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Is it just me, or has the term 'Consultant' now become a synonym for 'salesman'? I notice an increasing number of jobs on LinkedIn et al that are advertised as requiring a Consultant - yet when you look at the detailed job spec, what they really want is a sales droid (no doubt paid on a commission basis) but who actually knows something about the stuff they are selling.
Don't get me wrong, it's good that sales people understand what they are selling and the business of their customers, but it still strikes me that calling these types of jobs 'Consultancy' is stretching things a bit far. To me a consultant is someone who goes into a business etc and then helps them analyse the setup, find out what they really want and then guides them in achieving it; or someone who brings specific expertise to an organisation that they otherwise would find it difficult to acquire.
Cynically, you might consider a consultant someone who pretends to bring expertise, charges a huge amount of money and then leaves after having made the situation worse! 8)