Surging Start-Ups and Little-Known Firms

Guest Author: Lorraine Russo

One of my mantras (or, as some call them, rants) is to look for work where it is least expected. Or, put another way, determine ways to track down the so-called “hidden” or unadvertised jobs, and build a direct path to the hiring manager.

In a recent post, we talked about jobs with venture-backed companies. In it, I discussed the thousands of opportunities with companies at various stages of formation: from seed stage, to product development, through profitability.

Now, Inc. magazine has published the new 500/5000 list that depicts companies that appear to be in good shape–(and may very well be hiring).

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Inc.’s methodology turns up surging start-ups and little-known firms that are cashing in on wrinkles in the market, like Graduate Leverage LLC, a Boston-area company that helps students land loans, or Parsam Technologies LLC (dubbed uMonitor), a Tennessee-based company that builds customized software platforms for finance firms.

The full list is here.

Once you’ve familiarized your self with the list, settle in with a cup of coffee and begin crafting an action list based on the info you derive from slicing and dicing the list.
You’ll see that while some of the companies have revenue as low as in the six-figure range, many are well into the multi-millions. You’ll recognize some company names, but others you may never have heard of.

So get to work:

Follow the link to each companies’ web site — see what they’re up to and think about how you may be able to help them achieve their vision and goals. Identify the go-to person in the company. Use such excellent tools as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, etc.

Speaking of start-ups, ExecTweets is where company execs go to tweet. According to their website:

ExecTweets is a resource to help you find and follow the top business executives on Twitter. Created by Federated Media, in partnership with Microsoft, ExecTweets is a platform that aggregates the tweets of top business execs and empowers the community to surface the most insightful, business-related tweets.

Next, create a 30-second elevator pitch (one that’s aligned with the company’s goals), and create an opportunity for yourself by speaking with a firm’s principal.

Is this easy to do? No.

Can it be challenging? Yes.

Can it be rewarding? Absolutely. Go for it!!

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

1 comment on “Surging Start-Ups and Little-Known Firms”

  1. Polina Reply

    This is great advice! Particularly about finding the companies and their go-to people for hiring on social media sites. Thanks!

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