnson, guest writer

Cameron Johnson, guest writer

Cameron Johnson is a BYU Alumni and business consultant. Since graduating from college in 2013, he has conducted case studies on both social media optimization and non-profit marketing. Cameron has also had the opportunity to speak at international marketing conferences and was recently recognized as one of the world’s top 100 advertising experts to follow on social media.

Posted September 23, 2014 by

6 Ways You’re Going to Trash Your Laptop at College

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College can be a great experience—striking out on your own, experiencing life and making new friends, accumulating knowledge and skills that will help you succeed for the rest of your life. And, the high accessibility of technology has made it easier than ever to get done what you need to get done with your school work so that you can go out and have fun. Laptops, tablets and smartphones have allowed students to be able to bring their school with them wherever they go, allowing for research anytime as well as immediate communication through software like Facebook and Skype.

With increased flexibility, and mobility comes an increase in potential for accidents with your technology as well. It used to be that everything was done on paper and kept safe in your room or dorm, and if you needed a computer you went to the computer lab which would allow you to work, store, and print your documents with ease. The influx of laptops into the college world has introduced new variables to common scenarios that you need to be aware of and watch out for. (more…)

Posted September 17, 2014 by

The Impact of Industrial Cyber Attacks Affect Everyone

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Silhouette of a hacker uses a command on graphic user interface. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Most people are taking steps to protect their private information. They are careful about who they provide their information to and they make sure that they follow basic rules of safety when they are using their computers. Hackers are still going to try to steal private information in any way they can, but they are having to work harder to do it. (more…)

Posted August 13, 2014 by

The Work Habits of Millennials

As the product of the Baby Boomer generation, Millennials, and their perceived coddling and spoiled demeanor, has led to them receiving a bad rap amongst their older generation-mates. As with every blanket statement, this is largely a misnomer perpetrated for the entertainment of thirtysomethings everywhere. (more…)

Posted April 23, 2014 by

Internship Finder, 3 Ways to Make Sure Your Devices are Safe at Work

For an internship finder, protecting what is yours is important in a competitive environment.  Learn three ways to keep your devices safe at work in the following post.

Featured: Featured This is a guest post by Anna Hicks. A few weeks ago, we talked about how — in today’s internship and entry level world — it is common for employees to have to share everything in a workspace. Shared space set-ups and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environments can have

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Posted March 19, 2014 by

9 Tips College Recruiters May Not Tell You When Starting School

High school seniors should know nine tips that college recruiters may not tell them when starting college.  Learn what they are in the following post.

You only get the amazing experience of college once in your life. Sometimes this experience is the best in your life, and at other times, even the strongest people want to give up and cry. You’ll encounter a big learning curve as you transition from high school to college. For probably the first time in your life, you’re living

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Posted March 07, 2014 by

Secure and Stable: 7 Tech Careers That Aren’t Going Anywhere

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Today’s tech industry is booming, making sure there are plenty of careers that won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. If you’re searching for secure and stable work, think about getting your education in the wonderful field of technology. To get you started, here are seven careers offering a lifetime of opportunities. (more…)

Posted June 11, 2013 by

The Importance of Cloud Computing for Entry Level Job Seekers and Recruiters

Your chances of landing a new entry level job sooner rather than later could depend on cloud computing.  Learn what this concept means to job seekers and recruiters in the following post.

If you are a job seeker looking for work or if you have recently filled a position, then chances are that you have had previous experience of working with a recruitment company. But did you know that many of these organisations now use cloud computing to streamline their services? This has benefits for the user, for business owners

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Cloud computing and its role in recruitment