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Consultant Resume Example

As a consultant, you’re an expert in a given subject, and people pay you for your expertise. You supplement and lend support to a staff, and your in-depth knowledge of a subject has earned you a track record of past accomplishments. Here’s how to get ‘em on your resume.

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Tim McKinney

555-555-5555 | | Fairhope, AK, 99500


Experienced consultant specializing in the field of business operations. Professional, innovative, analytical expert with a proven record of optimizing both the efficiency and profitability of companies in various industries. Personable and collaborative, with a knack for giving employees the tools needed for independent future success.


Tim McKinney Inc.Anchor Bay, AK

May 2015-Present

Business Consultant

  • Partnered with management teams of 12 different corporations, optimizing their operations to achieve a 3% average increase in profitability year-over-year
  • Performed thorough SWOT analyses in order to develop strategic business plans

Sorrell IndustriesAnchor Bay, AK

December 2013-May 2015

Operations Team Lead

  • Instituted process improvements across all facets of business and ensured 100% employee compliance
  • Researched and contracted with new suppliers, leading to an 8% reduction in annual operating costs

Cold Creek SystemsCold Creek, AK

February 2011-December 2013

Asst. Operations Manager

  • Assisted the Operations Manager in the creation of the factory labor and logistics schedule, ensuring there were no gaps in coverage and maximizing efficiencies
  • Managed employee time-off and payroll systems with a 0% error rate


University of Alaska

September 2009-June 2011

Masters of Business Administration

University of Alaska

September 2003-June 2007

Bachelor of Science in Finance

Credentials & Certifications

  • Accredited Small Business Consultant (ASBC)
  • Accredited SME Consultant


  • Project appraisal
  • Operations efficiency
  • Leadership and delegation
  • Financial and accounting skills
  • Decision making

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What did you save previous employers?

As a consultant, part of your previous work may have been to help a company trim—its spending, its energy usage, its whatever. If you have helped a company save money or reduce other important factors, include those numbers! Think: time saved, site bounce rate lowered, or budget, client, employee turnover reduced.

Illustrate what makes you an expert.

Understanding how frequently you performed certain tasks goes a long way in helping recruiters and hiring managers reading your resume understand how well-versed you are in a given area—often, the only difference between being a novice and being an expert is how much time you spend practicing.

Communication is key.

As a consultant, you have got to distill your expert knowledge to others, and that takes killer communication skills. So, edit your resume for grammar and spelling, but also for clarity. Rewrite long sentences to be shorter, then read your resume out loud to make sure all of your thoughts make sense. Prove your communication skills by email and phone by being brief and to-the-point whenever you interact with the recruiter.

Top Action Verbs for Consultants

Advised, coached, researched, collaborated, developed, identified, led, improved, trained, enhanced, grew, evaluated

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