If you have been working in a particular industry for many years and you believe that you are an expert, wanting to share your years of knowledge and experience with other companies to help them grow or you have heard about consultancy jobs and have decided that this is what you want to do with the rest of your life, there are certain things you really need to know before you make any final decisions.
Consultancy jobs are not an easy relaxed day at the office. They are demanding and the information and assistance you provide could result in the success or failure of a company. The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of consultants. The first is an industry consultant, they have over ten years industry experience and help make decisions to improve the business moving forward.
The second type of consultant is a career consultant. This is when you have developed skills which are used to do research, analysis and presentation to help companies that you consultant for. The information you provide is then used to help them dominate their market and achieve success.
There are three main types of consultancy jobs. Management, Economic and IT. Under management you will find a wide range including human resources and more. Economics you may find financial consultants and of course IT is information technology.
The reason that you may find consultancy jobs for a particular company is that they want to use your knowledge, expertise and skills to improve productivity, streamline processes or use the information you provide to help them improve and become a leading force in their particular industry.
One of the most common reasons companies will consider using a consultant is that you can add experience from work you have done over the years to help them with their business. You may find this with a brand new restaurant, they may call in a consultant executive chef to help put procedures in place, arrange suppliers and train the other chefs. You use the knowledge and experience gained in past employment, using the information from your past employers and this information is then used to assist this client in building their own brand and success moving forward.
Another common reason that a company may advertise consultancy jobs is that they are looking for someone to help them find solutions. A company may call on a consultant to help them with their human resources department, finding solutions to help them manage their teams more effectively moving forward, using the knowledge and experience you have to share.
Companies will use a consultant to do the research for them. An opportunity for someone to provide them with a neutral viewpoint, which saves them time and energy. If a company owner or manager was to do this work, it would take hours, if not days. It would take time out of their schedule that they could be concentrating on other important areas of the company.
Further, consultancy jobs are often advertised for company owners who are looking for expertise that they may not have. A new business owner may have completed a business degree, but when it comes to human resources, employee handbooks and putting HR procedures in place, they may have no idea. They may call in a HR consultant to put the systems in place, help them with guidelines to follow, such as grievance procedures, helping them hold onto their good staff and reduce the risk of staff turnover moving forward.