The Undiscovered Country in Your Backyard

Tap into the undiscovered country in your backyard by approaching your job search from another perspective.

Think you have covered all the local companies in your job search? Think again.

undiscovered country in your backyard

I have spent my career here, working primarily as a career coach and business coach, and I am still discovering “new” companies. There are new companies constantly forming, being acquired, relocating, or opening new offices in Colorado. Then there are the companies that have been around a while, staying under the radar, but doing great things.

Part of the fun (yes, fun) is staying up to date and discovering companies that could be a great fit for you. A smart way to plan your next career move is to understand the local business market.

One way to look at the local market is by the size of the company. According to the Denver Business Journal, nine Colorado companies were named to the Annual Fortune 500 List in 2015. Those include:

  • Liberty Media
  • Envision Healthcare Holdings
  • Molson Coors Brewing
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • DCP Midstream Partners
  • QEP Resources
  • EchoStar
  • WhiteWave Foods
  • Whiting Petroleum
  • Antero Resources
  • SM Energy
  • Cimarex Energy
  • IHS
  • MarkWest Energy Partners

Here’s another slice of our local market. This time the news is more upbeat. If your cup of tea is small organizations with 10 – 49 employees, you can find over 26,000 of those in the Denver Metro area. Not all them are hiring or in growth mode. However, you can research those companies by industry and revenue size to learn more. Build a list of target companies and set up a Google Alert on a handful so that you can follow the latest news.

I believe the “sweet spot” for companies in Colorado, especially in the Denver Metro area, is companies that employ between 50 to 500 employees. We have a very strong and stable employment market within such companies. According to Experian, a credit rating and database company, Denver has 5,929 companies in the 50 to 500 employee range.

Look to these resources to kick start your research:

  • Top Work Places 2016, The Denver Post
  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America (131 Colorado companies in 2015)
  • Denver Business Journal Book of Lists
  • ColoradoBiz Magazine, Made in Colorado – Top 250
  • ReferenceUSA (Experian database, available free with Denver Public Library Card)


Happy researching!