Consulting

From Consultant to Full-Time: Job Hunter Cathe Neukum Reports at HR Breakfast

Many people wind up at The Five O’Clock Club because their employers provided this outplacement benefit when they lost or were perhaps going to lose their jobs. But others, like Cathe Neukum – who reported on her successful job search to hundreds of HR professionals at an HR Network Breakfast  – are “retail clients,” paying › Read More

Keep Your Eye on the Consulting Ball

One recent trend I have observed among several of our members has been the proliferation of part-time or consulting positions being offered.  And let’s be clear, these are real jobs with real opportunities!  In fact, we encourage members who land a consulting position to return to the branch to report on their success.  If you › Read More

Consulting Work: SOMETHING TO BE CONSIDERED

by Kate Wendleton, Founder, The Five O’Clock Club Fifteen percent of the attendees at The Five O’Clock Club are looking for consulting work as opposed to fulltime, on-payroll positions. Whichever you are looking for, the basic techniques apply: Develop a target list of organizations to contact—your Targeting Map. Contact them, using The Five O’Clock Club’s › Read More

John Urdaneta

John Urdaneta: Finding a Job and Following a Dream

John Urdaneta had a proven track record of working closely with executives and partners as a consultant with a global professional services firm. A year ago, when he became aware of a new company policy to begin cutting back on the use of outside consultants—specifically in Urdaneta’s department of Information Technology—he realized that he would › Read More

Thinking of Having Your Own Business? Start with The Seven Stories Exercise and Lots of Research

by Kate Wendleton. Fifteen percent of those who attend the Club start their own businesses. Many become consultants. For example, an actor who attended the Club became a presentation coach for senior executives. Some start growth businesses (such as a pharmaceutical company, a special events company, or a pastry business). Some buy franchises or existing › Read More

Negotiating a Consulting or Freelance Assignment

Being a Consultant or Freelancer All positions are temporary. You may receive a W-2 form at year-end, or you may receive a 1099—but no work you do is permanent. However you are paid, make sure you are paid fairly. And make sure you are gaining experience that will help you get your next assignment—inside or › Read More

Thinking Outside The Box With Work Scenarios

by Ruth Robbins and Karen D. Bowser, Certified Five O’Clock Club Career Coaches A few lifetimes ago people didn’t have to give much thought to Plan B when they thought about their career, if they thought much about their career at all. Out of college, or even high school, taking a job for life was › Read More

The New Normal: Employee, Consultant and back again

by Kate Wendleton For decades, we have been reminding clients that all positions are temporary. You may receive a W-2 at year-end, a 1099, or both—but no work you do is permanent. Sometimes, a consulting assignment turns into an on-payroll assignment. When you lose that job, you may again land either a consulting or on-payroll › Read More

Being a Consultant or Freelancer

by Kate Wendleton, Founder, The Five O’Clock Club All positions are temporary. You may receive a W-2 form at year-end, or you may receive a 1099–but no work you do is permanent. However you are paid, make sure you are paid fairly. Make sure you are gaining experience that will help you get your next › Read More

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