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‘How do I get into consulting?’ is a question we often hear at Freshminds. With a range of varied backgrounds and experience, it’s hard to know how to make your CV fit into the tick boxes consulting companies want to be checked off. This can seem like a difficult dilemma to face, and from the outside looking in the consulting world can seem littered with its own specific jargon and terminology.

Here are a few tips to help adapt your CV and approach to let your ‘consulting’ type experience shine through, making it as inviting as possible for prospective consultancies.

Freshminds’ top tips:

1)  Question your existing experience

There are a few things which could already give you a head start on your profile and are worth highlighting in your experience. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Have you already previously run discreet project work streams in-house?

  • Have you advised internal or external clients?

  • Have you managed stakeholders to push something through to delivery?

  • Have you bought disparate in-house teams together to deliver something?

  • Have you been able to get things delivered to deadline whilst keeping an overarching strategic/commercial end result in mind?

  • Have you sold on work?

  • Have you worked on quantifiable analytical work, cash flow, balance sheet, P&L etc?

The list goes on; however, all of these things, if portrayed correctly, can start building the case to get someone into a consultancy with no prior experience.

2)  Read the company’s website and reports

Each business uses its own language and there is no harm in essentially mirroring this. Write phrases that they will understand and try your best to convert the phrases you would naturally use in your current company to imitate the desirable company’s terminology.

3)  Introduce yourself to the best possible effect

A Professional Profile/Summary at the beginning of your CV is a great way to voice a compelling story about your most relevant experience and why it relates specifically to the role and company you want to step into. This should be concise, clear and to the point, highlighting the transferable skills you have – it doesn’t need to be war and peace; think more about three pithy sentences.

4)  Know the specifics

Work with your recruiter to make sure you are aware of the specific projects you should be emphasising as they should have insight into what is going to be the most desirable to see from the client’s perspective. You may have super relevant sector, functional, or indeed personal experience which you have not have highlighted as you consider it as not particularly useful. However, these things can often be what gets you the job.

So now your CV is ready for the consulting world, but what else can you do to maximise every chance of stepping into your dream consulting role?

  • Consider contracting

  • In-house consulting

  • Further study

  • Tap into your network

When it comes to making the transition, sometimes it’s about how you show your relevant experience and convey this to a consultancy setting.

At Freshminds we can help you to find the roles that appreciate the transferable skill-set.  We’re the middle party to talk to the client to paint a more holistic picture of your abilities and push beyond the binary need for prior experience in a consultancy. 

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