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How Your Elevator Pitch Can Lift You Above Other Job Candidates

An elevator pitch is crucial to your job search:  it’s a 30 second introduction and overview of what you are all about and it’s typically your first chance to impress.  You can also use it in a variety of ways:

1 – in an elevator or in some other quick timed environment, when you meet someone new;

2 – at the very beginning of an interview, to give an overview of your background;

3 – at a networking session, when you are just getting to know someone.

There is a simple formula of what to say in an elevator pitch:

Hello my name is: __________

Next, mention if you are:

a – currently a student followed by what you are majoring in; or

b – currently employed followed by what you do and where you work; or

c – currently unemployed, mentioning your last job/company.

My skills (make sure your skills are aligned to the job/company) in ________ and _________, make me an ideal candidate for a position as a ________________.

That is basically it.  You can expand upon this, giving more detail to your background, or leave it as quick and clean as it is stated here. 

I often tell clients to type it out, while saying it out loud, to capture the exact language and information you want to use.

But the trick to a successful elevator pitch, or pitch in general, is to practice it 10, 20, 30, even 40 times.  Practice it until it rolls off the tip of your tongue.  Practice it until it has your exact tone and style.  Practice it until it’s such a natural thing to say that you don’t even have to think about it before and while you are saying it.

Practice helps in so many areas of the job search.  People are not born to give great “pitches” or to be terrific interview candidates.  They have to learn from people who know what they are doing, and they have to PRACTICE.

Good luck with your pitch!  It can be the start to a great job search!


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