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So, You Are a Consultant?

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Job search coach Lavie Margolin recently published a cautionary piece about calling yourself a consultant when you are out of work. While it is a convenient "gap filler," can you back it up, Lavie asks. Good question.

Just to add a thought to Lavie's column, if you are thinking of calling yourself a consultant, take some time to understand what it means to be a consultant.

One of the essential things to understand about consulting is that it is all about helping. Helping a client to solve a problem that improves their business. The problem is something in your "sweet spot" of expertise.

Another thing to know and deeply appreciate is that a highly effective consultant does more than solve the client's problem. He or she also leaves the client stronger and smarter than they were before your intervention. So a consultant teaches and develops the client.

Here are some classic books that have been very helpful to me in my development as a consultant in the Organizational Learning and Development field, as well as in career transition coaching:

Peter Block's Flawless Consulting

Gerry Weinberg's The Secrets of Consulting

Alan Weiss' Getting Started in Consulting

Ethan Rasiel's The McKinsey Way

Ed Schein's Process Consulting and his recent Humble Inquiry

Note: Here is the link to Lavie's column:

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Wednesday December 18, 2013

Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at and via his website:



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