If we were to take a guess, you’re here because you’re on the hunt for someone to help improve your business or organization, while gaining some sage wisdom. You’re probably thinking of hiring a consultant—and while it sounds like a bit of a catch-all, a consultant is basically someone who uses their skillset to help businesses solve problems, reach goals, and improve business performance. That said, most consultants aren’t so general, focusing on certain topics, industries, or clients, either as a freelancer or through a consulting firm.
A superb consultant approaches each new client with a truly customized approach instead of using a “one size fits all” mentality to gain a deep understanding of your organization’s background, specific goals, and objectives. It’s a role that involves a wide breadth of both soft and hard skills and often comes with long hours and lots of traveling.
That’s why it’s understandable to be worried about not finding the perfect consultant. Fret not! In this BeamJobs guide, we’ll cover all the essentials on how to craft the perfect consulting job description. First off: three sample job descriptions.
Job details: Northeast Bank is one of the nation’s most trusted consumer banks, providing tailored financial solutions to our customers across the Northeastern U.S. From savings accounts to home financing to small business loans, we help empower our customers to make the financial decisions that are best for them.
As our corporate management team goes through internal restructuring, we’re on the lookout for an experienced Communications Consultant to temporarily lead our Change Management and Communications strategies from our Providence HQ for up to one year. In this role, you’ll be expected to consult on, develop, and lead the internal strategies while also collaborating with external partners (local government, PR agencies, etc.) to define the future of Northeast Bank’s brand narrative. You’ll report directly to our interim Head of Growth, Jolanda Reeves, and oversee the Marketing & Communications department. If effective and results-driven communication is the name of your game, keep reading!
About the company: Hi, we’re Northeast, the bank that’s more than just a bank. We believe that it’s important to work closely and honestly with our customers as part of our commitment to help foster strong, tight-knit communities. From mortgages to credit cards, we aim to directly invest in our communities by setting each of our customers up for long-term financial success.
Northeast Bank was originally called Johnny Levy & Co. back in 1892, starting out as a simple banking operation servicing the town of Harrington, Delaware. As Johnny’s clients grew, he eventually moved to Providence to keep up with the demand. After three mergers, we’re now proud to call over 40 cities and towns across 8 states home.
Despite our booming success, we’ve always held fast to our original tenets of community-centered work, carrying that attitude not just with our customers, but in our own corporate locations. While we may have come a long way, some things never change. Want to discover the Northeast Bank difference? Stop by your nearest location and see for yourself.
Job details: Felicity & Brianna Partners, or FAB Partners, is a Raleigh-based management consulting firm. We focus on consulting clients from underrepresented backgrounds—including women and those with disabilities—so they can reach high-impact results on par with the majority of society. From marketing to data, from private equity to philanthropy, we help customers from all sectors not just do better, but also be better.
In light of increased demand, we’re hiring three Management Consultants for our Philadelphia location, with an emphasis on Change Management in the digital sector. In this role, you’ll help with overseeing and executing key change initiatives for a diverse range of clients in the Philly metro region through your deep knowledge, expertise, and problem-solving strengths. Up your alley? Check out the rest of the job description to see if FAB is right for you!
About the company: FAB Partners, Inc., is one of the country’s leading women-owned management consulting firms. Since 1973, we’ve been helping underserved communities forge their own path toward success and competitively grow with our strategy services. And it’s been nothing short of successful.
We started out almost 50 years ago when Felicity Evans and Brianna Murray formed FAB, leaving their previous management consulting jobs. From the start, they wanted to focus on providing high-value consulting services to customers in need of a trajectory shift for their business, all while leading to deep impact.
With a community-driven approach that fully supports charity and local neighborhood improvement endeavors, as well as corporate social responsibility in all aspects of our work, FAB aims to give back as much as possible, not only by investing in our customers but also in our employees. Come see who we are at FAB—we’d love to show you around!
Job details: Change the Future (CTF) Group bridges the multiple gaps between the worlds of consulting, technology, and design, bringing them together under one roof to help send our customers out on an incredible digital growth journey. A fast-growing start-up, we work with some of the country’s biggest brands as we come up with game-changing solutions utilizing digital technology solutions like the Internet of Things, blockchain, and artificial intelligence. Goodbye, outdated technology and legacy software!
We’re currently looking for two new Technology Consultants in NYC to help our influx of new customers tackle the critical business and organizational challenges they face. You’ll be focusing on cybersecurity, and while there are a few key tasks we expect of you, this role is open to being shaped as you discover your strengths once you join CTF Group. If you believe the future is now, then this may be the job for you!
About the company: Hey there, we’re CTF Group, and we believe the future is today. We help clients tackle their businesses’ biggest problems, no matter the complexity or challenge. With our deep knowledge and cross-functional expertise, we meet our customers at the crossroads of technology and design to provide radical solutions.
CTF Group was started by Thelma Courtland and James Evans, who ran a small freelancing consultancy while finishing up their Master’s. By the time they graduated 6 months later, they worked full-time for CTF, hiring 3 new employees to keep up with the demand. Two funding rounds later, we’re now a team of 24 located in downtown NYC.
CTF’s success isn’t only because of our future-first approach—we are who we are because of our employees, an incredibly skilled bunch that ignites creativity and inspires the companies we work with. If our mission inspires you to achieve the impossible, then what are you waiting for? Step into the future with CTF Group today!
Imagine you’re the CEO of a company that just hired a consultant to provide insights on your new expansion strategy. When they begin with their presentation, it’s nothing but painful: they’re clearly unprepared, nervous, and unable to substantially answer any questions you might have. It’s obvious they haven’t done their homework.
In the same way you’d expect the consultant to come with their best foot forward, so should your job description for your new consultant provide the best possible first impression of your organization. And while you might think that’s a piece of cake, our research shows quite the opposite!
In fact, we’ve seen consultant job descriptions so vague you can’t tell what sector or vertical applicants would be working for, while others displayed such terrible formatting, that they looked more like coding assignments than job descriptions! Don’t want to end up in our “Hall of Fame?" No worries, because our guide is here to make sure your job description lands with the right audience and drives action.
Just like all great stories have a character with a clear motivation, you need to get to the root of your problem if you want your target audience to quickly understand if they’re a good fit for the role. Is your consulting firm expanding? Are you undergoing internal restructuring and need an outside perspective? Too many clients under your belt? By providing some clarity, candidates can determine whether or not to apply.
There’s more: to make sure your consulting job description lands with the right people, it should reflect the values that you want your future hires to have, just like your organization. But how?
If you’re searching for a great consultant, chances are high that you’ll want someone who’s a creative thinker, has excellent cross-collaboration skills and also has a strong work ethic. But what are you writing in your job description that underscores that you value these abilities?
By taking just a couple of minutes to bring across your organization’s mission, vision, and perspective, you’ll be able to bang out a consultant job description that truly connects.
Before you publish that job description, it’s absolutely important to edit, edit, edit! Chances are high that your first draft is far too long, so we’d recommend keeping it to around 500-600 words max. After trimming the fat, closely check it for spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and fix any typos you might see. Beyond the nitty-gritty, make sure it flows smoothly and is a pleasant read.
After you’ve checked the consulting description a few times, take a break and have another pair or two of eyes critically look at it, like someone from HR or maybe another consultant. Once they’re done, make sure there are no formatting issues and you’re ready to publish! Now all that’s left to do is wait for the consulting resumes to roll in!
Feeling a bit confused about how to structure your job description and putting it off until it’s too late? Our handy outline will make it a piece of cake!
Job details: First things first—introduce readers to your organization. Avoid writing three paragraphs about who you are; instead, give them a quick teaser in a few sentences. Let them know why you’re hiring and a little bit about the role (like who they’ll work with and where). Remember, the goal here is to draw them in and keep them reading!
What you’ll be doing/Roles/Responsibilities/Requirements: This might seem like a no-brainer, but several job descriptions completely skip this section, or simply provide a generic line about solving clients’ problems. While there is some overlap in most consulting roles, this section should clearly highlight what’s specific to the role, as this is what your new consultant will be doing day-to-day!
Qualifications: Potential candidates check qualifications to see if they should apply, based on their experience. That’s why it’s important to avoid being far too selective and asking for every possible hard or soft skill you can spitball. Stick to what candidates should already have from day one since there’s a lot they can pick up on the job.
Benefits: Your employees deserve to be adequately compensated for their hard work, so use this section to help draw in potential candidates (without overpromising and then not delivering!) Pro tip: don’t just say you offer a “good salary;” provide a range so that readers can determine if they should apply or not. Plus, list other non-financial benefits you offer, as this can help you stand out in a tight labor market.
About the company: Finally, offer a sneak peek into your company. While you should provide a tiny bit of history, try to keep it short and let them know a bit about your journey to the present, your values, and maybe a little about what working at your organization is like. Remember, if they’re interested, they can always find out more on your corporate website or social media!
Consulting is a broad field of work and involves juggling different hats to be truly successful. After all, gaining deep insights into a company and then providing solutions to its challenges is a pretty tall order! And while it’s often a mentally challenging role, it’s also very rewarding for those who enjoy the job!
To wrap up this guide, let’s take a quick look at some potential functions you can include in your consultant job description.