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Career Story: Chief Operating Officer At A High-Tech Consulting Firm

Chief Operating Officer At A High-Tech Consulting Firm

Job Title: Managing Partner Of Small Consulting Firm

Type of Company: My consulting firm helps companies use technology to run their business, improve performance and become more efficient.

Education: BA, Finance, Northeastern University

Previous Experience: I started as a computer programmer and worked my way into management and computer operations. I then started working for a consulting firm that did high-tech consulting for other companies and now I'm a partner in a small consulting firm.

Job Tasks: I am the chief operating officer of a consulting firm. I manage and direct all of the firm's daily activities. This includes selling consulting services to our clients, staffing each of our projects, working with our teams to assure they deliver quality work to clients and developing new and innovative ways of meeting client's needs. We work with large corporations such as Raytheon, Bank of America and Reebok. We visit with them to determine if we can help them use computers, software and other technology to operate their company better. When we sell them on the idea of doing a project, we then assign a consultant who has the proper technical and business experience, who then develops a project plan and executes the project with the help of other experts. We look for new ways of doing things and then document them so we can use the same methods for other companies. When a project is completed, we meet with the client to make sure they are satisfied and that we have met all of their expectations. We also look for new projects with that client as well as try to sell to other companies in the same industry to do similar projects.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of this job is working with smart people to invent new ways of doing things and using technology to accomplish them. We also get to see our ideas put into action at some of the world's finest corporations.

The worst part is trying to sell our ideas to companies when the economy is slow and they are not investing in new technology.

Job Tips:
1.) Strive to become an expert in some subject or technology that you love.

2.) Start at the bottom of a consulting firm (perhaps as an intern out of college) and work your way up through hard work, determination and generating ideas.

3.) Since the consulting business is a "people" business, work on developing a likeable and flexible personality so you fit in to any project you may be assigned to.

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