Consulting Cover Letter

11 Tipsfor thePerfect ConsultingCover Letter with an Example (2019 Update). Between a resume and cover letter , most job applicants will tell you that the resume is more important. Your cover letter can make a big difference when applying for a management consulting position.

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 a good job, your resume is either never looked at all or is only glanced at, rather than read thoroughly.

CV and Cover Letter Basics

Tom Spencer

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. The recruiter will be looking for evidence of: Strong academic performance.

Tips and Tricks: CVs, LinkedIn and cover letters


What does a good cover letter look like? What makes a good cover letter? Cover letters can be a difficult task. What should it cover? Be relevant - What follows your cover letter? How long should my CV be? Do I need LinkedIn?

How to Quiet the Recruiting Chaos

Tom Spencer

Whether you’re recruiting for consulting via a graduate program or going it alone, the process is extremely time-consuming and chaotic. In this piece, I will arm you with a few simple tools (templates) that will help to keep your recruiting activities organized.

Preparing for Your Consulting Application

Tom Spencer

First things first, your consulting application is the most important part of the recruitment process for two reasons. The HR person will look at your Resume, Cover Letter, and Transcript and decide whether you are qualified to attend a first round interview.

More on Networking to Get a Consulting Interview

I suggest you network with anyone within a management consulting firm regardless of whether they are involved in recruiting or consulting resume screening. Your goal is not to contact people who can help you in recruiting. Then in your cover letter, you tell the reader how much networking you've done, who you have met, what you have discovered and why you like the firm (be specific).

How to Succeed in the New Age of Interviews

Tom Spencer

Provide your grade transcript, CV, and cover letter. The cover letter is the most important of these initial documents. A desired response from a recruitment manager would be “most cover letters I’m falling asleep. Reading your cover letter, I felt like I knew you.” Try to show your personal voice in your cover letter, don’t give some generic spiel about how you’ve graduated from ‘x’ university with ‘y’ degree.

Management Consultancy 101: How to navigate your first application

Tom Spencer

Step 3: The CV and cover letter. Writing a good cover letter is essential to make sure you stand out and allows you to bring all the research that you have done together. Remember, your cover letter only needs to be a page long!

5 Steps To Securing a Consulting Internship

Tom Spencer

Spend some time perfecting your CV and cover letter. Consultants and recruiters often spend no more than a few seconds looking at your application when shortlisting interview candidates.

Facing Rejection from Consulting Firms

Either your academic credentials or work experiences were not impressive enough (by their standards) or your cover letter didn't stand out enough. The cover letter is very, very, very important. Did I mention the consulting cover letter is very important? It usually takes me two to four hours to write a good cover letter excluding research and networking time. Unfortunately, the on-campus recruiting experience is so distorted.

Welcome to new readers plus a few questions answered

Management Consulted

Overview of the Management Consulting Recruiting Process. I’ve been helping friends/colleagues looking to enter management consulting for years with their resumes, cover letters, interviews, and questions. Given that experience (and the experience inside McKinsey helping recruit new employees and seeing how the hiring process worked), I decided to start this blog to share the knowledge accumulated – and am looking forward to meeting others on a similar journey.

Networking to Get McKinsey, Bain & BCG Offers

I went through workshops offered by these firms and talked to numerous recruiters and consultants. My Reply: Congratulations on the BCG offer, and thank you for sharing the ups and downs in your recruiting process. So thank you for sharing the full history of your recruiting process. I remember when I went through recruiting, the people a year ahead of me who already had jobs never talked about the jobs they did not get -- only the one they did.

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3 Ways Management Consulting Applications Differ from Traditional Ones

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Your cover letter is meant to be a writing sample, NOT a sales pitch or love letter. So leave those creative cover letters in the recycle bin; your cover letter is for you to share your personal narrative in a clear and compelling way (think extended elevator pitch). Have questions about your particular resume or cover letter? consulting recruiting

How to Get a McKinsey Interview Through Networking

1) On campus / Send in your Application - Recruiting. When I was at Stanford, McKinsey would come on campus to recruit in December or January each year (I forget the exact month). I guess she noticed how much effort I was putting into doing my homework that she sent my resume to the head of Stanford recruiting and said, "You should really interview this guy." Hint - recruiting coordinators have a slow season, and I had contacted this person during her slow month.

How to get a case interview

What you will learn: Learn how to market yourself through your resume and cover letter so that you will get the interview. Topics Covered: How to Write a Resume That Will Get You the Interview. How to Write a Cover Letter That Will Get You the Interview.

7 People who NEED to apply to McKinsey in the next 8 days

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It’s no secret McKinsey recruits PhD and APD level candidates, but the process is unique compared to the way the firm hires other candidates. We’re starting this article off assuming that you’ve already knocked some socks off during networking (see here ) and created a masterful resume and cover letter (see here ). consulting interviews consulting recruiting mckinsey interview

3 strategies to apply for U.S. consulting jobs from European business schools

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If you wait until recruiting season, it’s already too late. based candidates, so make sure your resume and cover letter are ready to drop at a moment’s notice! consulting recruitingEvery year, hundreds of our European friends are interested in applying to work in U.S based consulting firms. And for good reason: the San Francisco Bay Area is the tech capital of the world, and almost every consulting firm and Fortune 500 client is based in the U.S.

Gaining Consulting Contacts

Tom Spencer

AS an aspiring consultant, the purpose of networking is to gain industry contacts, learn about your target firms, and obtain names that you can use in your application cover letter (e.g. “I (Source: Flickr ).

Consulting Applications

Tom Spencer

Students often ask questions like: How do I prepare a cover letter? How do I highlight my experience in a way that will resonate with recruiters? How to Create a Killer Cover Letter. Template Cover Letter. Secondly, top consulting firms receive thousands of applications each year, and recruiters spend only a few minutes reviewing each application.

Conversation with L.E.K. Consulting

Tom Spencer

I recently had the opportunity to communicate with Janine Clifford, Recruitment & HR Manager at L.E.K. Our graduate recruitment programs runs every March so we will be back on campus and recruitment in March 2016 for positions commencing in February 2017.

Black Belt Supreme (BBS) November Session Closes Oct. 31!

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With the crazy recruiting cycle, we know the pressure that you are under and we are here to help you out! Do you have to complete my resume/cover letter edit right away? We include a full resume/cover letter edit so you get personal attention for your story.

Case Interview Success Rates by Round

The first step in the application process where cuts are made would be the Consulting Resume and Cover Letter Screen. have done the majority of recruiting out of the schools (under grad, MBA, JD, MD, PhD). After the resume and cover letter review stage we move on to the rounds of interviews. recruiting sources. I was recently asked by a reader what the average applicant success rate is at each round in the case interview process.

Conversation with 2020 Delivery

Tom Spencer

We give you all of the support that is required, and we recruit people who are self-starting, enjoy that challenge and are comfortable with autonomy. We recruit for experienced hires on a rolling basis. Tom: What does your recruitment process involve?

How to Transition to Management Consulting after Law School

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These are the professionals who will be reviewing your resume, cover letter, and application, and a recommendation from one of these consultants inside the firm will go a LONG way in securing a first-round interview invite. Don’t firms only recruit from top MBA programs? In fact, Harvard Law, Columbia Law, UVA School of Law, and Stanford Law are core recruiting schools for top consulting firms.

7 Networking Mistakes to Avoid

Tom Spencer

When it comes to recruiting the three big criteria are: networking, application package (cover letter, resume, and transcript), and interview.

Rescue from the trash…avoiding key resume errors that get your consulting application tossed aside

Management Consulted

Paper airplanes are fun, but you don’t want your resume to become the vehicle for a recruiter’s mid-afternoon horseplay because you’ve bored them to death. As fall approaches, many of you will be meeting consultants and recruiters for the first time at on-campus career fairs, company info sessions, and firm-sponsored recruiting events designed for your class.

3 ways financial advisory consulting bests strategy consulting

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Financial advisory firms recruit from a broader set of schools. They are masterful recruiters with big budgets to entertain prospects, so if you’re interested in the field, check them out – just go in with your eyes wide open.

Job Hub: Chick-Fil-A Jobs and Culture

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After submitting your initial application, with your resume/CV, cover letter, finished assessments and other supporting documents, HR will typically respond to your application within a week or two. ” Once you get called for an interview, you can bank on at least 7-15 interviews that typically consist of connecting with the recruiter, hiring manager, and associates that you will be working with over a phone screen, a Skype interview, and multiple on-site interviews.

The 10 commandments of the graduate CV


3) Don’t try to schmooze the recruiter. The hiring manager or recruiter will never be a ‘hero-seeker’ Your cover letter should be direct and tailored for each application, not a meandering stroll through the annals of history.

Networking How To – Building Your Consulting Asset File

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Before we get started, check out our core post on networking the “normal way” – at info sessions and through target school types of recruiting opportunities. You’ll use your asset file to gain access to recruiters, consultants, etc.

Conversation with Marakon

Tom Spencer

Alex Formstone is a Principal in Marakon ’s London office, and heads up recruiting in the UK for graduates and MBAs. I recently had the good fortune to talk briefly with Alex about his career, Marakon and its recruitment process.

Job Hub: Airbnb Jobs and Culture

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After submitting your initial application, with your resume/CV, cover letter, finished assessments and other supporting documents, HR typically will respond to your application within a couple of days. Are you an employer,recruiter, or hiring manager? Today we highlight tremendous business analyst and post-consulting leadership jobs at Airbnb.

Job Hub: Tesla Motors Jobs and Culture

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After submitting your initial application with your resume/CV, cover letter, and other supporting documents, HR typically will respond to your application within a few days. Once you get passed to Round 0, you can bank on at least 3-5 interviews (although they have been known to give more) which typically consist of connecting with the recruiter for a phone screen and a phone interview with the hiring managers. Are you an employer,recruiter, or hiring manager?

Job Hub: Virgin Group Jobs and Culture

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After submitting your initial application, with your resume/CV, cover letter, and other supporting documents, HR typically will respond to your application within a couple of days. Once you get called in for an interview, bank on at least 3-4 interviews which typically consist of connecting with the recruiter for a phone screen, followed by a phone interview, and then two 1:1 in person interviews with either a panel or the hiring manager.

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Conversation with IMS Consulting Group

Tom Spencer

Tom: Does IMS Consulting Group use the case interview as part of its recruitment process? Tom: Is there any additional information that you think would be helpful for candidates but which we haven’t covered? I assume you require applicants to provide a CV and a cover letter? I recently had the chance to talk with Stephanie Green, Manager of Talent Acquisition for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at IMS Consulting Group.

Reader FAQ – Switching gears: from intern to full-time, from IT to strategy, and from PwC and IBM to MBB

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Plus, it will be a bit of insurance to have a full-time offer if you do consider going through fall recruiting – it will relieve much of the stress. It’s the best time in your life to try for it – you don’t have to network as heavily as post MBAs, and the recruiters come straight to campus to pursue you – and you’ll have the best brand names in the industry behind you if you do break in.