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Based on your answers, your team should consider the following:

Lean towards scaling with full-time talent, but leverage project-based talent for certain situations

There seems to be relatively modest volatility (20% or less) between your upside and downside growth scenarios. 

Given that you are relatively confident in growth plans, the risk of layoffs due to changing business conditions appears lower. This should provide you with more confidence when growing your full-time team.

While swings in growth may not be as prevalent, project-based consultants can still be important resources to bring in the expertise you may not have in-house or to fill in skillset gaps that can arise from situations such as extended leave.


Although the hourly costs associated with project-based hires can be higher than those associated with full-time hires, benefits can include:

  • no severance/unemployment expense should you need to right-size your team.

  • faster time to hire, given many independent consultants/contractors can support the team at a moment’s notice.

  • optionality to “try before you buy.” Some independent consultants are open to full-time roles, and projects can be a good way to mutually test fit before making a commitment to a full-time hire.

Regarding your organization's top hiring challenge

You said:

Many candidates lack excitement about the prospect of joining our firm

Our advice:

With unemployment <4%, it’s important to tell your brand story on your terms. 

Some organizations do this well, and others may struggle with developing a compelling digital narrative through an intuitive website combined with positive press coverage and reviews.

At Hire Learning, we focus on recruiting like a marketing agency, i.e. applying best practices in sales and marketing to talent acquisition. This means differentiating your firm’s employee value proposition in a crowded & competitive talent marketplace.

What's next? We can help!

To learn more about how to scale your organization using project-based talent, check out Talent Response.

To learn more about how to scale your organization using full-time talent, check out Hire Learning.

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