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Is a career in outsourcing for you?
While independent contracting is a viable career path for many, it’s not for everyone. Here is some advice to bear in mind:
Be realistic. Don’t plan on hanging out a shingle as soon as you graduate from college. You won’t have enough experience to make the case for even small outsourcing companies or clients to hire you for a significant role, and you won’t serve them well if they do.
Start small. To gain experience, look for outsourcing jobs that involve technical tasks like drafting employee manuals or job descriptions. While you may not interact much with clients, you’ll learn a lot.
Be prepared to work hard. Remember that a small HR outsourcing business is different from the corporate world. It’s not a 9-to-5 job and can require a lot of hours, especially when marketing your services, but it can come with a flexible schedule.
Understand your role. Don’t expect to develop close connections with employees. If you’re not onsite, you won’t be “plugged in” to company dynamics and will likely be viewed as an outsider.
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