This may just be the golden age of consulting. Given today's strong demand for skilled talent in critical accounting and finance roles, businesses can benefit greatly from interim staffing solutions. Because hiring project professionals saves companies time and money over making a full-time hire, the volume and variety of consulting jobs is now higher than ever.
If you're in a career transition, looking to sharpen skills or stuck in a rut at your current job, you might want to consider working as a consultant. Many experienced accounting and finance professionals choose to strike out on their own and take advantage of the intellectual challenge and variety of consulting work.
In fact, consulting jobs offer freedom, variety and possibilities for professional growth. They allow professionals to take the driver's seat in their career progress while remaining in the senior-level accounting and finance sphere.
Is consulting the right career path for you? It could be, if you're looking to add aspects such as these to your working life:
- A flexible schedule – One of the greatest benefits of working as a consultant is the ability to set your own work hours and schedule. Consulting jobs offer the chance to work as little or as much as you want. If you're hoping to go part time, you can. But if you prefer, you also can continue to work full-time hours. Some consultants even juggle two or more gigs at the same time.
- Freedom to pick which organizations and colleagues you work with – Imagine being able to control when you work and who you work for. Many professionals are invigorated by the freedom to move from challenge to challenge.
- Pay rates comparable to full-time positions – The best staffing firms can find you engagements with pay rates comparable to – or sometimes exceeding – the market rate for full-time positions. Some also offer benefits. Take a look at the Salary Guide from Robert Half to get an idea of how much your services might be worth on the open market.
- The chance to learn new skills – Working as a project-based consultant broadens your professional experience, as you typically have to adapt to new environments and systems with every project. In addition, you can learn new skills: Larger staffing and consulting firms usually offer a range of online training and professional development programs for the consultants they represent.
- A bridge to new opportunities – If you're thinking of branching out into new areas on a full-time basis, some staffing firms offer temp-to-hire positions, which give you the opportunity to test the waters before committing for the long haul. In addition, consulting jobs make it possible for senior accounting and finance professionals nearing retirement to continue working, but at a slower pace, before they leave the working world for good.
For expert insights and help getting your foot in the door, consider working with a staffing firm that specializes in placing midlevel and senior accounting and finance professionals so you can be sure the specialist you're paired with is knowledgeable in your particular area. These companies are more likely to have the knowledge to understand your needs and to have the contacts to match you with a position that is appropriate for your level of expertise.