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How to structure the Walk Me through your CV fit question

Someone asked on Oct 31, 2018 - 5 answers

Dear all,

I'm actually trying to structure my CV highlights and the reasons for why I choose certain internships and bachelor's and masters degree in a way that is quite MECE.

What would be better:

a) just talk about the two buckets (education, and work i.e. internship experience) seperately.

b) chronologically starting with bachelors degree, then with first internships and then masters degree and now (ultimately) why this consulting application? it is obviously less structured, however, my work experiences in my two gap years led to a certain master's degree choice. Hence, by just talking about it seperately like in a), I could not argue nicely how I came up with a specific masters degree choice, that eventually led me into strategy consulting.

Thanks!

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Benjamin replied on Oct 31, 2018
ex-Manager - Natural and challenging teacher - Taylor case solving, no framework

Hi,

Most people will do chronological background but the other option will work as well.
In any case I recommand to create a logical flow between all the experience you're going to mention. A good way to do this is to start by introducing your value, what drives you and this lead you to have this different experiences. This will be a good way to move from one experience to aonther.
Hope this helps

Best

Benjamin

Guennael replied on Oct 31, 2018
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The Chronological order is probably most common; another option is to organize your background by specific qualities and experiences to want to focus on (team leading, surmounting difficulties, international...)

DianeAult updated her answer on Feb 01, 2019

Good thread, thx

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Francesco replied on Nov 03, 2018
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Hi Anonymous,

I would recommend dividing your answer in three buckets - the most efficient ones for a clear representation of your skills at 360° are work experience, educational experience and extracurricular activity (two working experiences and one educational one would also work well).

In general, what will differentiate you from the average candidate is the ability to connect each bucket with a skill useful in consulting.Ideally, you don't want to simply describe what you did in, say, your internship; rather you want to structure the story to underline specifically one skill - for example your teamwork or drive. Underlining your points of strengths is more important than the chronological order in this question, and helps you to clearly "sell" your skills in a structured way.

Hope this helps,
Francesco

Vlad replied on Oct 31, 2018
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Hi,

I would structure it by the roles. Each role should have a short description and something memorable to stay in the mind of the interviewer:

  1. Student
  2. Intern
  3. Job 1
  4. Job 2

Best,

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