A perfect consulting resume should directly speak to consulting people. It should be written in a consulting-like tone and should highlight skill sets which are relevant to consulting. In order to nail it, you should (1) understand the management consulting industry and (2) have someone in the industry give you their feedback. (see that you can and should include in your resume)
"People who have spent years consulting think that they need to list every position they've held and every responsibility and accomplishment they've had there," he said. "As a result, consultant resumes tend to be much longer than they should be."
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While you should include your degrees and institutions on any resume, listing your specific GPA generally isn’t advised. But on the consulting resume, it’s a must. In fact, it is standard practice to include your cumulative grade point average (not past semester or past two years) and class ranking if available.
By now, you have probably realized that consulting requires a more unique (and sometimes hard to describe skill set) than your regular marketing or accounting job. So it should come as no surprise that you’ll need to adjust your resume accordingly.While it’s always important not to be long-winded (that 8.5x11” sheet of paper may only be reviewed for a couple minutes, if that), it’s extra important on a consulting resume. Crafting short, compelling bullet points shows that you’re able to weed through a lot of information (your experiences and accomplishments) to pull out the most important tidbits, that you can quickly and clearly communicate, and that you’re able to make an effective and compelling case. If you can do it for yourself, you can certainly do it for client work!
It’s common resume knowledge that you should . In a consulting resume, you’ll want to take this a step further and quantity your experiences and accomplishments. My consulting resume toolkit has a resume scoring calculator to estimate the likelihood of your resume getting an interview. For networking advice, do a search on the site for “networking” and “non-target school” as there are several success stories from others that you can learn from.