How to strengthen a non-business background

Strengthen a non-business background

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It will help your consulting application if you have prior business experience, however if you come from a non-business background all hope is not lost.

You can strengthen your consulting application by showing how your experience demonstrates team work, leadership, and an ability to achieve positive outcomes.

Use ‘action-outcome’ language in your résumé. That is, use action verbs to describe what you did and strong adjectives to describe the outcome.

[For more information on consulting interviews, please download “The HUB’s Guide to Consulting Interviews“.]

How to compensate for poor grades

Compensating for Poor Grades

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Are you keen on management consulting but have poor grades?

If you have poor university grades, you may face an uphill battle getting an interview at a top consulting firm.

But don’t despair just yet. There are two steps you can take to combat this hurdle.

You can highlight your most impressive work experience in your cover letter.

Additionally, or alternatively, you can selectively highlight a specific subject or year of studies in which you happened to excel.

[For more information on consulting interviews, please download “The HUB’s Guide to Consulting Interviews“.]

CV and Cover Letter Basics

CV and Cover Letter

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Top consulting firms receive thousands of applications per year, and so your cover letter and CV form a crucial first step in your application that will determine whether you secure a first round interview.

You need to tailor your cover letter and CV for each application and highlight your most impressive and relevant credentials and experience to demonstrate that you are the right person for the job.

The recruiter will be looking for evidence of:

  1. Strong academic performance
  2. Ability to work in teams
  3. Leadership experience
  4. Noteworthy achievements
  5. Differentiating factors – academic or extra-curricular achievements
  6. Relevant technical skills, e.g. software, finance, economics

For more information on preparing your cover letter and CV, please download our dedicated guidebooks:

  1. How to Create a Winning Résumé
  2. How to Create a Killer Cover Letter

[For more information on consulting interviews, please download “The HUB’s Guide to Consulting Interviews“.]

Consulting Applications

ARE you an aspiring consultant with an interest in pursuing a career in the management consulting industry?

Breaking into the management consulting industry is extremely difficult, and so with this in mind we have produced a number of free consulting resources to improve your chances of success.

Where To Apply?

The first problem that applicants face is knowing where to apply.

University careers services and consulting clubs are often an invaluable source of information about consulting firms and application deadlines. However, this will not always be the case. Some university careers services are under funded, some consulting clubs have different priorities, and most consulting firms will only target applicants from a select group of universities.

To get you pointed in the right direction, we have produced nine excellent guidebooks which provide an outline of the most prominent consulting firms in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

Please click the links below to access these free consulting resources:

  1. Consulting Firms in America,
  2. Consulting Firms in Canada,
  3. Consulting Firms in Australia,
  4. Consulting Firms in New Zealand,
  5. Consulting Firms in the United Kingdom,
  6. Consulting Firms in India,
  7. Consulting Firms in Singapore,
  8. Consulting Firms in Hong Kong, and
  9. Consulting Firms in South Africa.

How To Apply?

The second problem that applicants face is knowing how to apply.

Students often ask questions like:

  1. How do I prepare a cover letter?
  2. How do I structure my CV?
  3. How do I highlight my experience in a way that will resonate with recruiters?

When it comes to consulting applications the stakes are extremely high, and so to help you prepare a successful application we have developed some indispensable consulting application resources, which you can access by clicking the links below:

  1. How to Create a Winning Résumé
  2. Template Résumé
  3. How to Create a Killer Cover Letter
  4. Template Cover Letter

Need Application Help?

The free consulting resources described above will help you prepare a strong application. However, if you want to get an edge on the competition, then we are pleased to let you know that we are now running a professional careers service that can arrange for a consulting careers expert to review your application.

Why get help from an expert?

Three reasons.

Firstly, the cost of an undergraduate degree is significant, typically 3 years plus tens of thousands of dollars in expenses and foregone earnings. Applying for consulting jobs without getting help from an expert places your entire investment at risk.

Secondly, top consulting firms receive thousands of applications each year, and recruiters spend only a few minutes reviewing each application. Our consulting careers experts know what recruiters are looking for, and so can help your application stand out in the crowd.

Thirdly, you can access the careers service for as little as $30 (that is, just 5 beers) and we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Exceptional value for money at no risk to you. Seeking support from a consulting careers expert is a prudent step to help you de-risk your application.

To access the careers service, please click here.

Consulting Firms in Old Blighty

Another week, another guidebook for you, dear reader.

This week’s guidebook profiles the most prominent consulting firms operating in Old Blighty.

Where is Old Blighty you ask?

Well, if you need to ask, then this week’s guidebook is probably not for you.

“Blighty” is a slang term for Britain, popularised during World War I and still used (or so we understand) by the people who weren’t lucky enough to have one of their ancestors steal a loaf of bread and get sent to Australia.

You can download the guidebook here.

In the same vein as last week, we are distributing this guidebook under a creative commons license, which means you are free to read, edit, share, print or trash the guidebook – which ever takes your fancy.

If you have any suggested amendments, please feel free to let us know and we will update the primary version. Together we win.