What’s So Important With An Elevator Pitch?

The Elevator Speech is a clear, concise introduction that can be delivered in the time it takes to ride an elevator from the top to the bottom of a building. It can be as short as 15 seconds or as long as three minutes. Write down your Elevator Speech, and practice it so it comes naturally. Be ready to deliver it! The elevator speech is a pitch that summarizes your experience, abilities, objectives, and the assets you can provide to the company in less than 2 minutes. There are typically hundreds of job seekers that companies are engaging with, and they hate to waste time speaking with one candidate for a lengthy period of time, even if it?s someone they are looking for. Make sure you practice this pitch until you are comfortable using it, but make sure it does not sound programmed or too basic.

Use it at:
? Networking events (including ?unconventional? ones, like shopping)
? Career fairs
? Cold calls to employers
? Voicemails
? Your current workplace, when you encounter the higher-ups
? Job interviews when asked, “Why should I hire you?” and “Tell me about yourself”

Your Elevator Speech includes:
? A greeting
? Your name
? Your industry or field
? Accomplishments, background, qualifications, and skills
? If you are graduating soon, what school and what degree
? What you want to do and why
? Why you enjoy what you do or want to do
? What interests you about the listener?s company/business
? What sets you apart from others
? Your tagline that you developed!
? Your mission statement that you developed! Finally, capture their interest and request action.
? At a career fair: “May I have your business card, and give you my card and resume? Can you add me to your company’s interview schedule??
? Networking: “What advice do you have for me? What employers do you suggest I contact?”
? On a cold call: “When can we meet to discuss how I can help your company? May I send you my resume?”

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