Becoming a management consultant might look like a Herculean task right about now. However, for freshers who are aspiring to dive into this arena, there are just a few simple steps that you need to consistently follow in order to secure a job in this sector.
Resume screening, as most of you know, is the first step towards getting shortlisted for the role and is most definitely the most challenging and underestimated one. Therefore, in this series, we’ll go on to talk about what your resume should and should not include and how you can improve it to move ahead to the interview stage.
The first and the foremost bucket that your resume should always contain is your educational background. Mention your current degree, CGPA, and your 10th and 12th grade as they are going to make a mark on your academic consistency. A CGPA above 7 is usually preferred by consultancies.
The last column showcasing the Dept. Rank is not considered necessary however in case you have your accurate rank, it’s always good to include it.
Next, we move on to the most important thing on your resume, i.e. your professional experience. Having professional experience which most colleges provide these days in the form of internships or training guarantees your ability to work in a team environment and efficiently know about the ongoings in an industry. Therefore, highlighting it on your resume is of utmost importance.
Having an academic project is beneficial for your resume. (Not compulsory)
Moving on we focus on academic projects. A common thing that most management consulting firms look for alongside a good academic record is active participation in class.
POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
A leadership position in either school or college showcases one’s managerial ability. Whether it be managing a college fest or being the President of a club, all of this in turn prepares one for the vast world of management consulting.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
Last but not least your extra-curricular activities are the ones that will show your overall development. Being an active participant in class is as necessary as being able to effectively communicate your findings and make people understand your perspective. All of this comes from outside of class and ends up framing your personality to succeed in the consulting sector.
Following a specific format in your resume makes it look more organized and easy for the one reading it to summarize your profile. The sub-topics that I suggested above are definitely not the ones you should restrict yourself to. You can even include things ranging from your technical proficiency to your interests and hobbies. However, always ensure to fit it within a page. Well, more on that in the next write-up of this series. As we come to the end of this one, something I would like to highlight is that entering the world of consulting might be challenging but at the end of the day, it is people like us who run the game out there. So all the best for your journey ahead!