Having an impressive industry-focused contact list is critical for a financial consultant. However, if you’re truly committed to growing your professional network and finding new opportunities, adding a reputable staffing agency (or employment agency, search firm or recruiter — they’re often called by various names) to your list of contacts is one of the smartest steps you can take.
Here’s how connecting with a staffing agency can benefit you.
Extending your reach
A reputable staffing agency works with successful companies, and its staffing professionals cultivate relationships within those companies. Upon learning more about your background and professional experience, they may see opportunities for you in assisting these firms on financial initiatives. They’ll know right away where you may fit.
By establishing a personal connection with a staffing specialist and adding him or her to your network, you have one more person — a connected one at that — interested in helping you find engagements you may not have considered before.
Connecting with a trusted recruiter via LinkedIn further extends your network through theirs. Staffing firms often have a presence on social media. By connecting with your recruiter or your agency, you can stay informed about new developments in your field, new resources and new job openings in real time.
Even if you’re not actively on a hunt for additional work, you can still reap the benefits of having somebody with insider knowledge in your network, as your staffing representative can help you stay abreast of industry trends. In addition, many staffing agencies host in-person networking events that may offer you a chance to speak with local business leaders and discuss professional and common concerns in a social setting that can lay the groundwork for future opportunities.
Knowing the lay of the land
Staffing specialists are dedicated to helping financial consultants land fulfilling engagements, and to do this, they need to have a deep understanding of the field in which they are making placements. Many Robert Half Management Resources professionals have experience in the finance or accounting fields themselves, which means they know what it takes to manage a demanding workload and do the job well. They can share trends and risks senior-level finance executives — and consultants are likely to face.
Learn why Robert Half Management Resources is the right staffing agency to add to your professional network.