Advice for new Interims

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Advice for New Interim Managers

Paul Phillips: If I was giving a tip to a new Interim, I would tell them to network very heavily. They need to make sure they're clear about their proposition, understand what they're best at, and understand what the interim marketplace is going to buy.


Richard: First we must consider it your business. You need to be set up as a business. You need to be easily contactable. You need to have a good LinkedIn presence.


Doug Baird: If I was an Interim manager starting our today, I'd probably say to that person, "It's tough. It's not easy." It takes a long time to build a network and a long time for that to mature so that you can constantly be in assignment. So, I'd say it really requires a bit of perseverance.


Claire Lauder: So when a business comes to hiring an Interim, they will often go for an Interim manager with experience. So I think first, somebody who wants to become an Interim manager, it's really important to be aware that you're probably responsible yourself for securing the first one to two years of Interim experience.


Simon: Always think about the end point of an assignment and understanding the goals and objectives that a client want you to achieve in that. Think about what good looks like and work backwards from there.


Annaliese Rogers: It's perhaps not the glamorous lifestyle that it's always made out to be. There are challenges but for those who have the right personality style and the depth of relevance of experience and expertise, can find it a really, really rewarding type of work.


Claire Lauder: Once you've established yourself as an Interim and shown that Interim is a career for you and not just a stopgap, then that's at which point the likes of Interim Partners would be able to assist you in securing future Interim roles.


Doug Baird: The second thing I'll say to anybody starting out is to have a key understanding of what their proposition is to the market. I think if you say, "I'm just an experienced executive," I don't think that's enough. It's really about, "I'm experienced in this particular niche." I can exploit that and that can be of real benefit to you, Mr. Client.


Richard: The most important thing is to go and meet five people who you feel you can trust to sell your services to other people. The best way to get Interim roles is to actually meet good Interim providers who you feel you can trust and to build a relationship with them.


Steve: The tips I would give to a new Interim manager, consider whether you've got a compelling proposition for the markets. Do you have the skills and experience that match with market demand?


Mellissa Brown: I always think it's really important to network as well. So, any excuse regarding a glass of wine and a catch up with an ex-colleague should never be missed.


Scott Hutchinson: You must be a brilliant networker. The best Interims that I know, they're everywhere. They're talking to people like me. They're talking to the clients. They're talking to each other. They're part of a broader Interim community.


Norma Warwick-Smith: Tips to Interims is to use Interim Partners. [laughs]

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