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Cover letter phd
New answer on Apr 30, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 16, 2020


Could someone bring any help for writing a cover letter. I did not find too much ressources on internet specific to phd holders.

Thank you in advance.

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replied on Jan 16, 2020
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


Nothing specific you should do as PHD holder - the format is pretty much the same.

In terms of the structure I would use the following (in paragraphs):

  1. Intro of who you are
  2. Why you (several reasons)
  3. Why "The Company" (Usually 3 reasons)
  4. Outro

In terms of the content:

Why you is about your career path and extracurricular activities. Depending on your experiences either start from the first or from the last role (the later you are in your career the more sense it is to start with last one). You can mention a couple of your unique selling point and structure your lifepath around it. Add memorable projects or experience with high impact / cool brands / etc. that will stay in the memory of the reader.

Why "The Company" question can include the following arguments:

  • Brand / positioning / market share in the region
  • More clients / projects / expertise in the industry you are interested in
  • More well-known stories of success in your city
  • Your friends working there
  • Your interactions with the other consultants before the interview
  • Your prior experience of working with the Firm on a client side
  • Office traditions
  • Work experience with firm alumni
  • etc


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replied on Jan 20, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

once you have it written, shoot it over – I can take a quick look and give you feedback

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replied on Jan 20, 2020
McKinsey | BCG | CERN| University of Cambridge

Hello there,

As a PhD holder, it would be very helpful to leverage your expertise in a specific sector and function, preferably if it's relevant to the Firm and this is the focus of your research and studies during your academic period.

Connecting your expertise with the emerging trends of the market and potential focus area for the firms (even better, the current focus area of growth of the firms) is crucial, stating how relevant your profile to them and how can you contribute to the growth of the firms.

Some firms also have research arms, would be helpful to highlight your capabilities that is aligned with this function as well.

Hope it helps.

Kind regards,

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Anonymous replied on Apr 30, 2020


once you have it - feel free to share for review.



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replied on Jan 17, 2020
McKinsey | NASA | top 10 FT MBA professor for consulting interviews | 6+ years of coaching

I recommend staying in half a page, highlighting why moving to consulting and your 2 most important experiences in terms of personal impact, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
When you have the first draft happy to have a quick read and provide feedback.


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replied on Jan 21, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


On top of the other comments, think about it as a document that complements the classical CV, giving you the option to tell your story in a more narrative way.

Furthermore, you can focus on your aspirations and what you want to achieve, instead of what your achievements so far.

Hope it helps!



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McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School
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