Identifying How Prospective Consultants Can Make their Resume Stand Out

Perfecting your resume can seem pretty basic. Most people already know (and a quick Google search will back it up) that your resume should include the following:

  • Reverse Chronological Format
  • Professional Experience
  • Education
  • Key Skills
  • Resume Summary

But going off of these points alone won’t make you stand out. The average screener will spend less than 120 seconds overviewing your resume before deciding if the candidate moves forward, or the resume lands in the toss pile. When it comes to management consulting, you can expect to be looking at a ton of well-qualified competition. Here is what organizations will be on the hunt for in 2022.

Include the Most Relevant Highlights

Avoid creating a summary of everything you have ever done. A good resume puts the focus on where you are going and what you can do with the skills garnered from where you’ve been.

Our post on Top Management Consultant In-Demand Skills iterates that highly effective consultants have a set of skills that align with company culture and values, as well as fit the functions of the job you are hiring them to do. Put yourself in the light that shows only your top performance skills that will grab the attention of thescreener.

Connect your Transferable Skills

Prospective employers need to see that your skills stack up and you’re capable of excelling in the roles they're looking to fill. If you haven't held a consulting role in the past, you have to sell your transferable skills. According to a 2019 Forbes Article, top firms are looking for consultants who have a handle on the following individual skills or groups of skill sets that will benefit their organization.

  • Project management
  • Market landscape
  • Growth strategy
  • Strategic planning
  • Supply chain
  • Program management office (PMO)
  • Corporate and business unit strategy
  • Product development and launch
  • Market access and value
  • Innovation strategy

Give Context to Show your Aligned Values and Skills

Show how you have impacted the business through leadership, problem-solving, quantitative analysis, interpersonal communication, and the ability to build relationships. Even better - help paint a picture of the way your skills quantitatively improved and impacted your employer.

3 common methods for achieving this in a resume by listing it in a bulleted highlight to give high impact in a small amount of time are:

  • STAR: Situation, Task, Action, Result
  • CAR: Complication, Action, Result.
  • PARS: Problem, Action, Result, Skills Used

Today’s business landscape means many firms are looking to hire people who are passionate about making positive change in the world and can excel at doing so because of their hard and soft skills. MercuryHub knows how to evolve with the changing markets and business landscape to support the needs of organizations looking to fill their most impactful roles. Get in touch with us today to learn more, and follow our blog to receive more insights from our team to yours.

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