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We’re asked all the time what it is that we do. Well, the easy yet incomplete answer would be “full-time and project-based recruiting for boutique consulting firms” or “management consulting headhunting.” However, as you look through our website, you’ll see that we literally never use the words “recruiter” or “headhunter.” We tend to recoil at those monik...

Why Did We Build a Talent Acquisition Platform? 


Over the last two years, Talent Response has built deep relationships with 30+ boutique consulting firms and high-growth technology firms, placing scores of consultants in both full-time and project-based positions. This high-touch solution has worked well and will continue to work well, but our servic...

There are many exceptional consultants who would be great potential assets to boutique consulting firms, but unfortunately most remain just that: potential assets. Without knowledge of and access to the full-time and project-based hiring needs of those firms, consultants miss out on some of the most rewarding job opportunities. In this post, I argue that...

You’ve now built a successful consulting practice, and are a recognized expert in your market niche. Expertise has been proven through thought leadership, industry presentations, and client deliveries. A network of satisfied clients and colleagues regularly refer work to your firm. Transformational client work is detailed in a trove of industry-specific c...

Playing fair in the search for project-based management consulting work is very noble…just not very smart. While a sport fisherman may enjoy the art of fly fishing in a wild river, the guy fishing in a pond stocked with trout is simply going to catch more fish. Similarly, you *could* go fishing for consulting projects, calling on contacts and attending ne...

 

Ah, the rate question. The consulting project seems to be a perfect fit, but at what level should an independent contractor set rates that ensure that they are given the opportunity to join the project team at a rate commensurate with his or her experience? What is the market rate for independent consulting at different levels?

 

We wish we had some multiv...

Talent Response has a unique level of visibility across many of the leading boutique consulting firms with over 30 active clients representing scores of open project-based and full-time consulting positions. We thought we’d give back to those firms as well as the consultants in our network to share seven trends we see in boutique consulting project work....

Are you a quitter? If things aren’t going the way you want them to, do you just quit?

I do. I’m a quitter. You name it, I’ve probably quit it. Jobs. Relationships. Religions. A Career. As my favorite Chicago Booth professors of Freakonomics profess in The Upside of Quitting, we often put too much emphasis on sunk costs – time, money, or sweat equity t...

 

Scalable talent strategies to keep boutique firms competitive and independent in an acquisitive period

 

Boutique consulting firm acquisitions have been accelerating recently, partially to take advantage of the existing talent acquisition infrastructure of the acquiring firm. Firms that want to remain fiercely independent – and financially competitive – ne...

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