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Old 11-12-2015, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Federal Way, WA
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My wife and I are moving to Olympia soon and I will be looking for work. I already have a few places that I am already trying to get a foot in the door. I could use some help with ideas for finding jobs with small businesses that typically wouldn't follow the standard big company HR process for hiring. I've had jobs like this before, one of them I held for 7 years and made great money and loved my job, then the economy crashed and that ended. That job I got just by walking into a new store location that had just opened. It was a specialty retail company that didn't get a ton of foot traffic, so I struck up a conversation with the manager and an hour later I was on my way to my apartment to get a resume to bring back and interview with him and the regional manager. Ilanded a job that I wouldn't have know existed if I would have been using conventional job searches because they basically hired everyone from employee, family, and friend referrals.

I have a wide range of skills and have hit a point where money is not as important to me as it once was. I want a job with people I enjoy working with doing something I can go home and feel good about instead of just the old "another day another dollar" feel. I won't do a sit/stand in one place all day job, I've tried and absolutely hate it. I've done well in personal training, specialty retail sales/management, welding, and light mechanical work (preparing agriculture equipment for delivery and basic repairs and maintenance). I have places that I plan to apply for personal training, but am interested in other options that would include sales (specialty retail
or other active environment), welding, and other opportunities with small businesses that could benefit from my skills.

Other than using google to find small businesses in the area to lookup and learn about, can anyone offer suggestions that might be less time consuming and produce more results?
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:10 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The state has a website that allows you to look up any business and find out the owner(s) easily. Simply type in the name of the business. When it comes up, click and it will display the entity name and type as well, which can help tell you whether corporate or "Mom & Pop". What you are looking for will mostly be Sole Proprietorships, with a person's name as the entity name.


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Old 11-16-2015, 12:16 PM
 
Location: KC, MO
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The state has a website that allows you to look up any business and find out the owner

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Hmmm, thanks, Hemlock!

I use Reference USA for the same purpose but I did not know of this look-up tool.

It may come in handy some time so THANKS!



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Old 11-16-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: KC, MO
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Other than using google to find small businesses in the area to lookup and learn about, can anyone offer suggestions that might be less time consuming and produce more results?

Hemlock's look up tool looks very useful.

I use ReferenceUSA for the same purpose.

The advantage to using RefUSA is that you can dial in parameters in advance such as size of company by sales earnings and employee size. There is no point in calling companies that have only five or six employees and are earning less than a million or so in sales each year.

Maybe you can do this at Hemlock's site, too.


To access ReferenceUSA, an online tool only, you need a library card from a library that has access privileges at ReferenceUSA.

Just call your library and ask if they have access to RefUSA. If so, your library card number gets you in. But don't look up 'referenceusa.com', instead use the URL your library gives you.

Also, if your library does not have access privileges at RefUSA, then call other libraries until you find one within driving distance that does. Get a library card with them and that will get you access. Don't forget to ask for the URL for your state's access to RefUSA. (Each URL is different, based on what state you are in.)



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