So you're looking for a consulting role at the executive level. Think a staffing firm can't help you in your search? Think again. Many reputable firms specialize in placing highly experienced financial talent for senior- and C-level consulting roles. When you decide it's time to explore project or interim consulting opportunities, consider the following benefits of working with a staffing firm:
A leading staffing firm will have a team of experts who know what skills and abilities employers seek in candidates and are familiar with industry-specific terms and concepts. Additionally, skilled staffing specialists will be up to speed on current salaries, trends and hiring demands in the executive job market.
Their connections to national and local professional associations can help bolster your own professional network — even if you've already established an impressive one while working as an executive.
A reputable staffing firm may also provide free resources and training, so you can gain skills in areas you may not have explored during your previous career and accrue continuing professional education (CPE) credits.
A thorough, personal approach
Staffing experts will know how to promote your skills, expertise and experience — and your unique work style — to potential employers. They will take time to get to know you so they can be sure to place you in a project or interim consulting role at a company where you're likely to thrive. A reputable senior-level staffing firm will work hard to connect you with consulting opportunities that are well-matched to your skills and experience.
The best staffing firms have connections to some of the world's most influential organizations, so staffing specialists can provide insight into what those companies are looking for in experienced consulting candidates. Already have impressive connections because of your executive status? Connecting with a staffing firm is a way to begin a conversation with an employer on your short list that may not be acquainted with your talents. You may even gain access to consulting positions that haven't been advertised yet due to a staffing firm's established relationships with top-tier organizations.
While it's possible to rely on your own professional network and resume to find a consulting position, working with a staffing firm may help to expedite your search — and help you gain new skills and valuable connections along the way.