Vault Career Guide to Consulting

August 24, 2016

by Andrew Morkes; Introduction by Chris Bierly
Publication Date: 2014

Consulting is a massive, international industry with global revenues of around $400 billion. It spans human resources, business advisory services, information technology, operations management consulting, health care administration, education, and many other fields. Workers in this field—consultants—provide expertise to organizations to help them maximize profits or effectiveness and keep them running smoothly. They are professional "problem-solvers for hire." Consultants are key players in today's business world, and their star will only rise in the future.

The Vault Career Guide to Consulting provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the industry, what it takes to break in, and how to advance your career. Whether your goal is to help a multinational corporation streamline its operations or find ways to enhance productivity, this guide will help you master every step of your job search.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and resume, interviewing, and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it, and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing, and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, Web sites, and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.


Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for nearly 20 years. He is the owner of College & Career Press. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 95 Interesting College Majors and Programs; Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; and the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Chris Bierly is a senior partner in Bain & Company's Private Equity Practice and has more than 25 years of experience advising clients in the consumer products, media, and retail industries on a range of transactions and post-transaction business strategies. He also has extensive experience serving clients in the education sector and is head of the firm's U.S. Education Practice. In this role, he is responsible for managing Bain's multi-year relationship with Endeavor Global, a network that drives development internationally via high impact entrepreneurship, and StudentsFirst, a national education nonprofit aimed at reforming the U.S. education system. He has also led pro bono work with Boston Public Schools. 

Chris joined Bain's Boston office as an associate consultant in 1986 and was elected to the partnership in 1997. He has managed the design, development, and delivery of the firm's North American Associate Consultant Recruiting program for more than 20 years.  Prior to joining Bain & Company, he was a vice president at Bain Capital.

He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated with a B.S. in commerce, with distinction, from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.

Chris serves on the board of directors of The New Teacher Project and The University of Virginia Arts Council.

He has been quoted in the Boston Globe and has published articles on the topic of private equity in Buyouts and Far Eastern Economic Review. His perspectives on how potential consulting candidates should prepare to "Ace the Case" during interviews was featured on BusinessWeek Online. Chris was named one of the "Top 25 Consultants of 2012" by Consulting.

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