Recruiting Education Consulting Services = R.E.C.S.


Blog

Blog

So....you want to be a consultant...

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

So You Want to be a Consultant?

Five things every consulting candidate should know

From all outward appearances, business consulting is glamorous. You work with top people at respected firms. You travel constantly. You delve into the deepest recesses of prominent organizations to help solve their problems. Essentially, you play hard and work harder. For all that you earn some serious money. If that’s your definition of glamour, consulting could be for you.

But the process of getting into management consulting is far from glamorous, and competition is fierce. The ability to reach into a complex body of knowledge and then think quickly, objectively, laterally, and quantitatively while expressing yourself succinctly and persuasively doesn’t come easily to everyone—even to otherwise well-prepared business school graduates. Moreover, consulting is a career in which the learning requirements never stop. A consultant will spend the rest of his or her working days constantly soaking up, correlating, processing, and assimilating knowledge.

Do you think you have what it takes? You already know the basic education and knowledge requirements, but here are five key skills you will also need to be successful in business consulting:

1. Influencing Skills. The traditional influencing skills that are rooted in education and knowledge are just the start. To be successful, you'll need to be an active listener, which means leaving your preconceived notions at the client's door. Influencing skills also include knowing how to ignore internal politics when assessing issues, thinking several steps ahead of your clients at all times, and knowing how to fill a personal knowledge gap in very short order winning your clients over to your point of view—often while under pressure.

 

2. Vertical Skills. A successful consultant must have deep knowledge of his or her chosen verticals. Whether it's banking, wireless technology, healthcare, or government, a top consultant will know the vertical’s history, be on top of the latest news and trends, and have informed opinions about the financial impact of legislation and regulations. The deeper your knowledge, the more likely people will demand your expertise.

 

3. Practice Skills. Most of a consultant's activity is focused on client work—but success also requires dedicating a portion of time to the activities of your practice group, even when those activities aren't billable. A consultant should drive thought leadership, seek opportunities to speak at forums, write papers, and constantly increase knowledge through certifications and training.

 

4. Process Skills. The ability to see business operations as a series of process steps is essential. That includes being able to see how knowledge steps—for example, assessing a bank's risk in making a loan—are based on output steps, such as validating the loan applicant's personal information and processing the data. This process skill includes seeing the financial impact of your work on the client’s bottom line. If you are able to relate your consulting project/activity and show how it will positively affect their ROI then why are you even there? A consultant also needs to be able to articulate how a client's processes compare to industry best practices.

 

5. Technology Skills. We live in a fast-moving global economy that's rooted in rapidly evolving technology. Do you know what ‘cloud’ is? ‘Big Data’? How will ‘enterprise mobility applications’ change the competitive landscape of various industries? A consultant needs to be able to offer meaningful insights about game-changing technologies in order to help clients understand the opportunities and pitfalls.

When all is said and done, a consultant is first and foremost a change agent—and the most successful practitioners have a passion for change that they can translate into practical business plans that make clients feel comfortable, confident, and just as passionate about change.

Is this glamorous work? Maybe. Is it hard work and occasionally highly stressful? There's no doubt. But the rewards—not just the financial gains, but also seeing how your guidance benefits an organization and its people—make it all worthwhile. Consulting firms are looking for talented advisors who can help their clients become leaner and more competitive business machines. Are you that person?

###

 

 

Categories: None

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

46969 Comments

Reply Jimham
10:57 PM on November 30, 2022 
fluoxetine uk online
Reply bape
7:03 PM on November 30, 2022 
Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So good to search out any person with some original ideas on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this website is something that is needed on the net, someone with a bit of originality. helpful job for bringing something new to the internet!
bape http://www.bape-clothing.com
Reply air jordan travis scott
4:02 AM on November 30, 2022 
Can I just say what a reduction to seek out somebody who truly is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You positively know how one can bring a problem to light and make it important. Extra individuals need to read this and understand this aspect of the story. I cant believe youre not more well-liked because you undoubtedly have the gift.
air jordan travis scott http://www.jordanxtravisscott.com
Reply PiFlous
12:05 AM on November 30, 2022 
Q: Do girls have an equivalent to morning wood?
A: how to get a prescription for viagra To the fullest extent gossip in the matter of pills. Lay hold of here.
Love coffee or tea? Tremendous! A 2005 comment showed that caffeine may improve blood roll and remit the muscles that eschew you apparel and guard an erection. Hear to control it to black coffee, unsweetened tea, and caffeinated drinks without sweeteners. https://sildenafilhim.com
Reply chrome hearts store
11:41 AM on November 29, 2022 
I really wanted to type a small word in order to thank you for the fantastic instructions you are posting at this site. My particularly long internet investigation has finally been paid with pleasant know-how to share with my friends and classmates. I 'd claim that many of us visitors are quite blessed to exist in a remarkable website with very many marvellous individuals with interesting ideas. I feel somewhat happy to have seen your entire webpage and look forward to really more fabulous moments reading here. Thank you once more for all the details.
chrome hearts store http://www.chromeheartstoreonline.com
Reply jordan shoes
11:41 AM on November 29, 2022 
I precisely wanted to appreciate you once more. I am not sure the things that I might have carried out without these ideas contributed by you about such area. Previously it was a distressing setting in my position, nevertheless noticing the specialised avenue you treated that made me to jump over contentment. Extremely happy for this information and then believe you comprehend what a powerful job that you're accomplishing training most people using your web site. I'm certain you haven't come across any of us.
jordan shoes http://www.air-jordan.us.com
Reply goyard online store
11:41 AM on November 29, 2022 
My husband and i felt now satisfied when Peter could do his research through the entire ideas he received through the web pages. It's not at all simplistic to just continually be handing out solutions the others have been selling. And we see we need the website owner to give thanks to for this. These explanations you made, the straightforward site menu, the relationships you can help foster - it is most superb, and it's really helping our son in addition to us consider that the theme is enjoyable, and that's highly fundamental. Many thanks for the whole thing!
goyard online store http://www.goyardsstoreonline.com
Reply yeezy 380
11:41 AM on November 29, 2022 
I am glad for commenting to let you be aware of what a great experience my wife's daughter gained going through your web page. She mastered a lot of issues, not to mention how it is like to have a very effective coaching character to make most people quite simply master a number of very confusing subject matter. You undoubtedly exceeded visitors' expectations. Many thanks for offering those necessary, trusted, educational and even fun tips on the topic to Julie.
yeezy 380 http://www.yeezyboost380.us.com
Reply off white outlet
11:40 AM on November 29, 2022 
I needed to write you the very small observation to finally thank you as before over the extraordinary guidelines you've contributed on this site. It has been tremendously generous with you to allow easily what a number of people would have marketed for an electronic book to help with making some profit for themselves, most notably considering the fact that you could have tried it in case you decided. These techniques in addition served to provide a good way to recognize that other people online have the same interest similar to mine to understand a little more pertaining to this matter. I'm certain there are numerous more enjoyable sessions up front for many who read your blog post.
off white outlet http://www.offwhites.us.com
Reply alniam
6:50 AM on November 29, 2022 
banana republic plaid dress new spurs third kit readymade x nike blazer mid black elsa peretti 2 carat pendant san diego padres new era mlb cooperstown 59fifty cap answers black jersey skater dress
alniam http://www.alniam.com/
Reply lawnpink
6:13 AM on November 29, 2022 
moncler bady pink alyx moncler vest nike air perce bianca python fairy princess costume girl nike nfl atlanta falcons 71 kroy biermann white elite road women jersey sale
lawnpink http://www.lawnpink.com/
Reply storams
4:24 AM on November 29, 2022 
number 19 steelers jersey womens dunk low next nature sail adidas running ultra boost 19 brian urlacher youth jersey low back summer maxi dress modern shirts for ladies
storams http://www.storams.com/
Reply filmparki
4:23 AM on November 29, 2022 
black and red cincinnati reds hat hat asics gel kayano dark blue leighton vander esch limited jersey for cheap dolphins hats queens cami nyc raven dress los angeles dodgers bucket hat yards
filmparki http://www.filmparki.com/
Reply calimercado
4:06 AM on November 29, 2022 
pandora gold spacers minnesota north stars jersey history accenteur moncler new england patriots salute to service hoodie real madrid away kit socks engraved necklace pandora
calimercado http://www.calimercado.com/
Reply vanelus
10:01 PM on November 28, 2022 
to buy crocs aloes moncler coach vintage leather crossbody ladies suit back design adidas grand court mauve fourmi jacket moncler
vanelus http://www.vanelus.com/
Reply almaretravel
9:36 PM on November 28, 2022 
green off shoulder maxi dress designer coats moncler coach snap card case with butterfly print christian louboutin taralita slingback pandora stackable heart ring mothers day charms from pandora
almaretravel http://www.almaretravel.com/
Reply bez-diploma
8:46 PM on November 28, 2022 
halloween coach purse vagabond shoes chelsea boots classic white shirt womens blank pandora charm nike lunarlon 3 oakley prizm silver
bez-diploma http://www.bez-diploma.com/
Reply saraswartz
4:44 PM on November 28, 2022 
stylish flat shoes the north face quest insulated jacket hm silver dress jersey ceedee lamb block straw hat jonah hill x adidas samba
saraswartz http://www.saraswartz.com/
Reply Paulham
4:10 PM on November 28, 2022 
motrin 600 over the counter
Reply tyvano
3:52 PM on November 28, 2022 
plus size disney costume fc real madrid kit dream league soccer for cheap moncler jacket 2019 black rainbow nike air max uptempo 2 shoes for cheap steph curry sour patch shoes mens nfl chiefs gear for cheap
tyvano http://www.tyvano.com/