If you are preparing your resume for a consulting job, make sure you do not make these 10 costly mistakes. It is amazing how many people fall into these traps that raise red flags that can eliminate you right away.
The purpose of building your consulting resume is the to get through the screening to get an interview, no more no less.
Please also make sure to check out the top 10 tips to write the killer consulting resumes.
- Leaving out your test scores or your GPA: This is a classic red flag and immediately raises questions about your achievements, so unless your test scores or your GPA are really low, make sure to include them in your resume
- Typos and grammar errors: Consulting firms hire people to be through and they are looking for people with attention to detail, so if you have mistakes and typos in your resume, it will look bad. Make sure you perform a spell and grammar check when you write your resume. Also have your friends and classmates review your resume
- Inconsistencies and gaps: If the dates of employment or the dates of school attendance are inconsistent, it will raise questions. If you were unemployed for a period of time, it’s okay but be prepared to answer questions about it. Be sure to check dates and provide accurate timing of when you have attained degrees or when you were employed
- Resume length: Unless you are an experienced hire, your resume should be one page when you are applying for consulting jobs. Do not include unnecessary or irrelevant information. Make your resume highlights experiences that are relevant for insulting. Achievement of business objectives, examples of leadership, international experience and multiple languages help. Do not include your level of proficiency for different computer programs and languages. Hobbies are okay especially if they show achievement, such as sports events. Your average resume reviewer will go through hundreds of resumes. Be short and sweet.
- Resume format: Use a professional looking, clean and simple format. Avoid complicated looking fonts, excessive spaces or too small font size. It makes it harder to digest your resume. If you are sending in printed copies, use a heavy weight white paper but do not use patterned paper or paper with different colors.
- Irrelevant info: If you add social activities or any job positions explain, why do you think that the job or activity is relevant for you to be a successful consultant. For example, if you were in a youth camp make sure you explain why that’s included in the resume: Did you have a leadership role? Were you a guidance counselor? How does this make you a better consultant?
- Excessive role details: If you include a job position in your consulting resume, summarize in a bullet or two what you’ve done in the job and how it would make you a better consultant. Do not include seven bullet points about every single detail of your responsibilities, remember short and sweet
- Academic work: If you have an advanced degree, such as a masters or a PhD, you can include your papers or a quick synopsis of your work. It shows intellectual horsepower and published work points the fact that you see things through. But keep it short without going into too much detail in your specific area of study, your reviewer will most likely not understand the specifics of your work.
- Objective, personal mission statement or motto: We are not opposed to having these in your resume, but if you’re going to keep it short and sweet in one page, you’re better off using that space to allow greater detail on your experience
- Integrity: This goes without saying but you be surprised how many people sometimes exaggerate their achievements and accomplishments. Hiring process at top management consultancies is very rigorous. They will verify your degrees , dates of employment and check your references. Any mistake in one of these will most likely disqualify you right away, that’s why it’s not worth it. Stick to the facts and provide an honest overview of your background.
That’s it! If you stick stick with these principles and you’ll breeze through the resume review and get to the next round and start doing the consulting interviews. If you get screened out, ask for feedback, revise your resume and keep trying!