The solution: emphasise benefits of your versatility
You were given your first break in management by one of these small companies, and often that is the way. Smaller companies have more flexibility and are more likely to take a chance on someone fairly new to a role. You are now ideally skilled up for larger companies to take an interest in you, and if you plan carefully I can see you achieving your goals.
You should apply for management positions with larger companies and show them the variety of skills you have and the challenges you have had to overcome in an entrepreneurial environment. This will offset the big company experience many clients look for. In hiring you they may not be so reliant on outside suppliers.
Be clear from the outset about the size of company and role you wish to secure and tailor your CV accordingly. Highlight your skills and depth of experience and be clear in your covering letter what it is you want. Do not be persuaded into going back into a small company if that is not what you want.
Solution by Tracey Abbott , divisional director, Zarak Group
The panel: Plan-Net Services, Spring Group, E-Skills UK, British Computer Society, Computer Futures, Hudson, Elan, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology.
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