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How to find a job at an SME

Tara Sallis

Jobs at SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) tend to be advertised on job boards, through university careers services and on platforms like TalentPool. However, if you find a company that you think you would like to work for, send them your CV and a cover letter as some SMEs do not advertise at all, but may be looking to grow their team!

SME graduate jobs can be trickier to find than traditional corporate roles because there is less information out there about them. In this article, we’ll run through some of the common questions about finding an entry level SME job to make your search less painful!

When do SME jobs become available?

Unlike graduate schemes, SME jobs can become available at any time of year. Things move fast in smaller companies, so it worth keeping your eye out for a role and applying quickly when you do find a role that you want.

How can I stay on top of the latest up and coming SMEs?

Following your university careers service for updates, joining a platform like TalentPool or following start-up focused news sites can be a great way to find out about the latest innovative companies that you might want to join. Check out Wired or Tech.London for regular news updates!

What sorts of SME roles are available?

There are SMEs in almost every sector: from fitness, to finance! Whatever role you are hoping to get, checking out opportunities at SMEs it well worth it! One of the great things about an SME graduate job, is that it can span multiple areas of a business, giving you a flexible and tailored role. Be sure to ask the employer what will be involved if you take up the job and find out if there will be opportunities to learn!

How can I maximise my chance of getting the role?

To boost your chance of getting a role at an SME, think about what they are looking for. Smaller companies are looking for people with potential, fresh ideas and who fit in with the current team. Think about how your skills match up with the company and make sure that you demonstrate that you will fit in with the team, for example, by making sure you don’t overdress to the interview and you are friendly and make an effort to meet the other team members.