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Three Questions to Consider Before Becoming a Part-time Consultant

Q. Lately I have been thinking more and more about using part-time consultancy as a way to psychologically see me through this job search, or perhaps as a way to land a full-time job. Are there any rules of thumb that I should consider?

A. To ensure that you are on the right track, take a moment to review the following three questions:

  1. What would you learn from this assignment? If you would enlarge your knowledge and skills base, that could be an acceptable reason for postponing a full-time job search. If the assignment means merely exercising your current skills and knowledge, then how long would you need to do this to help yourself out psychologically?

  2. How would your marketability be enhanced? What new contacts would you be making? If you undertake this assignment, will it make you more marketable?

  3. What is the realistic time frame? My main concern is that if you're not careful, a consulting assignment can set your job search back. Remember the majority of consultancy jobs DO NOT turn into full-time positions because most companies have little or no incentive to hire a pricey full-time employee.

If consultancy will temporarily help you out mentally, if you can continue to interview when you want or need to, and if the schedule won't wear you down physically, then give it a try.

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Guest columnist Joe Hodowanes MPA, SPHR is Career Strategy Advisor and President of J.M. Wanes & Associates, Tampa, FL 33688. - Email:

This article is reprinted with permission.

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007 © CPAmerica International    

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