So many times, I have meetings with clients who continue to hire the same way that they have for years – full time direct hiring regardless of the requirements of the position or the work preference of the candidate pool. It’s what they have always done, and deep down they feel that every person looking for work wants the same thing – the benefits and security that come from “permanent” employment.
Not true! Especially for fields such as learning & development and other professional services. More and more, these highly skilled and experienced professionals are seeking contract assignments that provide them the variety of challenging work in a flexible way. When making a determination on whether you need a permanent resource for your training needs or if hiring a consultant is the best option, consider the following:
1. Do you need to add resources in order to create several new training programs to address changes in your organization? Once developed, the work will be complete?
2. Are you seeking more trainers to respond to a hiring peak and additional new hire classes?
3. Is your need created by a special project or contract versus regular, sustained work flow?
4. Do you need someone with a special skill or background for one particular project?
5. Are you looking for ways to develop your tenured staff by having additional resources to take over some of their non-critical responsibilities?
6. Would your organization benefit from the cost savings and flexibility of using contract employees versus hiring full time?
In these circumstances, shorter-term consultants are the way to go! They come to you ready to contribute to your organization for as long as you need them. Then they are off to the next assignment once they have successfully completed your project – and that is exactly what they are looking for!