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I've been with a consultancy firm for a year. For the past three months, I've been working on a project for one of our major clients. I've found that I much prefer the client to my actual employer.

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I've been given the impression that the client would quite like to take me on full-time, but I feel it would be underhand to turn my back on my current employer and walk off with a client. Am I being unnecessarily cautious?

A: Just having the 'impression' that your client would 'quite like to take you on' is not nearly enough. But if they formally offer you the job - and it's more attractive than your current job - you should take it. Losing partners to clients is an occupational hazard for consultancy firms; they neither preach nor expect sentimentality.

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