Should I include Bridge to BCG experience in resume?

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Anonymous A asked on Aug 12, 2020

Hi preplounge community! I recently attended Bridge to BCG for advanced degree candidates. I am wondering since it is very competitive to get a spot there should I put this experience in my resume when applying to other consulting firms than BCG? or will it be a red flag to the other firms?

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Sidi
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replied on Aug 12, 2020
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 350+ candidates secure MBB offers

Hi!

Yes you can include it. In fact, for two of my mentees who had previously been rejected by McKinsey in the CV screening stage, inclusion of a big BCG event in their CV then resulted in an invitation by McKinsey. So there is a certain positive signaling effect.

I myself also included it when I applied to consulting firms in 2010. Please see attached a screenshot of the relevant CV section (sorry, it's in german, but you get the impression).

Cheers, Sidi

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Allen
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replied on Aug 12, 2020
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Definitely put it in!

When I would interview someone from a non-traditional background, I want to see how much they really understand consulting and why they want to do it. B to BCG provides you with a wealth of experience that you can draw upon.

I would think that it's less about the fact that you were accepted to the competitive program successfully.

Hope this helps,

Allen

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Anonymous replied on Aug 12, 2020

Dear A,

Definitely you can put it in! It's a good and relevant experience.

Of course, I want to emphasize than nowadays with COVID situation and economy crisis the new places in consulting have been significantly reduced, so I would strongly recommend you to apply with referrals, that would be additional point to your nice CV and cover letter.

If you need any help or advice, feel free to reach out.

Best,
André

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Robert
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replied on Aug 13, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

Nothing against adding it. It won't be a big difference in most cases, but whenever a decision is borderline this might give you the one extra point required.

And no downside to do it, so please go ahead!

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind and give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Ian
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replied on Aug 13, 2020
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You should absolutely include it!

As a generally rule, always include big-name experiences as that provides a good signalling to the company - don't worry about "jealousy"...often it can work to your advantage :)

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Gaurav
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replied on Oct 31, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi there,

That’s definitely not a red flag, it’s even vice versa.

As you have experience in the big consulting firm and have an understanding in consulting, it’s only a plus for your CV.

Do you need any further help?

All the best,

GB

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Anonymous replied on Aug 15, 2020

Hi there,

Just include it in!

It is a good way to differentiate yourself and also makes your resume more "consulting like".

Best,

Emily

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