You never know when an opportunity will come knocking. Some of the best opportunities come from chance encounters with individuals in a position to further your career. But, as helpful as our resumes are in describing who we are and what we’ve accomplished, we usually don’t carry them everywhere we go. That is why you need an elevator pitch, a short and sweet summary of what you do and why you could be an asset to whoever it is you’re speaking with.
If you use the same “elevator pitch” in every situation, I think you are making a huge mistake. You need to use the right pitch at the right time. And while we on the topic of pitches, let me tell you that the old elevator pitch formula doesn’t cut it anymore! You’ll need to use situational context and present your pitch in a way that is engaging and other-focused!
One of the most effective tools for any job seeker? A well-planned and perfectly delivered elevator pitch.
An elevator pitch is a 30-second speech that summarizes who you are. It also says why you would be the perfect choice for the job…
If you were given 30 seconds (or less!) to sell yourself, what would you say?
There are so many details of your story you’d like to share, yet so little time to do it. The key: choose your words wisely so that your pitch packs the biggest punch possible…
You enter an elevator in the lobby of an office building. Right behind you, the hiring manager walks in. She sees you’re going to the same floor as she. After pleasantries, she asks the most common question for two people who just met in a professional setting:
“What do you do?”