EVERYONE ELSE ON THE PHONE had noticed it too.2) ALIGN EVERYTHING and SPACE EVERYTHING EQUALLY.Everyone’s seen those left-by-the-road-to-die resumes, the ones with horrible spacing issues, 3 different font sizes, looking like it came out of the printer crooked. While you think mistakes can be overlooked, the funny thing about consultants (and this applies to other industries as well) is that once they find a mistake, it’s all they remember. It is CRITICAL that there are no mistakes of any kind – grammar and spelling both.And if they don’t pay attention to detail, then how are they going to build a model that has the right numbers?
I’ve heard horror stories of applicants for financial service jobs submitting resumes with emails that bounce, phone numbers that are disconnected, and so forth."Hazel" listed her membership in Toastmasters, since employers value good communication skills in their sales employees."Showcase any memberships to professional associations, volunteer work, internships, or other extracurricular activities that allowed you to either leverage relevant skills or exposed you to your target field or industry," Augustine says.While that is an extreme, proper spacing and alignment make a resume more VISUALLY APPEALING and are indicative of an ATTENTION TO DETAIL that are critical to any consultant’s early success.One of my mentors during the Mc Kinsey recruiting process put it best when he said:“If someone’s consulting resume doesn’t have properly aligned columns, it tells me that they either don’t care or don’t pay attention to detail.Subscribe to industry-specific publications, conduct informational interviews, and start attending events that are relevant to your target field to gain this insight, and update your resume accordingly.Even though the job seeker has over six years of experience and has worked in at least three positions, her resume is only one page long."I can rattle off a list of common skills that are easily transferable to a variety industries and functions — problem-solving, strategic thinking, strong written or oral communication, people management, innovation, negotiation, etc.— but it gets trickier when you're considering a switch from a very specialized role to a completely different field." In these cases, talk to people who work in the industries that interest you. "When you're attempting to change careers, you're often going up against many other candidates who possess a more traditional (and regularly accepted) work history for the role or industry you're targeting," says Amanda Augustine, a career expert at The Ladders, an online job-matching service for professionals."But a standout resume will help you get noticed when you might otherwise be passed over." In order to create an eye-catching resume that'll help you stand out from the competition, you'll have to look at all your experience and accolades in a different light, she says.