Dear Mr. Smith,
When I worked at [Company Name], I was responsible for increasing my clients’ yields to more than 130% of what they were when I brought them on. Even from when I was a junior consultant, I regularly had reviews indicating that clients found me a great consultant, and I have always excelled in analyzing and managing my clients’ marketing capabilities. I believe these same skills can help me excel in the consultant position at your firm.
My problem-solving skills have always been my greatest strength. Even when I was in college, I regularly received praise from professors for my unique approach to problems. This is what allowed me to graduate magna cum laude, and it’s how I effectively moved on to my next job directly out of college.
I have always had the drive to become a strategy consultant that can help businesses improve their marketing strategies, and I believe my skills can help your clients see the same kinds of benefits. I look forward to speaking with you and giving you more information about why I’m a great candidate for this position.
This is a short cover letter example, but it’s an effective starting point.
First paragraph: Introduce yourself with a hook and list your best achievements
Note how the cover letter writer goes right into listing his best achievements. He starts by discussing how, in his past job, he increased his clients’ yield so that they were making over 130% of their original income. This is a huge increase, and it’s a great way to show how your work experience actually matters. In a management consulting cover letter, giving information about your best achievements is the perfect starting point.
Second paragraph: Provide more information about how you’re the best fit for the job
Now that you have the recruiter’s attention, you want to go more in-depth about how you’re the perfect fit for the job. You want to showcase that you have the perfect consulting expertise for whatever job you’re applying to. If you have extra experience that you want to show off here, you can use bullet points to list them.
In consulting, if you have any experience with the so-called “Big Three” or MBB — McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Bain & Company – you should absolutely list it here. This includes if you did any internship work with them. In general, though, name-dropping isn’t as effective as describing your accomplishments at your previous workplaces.
Third paragraph: Call to action
Lastly, you need a call to action. The cover letter format works perfectly with ensuring that you’re able to actively ask for an interview. Something like, “I look forward to talking to you in the future” or “I am excited to discuss how I can bring my skills to your company” lets the recruiter know that you’re interested in taking the next step and getting an opportunity to further discuss your qualifications.
You should always have a cover letter for whatever position you’re interested in. A cover letter showcases your communication skills, allows you to explain why you’re the right person for the job, and allows you to ask the recruiter directly for an interview. You can use ResumeHelp’s cover letter builder from ResumeHelp to create a great-looking cover letter, proofread your letter for typos, and get cover letter tips to make yours even better.
Most of the time, you should have a cover letter that’s anywhere between half a page and 3/4 of a page. This is a great length because it allows you to show off your top achievements without just rehashing your job application, or overwhelming the reader with information, but not so short that your cover letter ends up looking empty.
Your letter can still work if you lack experience. Just adapt your achievements to whatever experience you do have. This may include academic, volunteer, and internship experience, as well as freelance work. As long the activity shows off abilities that are relevant to consulting, mentioning these kinds of experiences shows employers you’ve used your skills.