How You Can Use Interim Management Jobs to Keep Your Skills Sharp

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Interim management jobs are increasingly attractive to mid- to senior-level accounting and finance professionals. Why? The benefits of this career option are numerous, both for companies that hire project consultants and for you. Obviously, working on a project basis keeps a paycheck coming in, but it also offers flexibility, allows you to expand your professional network and enables you to make a meaningful contribution to multiple organizations over time without a long-term commitment to any one of them. Even more importantly, however, interim management jobs help to keep your skills honed so you're always in demand.

A wealth of experience

The very nature of consulting work means you have access to a wide variety of interim management jobs that include all types of companies and industries. And, as a consultant, you have the freedom to take on only those engagements you find most interesting and rewarding. That allows you to focus your efforts on opportunities where you can explore new or existing areas of interest.

Fascinated by international finance? Work in publishing and want to dip your toe in the waters of the entertainment industry? Maybe you are thoroughly familiar with the accounting and finance challenges specific to smaller businesses and want to explore the issues a global corporation might face. With interim management jobs, you can sample these types of opportunities and build a more robust background of industry experience.

Honing your technical and nontechnical abilities

Strong technical and soft skills are vital for any finance and accounting professional. But even consultants who feel they already possess a solid repertoire of abilities can benefit from some polishing.

On the technical side, new regulations continually emerge — such as the string of updates to the Affordable Care Act — that are of direct relevance to finance and accounting professionals. The same is true for software such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. And nontechnical skills, such as leadership and business communication, are increasingly transitioning from the "nice-to-have" to "must-have" category for finance professionals looking to gain an edge with employers.

Interim management jobs offer you the opportunity to work with new systems, gain hands-on experience with regulatory compliance initiatives and put your interpersonal abilities into practice. Again, the diversity of assignments inherent to consulting works in your favor as the technology, regulations and team dynamics you'll encounter will vary from workplace to workplace.

Interim management jobs let you sample from a smorgasbord of exciting opportunities you would not have access to through a traditional full-time job. These experiences make it much more likely that your skills stay current and well-rounded.

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