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What does it mean to be an IT consultant? It means you have the unique ability to pick and choose the job opportunities best suited for you, when and where you want them.
As a consultant, you have the flexibility to contract with a diverse group of organizations on exciting and challenging projects. Because these strategic initiatives often require niche IT skills, companies are often willing to provide higher compensation for qualified consultants. About one third of IT consultants earn more than $50 per hour.
IT consultants frequently contract with prestigious organizations that are hard to penetrate due to “hire from within” preferences. In fact, TEKsystems places consultants at 82 percent of the Fortune 500.
Consultants are in high demand. 69 percent of IT leaders believe that contingent labor is critical to the success of their organization’s business operations. That means companies are looking for you!
What else makes being an IT consultant so great?
You’re in control of your career path, the jobs you accept and whether you want consistent work year round or breaks between projects—it’s up to you. You can wait for opportunities that meet your desired salary, location or other requirements specific to your needs. You are uniquely positioned to strike the ideal work/life balance that meets your unique personal and professional goals.
IT consultants often work with specialized recruiters to find targeted job opportunities. That means every day you have a dedicated champion working for you. Quality recruiters take the time to get to know you on a personal level so they can better understand your career goals, skills and the types of opportunities you’re looking for.
Being a consultant is a way of life. You’re constantly being challenged to sharpen your skills to maintain credibility and position yourself for the best, most exciting opportunities in the market. In fact, when consultants were asked the top reasons they enjoy contingent work arrangements, the “opportunity to learn new skills sets” ranked No. 1.
So let’s review. IT consultants have the opportunity to work on interesting projects at industry-leading companies that often offer higher compensation for high-demand skills. You have the freedom to select the opportunities you want that will enable you to live the life you want.
That’s the joy of being a consultant.
For more information and to get started, contact a recruiter in your area today.