“I watched several videos regarding networking and learned a ton. In fact, I talked to a partner at ZS Associates yesterday and applied the stuff I learned from those videos. The next thing I know my resume was forwarded to ZS’s head of recruiting for the east coast and I was recommended for an interview!”- Steve, Dartmouth
“I have recently purchased your course ‘Networking for Consulting’. Thanks for your quality advice in the videos. I now feel much more confident in approaching the consulting networking process. It is so much easier to network once you understand the why and how of networking!” – Suraj, ESADE
Networking is a hot topic in the business world. Articles and books are written about it, and entire classes are structured around this often talked about but misunderstood topic. Networking is often held up as a panacea for every career challenge, but most resources do not give actionable insight on how to network effectively.
While it’s true that the importance of networking cannot be overstated for anyone on the BCG career path or any young professional, it’s also crucial to note that networking does not mean aggressively calling or contacting Partners to ask for referrals. Even if you are introverted, you can (and should) network successfully.
Why Does Networking Matter for Consulting?
At its core, networking is about forging relationships. And not many industries are more relationship driven than consulting. The industry is tight-knit, and positions so competitive, that it is almost impossible to land an interview invite without an internal advocate. If you’re serious about breaking into the industry, networking with current consultants is not just a nice add-on — it’s a must.
There are two main reasons you’ll network, although many people only focus on the first:
- Getting in the Door
- Conducting Research
While networking is crucial for landing an interview, it is also a crucial part of determining which firm, office, and practice area are the right fit for you. Top performers have options. The best way you can communicate that you have options is by using the networking process as your opportunity to find the right fit for you.
How to Hone Networking Skills
Networking for Consulting does not start with aggressive pursuit, but by building a strategic plan and then warming up “cold calls” and “cold contacts” gradually. This is a dance, and you have to make the first move. The only way to improve? Practice. Attend every relevant event possible, and make a concerted effort to meet as many people in the industry as possible. Look to family and friends to meet people in the industry as well; you never know who may be just a mutual friend away.
The good news? Consultants are generally very pay-it-forward people, and understand that networking is what got them into the industry as well. Plus, the financial incentives many firms give to consultants who refer a candidate who gets hired aren’t bad either! Overall, focus on consultants who are at your level. These are the people who will be reviewing your application materials.
By now, you should be aware that networking isn’t optional in your pursuit of a management consulting position. In fact, after making sure your resume is top-notch, networking should be the next thing you focus on. And like every other part of the prep process, you need to have a strategic plan to network effectively. If you need expert networking help, access to phone scripts, email scripts, and a strategic plan, Networking for Consulting is for you. Contact Management Consulted today to learn more about how we can help you.
Who is it for?
Networking for Consulting is for everyone. If you’re a straight A student from a top school, networking could help you bolster your already impressive chances.
If you’re an aspiring consultant from a non-target school, with grades that aren’t perfect, establishing a relationship with the right person inside the firm can be the difference between a job offer and no job offer.
Networking isn’t just for aspiring consultants, either. If you can learn to establish and maintain connections your clients, you’ll have a wealth of exit opportunities waiting for you if you decide to leave consulting.
How will it help?
You may think everything depends on your resume or on your interview skills, but Networking for Consulting can tip the balance in your favor.
In terms of identifying someone to reach out to, drafting your first email, reading body language and asking executive level questions and more, Networking for Consulting will give you all the networking tools you need.
What does it include?
- 38 Lessons
- 8 modules
- 8 expert videos
- Long term networking strategy
- And more!
Should I get Networking for Consulting?
Do you have your mind set on a consulting job?
Do you want to give yourself the best chance possible when it comes to getting a consulting job?
Do you want to learn how to conduct research before important meetings and how not to lose momentum when it’s over?
If all these, and more, sounds like skills you would like to develop, Networking for Consulting is the course for you.
Networking for Consulting
- 38 Lessons
- 8 Modules
- 10 Hours of video
- 8 Expert videos
Consulting Bootcamp Combo+
- The Case Interview Bootcamp
- The Fit Interview Bootcamp
- Mental Math for Consulting
- Networking for Consulting
- The Resume and Cover Letter Bootcamp
- The MC Book Bundle
YES! No matter which point of your career you’re at, you need to be positioning yourself for the next thing. You never know when you may have the opportunity to realize your dream opportunity, and through whom it may come!
If you work at a university careers center or are part of a consulting club, you can sign up for our Deluxe subscription and receive Networking for Consulting, along with our other online bootcamps.
If you’re a Black Belt Deluxe or a Black Belt Interviewer, YES!
At Management Consulted, signing up for Black Belt Deluxe is like having an Access All Areas ticket at a concert. There’s nowhere you can’t go and nothing you can’t do.
If you’re already a Black Belt, you already have access to Networking for Consulting. Enjoy!
If you’d like to get Access All Areas at MC which includes Networking for Consulting and so much more, you can purchase Black Belt above.
YES! Networking is a core skill for landing consulting interviews, so we upgraded the Bootcamp Combo+ and added Networking for Consulting to the package.
If you already bought the Bootcamp Combo+ you will be able to see it in your courses.
If you haven’t bought the Bootcamp Combo+, you can purchase it above.
You receive lifetime access for one low price.
Buy it now – the price will only go up as we add additional functionality to the program in the future.
Networking for Consulting is 38 lessons long.
Ideally, you’ll do 1 module every day (with the related practice) and spend some time actually networking.
For the course to be most effective, and to take full advantage of it, you should plan a minimum of 20 hours – in a few long sittings, or over a number of weeks, to review the information and practice.
Good news! Networking for Consulting is delivered online – just add it to your cart, create an account during the checkout process, and the bootcamp will be available immediately after purchase.
Our videos can be played on any platform, and the course material tracks how much you’ve completed – so you can stop and start as your schedule permits.
Within 7 days of purchase, if you find the quality of our materials to be unsatisfactory and are able to provide specific complaints, you can request a refund.