Whether you are a school in need of a technology coach, or a parent looking for a math tutor, finding the right education consultant can be a very challenging task.
In the last few years there has been massive growth in the number of education consultants. This growth has made it much easier to find someone, but much harder to find the right someone. Luckily we now have many modern tools at our disposal to make sure we don’t find the wrong someone.
Here are five modern ways that you can search for and find the right education consultant for your child, school or institution.
Find The Right Education Consultant
1. Fractus Consultant Directory [discontinued]
[This service has been discontinued] Over the past year we have received hundreds of emails asking who we can recommend as a trusted education consultant. Frankly, it is tough to keep up given the global nature of the queries. So, to try and help readers find consultants, and consultants find readers, we have just launched our new Education Consultant Directory.
The directory lets education consultants add their own details and become immediately searchable in the database. Readers looking for a consultant can sort and filter the database by location,skills and description and then link straight to the consultants website or profile page. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Follwerwonk is an extremely useful tool for finding people in the Twitterverse. Given that many (if not most) education consultants use Twitter to promote their business, this can be a great place to find a name or two.
FollowerWonk (among many other awesome features) allows you to search Twitter bios for certain keywords (ie. Education Consultant). The returned list can then be sorted by follower count, social authority, location, etc. So for example, here are the education consultants in New York ranked by social authority. Neat!
3. Freelance Marketplaces
If you are looking for short-term support or have a specific project or need, the freelance marketplace offers amazing value and a very different approach to consulting. Websites such as Elance and Guru let you post a short description of the work you need done. It is then up to freelance consultants to review your post and apply with their profile, portfolio and quote.
I have had great success using these sites for small projects and tasks. I would not recommend it for a large involved project, or anything that needs to be hands-on, but as a very quick and affordable option it is hard to beat.
Being the number one professional network, it only makes sense that LinkedIn is a great place to search for professionals. There are a number of impressive ways to harness the power of this extensive network.
First off, the easiest and (depending on how ‘connected’ you are) most credible method is to search your 1st and 2nd level connections. Login to LinkedIn and in the sidebar you will see the number of connections you have. Click the larger number below this and you will be taken to a searchable list of your 1st and 2nd level connections. From here you can search for keywords, locations, companies and many other intricate professional details.
Another great ways to explore and find education consultants on LinkedIn is to approach and converse with members of relevant groups. Start off with the Education Consultant Network and explore from there.
5. Personal Learning Network (PLN)
Last but most certainly not least, your most valuable professional asset, your PLN. This is your network of trusted peers. The network you can harness for their experience, knowledge and connections.
And, of course it goes without saying – If these five modern ways to find the right education consultant fail, there is nothing wrong with picking up the Yellow Pages. In fact all the methods mentioned above are a great way of vetting consultants you may find offline.
Have you worked with any education consultants that really stood out? How did you go about finding them? Or did they find you?
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