Importance of the Resume

The standard 1-page resume is the firm’s first impression of you and gives you the opportunity to differentiate yourself from other candidates. Be prepared to walk an interviewer through your experiences and talk to each point. It should showcase your recent accomplishments while being clear and concise. The resume should not be a laundry list of everything you’ve ever done.

Typical Resume Structure

  1. Education

  2. Experiences

  3. Community Involvement

  4. Personal Interests

Tips:

  • Write bullet points as “Accomplishment Statements” (see below).

  • Use all of the real estate on the page.

  • Be consistent with font sizes, font styles, spacing, bullet points, alignment, punctuation, date formatting, abbreviations, etc.

  • Always write in 3rd person and maintain a professional tone.

  • Proofread for grammar and spelling mistakes!

Accomplishment Statements

Resumes are often skimmed through very quickly, therefore it is important to ensure your most impactful achievements are easy to pick out from the page. By using the RATS format, each of your bullet points will begin with your achievements, giving your resume the consistent structure that allows the interviewer to effortlessly see your biggest accomplishments first.

RATS stands for Results, Actions, Task, Situation.

  • Results
    Ensure that your statements start with a verb and showcases both qualitative and quantitative results.

  • Actions
    Demonstrate the relevant skills for consulting and your actions should align to your results.

  • Task/Situation
    Paint the context or describe the challenge, but stay concise. Interviewers care more about what you did than what was going on.

Resume Examples

Examples from various resumes can be found here.