Welcome to the IMC USA website, supporting the IMC USA mission to promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through certification, education and professional resources. The site is designed to help members and registered users develop professional consulting skills and behaviors, find partners or consultants, and to support their profession and communities.
The site is a powerful tool for your use. Please take the time to learn how best to use it. Familiarize yourself with the menu system, which remains visible on all pages. The main menu categories are:
- Home page of www.imcusa.org (after transfer on January 1), providing a few of the most recent news items and upcoming events (right side, with links to full calendar and news).
- This expanded capability provides four ways to reach an IMC member. Only Certified (includes Emeritus and Lifetime), Professional, and Affiliate members are listed in the profiles and, thus are searchable. Members may also elect to be notified of opportunities by subscribing to an IMC RSS feed.
- This section explains how membership in IMC demonstrates your commitment to your self and your clients that you are a professional management consultant, committed to excellence and ethics and a lifelong learning. Subsections take the viewer through the benefits of membership, including Professional Learning, Ethics, Certification and other tangible and intangible benefits. Nonmembers are offered a choice of registering as a website guest or joining as a Student, Affiliate or Professional Member.
- Links to subpages with IMC USA mission, vision and bylaws. Link to leadership page containing access to board of Directors, chapter presidents, and national committees. Includes FAQ.
- traditional geographic-based communities, man y of which hold monthly professional development and networking programs. The main menu links the site visitor to a landing (public) page or the chapter's main group (private) page. Groups are private because of the ability to post content and photos and participate in discussion forums. However, chapter guests are welcome (free and instant registration). A secondary menu level for each chapter provides a link to the chapter's events calendar with online registration.
Communities of Practice
- virtual communities oriented around consulting disciplines, industries, organizational focus and client type. Members are encouraged to create additional communities with a critical mass of interested individuals. Communities of practice are self managed, some of which may elect to appoint a moderator.
- Disciplines - enhance your skills in consulting disciplines like strategy, finance, or Information Technology
- Industries - connect with other consultants to discuss and share resources about selected industries
- Management Theme - address key concerns of managers like leadership or agility
- Client Type - share ideas and resources for international, family owned businesses or public sector clients
- Consulting Firm Type - are you a mature solo, large firm or just starting out?
- Practice Management - discuss aspects of running a consulting business
- Description of the value of and access to the benefits of membership in IMC USA.
- Membership Categories - describes the categories of membership available to individuals
- Member Benefits - specific list of current member benefits and links (member only) to access those benefits
- Member Only Gateway - access to a growing suite of member-only benefits and opportunities
- Member Designation - some types of members may want to talk or work with others of their specific perspective, such as CMCs (the CMC Network), FIMCs (Fellows) and Students.
- Members Recommend - share your experiences with highly recommended products and services of value to consultants.
- CMC Only Resources - Access to professional development, networking, team building and business development resources through the CMC Network
- Subscribe to Opportunities - Professional and Certified Members may register to be notified by email when someone posts an opportunity that matches their specific criteria.
- Volunteer Opportunities - submission form to volunteer for IMC or IMC-sponsored community focused projects
- Donations - make a donation to several of IMC causes
- Awards - recognition of member contributions to the profession, Institute and community
- Access to resources to build skills and behaviors needed for a professional consultant.
- IMC USA Academy - The main IMC USA source for professional development resources. The Academy sponsors courses (some developed by IMC, most provided by IMC affiliates and members), and provides reference links to documents, podcasts, webinars, classroom instruction, seminars, and experts who can help you develop your skills and your business. Resources are classified by consultant's development level, type of skill required, cost, ease of use, etc.
- Consultapalooza - IMC's unique biweekly interviews with consulting experts, available live on Tuesdays or as archived recordings in IMC's Knowledge Library
- Resource Libraries - file or link libraries of Academy and other professional development resources
- designation as a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) recognizes achievement of international standards of consulting.
- Competency Framework - the IMC USA Management Consulting Competency Framework
- Why Hire a CMC? - describes the designation and what is signifies to the consultant and the client
- Value of Certification - explains that the CMC is not a predictor of success but a recognition of that success and a place on the path to professionalism
- How to Become Certified - explains the process and responsibilities of IMC< the chapter and the applicant
- Certification Renewal - process and forms to renew certification every three years
- Guidelines, resources and enforcement of IMC member commitments to avoid conflicts of interest, protect confidential information, and deal profssionally with peers, client and the community.
- Code of Ethics - the IMC USA Code of Ethics (approved by the Board 02/05), including links to downloadable versions.
- Ethics Resources - access to tutorials, case studies and links to other organizations, made available to consultants to increase their ethical sensitivities and capability to resolve ethical dilemmas.
- Ethics Simulation - access to IMC's online ethics case simulation
- Ethics Compliance - protocol for receipt, processing and adjudication of ethics violation allegations
- Report an Ethics Violation - confidential form to submit an allegation of ethical misconduct against an IMC member
Confab Conference - The oldest and largest conference for consultants and by consultants (since 1977), held each year in Reno, NV at the end of October. This is IMC's annual conference for successful consultants and those who want to be.
Media, Events and News
- upcoming events of interest to management consultants that can be sorted into chapter or national calendars. Members and others may register through the website, and may also elect to be notified of events by subscribing to an IMC RSS feed.
Alliances and Sponsors
- listing of organizations and individuals with whom IM CUSA has developed a business or strategic relationship
- Post and respond to topics of interest to the profession or individual communities of practice, accessible only to those who have registered on the website. Members may also elect to be notified of individual blogs by subscribing or monitoring an IMC RSS feed.
IMC USA Online Store
- offering special opportunities by IMC affiliates, member products, IMC branded, items, IMC USA Academy downloads, and other professional or business development resources.
How to Manage Your Profile
Your profile is one of your most important resources on the IMC website. It is your opportunity to showcase your skills and experience to other members and the public. Access your profile by clicking the "Manage My Profile" link on the home page. On any other page, all information needed to manage your profile, set your preferences and renew your dues are on the right side of the page under the "Manage My Membership" menu.
You have a lot of control over how much information to make available to others and how much you would like to be contacted. However, you create greater professional and business development opportunities by your participation in more groups, balanced by your desire for privacy. The links in Manage My Profile are:
- how your personal profile appears to registered site users (IMC members and registered guests)
My Public Profile
- how your personal profile appears to unregistered users (your personal blogs and photo albums, if you chose to create them, and the section titled "More Information" are hidden). IMPORTANT: only that information shown in your Public Profile is visible to search engines. Your personal blogs, photos, connections and information in the More Information field are only visible to registered members of the IMC community
- update all parts of your profile and hide certain data fields (e.g., email address, home address, personal information) by clearing the check box next to the data field. Also allows you to set preference for subscriptions, designate certain pages as favorites, manage your photo gallery of your uploaded images, designate members you wish to connect to, track referrals, look at a list of past and future events for which you have registered through the IMC USA website, and manage your membership. If you are interested in participating in automatic email notification of consulting opportunities in your specified areas of interest, we recommend you create a CV to supplement your profile. The CV is more searchable by prospective clients or teaming partners.
How to Subscribe to Consulting Opportunitites
- on the right hand of the page under MY PROFILE, click on MANAGE PROFILE. Scroll down to the heading NETWORKING & CAREERS and click on CAREER POSTINGS. Now click on SUBSCRIBE next to the gree check mark. Select the areas you wish to be notified of consulting opportunitites. Scroll down and click on the box that says SAVE MY PREFERENCES.
- list of communities to which you have registered (your primary chapter has already been assigned, but you may elect to change this), including communities of practice (consulting disciplines, industry specialty, organizational focus and client type), leadership positions, and committees.
- links to your profiles on other social network sites (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) , which extends your access to other professionals and lets others access yours (optional)
Files and Links
- list of files you have attached to your personal profile (e.g., corporate brochure, sample reports, downloadable books and white papers).
- list of IMC website pages you have designated as your favorites, which speeds your access (no need to navigate through the menu). These can include chapter pages, resources, events, or any custom page on the site (designated by clicking the star at the top of the page. Members may designate categories into which to group favorites.
My Messages (XX New)
- internal messages received from another member who wants to contact you (number indicates how many were received while you were offline)
My Connections (XX New)
- you may choose to connect to selected members (similar to Facebook) that provides more messaging options (number indicates how many new requests you have received from people who want to connect with you).
- indicates your membership type and status of membership. This is where you would renew your membership.
Recommend IMC USA
- share with colleagues the opportunity to participate in IMC professional, network, and business development activities. If someone you refer using this system registers with the IMC Website, either as a guest or paid member, you will receive credit and will be eligible for special discounts and recognition.
Member profiles are the core of your visibility to other members and to the public. Many characteristics are hotlinked so you can identify all members with those characteristics. for example, if you see in a profile that a member has an a Consulting Expertise in Strategy, click on that link to pull up a directory of all IMC members with that area of expertise (perfect for teaming).
Watch the short video About Your Profile (coming soon) for more information on how powerful your profile is.
Only Professional, Certified (including Emeritus) and Affiliate Members have profiles. Guests, Student and Lapsed Members are not eligible to post member profiles.
If you do not see a certification that you hold, use the Contact Us form to suggest we include it. Additions are based on both the logic of the suggestion and the number of individuals recommend it for inclusion.
How to Renew Your Membership
Under "My Profile" on the right side of the page, click "Membership Info" (second to bottom menu item) to access your membership status and renew your membership, if applicable. This will tell you your current member type and the status of your membership. Click the "Securely renew your membership now" link to renew. If you would like an email confirmation of your dues payment sent to you, click the "Send confirmation email" link after
you have competed your transaction. That's it.
lick "Contact Us" at the top of any page if you have any questions.
How to Manage Your CV
The Resumé/CV is an additional way to provide your information to potential teaming partners and clients. It is the basis of the opportunity center. Individuals or companies looking for consulting expertise, if they choose not to search directly using the Find A Consultant service, may post a position description. IMC members may subscribe to be notified when a position matching their consulting specialty or interest area is posted. This service is available to Professional and Certified members only.
To add/edit your CV, click the "My Resumé/CV" link in your Manage My Membership menu. You will be able to enter a 'headline" (up to 100 characters) that describes your key value, your objective in seeking consulting engagements (what you are really good at), your experience, your education and specific skills, and your willingness to travel.
You are also asked about how you would like to be classified. This is important because it defines how well a prospect can find you. You may enter a primary and additional professional categories under which you would like to be found. We suggest you use "Consulting" as your primary category, unless you consider yourself as working primarily in another industry (e.g., Media, Banking).
Enter your type of position sought (i.e., consulting engagement. full time consulting position, volunteer or intern), level of academic education you have obtained, and your length of relevant professional experience. You may indicate if you want to link your Resumé/CV to your IMC personal page, to include your Resumé/CV in search results, to display your name, to display your e-mail address, or whether potential employers can contact you (probably yes!).
Finally, we provide the ability to attach a document to your Resumé/CV. For example you might want to include a company brochure or a collection of news clippings about your work.
Once you have created your Resumé/CV (and indicated that it should be visible on your personal page), a link will appear at the top of your profile page allowing anyone to view your Resumé/CV and any attached documents.
How to Post Opportunities
If someone is looking for a management consultant and does not want to use the Find A consultant search service, they can post an opportunity. This is useful if you are looking for a teaming partner, or a manager or executive is looking for a consultant. Accessible through the Find A Consultant link on the main menu, the Post an Opportunity page
. These are equivalent to the Flash Opportunities IMC has previously emailed to members on Fridays. One major difference with this service is that IMC will be more vigorously promoting its use by industry and government.
You will be asked to describe the position, when you will need the consultant, how long to post the opportunity, contact information, the category(ies) in which you are looking (most likely it will be "Consulting"), and education, experience and salary information. You may allow applicants to apply online or gie instructions on how to apply directly. After providing a description of the position, you must identify yourself and complete a CAPTCHA verification step (to prevent automated access to these profiles).
You may view your postings
and see how many people have applied online, how many times it has been viewed, and its posting and expiration status.
If you want to provide feedback on this tutorial or any aspect of the site, use the Contact Us form at the top of any page.