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Top 10 tips for management consulting cover letters that will land an interview

Cover Letter Tip 1: Opening Paragraph

Your opening paragraph should include:

  • The position you’re applying for.

  • Qualities that make you a good fit (e.g., leadership experience, analytical thinking skills).

  • Optional: very brief highlights on work experience.

Cover Letter Tip 2: Body Paragraphs

Your body paragraphs (no more than 2) should include:

  • Work highlights if not in the opening paragraph.

  • A section to describe one experience in detail (work, student group, etc).

  • Focus on the impact you had and the skills you learned that would make you a good consultant.

This should be your “star” experience and the one you want every reader to remember.

A section or paragraph on your interest in the job, your career goals, the research you’ve done to learn more about the firm.

Cover Letter Tip 3: Closing Paragraph

The closing paragraph should be brief and restate why you’d make a good consultant. Include your contact information here as well:

Please do not hesitate to contact me with further questions. I can be reached at (647) 888-8888 or via email at

Cover Letter Tip 4: Avoid Extensive Background

Avoid an elaborate discussion of your educational background. A sentence about your school and major should suffice.

It’s OK to expand this section if you have a very high GPA, nationally-recognized scholarships, and fellowships, etc.

Cover Letter Tip 5: Drop Names

It’s OK to drop names of current firm employees – but integrate them well.

Here’s a poor example:

I had a conversation with Amanda Dales, a current case team leader at Deloitte campus talke. I learned a lot from her about consulting and gained a deeper appreciation for the company.

Why is this a poor example? It doesn’t make a point. The interaction was generic, and it feels like a setup to name-drop.

Here’s a good example:

Deloitte is not only a prestigious firm, but one that really invests in the development of its consultants. My conversations with Amanda Dales, a current case team leader, reinforced my belief that this separates Deloitte from the other firms, and is my central reason for applying.

Cover Letter Tip 6: Use Anecdotes

Use anecdotes in consulting cover letters. Instead of saying “my past experiences have allowed me to become a strong leader of teams,” say this:

My projects at Oracle – where I led groups of up to 5 analysts on implementation projects – have made me a strong team leader and partner for my colleagues.

Cover Letter Tip 7: Current Contact Info

Include current contact information at the top. Don’t assume it’s unnecessary because the information is on your resume.