It isn’t unusual for those with business expertise to have some consulting experience within their professional history and it can be very effective in showcasing some critical skills, including strategic leadership type talent, such as organizational turnarounds or driving growth for new startup venture. But, there are some pitfalls to watch out for when you start looking for actual employment. You have to make sure you consulting experience is accurately reflected. Here are a few tips on reflecting this experience.
1. Make sure you mention that it is a consulting job.
Solution: Consulting jobs are typically short-term, so at the very least, make sure you state “Consultant” as the position title so employers understand it wasn’t meant to be long-term.
2. You list each consulting job separately.
Solution: ** Give yourself a company name for the consulting work you do (like: Green’s Management Consulting) . Showcase the experience as a whole, rather than listing each project separately. Provide a paragraph under your consulting company name and title that states the breadth and complexity of your expertise and client services. Below the paragraph, you might want to create a bullet with the names of clients served if they are recognizable companies (as long as you don’t have a confidentiality agreement.) And then add additional bullets, showcasing your best projects / client success stories that demonstrate effective leadership.