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What is a Job Consultant?

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Some people are less educated in the art of job search, interviewing and negotiation. Many people are also at a loss when it comes to creating effective resumes. This is where a job consultant comes into the picture.

The responsibility of a job consultant is to help people prepare themselves for looking for a job. Do not mistake a job consultant, also known as an employment consultant, with a recruiter or a resume writer. Recruiters approach the job search process from a completely different angle. If a job seeker is in need of help with preparing his or her resume, polishing his or her interviewing skills, and getting skilled in pre-employment negotiations, this is where a job consultant could come in handy.

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If a person is looking for help finding work in a specific industry or field, it’s a good idea to seek out and compare the specialties of several job consultants, as some may be more experienced in certain areas than others. It’s best to choose a job consultant or a firm that specializes in a specific industry or field, since they will be more familiar with what is necessary for you to do to land that dream job. A job consultant should be able to assist a job seeker with choosing the best companies to work for, understanding the financial aspects of the job including how much should it pay, preparing interview questions, identifying the necessary skills for a specific position, knowing the newest industry buzzwords or keywords, and many other important aspects for a successful job search.

Job consultants can also be hired to help assist people in preparing for a career change. If someone is ready to move into a different field or industry, consultants can provide valuable information about what the outlook is in that field. They can steer you toward a specialty where you can take some transferable skills with you and help identify your strengths and weaknesses.

No matter the level of professionalism, a person should be able to find a job consultant that will provide services they can afford. Some places to find free consultants include local colleges, local universities, non-profit job search programs, and state employment offices. For those who need more advanced advice and assistance, there are many individuals and firms who specialize in job placement, even on a global scale.

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