The leading firms ask for a resume, as well as a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in, and contribution to, the position. As with applications for advanced academic studies, the cover letter bears significant weight in understanding the applicant’s background and aspirations.
It is important to bear in mind that certain firms allow the submission of an application only once a year, meaning that a rejected applicant will have to wait an entire year before trying again.
Since many students apply to consulting firms during the final year of their bachelor’s degree, most of their resumes rely heavily on their internship experiences, volunteer work and academic achievements. More often than not, this leads to a situation in which one’s resume difficult to distinguish from one’s peers. For this reason, it is necessary to create the strongest resume possible, one that succinctly reflects on concrete achievements during one’s studies and professional experiences, while written in a language and format that are familiar to consulting firms. The resume and cover letter review are the first filters to distinguish one candidate from another. It is therefore essential that your resume falls into the “summon to interview or test” pile, and not the “send rejection letter” pile.
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