Life Of A Interim Consultant, Part One

As some of you know, I was a consultant for many, many years. I traveled all over the country doing assignments. Some of them were long, while others short. I’d like to give you an idea of what type of thing you might be in for if you’re considering working with a staffing company.

You first have to get used to the idea of travel, and lots of it. If you get a 3-month assignment, for instance, you might have to fly in to cities, pick up a rental car, and go directly to the work site. You might end up flying in on a Sunday so that you can work your time, then either go home that weekend or stay in that town for two or three weeks at a time. Flying isn’t all that bad, but sometimes making long trips across the country can be tiring, and you have to get used to new time zones.

Second, you have to get used to different cultures on the fly. You’ll find that terminology you thought was standard in your industry really is only standard in your area. You have to learn a lot of it quickly, otherwise you’ll be confused for a long time.

Third, you have to learn how to eat. That’s not as easy as you’d think. You get put up in hotels, sometimes good ones, other times not so good. Some hotels have restaurants, some don’t. You get money for meals, but you don’t get enough to eat at five star restaurants every night. And truthfully, you don’t want to, because if it’s not something you’re used to, you’ll get sick often, and you won’t like how that feels.

I’ll talk about more things in the next post; stay tuned.

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