consulting resume

The Importance of a Consulting Cover Letter

As a former consulting resume and cover letter reader for McKinsey, and someone who has reviewed thousands of applications, I have noticed an interesting trend. Most cover letters stink, and many resumes emphasize the wrong things. Between the two, the cover letter is more important for the simple reason that if your cover letter does not do [...]

Consulting Resume Template & Tips to Writing the Perfect Consulting Resume (2019 Update)

For almost any professional job, applicants are required to provide a resume and cover letter to demonstrate their qualifications. Your resume is one of the most important documents during the application process, as it acts as a summary of your education, experience, and skillset. In the consulting world, your resume is even more important. The [...]

Actual vs. Perceived Market Differentiation

To succeed in business and your career, it helps for two things to be true: To be differentiated from the competition To be perceived to be differentiated from the competition Differentiation helps because it reduces the scope and intensity of direct competition. This is true when a business competes for customers, and in careers amongst [...]

Elite Performance - What It Really Takes

Recently I took my daughters into Seattle to watch the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team perform. They were in town as part of a 150-city post-Olympic tour across the U.S. It is the first time I’ve seen gymnastics at the world elite level in person. Even though the routines were nowhere near as difficult as [...]

Non-Target School Applicant for Management Consulting Job

I get a lot of emails from CIBs coming out of non-target schools that ask how they can secure an interview without having a top University on their resumes. I’ve assembled a list of articles I’ve posted regarding this topic, with very useful suggestions from other candidates and my thoughts, to help you succeed if [...]

Compensating for Lousy Grades on Resume

Question: I’ve been interested and trying to get into the consulting field since 2007. Unfortunately, my university/college marks were severely affected by some family issues at the time. Since what’s done is done, I’ve been trying to get into the industry through experience rather than academia, but every single entry-level role I am put forward [...]

The Big Brand Name Employer

Question: I am a loyal subscriber of your emails and a big fan who also benefited a lot from your case interview materials. I have aimed to enter the consulting industry as my career goal, and I have tried it once with a emerging consultancy, I got the chance to do my second case, but [...]

Mensa, Fulbright Scholarships, Olympic Medals on Resumes

Question: I’ve been following your emails with interest since October. I want to apply for Strategy firms later this year, so it is likely that I will be purchasing LOMS soon and gearing up for some serious case-study practice. Today I looked at your consulting cover letter and consulting resume advice. You advise applicants to [...]

Experienced Hire Resume Criteria

Question on Experienced Hire Resume Criteria: Considering where I am at my profession and personal (age (33 yrs) + kid), I can only do a part-time MBA. I looked into an opening in Calgary Canada (I am based in SF, USA) at McKinsey and was tempted to apply. However, I am not sure how experienced [...]

Case Interview Advice from Another McKinsey New Hire

Field Report: Just a brief note to say thank you for your emails. I actually didn’t use the LOMS program – or your frameworks! By far, the most valuable thing (for me) was the insight into the mindset of consultants and interviewers, which is what your emails provided. It affords a real sense of perspective [...]

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