Top-level financial consultants have two options when looking for engagements: Go it alone or work with a staffing agency. Following are nine reasons the latter choice is usually the better option:
1. Get paid for every working hour
Be honest: Finding clients takes time. When you're not searching the Internet for leads on projects and employment opportunities, you're advertising your services and networking. By bringing clients to you, a staffing agency can minimize your (uncompensated) business development efforts and get you to work faster.
2. Leave it to the professionals
As a skilled financial consultant, you bring expertise to the table that makes you a hot commodity among companies seeking your skills. The recruiters who work at a staffing agency are experts, too. They know what it takes to make successful matches between the senior-level candidates they place and the clients they serve.
Work with an agency that has deep ties within the finance and accounting fields. The quality and depth of a staffing firm's strategic alliances provide an indication of how wide its network of client companies is, as well as the breadth of employment opportunities it can identify for you.
3. Tap into industry knowledge
Working as a consultant can keep you very busy, so it isn't always easy to stay up to date on developments in your industry. A top staffing agency will stay current on employment trends in the finance world and share that information with consulting candidates. Some even publish their own industry research.
4. Get the inside track
Landing a consulting opportunity with a top employer can be a long shot if you don't have the right connections. Many leading companies rely on the expertise of a staffing agency to help them find and evaluate prospective consultants. This means recruiting specialists often have the inside scoop on opportunities that haven't even been advertised.
5. Expand into different positions
While you may be good at what you do, that doesn't mean you always want to work on the same types of projects for the same types of employers. With a staffing agency, financial consultants have opportunities to broaden their scope of experience by being placed in different roles or even similar roles in different industries.
6. Get access to competitive benefits
A leading staffing agency may offer its consultants access to health insurance, life insurance and other benefits that are usually reserved for full-time employees.
7. Lead a balanced life
Many consultants leave traditional full-time work to gain flexibility in their personal lives. Working with a staffing agency can increase this flexibility by allowing you to take time off without worrying about whether you'll have clients or projects when you return.
8. Continue your education
A top staffing agency is likely to provide its consultants with numerous e-learning tools to sharpen and broaden their skill sets. In fact, some staffing agencies offer free continuing professional education (CPE) courses so you can earn the credits required to maintain your certified public accountant credential or other certifications.
9. Ease into full-time work
Some consultants reach a point when it makes sense to return to full-time work. A staffing agency that places both consultants and full-time employees can make that transition happen more quickly and smoothly.
A staffing agency can help reduce some of the legwork and uncertainty that can go with the territory of working as a professional consultant. With the expertise and connections of its recruiters at your disposal, a staffing agency can help you make informed choices throughout your consulting career — choices that are right for you.
Learn why Robert Half Management Resources is the right staffing agency to help you find the best consulting opportunities.