With many professionals experiencing disruption in their career paths due to the pandemic, consulting is an alternative worth exploring. To provide a resource for those considering consulting, Advanced Resources developed our Consultant Success Series. The webinar series launched with its first session, Becoming A Consultant – Your Path to Career Success.
In Rich’s welcoming statement he highlights the growth in consultancy over the years – and he doesn’t see any signs of that changing. In fact, as the economy moves forward Rich noted that flexible work/consultancy will be the wave of the future.
Due to COVID-19, millions have been furloughed, let go, or are nervous about losing their jobs; there’s no denying the uncertainty people are facing. For those looking for a new opportunity, Brian offers a recommendation: refocus your search. There are industries, particularly those deemed as essential, that are still hiring including healthcare, supply chain, consumer product goods and financial services.
Where does consulting come into play? Brian suggests consulting as a great way to get a jump start. As the market rebounds, you’ll see more consulting opportunities come back before direct hire opportunities.
The session focused on the benefits of becoming a consultant, including clips from some of Advanced Resources’ own consultants:
Consultants break into two groups: those that want to only consult and those with the long-term goal of a permanent job. In both cases flexibility is key. While a company may be evaluating you, it is just as important for you to evaluate the company. As a consultant you have as much control in the process as they do.
Access to Opportunity
Your work as a consultant can open you up to opportunities that you’re unable to find yourself as well as those that are not advertised. Jill has seen many times consultants learning of other opportunities from the hiring manager or joining a company only to take their career at another path.
Build Your Skills
When it comes to building your skills, consulting is an excellent opportunity to pick up new industry or software knowledge, which could lead to future engagements. It also provides the ability to build your personal brand, making new contacts to become known in your field.
Path to Permanent Employment
As the consultant, making sure the company is a good fit is especially important if you’re seeking permanent employment. Companies will often know upfront if they want a position to convert to a future permanent role. Jill suggests letting your recruiter know if this is for you and they can filter their search.
As a consultant you are not alone in the process. Support is provided in the all phases of your search, before, during and after, to work with you towards your end goal.
- Before: getting to know you and what you want to do
- During: managing the hiring company’s expectations, as well as your own
- After: working with you to find a new engagement
The final benefit Jill touches on that is often overlooked is compensation, benefits, and recognition. Consultants can often earn more and they can have access to health insurance, retirement and other benefits, as well as reward and recognition programs.
Consulting remains an excellent way to get your foot in the door and gain access to amazing opportunities. Are you ready to get started? Contact us today. You can also access the full recording of the session here.