Consulting is a multi-billion-dollar industry—$295 billion as of 2020, to be exact. Consultants are often well-paid, and the consultancy enterprise is also reaping the benefits. But where do you fall in the mix as a business professional seeking consulting services or wondering if bringing on a consultant is the right move for your organization?
The value you can receive from hiring a consultant goes beyond basic advice. Oxford consultants have expert knowledge from years of experience. They can help assess your current needs and provide solid solutions that keep you ahead of the curve. On top of that, they have the interpersonal skills needed to rally the support of your employees for the inevitable changes you want to pursue for the betterment of your business.
However, the right consultant matters, and you are a key part of the process when it comes to finding The Right Talent. Right Now. At Oxford, we know how important it is to involve our clients throughout the process. That’s why we don’t just place consultants to work for you but rather to work with you—thereby creating a partnership built on trust and mutual benefit.
What Is a Consultant?
Consultants are highly skilled, knowledgeable individuals who excel in a specific professional field. This narrowed focus helps them to provide expert services to companies needing very niche or pointed resolutions for various business-related issues. You might also need a consultant to complete specific complicated or robust projects when you lack the internal resources to yield necessary outcomes timely and efficiently.
How Can Consultants Help Your Organization?
Consultants are seasoned experts with relevant functional or technical knowledge in a particular field who can provide valuable services to you due to their high level of proficiency. In addition, they can lay a solid foundation to support your objectives.
Consultants can best help your organization by:
- Providing expert advice
- Leading with consistency
- Delivering with speed and accuracy
- Offering assurance to executives and stakeholders
- Assessing, managing, and minimizing risks
- Making integration and adoption easier
- Adding a fresh perspective
- Recommending best practices
Does the Right Consultant Matter?
Hiring the right consultant matters if you want to maximize your return on investment. Tips for finding the right consultant include:
- Developing a game plan before you begin your search
- Knowing what your expectations are and what deliverables or outcomes you desire
- Determining the contract scope and your budget
- Looking for a consultant who has expert knowledge about your specific industry
- Partnering with a reputable agency that can help vet the right talent for you
What Should You Expect from an Oxford Consultant?
Oxford serves 42 countries worldwide, with approximately 3,400 consultants working for our clients right now. Over the last three decades, we’ve supported nearly 36,000 companies with staffing and consulting services.
We continually recruit skilled consultants focusing on key industries that demand superior ability, skill, or knowledge. Our unique network and extensive connections allow us to deliver The Right Talent. Right Now. Additionally, we have a high retention rate because we consistently engage with the professionals we trust to work with you. We expect peak results for our clients and will only work with those who share our client-focused culture, prioritizing your best interests for every assignment.
Oxford’s Recruiting Process
Oxford has a proactive recruiting strategy, constantly connecting with top talent to find new opportunities for collaboration with expert consultants before you even know what you need. We don’t want to keep you waiting for the best resource for your business, nor do we want to waste your time screening candidates when you’re ready for them to start working right away.
Instead, we manage the details ahead of time, recruiting prime contenders by reviewing resumes, gathering references, investigating backgrounds, and thoroughly vetting everyone before bringing them on board to work for our clients. In other words, we’re thinking about saving you time before you’ve even approached us.
Once you decide to partner with us for your consulting needs, we will present you with a short list of candidates we believe are suitable for the project. We will present you with our top two to three candidates and help you select the best individuals for your needs based on our assessment or schedule a quick interview with you and the candidate(s).
Finding Your Niche: Expert Knowledge for Your Business
At Oxford, we pride ourselves on having a variety of highly-skilled consultants involved in very niche disciplines. We formulate partnerships with business professionals needing assistance in healthcare technology, information technology, life sciences, and engineering. Our global talent network consists of:
- 300,000+ IT consultants
- 105,000+ healthcare consultants
- 230,000 life sciences consultants
- 250,000 engineering consultants
What Are Our Clients Saying?
We can sing our praises all day, but hearing it from our clients is more relevant. They are the ones who can best determine whether our consultants have what it takes to get the job done well—and whether we’ve understood the assignment. Our clients have consistently applauded our quick placements and unmatched ability to truly understand and exceed their needs. In addition, the engaging relationships we build with our clients help us to work with you closely to provide exceptional outcomes.
But we wouldn’t be where we are today without the right talent. The right consultant can make the difference between success and failure. And that’s where we truly shine—accepting the challenge with every client every time to provide you with The Right Talent. Right Now.
Is Hiring a Consultant Worth the Investment?
When determining whether to utilize consultant resources within your organization, weighing the costs versus the benefits is essential. But getting the most out of your investment is often a two-way transaction. The more information you can provide upfront, the more likely you will get the desired results. It’s important to have a strategy and establish your goals before bringing in a consultant. Essentially, you need to know your business and the problems your business is facing before you can pinpoint the ideal consultant—one who is truly qualified and able to provide you with high value and the optimal return on investment you’re seeking.
Be cautious about getting too caught up on a consultant’s price point numbers. Selecting the cheapest consultant or placement company can yield results that match the investment. To achieve the greatest ROI, you need assurance that the job will be done right the first time, avoiding production, implementation, or adoption delays and minimizing disruptions to your workplace and operations.
Partnering With Oxford for Your Project Needs
When you partner with Oxford to fulfill your needs, you can be assured that you will receive premier talent to get the job done right the first time. We know your clients won’t wait for you, so we don’t make you wait. We are always in the process of vetting the next top talent so that when you need a consultant, we are ready and can guarantee the best for your business.
That’s what we mean when we say we have The Right Talent. Right Now. We will deliver on our promise every time for every client.