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What is the best way to apply to big consultancies?

 
#1 What is the best way to apply to big consultancies?
17/06/2009 22:20

Anon

I have 6 years of industry experience in business intelligence and data analytics. I’m considering applying to a number of big consulting firms: Big 4, IBM, Accenture and a few others. What is the best way to apply – direct on company websites or through recruitment agencies? Any advice would be highly appreciated.

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#2 RE: What is the best way to apply to big consultancies?
17/06/2009 22:53

Hugh Hefner to Anon (#1)

Apply directly, that way you will at least have a reply whether your app has been successful for at least a first interview. Recruitment agencies are in my experience hit and miss....mostly miss.

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#3 RE: What is the best way to apply to big consultancies?
18/06/2009 03:52

J to Anon (#1)

If you can find a job advertised directly by the company, by all means apply directly. Per thread 41872, you may find more opportunities are going through agencies for the firms you name.

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#4 RE: What is the best way to apply to big consultancies?
18/06/2009 08:47

qq to J (#3)

The "big 4" are not big in this space and are much more focused on business process than analytics. They are definitely not leading edge in this area.

Therefore you may want to consider specialist Data Analytics consultancies e.g. Dunnhumby, Experian. Personally I think these would offer better career opportunity and much more pleasant culture to work in.

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#5 RE: What is the best way to apply to big consultancies?
18/06/2009 10:12

Village Idiot to qq (#4)

If you are an experienced hire with a very specific skillset (as it sounds like you are), you may consider doing some internet research to find the partner responsible for your area of expertise. I have found that by writing directly to the relevant partner, there is 1) a better chance that they understand the skills and profile the are being offered and 2) a greater likelihood of being offered an interview and exploratory chat even if a position is not being actively advertised.

The problem with going via headhunters is that, unless there is a specific role available, market climates mean that few companies will take a call about a "promising candidate" unless they are working to a specific brief. Similarly, applying directly to HR will only be effective if you have a 100% match to an advertised role. HR departments rarely take the initiative (or understand what they're being offered) to look more widely at potential needs and gaps in their organisation.

Have you considered applying to some of the consulting groups within the big BI players (eg, Cognos, Business Objects, etc)

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