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BEST CHANCE OF FINDING WORK?
FLEXIBLE RESOURCES SEEING MANY CONSULTANTS, PART-TIMERS TRANSITIONING TO LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS
Flexible Resources, a staffing and consulting firm that specializes in placing professionals in flexible work arrangements, has been busy over the past year working with companies that have suffered layoffs and hiring freezes.
So who’s getting hiring?
“During this alarming economic crisis, businesses have indeed been ‘hiring’ by going around head-count restrictions and bringing in consultants and part-timer professionals to keep workflow moving and support the reduced workforce as it copes with fluctuating workloads,” says Laurie Young, a Flexible Resources co-founder.
While they may sound like bad news for job seekers, there is a silver lining, according to Nadine Mockler, Ms. Young’s partner at Flexible Resources.
“Since this trend emerged just about a year ago, as the financial crisis took hold, we are now seeing many of our consultants either being renewed or in some instances, turned into full-time employees.
“This tells us that when talented professionals get a chance to show what they can do, companies will find a way to keep them.
“Over our 20 years in business we’ve seen more than 85% of the flexible, part-time, and consultants we’ve placed transition to long-term (by that we mean more than two years), relationships with their companies.
“So while it may go against the grain for professionals to seek out a part-time or consulting assignment, it may produce great benefits in the long-run – not only a long-term position, but also the opportunity to be on the inside, to use one’s skills, to learn a new organization, and to make new connections.”
Being a consultant also means being at the top of the list when hiring begins because of the sheer value and increased productivity of hiring someone who already knows the job, so there’s no learning curve.