A reasonable starting point when reworking your CV is to ask: ‘What do management consultancies look for in an MBA level consultant?’
The general answer is: problem solving; project management; client impact & interaction skills; communication and teamwork. And, that these competencies need to be demonstrated within a wrapping of commercial maturity, diplomatic poise and finessed people skills.
Unfortunately this is where many applicant’s curiosity and listening skills stop. They then consider tactically where and how they have demonstrated achievements to tick these boxes. Or, what is meant by meta competencies, e.g. communication skills relating to presentations, influencing, negotiations, report & proposal writing, etc.
At this point you may be itching to get on with it and write your CV; After all, the deadline is fast approaching which means you don’t have time to think… If you are caught in this DO, DO, DO cycle then you are likely to be trapped in a pattern of low or mediocre success.
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