By Lisa DolanThe Associated PressAug.
23, 2019 9:19:21TUCSON, Ariz.
— If you want a tutor to help you fix a problem, it’s time to hire a consultant.
That’s the recommendation of a group of independent experts that advise companies on how to do the job better.
They say hiring a consultant is not necessarily a bad idea.
It can improve the company’s reputation and increase efficiency.
The consultants include professors, business executives, medical professionals, architects and computer programmers.
The experts are appointed by the American Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and have extensive experience advising corporations on how best to do their jobs.
They also offer suggestions on how companies can improve and are free to share their findings with anyone interested in hiring a professional.
“It’s the first time a consultant has been able to give advice on hiring a job,” said Mike Siegel, an independent consultant with Siegel Consulting Group.
Siegel said he’s had to use his own experience with his own company.
The company had hired a consultant to help it with recruiting for its business school and has since hired another consultant to assist with marketing.
Selling out a position is not the only time a company needs a consultant — even if the position is one that is held by a former executive.
If you’re looking to hire an independent contractor for a new role, Siegel advises you to take a look at the qualifications of the person you’re hiring.
If you don’t think you’ll need one, consider asking your current executive if he or she has one.
“Don’t make a decision based on one person,” Siegel said.
“The first person you interview should be the best candidate for the job.”
If you don`t know the person`s qualifications, the consultants suggest you check with the person’s company, the state where they`re working and the school.
The consultants also suggest consulting firms hire a third party to verify their qualifications and get a feel for the person.
“If you are hiring a new person, then it`s important that you know what you`re looking for,” said Dan Gartner, president of Siegel.
“We`ve got to be careful about what we`re offering.”
If a company doesn`t have one of the consultants in its ranks, it can find one through a third-party or the state of Nevada, where consultants can be hired without a contract.
If the company isn`t interested in consultants, it should consider hiring an independent firm.
Snyder said hiring a contractor can be a good alternative to hiring an employee.
But he advises against it.
“We are in the business of making sure that our company is the best in the market and we are trying to find the best talent in the world,” Snyder said.
Seller, the executive recruiter, said his firm hires people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.
He recommends that people looking to join a company look at a company`s job description first, then interview a consultant, Seller said.
The American Association for Independent Colleges has an advisory board of people with experience working in the financial services industry.
It has advised the National Association of Credit Unions, and it also has a consultant program.
The organization has been contacted for comment on the recommendations.