Management Consultant Resume: Examples, Templates & Complete Guide
How do I make the best out of my resume? How can I increase my chances of going to the second round of interviews? Is it possible that I have been making some mistakes while creating my resume that thwarted my success?
How Can I improve?
Those and many other questions are what taunt each candidate each time they decide to send out a resume.
Are those questions valid? Yes, yes they are. Creating a perfect resume is not just a matter of listing personal, educational, and experience information.
Many recruiters and HR professionals have studied the ups and downs of summaries to come to a conclusion of how a perfect resume should look like and what pieces of information it should contain.
We at Cleverism, have perfected the art of creating resumes! Our resume builder will make it easier to choose the right template, the right font, pick the right information and essentially put you and your resume at the top 10%.
So, if you are in the process of looking for a new job, take a look at our resume builder, and find what suits you the most!
If you are looking for the very first job ever, and are dreading writing about your non-existent experience, we have a solution for you as well.
As if writing resumes is not stressful even if you have a great experience under your belt, you now feel like you have to highlight the lack thereof.
You do not.
We will show you how to emphasize other parts of your resume so that the lack of experience may even work to your advantage, rather than disqualify you from the job search.
We have prepared this text for all of you aspiring Management Consultants with the idea to help you create the best resume of your life which will be a tool on the road to getting that promotion, that dream job, or reaching your very first professional milestone.
What are some other questions that are going through your mind when you think about writing your resume? Is it something along the lines of what information you should include? How about the length of it? Keep it short or let your pen run wild? How do you stand out among possibly hundreds of others?
In this guide we will help you find the answers to those and many other questions you did not even know you had!
You will learn to pick the right information, to order them in a way that is most logical to the recruiters, to highlight your strengths and mask your weaknesses.
Our guide is not designed to ensure you get the job, we cannot make that guarantee.
However, we do guarantee a larger number of callbacks and that you will be noticed during that first, impersonal round where all the recruiters are basing their choice on is your resume.
The rest is pretty much on you and the fact whether you actually meet the job criteria.
So, visit our resume builder.
Have you picked a layout yet?
Let’s get started on creating your resume.
We will start by showing you two great examples for a person of your interests, and then we will explain the requirements of each section, and the mistakes that can possibly sneak up on you, step by step.
You can try to fill in the resume as we go, or you can make notes and do it later.
Check yourself for any mistakes that you might have made in the past and correct them. You will be surprised how much damage a little mistake can do.
Ready? Let’s start!!
Consulting Resume Example: Helen Paul
Management Consultant Resume Example: Kenneth Blind
After going through those two excellent examples of Management Consultant resumes for candidates with or without experience, you may already know how to fill out the template you have chosen from our resume builder.
To check and have more of your questions answered to, read our section-by-section in-depth guide.
TRICKS ON WRITING THE PERSONAL INFO SECTION OF A MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT RESUME
The personal information section contains all the necessary information needed to contact you. It seems unlikely, but many resumes are discarded just based on personal information. The reason for that is not in the content, but in the manner in which they are presented.
The most important thing here is to keep it professional.
Let us go through the personal information subsections step by step.
- Your name – Write your full name i.e. your first and last name. Avoid middle names, nicknames, and abbreviations. All of these make you look unprofessional and childish. If the recruiters see something like this, regardless of how strongly you identify with your nickname, for example, the chances of you getting an interview are slim to none.
- Profession – i.e. the job you are applying for. Very often, a company will have more than one position open in that recruitment period so, specifying what you are applying for makes it easier for the recruiters to spot you.
- Photo – providing a photo is not obligatory in a conventional sense. IT is because some countries do not allow resumes with photos, while others require it. Both have valid reasons for that. Check the practices of the country you are applying for a job in, and act accordingly. If a photo is required make sure it is decent, that you are neatly combed and dressed. It should be a one-person headshot with a neutral background. If you do not have such a photo, ask a friend do make it or visit a studio, do not crop existing pictures.
- Address, e-mail, and phone number – those should be valid, and you should be available to answer a call during working hours (this is when you may expect an interview call). Provide your current address. Keep the e-mail professional as well- use trusted platforms like hotmail, Gmail, or yahoo, and make sure that the e-mail is easily connected to your full name.
- LinkedIn Account – Having a professional LinkedIn account is not obligatory, however it is considered that every contemporary job-seeker has one. It is easy to set up and it provides a great online extension to your resume.
- Additional information – drivers’ or other licenses, social media and more. Provide them if you think that they may contribute to your job. E.g. you used social media to promote your consultant company.
With our resume builder quickly add or remove sections as you need. And never worry that you will miss providing important information!
SUMMARY SECTION THAT’LL MAKE YOU A CONSULTANT IN NO TIME!
Aside from the experience section, the summary section has proven the most difficult to write for the majority of candidates. It is because it seems as if it is almost completely a space to write whatever you want about yourself. It is not.
It is your introduction to the recruiters which means it should have certain attention-grabbing aspects.
What are those and how do you find them? The information you should include are given in the job description, use them as keywords.
If the job description requires that you operate a certain program, say it, if they are looking for an experienced person-mention how much experience you have.
Use the job description as a guideline.
What are the most common mistakes candidates make on writing the summary?
- Length – the summary should be 2-3 sentences with specific information. Candidates who find it difficult to write about themselves will opt for a short, generic summary. The mistake with it is that it does not provide any new information rather than restating the obvious “I want the job you are offering”. Others find it easy to write about themselves, and even if they do include some additional information, it gets lost somewhere in those sentences and other information, and the recruiters miss the important stuff.
- Content – When writing a summary you should highlight a couple of your accomplishments, which ones are determined by the job description. However, many candidates choose to put in the summary something that they want to emphasize, but it is not related to education, experience or skills. If that is the case, why include it in the resume at all?
Use up our advice and fill in the summary section in the best possible way.
WHAT REALLY MATTERS TO POINT OUT IN THE EXPERIENCE SECTION
The key to writing the experience section is relevance. You should only write down the experience related to the job application. Summer camp tutoring or working in McDonald’s before you got your first “real” job is not relevant.
Aside from relevance, pay attention to list the experience in the reverse-chronological order. Start with the most recent one.
Recruiters consider the experience acquired the latest as something you would be best at, and that is still fresh in your mind.
Aside from providing pure facts on when, where, and in which position you have been working, give short descriptions of your duties and accomplishments (two lines each max).
Mistakes that are made here:
- Crowding the section with irrelevant jobs making it more difficult for the recruiters to find what they are looking for.
- Not stating specific accomplishments.
Writing the experience section is especially tricky if you do not have any experience to show for. In this case, handling this section can make or break your chances at an interview. What is it that you can do?
Emphasize your education over your experience. Either put the experience section under the education or leave it altogether. Deciding to write about any experience that is not related to your field of interest, is okay if you have a ready answer to how it prepared you for the job you are looking for.
HOW TO WRITE THE EDUCATION SECTION AS A MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
Writing about the education section consists of writing about your formal education, and it may be the easiest part of creating a summary.
You should start with the most recent point and work down to the first one. It is important that you state where you got your degree.
It is not enough to say “BS in Management” without mentioning the institution in which you have received your degree.
So, start by mentioning the school, and then add the accomplishments.
If during your college years you have received scholarships, honors and awards, feel free to highlight them.
This will show the recruiters that you are one of the rare ones. If you had a specifically noteworthy GPA, mention it.
Also, mention the clubs you have participated in.
The education section is particularly important if you do not have any experience, or if your experience is so scarce that putting an emphasis on education has more sense.
If that is the case, put the education section right under the summary, and leave experience section for later, or leave it out altogether.
Other information that you should include are any certificates or licenses that you have obtained, whether online or in continuing education.
Make it a point that those information showcase your ability to successfully do the job you are applying for. Scuba-diving certificate does not count.
To make things easier, we have provided you with an option to completely remove the sections, so you can choose a template with or without experience section, and you can add (or remove) as many information as you wish! Have filled in your education section yet?
THE BEST WAY TO SHOWCASE YOUR MANAGEMENT CONSULTING SKILLS
Writing the skills section is seemingly easy, and you might think that there is no room for mistakes there.
You just put down everything you are good at, right?
The choice of skills that you want to improve should mirror the skills required in the job description.
There is no need that you have them all, and it is not forbidden that you put down more than that, the key is to include those that you have and which match the job description. The choice of other skills that you desire to put down is on you.
The thing that you should pay attention to is that you should not include skills that are relevant to the management, consulting or any other aspect of your job. If it somehow helps you do the job well, then include it.
You can divide the skills into core skills and soft skills.
Core skills are those which directly enable you to do your job like knowing a certain program or for example, accounting if your job will consist of managing finances.
Soft skills are the personality traits that enable you to be a great consultant: great time management skills, people skills, communication.
When you are listing the skills, establish an order. The usual way is to list the core skills and then the soft ones, however there is no rule that says you cannot reverse it.
What you should not do is mix them up, and only for the sake of consistency and order. The recruiters spend only seconds skimming through your resume, so do not confuse them.
Make sure that you provide the level of knowledge of each skill. The recruiters will have a better picture of whether you are the person for the job if the skills are not just listed all on their own.
Pick from a variety of grading options (descriptive, star-based, scale…) from our resume builder.
TIPS & TRICKS THAT GET MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS HIRED RIGHT AWAY
- Keep and regularly update a master resume. A master resume is a resume with all your experience, education and personal information. Have them listed at one place so that you do not forget some of it, or if for nothing else, it is quicker and easier to copy information than write it all over again.
- Tailor-make a resume for each job application. Do not make the mistake of sending out generic resumes, even if you create it on our builder. Even the slightest tweak according to the job description can make a huge difference.
- Steer clear of highlighting politically colored causes and accomplishments.
- Do not get discouraged. Finding a perfect job happens overnight only in movies. If you do not get a job that you have applied for that does not mean that you will not get the next one, or the next one.
- Before sending the resume, make sure to proofread it for either type-Os or content mistakes. Remove information you may find redundant, or add more if you need to. It is also advisable to have somebody else look at it, just so you do not miss something.
- Try to take a look at your resume from the HRs perspective and try to be as objective as possible. Compare the resume with the job requirements. Here, a colleague’s or a friend’s helpful hand can also point out misses and mistakes.
- Save your resume in a PDF format- un-editable, nice and neat.
- Practice answering interview questions. If you do not have an explanation or a reason why certain information found its place on your resume, it is better to remove them. Otherwise, you may seem unprepared.
- Use our resume builder. It will significantly improve your resume and your resume-creating experience.
And voila- your perfect Management Consultant resume!
We, here at Cleverism sincerely hope that you will get your dream job! We have given you all the necessary information and showed you our best tips and tricks to create a resume that will help you achieve that.
If you follow the guidelines you will surely be noticed among others, we are sure of that!
Our last advice for you is to keep improving, master new skills that can help you be a better Management Consultant, invest in furthering your education, your current employers will appreciate that, and when you decide that it is time that you moved on, it will be easier to choose what to put on your next resume. Good luck!
And in the end, you might even think about how to start your own consulting business.