career consultantTalk about making lemon out of lemonade. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the 10% unemployment number plaguing the United States, maybe it’s time to get creative and become a career consultant. We didn’t stutter. You heard right. Turn that soul-killing job hunt on it’s head by becoming a someone who helps other people find work. Will you automatically make a fortune by calling yourself a consultant? Of course not but, if you’re interested and think you have the aptitude, why not consider the possibility? A career consultant will normally choose one of two career paths:

1. Generalist
2. Specialist

As a generalist, you would likely find work with a firm that offers advice to help companies develop a more efficient and productive workforce. It’s sort of a general business strategy approach that is seen as critical in today’s topsy-turvy economy. If you happen to be a business school graduate, your chances are even better for being hired.

The alternative approach is to specialize in a particular industry and learn everything there is to know about it. You then take that knowledge and apply it in the real world by consulting to a real company. Informational technology is going great guns now. Companies are interested in how to automate their sales force and make most efficient use of the resources they have. As a specialist, you can take on as many clients as you are able to effectively advise.

What are the top three skills of a successful career consultant?

1. An idea driven personality
2. A service oriented personality
3. Being a people person.

If you don’t have these personality traits, a career consultant is likely not happening and, if it does, you’re not going to like it.

The Speaking Of Wealth Team

Speaking of Wealth

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