Consultant Cover Letter Samples and Writing Tips

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When applying for a job as a consultant, your cover letter should include your career history and key accomplishments, as well as providing a glimpse into your personality. If you do not have previous consulting experience, highlight relevant projects completed in college or graduate school. 

By its nature, consulting positions call for flexibility. Not only do consultants frequently travel for work, visiting businesses around the world, but they need to be able to quickly understand how companies do business, identifying problems and proposing recommended improvements. 

What to Include in Your Cover Letter

Make sure your cover letter demonstrates your flexibility, along with other skills that are essential for consultants, such as communication and leadership skills. As well, mention any specialized skills related to your area of consulting. Here's more information on consultant job titles, skills, and career paths

The following is an example of a cover letter for a graduate-level consulting job. Also see below for an entry-level cover letter sample. Use these sample cover letters as a guide, but remember to adjust the details to fit your situation and the specific position you are applying for. You'll find more advice on how to craft an effective, successful consultant cover letter below the examples. 

Consultant Cover Letter Sample

You can use this cover letter sample as a model. Download the template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online), or read the text version below.

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Consultant Cover Letter Sample (Text Version)

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Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,

I am a second-year Smith Business School student interested in interviewing for a full-time consultant position with The ABC Consulting Group. I believe that The ABC Consulting Group has the ideal culture in which to pursue my goal of becoming a strategic business leader and thinker.

My professional experience and Smith Business School education have prepared me to be successful at The ABC Consulting Group. Leading a high-level project to develop a China entry and growth strategy in the new media industry for Television Networks Asia gave me invaluable global strategy experience.

Furthermore, interviewing senior executives and entrepreneurs of top media and technology companies gave me the unique opportunity to engage in high level business discussions with leaders of industry.

While at DEF Consulting as a consultant, I managed global information security projects, which gave me experience in the consultative and client service approach. As a joint-degree student (MBA/MA International Studies), I have the flexibility in both language and culture to operate successfully in many different contexts.

Finally, as a musician and producer of my own record, I have developed the capacity to think creatively and entrepreneurially.

I firmly believe that I will be a good fit in The ABC Consulting Group's collaborative, entrepreneurial, and intellectual culture. I am excited at the prospect of working for The ABC Consulting Group upon graduation and have enclosed my resume for your review. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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Entry-Level Consulting Cover Letter Example

Your Full Name
Your Address
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
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Your Email

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Mr. John Doe
A.T. Kiley
222 West Dover Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Dear Mr. Doe:

I had the opportunity to work closely with Jane Smith, an A.T. Kiley consultant in the Higher Education Practice, as a member of XYZ University's Presidential Search Committee. This was my first exposure to the consulting profession, and it was a perfect match for someone with my academic record, communication and leadership skills, and drive to succeed.

I have shown initiative, creativity in problem solving, and a commitment to building consensus and excellence throughout our college community during the last four years. As an intern in the Office of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, I worked with the Senior Advising team to provide accurate, effective, and concise statistical and anecdotal data to a variety of constituents in order to support legislative proposals. I combined the written and oral skills I have gained from courses in American Studies and Government with quantitative and analytical training in a high intensity environment.

As Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Student Government Association and a student representative on several college committees (including the one which nominated the sixth President of XYZ University), I have learned:

  • to use language precisely and effectively
  • to articulate myself to a range of audiences
  • the value of integrity and persistence in working toward short- and long-term personal and institutional goals

The opportunity to effect positive change for a range of institutions is the most attractive aspect of consulting for me. Employees have described A.T. Kiley as "down to earth" and as having an "open culture."

I feel lucky to have been part of a college community whose openness has allowed for measured risks and the candor necessary to achieve its goals, and I hope to begin my career in a similarly rigorous and collegial environment where can I learn from industry leaders. I look forward to exploring further my opportunities at A.T. Kiley and will call next week to see if it is possible to arrange an interview.
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Tips for Writing a Successful Consultant Cover Letter 

In your consultant cover letter, as in any cover letter, you are making a case for your candidacy. Follow these strategies to make an effective case: 

Send a personalized letter. While it may seem like a timesaver, avoid creating a generic form letter and sending it off with every consultant application. Your cover letter will be more persuasive if it's targeted to the specific company and job at hand. In your letter, explain why you are eager to work for this company in particular. For instance, maybe the company specializes in helping businesses based in Asia expand to the United States, and you wrote a thesis on that very topic. If you have a connection at the company, you can mention the person's name (with permission) to strengthen your cover letter.

 

Reference relevant experience and skills. But don't just write a list of positions and responsibilities (that's what your resume is for) or make statements about your abilities and skills. Instead, tell a story — follow the classic writing advice of "show, don't tell." Instead of saying, "I'm a hard worker and good with the details," provide a specific example of a time when you demonstrated grit and follow-through with a project. 

Check and double-check your cover letter. Before you hit the send button on your email, or place your letter in an envelope, read through it carefully. Make sure it follows the correct cover letter format. Proofread carefully, checking for typos and grammatical errors. (Follow these proofreading tips for job seekers.) Confirm that any attachments mentioned in the email are indeed attached, and that the recipient's name and the company name are spelled correctly. 

How to Send an Email Cover Letter

If you're sending a cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation (see salutation examples). Get more information on sending an email cover letter, and how to apply for jobs over email