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How to get a job in IT consulting

Howard Baldwin | Feb. 18, 2016
Whether it's for a global giant like Deloitte or Capgemini or a small boutique firm, working as an IT consultant is never dull. Here's how to nab a coveted position.

Consulting is a particularly hot area for IT professionals right now, sources agree. "There are an unprecedented number of tech initiatives," says Robert Half's Reed, "so it's a great time to jump into that world."

PwC's Verweij agrees: "It feels like the war for talent has been going on for a while, but I think it's only going to intensify."

Crossing over to consulting

Thinking of making a move to IT consulting? Craft your resume to establish your bona fides in one of three ways:

Industry expertise Why hiring managers like it: Experience in a specific industry tied with technology smarts gives you an advantage when it comes to understanding the issues facing that industry, something consulting firms tackle every day.

Technological expertise Why hiring managers like it: No matter what the technology — mobility, analytics, cloud — if you've got the background in it, flaunt it. Consulting firms are looking for people with cutting-edge capabilities so they can bring those talents to their clients. But they're also looking for solid technologists who understand the intricacies of infrastructure and the nuances of networks.

Application expertise Why hiring managers like it: If you're the SAP or Oracle expert in your organization, there's no reason why you can't transfer your skills; consulting firms help clients with application deployments as a matter of course.

— Howard Baldwin


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