Consultant Cover Letter Writing Tips

A consultant cover letter is an important presentation device for getting the employer's attention. This is a sales letter, and it has to cover the entire range of the consultancy business. If you work as a consultant, you're expected to have an expert's knowledge of the employer's business, and to know the business operations in detail. 

Cover letter drafting considerations

Most consultancy jobs are geared to servicing client based operations in a particular industry or in business management.

Important: You must research the employer's business. You will need to see examples of the employer's operations, to understand their methodologies and requirements and achieve good matches with job criteria.

When drafting your letter, you need to demonstrate:

Prior experience in relevant areas: Your cover letter should refer to examples which show a strong set of skills in the required areas. Use only the best, most appropriate matches to the position criteria.

Clear expertise in the industry: The professional degree of difficulty in your work is important in comparing your skills to the employer's core business requirements for the job. 

Accounts management: Your skills in working with clients are critically important as a consultant. A good accounts management record is a significant advantage.

Unique selling points: Your individual achievements as a consultant are a big positive element in any job application. Unique selling points are strongly competitive components which distinguish you from other applicants. 

Budget management: It's advisable to document budgets you've worked with previously. Give a dollar value to your achievements, to act as a working comparison with the needs of the new job. This is also a competitive approach, and will raise your profile in comparison to other applicants.

Showing interest in the position: Your interest in the position is an important motivational issue. You should indicate the reasons for your interest in a couple of meaningful sentences.

Writing the cover letter

With so many elements in the letter, it's advisable to do a basic draft first, using all the relevant information. The industry standard for cover letter is about a page, although a page and a half is acceptable for professional level jobs. Because this is a business letter, you use standard letter formats and professional forms of address at all times.

Set out your letter into a basic structure:

Introduction: Standard business letter salutation, refer to enclosed application/resume.

Paragraph structure: Paragraphs should address one subject at a time.

Letter continuity: The above subject order, for example, makes a natural sequence of subjects. The reader should see a series of points starting with experience and building to expertise and strong motivation.

Don'ts for writing consultant cover letters

There are several natural problems and things to avoid when writing a professional letter:

Avoid excessive detail. Use a basic sentence approach where possible.

Don't let the letter do the writing. Manage your letter space at all times.

Avoid unclear statements. Read your letter as if you were a screening person. Does it read well and all make sense?

Don't forget to check all factual statements. A typo or lack of attention can give exactly the wrong impression.

Don't use technical terms unnecessarily. Use plain language.