iStock_000080330985_SmallThe best and worst thing about working as a consultant is the same – you’re independent. You have the freedom to set your own schedule and pursue the opportunities that interest you. But at the same time, you don’t have the safety net of an employer and have to make big professional decisions on your own. That’s why so many consultants elect to work with a recruiter. You maintain your independence while gaining an invaluable professional resource. Just consider the benefits:

  • Add Value to Your Schedule – Finding and wooing potential clients takes a lot of time and effort that goes uncompensated. Since recruiters connect you with more opportunities faster, you spend less of your time on work that earns you no money.
  • Rely on Experts – Unless you are a recruiting consultant, your expertise lies elsewhere. Relying on a recruiter during your client search ensures you’re following industry best practices and listening to the best advice available.
  • Gain Insider Insights – Specialized recruiters have perspectives and connections that are unique to the industry you consult for. By taking on a recruiting partner, you gain instant insider status.
  • Leverage Industry Connections – Many major players in your industry rely exclusively on specialized recruiter when they need to find high-level consultants. Your recruiting partner can direct you towards opportunities that would have been impossible to find otherwise.
  • Add Variety to Your Career – Since recruiters expedite so much of the client search process, it’s much easier to jump between assignments, companies, and even industries. If you’re looking for more variety in your career, this is an effective way to expand your horizons.
  • Earn Benefits – Companies typically don’t offer consultants benefits like health or life insurance. Working with a specialized recruiter that does offer these benefits allows you to earn the same levels of compensation that full-time employees do.
  • Improve Your Work-Life Balance – A recruiting partner can take some of the “hustle” out of finding work. That means you can take more time for yourself and worry less about finding clients when you’re ready to go back to consulting.
  • Develop Professionally – Recruiters are great at connecting consultants with valuable, impactful continuing education opportunities. You end up spending less time and money to improve your long-term professional prospects.
  • Move out of Consulting – If you reach a point where you decide that consulting is no longer for you, a good recruiter can use every available resource to help you find full-time, part-time, or permanent work.

Remember, too, that working with a recruiter costs you nothing. You reap the benefits without cutting into your savings. When you’re ready to learn more, contact MedPartners.

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