Working as a business or technology consultant can offer great flexibility, independence, and opportunities to advance in your career, but it can also be isolating and difficult to find new projects. You need to work with a consulting company that will support your goals and invest in you, rather than just regard you as a low-maintenance revenue stream.
So, how do you know what to look for?
Here are a few items to keep in mind when searching for the next company you want to work with as a consultant.
The Consulting Firm's Time Investment
Some consulting firms will only spend ten to fifteen minutes on a phone screen before sending a candidate out to interview with their clients. If a company doesn’t want to invest the time to bring you in for a face-to-face meeting, they’re more interested in quickly filling an immediate need than in your long-term career goals.
If you want to find a partner in developing your career, look for recruiters and organizations that want to build a relationship with you, starting with meeting you in person before they schedule your interviews. A recruiter who’s met and spent time with you is much more likely to keep you in mind for future opportunities and refer you to other recruiters, even if they can’t find something for you immediately.
Your Personal Growth and Development
Some recruiters will look at your resume and only consider what you’re qualified to do right now, instead of taking into account your interests and the skills you want to develop. That works if you’re just looking for a new project that matches your current skills, but not if you want to learn a new programming language or development methodology, or if you’ve become passionate about taking a new direction in your career. You need to find a recruiter who takes into account what makes you excited, not just what you’re good at, to help you build a career that you truly enjoy.
Your Specific Needs and Wants
Do you have a general idea of where you want to work? Have you researched the type of environment, culture, flexibility, client base, and of course compensation the consulting company you’re considering offers?
It’s important to do your homework and find out if they offer:
- Industry-standard rates
- Benefit packages
- Flexible working arrangements
- The ability to negotiate your rates for different projects
- The opportunity to work with small and medium businesses or large enterprise clients
- Training opportunities
- Anything else that is important to you
Being a business or technology consultant gives you a lot of control over your career, but you also become responsible for ensuring your own skill progression and overall success. If you take the time to research companies and recruiters who invest time in you and your growth and development, you’ll be able to find partners who are genuinely interested in helping you develop a great career.
As a top Bellevue and Seattle consulting firm, we at 110 Consulting pride ourselves on consistently partnering with forward-thinking clients who have a passion for building their businesses and on hiring, investing in, and empowering our employees to be their best.