Most resumes are about a person’s work as an employee, such as an accountant, a general manager, or a sales representative.  But a lot of professionals are engaged in a consulting role based on their areas of expertise. So how is this different? 

A company might be embarking on a new project, a new program, or an initiative. A consultant will be engaged who brings expertise in that particular area if none of the current employees are qualified.   

There will be some sort of “Terms of Engagement” or “Scope of Work.” This will define the relationship, responsibilities, deliverables, and payment terms.

Sometimes a company will request a resume. (A professional bio is a similar document, but with different formatting and less detailed information.)      

So what should a resume look like for a consultant?

It can be challenging because virtually all consulting work is confidential. But this needs to be included. Click here to see an example resume for a high-level, well-respected consultant. 

1) Selected Clients:

Mostly government agencies, but also corporations and nonprofits.

2) Selected Areas of Expertise

Human Resources, Organizational Assessment & Change, and Program Evaluation.

3) Selected Projects

13 specifics are included.

4) Credentials

He has a Ph.D., well-known in his field with more than 70 publications and presentations.

If you are doing consulting work, and are not sure what your resume should look like, schedule a free consultation