Consulting Firm Cover Letter Example

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Are you applying for a consulting job? Your cover letter should not only include previous work experience and projects, but also highlight your communication, leadership, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Referencing connections and knowledge of the firm will help emphasize your interest in consulting as a career.

Read the job description carefully to learn which types of skills, experience, and expertise the employer wants in a job candidate. For example, consulting jobs often require statistical analysis, research, interview skills, public speaking and presenting, as well as job-specific software knowledge and experience. Match your qualifications to the job to increase your chances of landing an interview.

Use the following cover letter example as a guide, but remember to adjust the details to fit your situation and the specific position you are applying for.

Consulting Firm Cover Letter Example

Emily Anderson
87 Washington Street
Hopedale, NY 11233

April 3, 2019

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 State University's Presidential Search Committee. It 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 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 State 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.


Emily Anderson (signature - hard copy letter)

Emily Anderson (typed name)

Other Cover Letter Tips

  • Have a referral? Mention them in the first line. Research has shown that hiring managers spend seconds reviewing application materials. If you have a contact at the company, mention them right up front so that the reader can’t miss it. It might feel like name-dropping … but if you wait a paragraph or two to mention your referral, it’s likely that the hiring manager will miss it.
  • Tell a story. Your cover letter should go beyond the resume to tell the story of why you’re the ideal candidate for the job. Think of it as a sales pitch: you’re trying to get the hiring manager interested enough to read your resume. Don’t repeat your CV in your cover letter. Instead, show the reader why you’re the person who can best solve their problem.
  • Offer examples – and be specific. What have you accomplished, and how can you prove it? Employers are most impressed by measurable results. So, if you’ve made or saved a company money, or increased an important metric by a certain percent, be sure to mention it.
  • Need to send your cover letter by email? Many applicants send their cover letter by email. If you choose to do so, 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.